Month: June 2020

kylie minogue, cheryl, katy b

Diamond, Babe

My end-of-the-year mixtape for 2015, featuring the top 15 tracks I played incessantly over the year. Play (featuring Sampha) by Katy BLes Sex by Kylie MinogueI Don't Care by CherylFavorite (featuring Jeremih) by Nicki MinajThis Side of Paradise (Lost Kings Remix) by Hayley KiyokoThrowback by CherylNo Problem (featuring Flinch & My Name Is Kay) by DiploExpress Yourself by N.W.AControl of the Knife by Girls AloudAnaconda by Nicki MinajBitch Better Have My Money by RihannaUnder the Sun by CherylLoose Wires by KennaFeeding the Fire by Hayley KiyokoLet's Not Be Alone Tonight by R5

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jazz baby

What's 16,000 feet below sea level? I don't know, but I bet educated scientists could tell you for me. Locked up in the dreamy, intoxicating mind that is my own, I imagine mermaids and all their sea-breathing friends playing under the sea, and I wonder when we're gonna stop exploring space and investigate the sea. The wide-open sea connects us all, the same salty carrier that parts lovers and separates families. The wide-open sea holds the element that brings life. Bring it all to me; let me feel the energy. But above ground, politics rule our lives whether we want…

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gary oldman as sirius black

Sirius, We Hardly Knew Thee

Dear Mr. Sirius Black, This is it, I guess. Farewell, goodbye, adieu. I'm ready to let you go now. I saw you fall behind the veil at the Department of Mysteries in Order of the Phoenix. I swear. Minor tears squeaked out from the corners of my eyes as I saw you fall. You were so close and yet so far away. I wanted to leap into the pages and rescue you myself. I couldn't believe Jo would do that to me (okay, everyone who read that passage and were outraged at your death). It was exciting and earth-shattering to…

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Tony Toni Toné

Taste the Sugar Rush

In case you're just joining us, the Best Year Ever mixtape is a nine-year tradition. It's been so much fun to look back at what I listened to over the years. I'm ending 2017 strong, and today, it's my end of the year mixtape to close out what has ostensibly been a peculiar year. I pulled the list with help from my last.FM profile. I lost much of my data towards the end of summer because of iTunes and my last.FM desktop app wasn't syncing correctly. So, I used my most played for the past 90 days instead, which I…

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monica potter as otrere

Everyday See You

Category: Drama/RomanceSummary: Otrere comes to terms with her affection for Xander (Deleted scene from Episode 20).Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters belong to Jo Rowling and her people. Alias characters belong to JJ Abrams and his people. BtVS and Angel's characters belong to Joss Whedon and his people. The Alliance of Destiny characters belongs to Humaira and me. "He loved Anya," said Buffy reminiscing. "They were great together. Kinda gave you hope when you saw them together," Dawn added. "Save for the fact that he abandoned her at the altar," Buffy reminded her. "That too!" Otrere was lost in her thoughts of…

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disney epic mickey

Disney Epic Mickey

Some spoilers. The pre-game storyline is engaging. After falling asleep while reading "Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll, Mickey finds a way to walk through the mirror in his room. He sees a pot of paint and a paintbrush left behind by Yen Sid (the sorcerer from "Sorcerer's Apprentice"), who had departed for the night. Being the curious mouse he is, Mickey gets all up into it and messes up Yen Sid's creation. Yen Sid had created the Wasteland - with its clear nod to Disneyland - but for all the forgotten characters that the Walt Disney Company has…

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Sincere Sundays: Chromatica, Morning Pages, and contest fees

Sincere Sundays is something that's been kicking around in my head lately. I feel like I'm not consciously aware of things that I'm grateful for anymore. Every day feels like a grind. And everything that I've read about wellness is setting your intentions. So I'm going to take a few Sundays every month to bring those intentions to light. Chromatica by Lady Gaga Chromatica by Lady Gaga This world is a hot mess but listening to Chromatica is such a delightful throwback to my childhood. Just pure, unadulterated dance music. I think it's the perfect escape from everything going on…

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Black Lives Matter

Anti-Racism Resources for Everyone

As a woman of color, I have a responsibility to my community to show up. As a writer, I have a responsibility to my art. As someone building a platform, I have a responsibility to lift up and amplify voices that are not my own. I provide these recommendations as a way for you to come to terms with how you approach Black Lives Matter. These are given to you without affiliate links. If you want a list of the ways you can help support BLM, go here. Books American Lynching by Ashraf H.A. RushdyCity Kids, City Teachers by William…

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reusing the cover for Justice's D.A.N.C.E.

If I Was a DJ: Party Up in Here

A great dance mix, get your heart rate up for sure. D.A.N.C.E. by JusticeMy Drive Thru by Julian Casablancas, Santogold, and Pharrell WilliamsFreak Like Me by SugababesLe Disko by Shiny Toy GunsTemperature by Sean PaulDon't You Want Me by The Human LeagueWanna Be (featuring Lily Allen) by Dizzee RascalCherry Lips (Go Baby Go!) by GarbageUntil We Burn in the Sun (The Kids Just Want a Love Song) by Bedouin SoundclashCan't Speak French by Girls AloudMap of the Problematique (Does It Offend You, Yeah? Remix) by MuseMiss You Much by Janet JacksonKokoro (I Fall to Pieces) by The SlantsHarder Better Faster…

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