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    Movie Review: US

    Movie Review: US

    Movie Review: Us

    Movie Review: US

    Genre: Mystery/Thriller

    • Plot: 9/10
      • Us starts off in the 1980s, where a young girl wanders off from her parents and finds herself in a house of mirrors. She meets her doppelganger and is never the same after that terrifying experience. However, years later, her doppelganger, along with everyone else’s, comes back to kill them with an end goal. Although a little confusing at times, the plot was thought-provoking and very thrilling. 
    • Director/Producer- 10/10
      • Jordan Peele is no doubt a genius. After his big hit, “Get Out,” Us is an even more impressive production. Jordan Peele uses symbolism and movies to portray the issues our society faces; issues such as racism and unequal privileges. Beware of some crazy plot twists!
    • Theme/Message- 9.5/10
      • After watching many youtube video explanations, the message becomes clear as this movie reveals the unequal privileges of society through a cloning experience gone wrong. 

    100% recommend this movie! It is terrifying and thrilling all at once!

    Image from https://www.fandango.com/us-2019-215721/movie-overview

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    Three of the Best Healthy Lifestyle YouTubers

    Three of the Best Healthy Lifestyle YouTubers

    This is the day and age of YouTube. Whether it’s watching makeup tutorials, workout videos or day-in-the-life vlogs, we’re strangely obsessed with other people videotaping their lives. When you think about it in that sense, it’s extremely odd– but it’s something we all do.

    For this reason, some of the most popular YouTubers run healthy lifestyle channels. We love keeping up with others who seemingly have their lives together; if they can do it, so can we, and their videos give us insight on how to do so. Also, watching conspiracy theory videos all day can get a little creepy. So without further ado, here are my three current favorite health and wellness YouTubers.

    Cassey Ho, aka Blogilates https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIJwWYOfsCfz6PjxbONYXSg

    Blogilates is the sole reason I began working out. Her videos are always entertaining and easy to follow along, and to make it better, she has one of the most contagiously bubbly personalities I’ve ever seen. It’s hard not to be happy when you’re watching her. Beginning with only pilates videos, Cassey has made every type of workout video possible through the years, from cardio dance to yoga.

    By subscribing to Cassey’s channel, I’ve had the opportunity to watch myself grow into a better person, as well as watching her grow. Although you’ll only spend roughly 15 minutes with her at a time, you’ll feel as if you’ve gained a friend.

    Sarah’s Day https://www.youtube.com/user/sarahsdayvideos

    Sarah’s Day is easily my favorite YouTuber; I feel as if I’ve been involved in her life for years now. Her channel perfectly combines relationship advice, workout videos, healthy recipes and vlogging, creating a bond with her viewers that makes it impossible not to fall in love with her personality. Sarah doesn’t pretend to be perfect– she’s always brutally honest about every aspect of her life, which has recently included her pregnancy.

    While she only started her account to document her struggles with hormonal acne, Sarah’s Day has developed such a strong fan base that has expanded into a blog, an activewear line, her own fruit and nut mix and line of sunglasses.

    Nikki Blackketter https://www.youtube.com/user/nikkiblackketter

    Like Sarah’s Day, Nikki Blackketter is known for keeping it real on her channel. Although she is a Gymshark Activewear model and shares workout videos, her YouTube is full of day-in-the-life vlogs, travel videos and chats about her emotions; in fact, one of the most watching videos on her channel is about one of her breakups.

    Nikki may be a model, but she never pretends that she’s perfect or has it all together, which is what I love about her. She’s relatable and proves that YouTubers, no matter how glorified they may be, are real people, just like us.

    Have you checked out GirlSpring’s Youtube channel? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKszRBu1FnmUyohgdEEtT-g

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    Nightmares for Memories

    CONTENT WARNING: This article contains information about sexual assault, which may be triggering. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 

    Nightmares for Memories

    An Ugly Truth

    Some things are just engraved in your mind. No matter how hard you try to forget, you never will. Everyone has memories they can’t diminish. These memories feel more like nightmares. For some, the word “rape” and “sexual assault” are just sad things that happen if you’re not careful. They know it happens but don’t pay much attention to it – it’s one of those things you think will never happen to you.

    Hopefully, it won’t, but if it does, it will change your perspective on everything. At that moment it was like I had lost all control of my limbs, my entire body completely shut down. I went from saying stop and yelling no at the top of my lungs to just staring dead off into space. You can’t do anything, you just are helpless to the situation.

    After, you see everything in a different light.

    You question everything you did – from what you said, to what you were wearing. You feel as if it was your fault. It is not. But for me, the worst part was the way I felt after. I felt used and powerless. You jump anytime someone touches you and cry if someone hugs you. You can’t breathe when you hear their name and have a panic attack if you’re in the same room as them. To put it bluntly, it sucks.

    Although it was one of the worst experiences of my life, it taught me a lot of things.

    One, it is not okay for me to let people take advantage of me. Not all guys have good intentions, do not choose to see only good in people and be blind to the bad. Take both into account when choosing who you let into your life.

    Two, pick and choose your “friends” wisely. I was sexually assaulted by one of the people closest to me.

    Three, know how to say stop. Don’t let people overpower you just because you don’t want to be rude. If you’re uncomfortable with someone hugging you – tell them. Because a hug can quickly turn into something worse.

    Four, don’t be afraid to talk about it, it helps. They won’t think you are overreacting. In fact, they’ll most likely tell you the opposite. They’ll help.

    Five, it gets easier, time helps. In the end, you’ll be a stronger person than you were before. Like the song says “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

    If you feel you’ve been a victim of sexual assault, please visit one of the following organizations for help. 

    Visit online.rainn.org to chat one-on-one with a trained RAINN support specialist, any time 24/7 or call 1-800-656-HOPE

    National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-656-4673

    Crisis Center Birmingham, Alabama, https://crisiscenterbham.org/sexual-assault-services/sexual-assault-services.htm

    24-HOUR HOTLINE: 205-323-7273

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    Matcha Madness!

    Matcha Madness

    Matcha Madness

    Despite originating in Japan, matcha is becoming a staple in millennial and health gurus’ everyday diets. Not only does its coloring give the illusion of health, but major benefits are attributed to it. It’s time to find out what all your favorite fitness Youtubers are talking about.

    What is it?

    Matcha is more than a simple tea bag. In Japan, farmers harvest tea leaves then steam and air dry them. After this, they grind the leaves into the substance we know as matcha. Today, it is casually sipped in a mug during a gathering with friends. However, the Japanese hold tea ceremonies based on the preparation and offering of matcha. The powder holds weight in their culture, and it’s slowly sneaking its way into ours.

    What are the benefits?

    Many people confuse green tea and matcha. Think of it this way – matcha holds many of the same benefits as loose leaf tea, but its potency is 10 times greater. The majority of antioxidants and minerals are trapped in tea leaves. But since matcha is ground into a fine powder, all its qualities are easier to absorb. For perspective, a single serving of matcha equals 10 cups of brewed green tea.

    Matcha contains antioxidants, which are naturally occurring chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic disease. A blueberry contains 93 units per gram of antioxidants, a pomegranate has 105 units per gram, and spinach only contains 12.6 units per gram. How much does matcha contain? 1573 units per gram. 

    The main use of matcha in Japan is for meditation. This is because of a rare amino acid, L-Theanine, that promotes relaxation while also improving function of the brain. Matcha causes the body to become alert yet calm, and free from the jitters that accompany coffee. L-Theanine assists in the production of dopamine and serotonin, which lead to a happier mood, more reliable memory, and better concentration.

    If all the above isn’t enough, there is one final selling point of matcha. It is nearly calorie-free, boosts metabolism and burns fat without putting stress on the body. Similarly, high amounts of chlorophyll give matcha its vibrant color and serve as a detoxifier. The refreshing taste along with multiple health benefits makes matcha a difficult competitor. Matcha powder is in most grocery stores. Matcha is a simple pleasure. But if you’re feeling adventurous, you can explore the endless recipes online.

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    Life Without Social Media– is it Possible?

    Wake up and turn alarm off. Roll over in bed. Grab phone and check Instagram. After scrolling through recent pictures, check Twitter. Becoming bored with the timeline, check Facebook. Finally, and only when everything has been seen, get up and get ready for the day.

     

    This is my typical morning routine, and if I had to guess, many others spend their mornings in a similar way. If nobody had fallen into these bad habits, we would have a lot of extra time in the morning: time to eat a good breakfast, work out and organize the day, all if we didn’t waste it on social media.

     

    If cutting social media out of mornings could drastically alter them, how else could daily life be affected?

     

    Would we stroll down the street, actually noticing the people and our surroundings? Would we devote our full attention in class, not constantly worrying about the text messages and notifications we’re missing? Would we make better, unforgettable memories, being entirely present in every moment?

     

    It’s easy to become wrapped up in a funny tweet, aesthetically pleasing Instagram picture or entertaining Facebook video, but how often do we take a step back and realize what we’re actually missing? Would our lives feel more complete by cutting social media out?

     

    There was a time where people didn’t have to worry about constantly refreshing their applications, and as our parents and grandparents say, it was a much simpler time. We’re too stuck in our ways to reverse them now, but surely there’s a way to climb out of the social media hole that we’ve dug ourselves in.

     

    I believe the main problem is treating our smartphones and other gadgets as a priority; we prioritize this technology over others and even ourselves, choosing to indulge in social media rather than activities that could advance our education, health or social lives.

     

    If we could divert our focus away from our phones and social media for a small amount each day, it’ll start to add up, resulting in better relationships and a fuller life– the type of life our parents said they grew up in, without phones.

     

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    Spring Break with Parents vs. Spring Break with Friends … What do I do?

    Spring Break

    Spring break season is upon us.

     

    In our heads, we think of this glorious, week-long break from school as a time to relax and recuperate from the trials and tribulations of spring semester. But in all actuality, is it really as revitalizing as we make it out to be?

     

    Spring break falls into two categories: making memories with friends or spending quality time with your parents. Although both have their pros and cons, spring break is never actually as relaxing as we make it out to be.

     

    I spent this past week in Arizona with my parents. After long days packed with hiking at the Grand Canyon, searching for wild horses and watching baseball in the desert heat, I’m finally back home– and let me be honest, I’m more tired than I was before the vacation.

     

    On the other hand, a group of my closest friends spent their spring break in California. Even though laying at the beach, sightseeing around Beverly Hills and chatting around a bonfire doesn’t seem to strenuous, they’re ready to return to everyday life, as well.

     

    So if spring break is going to inevitably end up in exhaustion, how do you make a decision on what you’re going to do?

     

    In my opinion, spending vacation with your parents is always the way to go. Yeah, you’ll miss your friends (and probably encounter quite a bit of FOMO), but after a short week, you’ll be back together again.

     

    Spring break-ing with parents is much more smooth– the group is more organized and overall does more activities (and hey, not paying for everything with your own money is a perk). You don’t have to worry about travel or living situations, and they’re you’re family, so you know you’ll get along. Sometimes.

     

    Experiencing new things with friends is always a good time, but truthfully, spending too much time with them could produce some difficulties.

     

    I missed my friends this past week, without a doubt. But there’s nowhere else I would’ve rather been than with my family. Plus, family vacations aren’t forever– milk it while you still can!

     

    If you’re debating on whether to spend spring break with friends or family, follow the number one rule: family comes first. Besides the perpetual state of tiredness after it’s over, a great time is guaranteed.

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    End of Winter/Beginning of Spring Playlist

    End of Winter/Beginning of Spring Playlist

     

    Winter is almost over… thankfully. But during this dreary transition period where the sun is hiding most of the time, it’s fairly easy to get down in the dumps. So what’s a quick fix? Like many other problems, there’s a one word solution: music. Here’s a playlist of a few of my current favorite songs that always put a smile on my face, even on a cloudy, rainy, halfway-winter halfway-spring day.

    • 7 rings – Ariana Grande

    I’ll be the first to admit it: I never understood the hype behind Ariana Grande. But that doesn’t stop me from playing this song at least 10 times a day. This song is one of her best, and you’ll love it more and more with each listen.

    • Superlove (feat. Oh Wonder) – Whethan, Oh Wonder

    Perfectly combining fun lyrics and catchy beats, it’s impossible to not be smiling while listening to this song. Regardless of whether it makes you think of a special someone, it’s bound to leave you bobbing your head and feeling carefree.

    • Back to Your Love – Night Riots

    This is the ultimate song to sing to in the shower (I’m not kidding, I always turn this song on right before I hop in). This song is the ideal crossover between indie and alternative music, and it’ll probably be on every playlist I make for years to come.

    • All I Got – Oliver Tree

    I heard this song for the first time while riding in a car with my best friend, and it was love at first listen. You might think it starts out a bit slow, but 30 seconds in, you’ll have the same infatuation as I did.

    • Passenger Side – Smallpools

    If I could make a road trip playlist consisting of one song playing on loop, it would be this one. This song reminds me of summertime, driving around with the windows down, sing-shouting with your closest friends.

    • Sunflower – Post Malone, Swae Lee

    I’ll admit it– Swae Lee has the voice of an angel. He adds a hint of happiness to every song he contributes to, and paired with Post Malone, they create a flawless, harmonious balance.

    • Talk – Khalid, Disclosure

    It’s impossible not to love Khalid; in his newest song, his heavenly voice mixed with electronic beats is everything I never knew I needed. This song has been on repeat since I heard it a few days ago, and every minute I’ve listened to it has been a minute well spent.

    • Winnebago (feat. Quinn XCII & Daniel Wilson) – Gryffin, Quinn XCII, Daniel Wilson

    This is my FAVORITE song right now. There’s something about the whistling at the beginning and tropical beats that make me want to drop out of school, run away and live on the beach (not literally, but you know the feeling).

    • Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

    Okay, seriously… if you haven’t seen Bohemian Rhapsody, go watch it. ASAP. I thought I was obsessed with Queen before I watched it, but the movie caused my love to multiply. This is the opening song, and in my opinion, it’s the perfect way to start any day.

    • UCLA – RL Grime, 24hrs   

    This song has the perfect rhythm for whatever you’re doing, anywhere from studying to cleaning your room. The beat is so versatile and enjoyable, it’s impossible to be in bad mood while listening.

     

    Adding any of these songs to your playlist, or even making a playlist consisting only of these songs, is a decision you won’t regret. These bits of music are an instant pick-me-up, and I would know from experience, because I listen to them every day. Happy listening and happy spring!