The Week-ish: Finding Joy in Resistance

Level Ground
Sep 28, 2017 · 3 min read

This Week-ish is curated by Joy Oladokun, a singer-songwriter, Level Ground featured artist and Musician-In-Residence at The Loft. She was recently interviewed on Level Ground’s podcast, Making It Queer. Check out the episode here.

Photo courtesy Ronan McKenzie, i-D.

Listen to this.

I’m a sucker for songs that put a smile on your face within the first 30 seconds. There’s a place in this world for wild and joy-filled music and Macklemore finds his space here.

Read this.

I’ve come to terms with the fact that Brené Brown could release a book of bad knock-knock jokes and I would be here for it. However, I don’t know that a book on belonging has ever felt more timely or true. Brené writes with grit and tenderness while confronting our culture’s practice of ostracizing those who don’t see the world as we do. This book challenges us to stay in relationship, to get close enough to see the humanity of those we disagree with.

Watch this for fun (because we all could use a laugh).

American Vandal is a true-crime mockumentary about a high-school kid who has been framed for painting dicks on 27 teachers’ cars. When I read the description for American Vandal I said, out-loud to myself, “that sounds so stupid!” Then, I immediately pressed play and was delighted. If you loved Serial or Making A Murderer, you will howl with laughter at the ability of the cast to deliver such obvious satire with such dead-pan dedication. 10/10 highly recommend. Watch it on Netflix.

And watch this for laughs, too.

I’m obsessed with cartoons and character-driven comedy. Bojack Horseman has not failed to deliver the best of both in its four seasons of existence. Season four is a little sadder in tone than the previous seasons, but it is beautifully written and drawn. It’s a perfect TV nightcap. Watch it on Netflix.

Watch this for the resistance.

I clearly know very little about football and the people interested in it, but obviously the NFL has been a hot topic for The Resistance lately due to the increasing number of players, coaches, and team owners taking a knee during the national anthem. Here, Woke Sports Guy (which is his birth name) breaks down how the protest started and how to check ourselves when our reaction to someone taking a knee during a song is stronger than our reaction to a black child taking a bullet.

Watch this for something to think about.

(Cue India Arie’s “I Am Not My Hair.”)

I came across this little snippet of W. Kamau Bell talking to Mic News about his hair and how it shaped his identity coming up. It is no secret that I am obsessed with my hair, and my decision to grow out my dreads has both made me more comfortable in my skin, and been the topic of many a conversation about people’s expectation of my identity vs. the reality of it.

Look at this if you love love.

I’m a sucker for a good love story, so when Nadine says, “Being in love feels like a super power,” I lost it a little bit. i-D (a branch of Vice News) blends fashion, photography, and storytelling in a way that I really dig, so consider this a gateway into being obsessed with one of my favorite outlets.


Keep these conversations going with Joy by tweeting her at @joyoladokun.

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A collective of people, conversations, and experiences that inspire empathy and build relationships across our differences.

Level Ground

Level Ground is a collective of people, conversations, and experiences that inspire empathy and build relationships across our differences.