Playlist #6: 116

There’s this group of Christian Rap/Hip-Hop artists who call themselves the 116 Clique. They get their name from the verse Romans 1:16- “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” Lecrae just dropped his new album, and it’s got me in the 116 mood. These guys use their platform for good; they spread the gospel, share important social and cultural criticisms, call people out on their hypocrisy, and teach. They are incredibly talented. This playlist is just a few of my favorite songs by these guys in no particular order. I just need to provide a disclaimer- these guys are phenomenal, so be prepared to be blown away!

Uno Uno Seis by Andy Mineo (ft. Lecrae)

Runners by Lecrae

Dum Dum by Tedashii (ft. Lecrae)

Falling Down by Lecrae (ft. Swoope and Trip Lee)

40 Deep by Lecrae (ft. Tedashii and Trip Lee)

The Saints by Andy Mineo

Riot by Tedashii

Robot by Trip Lee

Nuthin by Lecrae

Heart Problem by Trip Lee

High by Lecrae (ft. Suzy Rock)

Superhuman by Andy Mineo

I’m Turnt by Lecrae

Dirty Water by Lecrae

Good, Bad, Ugly by Lecrae

If you listen and you like them, and want some more recommendations, let me know! : )

Blessings,

Kennedy

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Rant #2: Respect during chapel, and common courtesy. Oh, and twitter, too.

[Preface: This post will contain a couple swear words in some directly quoted tweets. So be prepared if that kind of thing bothers you. Also, if you choose to comment, I will moderate them. It is to my complete discretion to delete or keep comments, so do not say mean things about me, the man in the pictures, the original tweeters, or anyone else. You are allowed to disagree, just do it in a respectful way. [EDIT: Also, I have changed the twitter handles and blocked the pictures of the twitter users who tweeted originally. I should’ve done this a long time ago, and to not do so was a mistake on my part. I apologize to anyone involved.]

Here at my beloved ACU, it is a well known fact that we are required to attain a certain number of chapel credits every semester. For freshmen (and I believe all other undergraduates), the requirement is 55. That is 55 long half hours of sitting in Moody Coliseum, or at the venues of various small group chapels and forums. Many use this as an opportunity to slow down, to listen to a speaker reflect on some aspect of Christian life. Some take it as a chance to quietly finish a last minute homework assignment. Some use it to worship, and others just to catch up with friends. Certainly, it can be tiresome attempting to remain quiet and still for yet another half hour of a day already packed with classes. To many, chapel is an undesirable, unpleasant requirement. This leads to boredom, which often leads to what is now a well documented history of disrespect during chapel- students getting up and flooding to the card scanners while the speaker is still presenting, waiting anxiously to be released, talking amongst themselves, and playing on the many iDevices which we are required to have. This is very, very disrespectful, not only to the speaker, but also to any students who want to listen to their presentation.

I understand that not everyone at ACU is a Christian, or a practicing follower of Christ. I also understand that not everyone can be kind 100% of the time. But it seems to me that a basic level of common courtesy has been violated. The particular medium for harassment today (which provoked me to write a blog) is Twitter. I was eating my lunch and scrolling through twitter, as one does. As I read through the feed, I came across these tweets:

for rant #2For rant number 2

(If you wish to read the entire conversation, I have copied and pasted it at the bottom of the post.)

Both of these tweets were attached to pictures of the back of the gentleman’s head. Both are obviously problematic, and I want to detail why this kind of treatment should not be tolerated, and why I chose to respond. Doing so in 140 characters is difficult, which is why I want to elaborate here.

First, a tweet that has been bugging me but has gone unaddressed due to the more pressing issues:

keep your nose in your on business

Well, when you post your business on the internet, people can see it. It becomes part of the public domain, to be retweeted, favorited, quoted, used, replied to by anyone with an internet connection, and dissected in a blog post. To post something rude and expect people to stay out of it is a bit ridiculous. I understand that the reason you probably balked at my tweet is because you were not expecting negative backlash. I’m sorry to disappoint you.

Second: the posting of a picture of anyone (even the back of their head) without their permission (implied by the fact that the images are of the back of his head) is not only rude, but unethical. I do not understand what would motivate someone to post a picture of someone they do not know with a rude caption. Apparently, interrupting a conversation to ask someone to be quiet during chapel is enough motivation for these gentlemen. Why do I assume that they don’t know the man in the pictures? Considering these were posted on the internet, with the captions intending to humiliate or make fun of the target, it would seem as much humiliation as possible is acceptable. If they knew him, I assume they would post his name, his twitter handle, or a picture that they already had of him. This would achieve that maximum level of humiliation possible, by subjecting him to the most exposure possible.

Third: is it not overkill to take pictures of the back of a person’s head, post them on social media, and proceed to insult him, because he asked you to stop talking? This goes back to what I was saying before, about respect in chapel. In fact, here are some follow up tweets:

also for rant #2

May I point out the glaring error in your logic here, sir? You were the one interrupting first. You were interrupting the chapel service, and thus you were interrupting all of your neighbors’ experience as they attempted to listen to the speaker. In reality, the beginning was your initial conversation interrupting the chapel presentation. He pointed it out, and got taken down for it on twitter. The accusations are slung his way, but the original blame lies with you. If you wish to have a conversation undisturbed by other people, then don’t have it sitting in the middle of a crowd of people- especially people trying to focus on something else. That is a fundamentally unreasonable thing to insult someone for. But I won’t stop there. The bottom line is, it is unacceptable to insult anyone, particularly in the public eye, and especially when they are unaware of the insults.

Fourth: the actual words used. “Whinebag,” while potentially insulting, is not especially creative or incredibly offensive. The phrase “little kid” is also used to describe him, as though he is immature for wanting to listen to and participate in chapel without the distraction of a conversation going on behind him. In my opinion, that is more mature than many people here at ACU. Additionally, I think it is easy to understand why slurs are NOT okay to say about someone else. The connotation is that the gentleman in the pictures is somehow less masculine than the perpetrators of the insults. They are trying to strip away his manhood with terms used to insult women, and the LGBQT* community…all because he asked them to stop talking during chapel?

Finally, you might be wondering why I wrote a blog post about this, or why I bothered to take up the conversation in the first place. It seems insignificant to many. However, the idea that a twitter account even remotely tied to my school could promote ideas as unnecessarily and excessively hateful as those detailed here is bothersome to me. I understand that people are entitled to free speech. That is an American right. But when that right infringes on someone else’s life, liberty, or pursuit of happiness, I would argue that it needs to stop. The fact is, being called “f*g” or “b***ch” would not make the vast majority of people happy. It does nothing to promote a positive environment or the so called “ACU difference.” If enjoying chapel (and asking people to be respectful to everyone around them trying to listen) gets someone harassed and smeared all over social media, why would anyone think well of ACU? Or Christians in general? We represent more than ourselves, and I was not willing to let this slide by, turning an innocent person into a joke for anyone on twitter to see. There is more to life than just you and your conversation, and if this makes you angry or uncomfortable, I recommend you figure out why. The less people you hurt in this world, the better a place it will be.

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The conversation:

@Twitterer#1: Here’s the fag of the day for trying to tell me to stop talking. #fag #bitch #likesitinthebutt [picture]

@[me]: @Twitterer#1 @ACUProbs there’s no need to be so rude. Some people like chapel. If you don’t, just sit close to the top away from people.

@Twitterer#2: This kid asked me to quit talking in chapel, so he gets the whinebag award of the day #congratulations [picture]

@[me]: @Twitterer#2 @ACUProbs there’s no need to be rude. Just b/c you don’t like respecting the speaker doesn’t mean everybody feels that way.

@Twitterer#2: @kraye211 why don’t you keep your nose in your business like the guy in the picture should

@[me]: @Twitterer#2 I take issue with some person having his picture posted unknowingly and then made fun of online for simply asking for respect.

@Twitterer#2: @kraye211 he didn’t ask for respect, he asked me to be quiet. Get the facts straight. You weren’t even there so you know nothing

@kraye211: @Twitterer#2 asking someone to be quiet typically indicates they are distracted and/or can’t hear. And though you may not believe it, that…

@kraye211: @Twitterer#2 …is a form of respect. Simple respect for the speaker, allowing those who want to listen to do so.

@[me]: @Twitterer#2 bottom line is, there is absolutely no need to defame somebody you don’t actually know online.

@ACUProbs: @[me] @Twitterer#2 opps I forgot to care……..

@Twitterer#2: @[me] how do you know I don’t know him? Jumping conclusions much

@ACUProbs: @[me] =ACU twitter police.

‏@[me]: @ACUProbs that’s unfortunate. I guess I just expected people at this university to be held to a higher standard. I suppose I was wrong.

@Twitterer#2: @[me] why don’t you quit twitter stalking me and go study something

@[me]: @Twitterer#2 it’s not twitter stalking if it came up in my feed. sorry for asking for common courtesy from people representing our school.

@ACUProbs: @[me] get out of my mentions

@Twitterer#1: @Twitterer#2 @ACUProbs let’s bring it all they way back to the beginning. That little kid interrupted our conversation.

@Twitterer#1: @Twitterer#2 @ACUProbs that’s disrespectful in my book. If he had something to say maybe he should have waited till we finished.

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Swing dancing.

I am a part of the Swing Cats club here at ACU (they called us “Swing Kittens” tonight! It’s perfect!). There is just something about swing dancing. I love the turns and the lessons I am learning. It isn’t just the moves themselves. There is so much more than the East Coast swing, the lindy hop, the Charleston, whether they are 6- or 8-counts. It is the lesson of how to be a good follow. How to relax and feel for your lead indicating the next step. It is how you have to pay close attention and respond to the slightest signals, how you need to be prepared for anything they might try to do. It’s focusing intently on doing the footwork properly through all the transitions and still smiling and spinning and laughing and blushing if you get it wrong. It is trying again, over and over and over again. It is a beautiful feeling, bouncing and swaying and kicking in sync. It is the most amazing feeling when you finally, after working and trying and pushing and sweating and practicing, finally get it right. I eagerly anticipate every class, and feel slightly saddened after it’s over. I always search for opportunities to practice during the week. And I am so blessed by the people there, their kind encouragement and helpful patience in teaching. I am so grateful for this chance to dance. Even though I came in clueless and inexperienced and the slightest bit afraid, I finally feel more confident and prepared. Even when the song is too fast or the dance is complicated (darn lindy hop), I feel okay about it. I feel like I can catch back on and figure it out, eventually. With a patient teacher and persistent attitude, I can work through the road blocks. I am so excited for what the semester holds, especially for this swing dancing thing. I think this will be wonderful.

Song of the day: Dance With Me Baby by Ben Rector

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My mother is brilliant.

She told me I should write a blog. And I asked “what I should write about?” She seems to be under the impression that I’m funny (ha, moms are so nice). Despite her flattery, I do not have a knack for making people laugh. I have an awkward sense of humor and a really awkward laugh, which varies between high-pitched-hyena, loud-and-sudden-single-burst laugh, and the silent-shaking laugh which makes my sides sore. So I don’t laugh out loud very often, and when I do, it’s obnoxious.

However, she gave me some ideas for what I should write about. It combines some of my favorite things- writing and colors! In particular, crayola. Here is a link to the wiki page about crayola’s colors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Crayola_crayon_colors . Every day, I will (try to) choose a color and write about why my day was that color. I will try not to repeat them, although if necessary, I might. I will try to recount interesting/mildly entertaining events that match the color and have a significant impact on my day. Although I make no promises how fascinating you will find them.

This could be interesting.

I begin tomorrow. Every moment has the potential to be a blog post! This will be a grand adventure.

SotD: Smell the Color 9 by Chris Rice

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Playlist #5: Dancing like nobody’s watching!

For those times when you just need to dance around your dorm room without a care in the world. Any variation of drop-the-beat-bass or snazzy big band, these will get your feet moving (whether you like it or not).

I Like to Dance by Hot Chelle Rae

Stutter by Maroon 5

Burnin Up by The Jonas Brothers

Million Bucks by Cimorelli

Lights by Ellie Goulding

Determinate from the Lemonade Mouth Soundtrack

Teach Me How to Dougie by California Swag District

Sexyback by Justin Timberlake (Clean version, preferably)

The Beat by Ben Rector

Supermodel from The Lizzie McGuire Soundtrack

Bye Bye Bye by NSYNC

Rocky Mountain Way by Joe Walsh

I Don’t Feel Like Dancing by the Scissor Sisters

Bright Lights Bigger CIty by Cee Lo Green

Troublemaker by Olly Murs (ft. Flo Rida)

Bandstand Boogie by Barry Manilow

Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys

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Hope & Happy Endings

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This picture is entirely unrelated to my post. But I like it. So here you go- my purple converse with an artistically placed flower. Just call me a hipster. #nofilter ANYWAY.

There’s something odd about me, which I’m fairly sure I share with a lot of people.

In terms of my crushes, I always think in terms of, and try to expect, the worst possible outcome. That way I won’t be disappointed if it happens, and I will be excited if something good does occur. But sometimes I can’t crush that little bubble of hope that blossoms whenever something positive happens (like, for instance, he follows me on twitter or asks me to dance). I know it’s ridiculous to want to control my thoughts and emotions to such an extreme degree, but let’s be real. This feeling of discomfort is painful and awful and I wish I could just control-alter-delete it from my life. I try to be logical and rational, but my mind always spirals into what-ifs (mostly good, which brings up the hope). And I wish that it wouldn’t. But then I wouldn’t be human, would I? I would be…a robot. *beep-beep-boop-beep* Goodnight, human beings. I need to shut down for a proper period of rest before resuming my menial tasks.

SotD: The Remedy by Jason Mraz

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Playlist #4: </3

A.k.a. the emotional/heartbroken/tired/needy/moody playlist. Take your pick. Enjoy. Or, ya know, cry.

I really love sad songs. There’s something to be said for the contemplative state you enter into when you listen to them. It forces you to consider your life and the choices you’ve made and the things you regret and wish you could say or do differently. It makes you wonder. It kind of breaks your heart. But by doing that, it brings about catharsis. It purges those negative feelings and makes you feel lighter, or at least like somebody knows what you are feeling, and you are not alone.

I Hate Christmas Parties by Relient K

Hopeless by Train

Gravity by Sara Bareilles

So Close by Jon McLaughlin

Unaware by Allen Stone

Run Away by Sarah Jarosz

Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls

A Bad Dream by Keane

When A Heart Breaks by Ben Rector

Dreaming with a Broken Heart by John Mayer

Misery by Glee Cast

Nothing Left to Lose by NEEDTOBREATHE

Not Over You by Gavin Degraw

All I Ever Wanted by Train

Life Left to Go by SafetySuit

She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5

A Beautiful Collision [B Variant] by David Crowder Band

Turning Tables by Adele

Bend and Break by Keane

We Are Broken by Paramore

Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons

Car Crash by Matt Nathanson

Don’t Leave Just Yet by NEEDTOBREATHE

Slow Dancing in a Burning Room by John Mayer

You Don’t See Me by SafetySuit

A Drop In The Ocean by Ron Pope

Philadelphia by Parachute

Thief by Third Day

We Are Never Getting Back Together by Boyce Avenue (I highly recommend, ESPECIALLY if you don’t like T-Swift)

Kingdom Come by The Civil Wars

Come Away to the Water by Maroon 5 + Rozzi Crane

I realize that this is a lot of songs. But they are all amazing. If you have a spotify, you can follow me & find my playlists there in order!

Goodnight y’all! ❤

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