Feeling Musical Nostalgia

On February 24th, just a little more than a week from the writing and publishing of this post, I will be turning 24 years old. I’m both still young, and yet feeling much older.

A phenomenon I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older is a strong sense of nostalgia. Sometimes I’ll get hit with that feeling when I’m playing a video game I played as a kid, or maybe watching an old Disney movie. But one of the most striking triggers of nostalgia I’ve experienced is the nostalgia that I feel when I listen to the music I listened to between the ages of 10 through 15.

In that period of our lives, most people are beginning to discover what makes them unique. At that age we both fear and desire to be different and stemming from the fear portion of those feelings, music taste is one of those qualities that’s easy to develop without necessarily feeling like an outsider. I suppose, that’s not always the case, but in the age of iPods and MP3 players, discovering your music taste was easy to keep secret if you were nervous about being picked on for it.

Before I continue, what I’ve written is based mostly on my own observations. I’m not a scientist, nor have I been able to easily find anything that scientifically backs up what I’m talking about. But again, it’s based on my personal observations and experiences.

Why am I talking about nostalgia, music, and turning 24? Well, that’s because I’ve made a new playlist that I’ve called Alternative Throwbacks as a result of coming up to my 24th birthday and constantly listening to the music I fell in love with in my pre-teen and early teenage years.

As of 02/15/2018 there are only 10 videos on this YouTube playlist which you can view below. I do intend to add to it as the semester continues, so stick around, I may mention the playlist in future blog posts or social media. Otherwise, you can just continue to check back to the playlist at leisure.

 


 

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How Black Men 100 Of Chicago, Inc. Is Changing The Lives Of Chicago Youth

When you think a Chicago youth what do you picture? Growing up on the West Side of the city it’s not always pretty. Some people may think of drugs, gangs, and teenage pregnancies while others see hope, future, and stability. 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc. sees possibility. Possibility in guiding local youth on the West and South Sides to be the best they can be.

100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc. started in 1994 when a group of men wanted to help guide youth, focusing on young men in the city, in positive directions through educational opportunities and mentoring. Programs that the organization provide encourages young black men in the city to achieve and think of themselves as more than where they come from.

Programs

100BMC Youth Images, Photography by LeVern A. Danley III
Photography by LeVern A. Danley III http://www.LeVernDanley.com

Mentoring, a large component of the program, happens on a weekly basis where mentee and mentor relationships are formed. This program aligns with the school year to provide services to young men during their academic year.

Scholarship fair and fundraiser are to help young men to be exposed and afford college. For more than 15 years, the scholarship fair happens during the fall where youth and their families get a chance to see colleges and universities from all over. This event provides youth with information for  post-secondary education, provide millions of dollars in grants and scholarships, and offers for enrollment to eligible students. In addition, the scholarship fundraiser is monies gathered by 100 BMC to support graduating men from high school and their mentoring program to pursue post high school education.

 Why Is This Needed

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Before 100 BMC, I have never been exposed to an organization that particularly focused on black men. There are a lot of controversy that seem to surround black men but, here is a program that provides a helping hand. This guidance comes from other black men who may have shared similar struggles and can advise on how to overcome them. The program also provides young women with the opportunity of mentorship and guidance into young adulthood.

In order to see a change in youth residing urban Chicago areas, there has to be an example and what 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc. is doing is only the beginning.

 

The Importance of a Pumpkin Spice Playlist

download.jpgWell maybe not pumpkin Spice because that’s too basic. More of a “Ready to Fall” playlist. Yes!

Now that the seasons have changed, so should your Spotify playlist or any other playlist that you might have. Change up your music for the day and jam to some throwbacks or find some new bops. I’ve done my research and have created a Spotify playlist that you need to have saved so you can listen wherever you are. This playlist has new and old sounds that are perfect for this sweater weather. My playlist is a mix of Indie, Hip Hop and pop. I thinks the beats are pretty relaxing, my Ready to Fall playlist is also my study playlist and my go to playlist when im commuting to school. Check it out!!!

Below is my link along with another by Kimmy Spoons.

Iridian:

Kimmy: