“Don’t let anyone, even your parents, break you. Find good people who care about you and surround yourself with just them. If you can’t find them at first, find good music and fall into it and let it hold you until they come.”—(via maryanne)
“You could ask, “Hey, Britney, what time is it?” and you’d get a brief presentation on how really any time of the day is the best, as long as you believe in yourself.”—Dave Holmes on TRL, Jesse Camp, and 1998’s Other Big MTV Moments (via ramou)
“It may seem simple, but making your bed is quietly one of the most important daily rituals a person can have. I promise, it will change your life. I know that sounds like hyperbole, but it’s not. Those of you who already do it know exactly what I mean.
First and foremost, making your bed forces you to get out of it. That’s not necessarily a small feat, especially if you’re suffering from depression. Not only are you out of bed, but you can’t get back in. It’s a line of demarcation that officially starts your day.
More than that, though, it’s a ceremonial act of respect for oneself. It’s a deliberate measure of control that you can always take, even when the rest of your life is complete and utter chaos.
Do it. Every damn morning. It only takes a minute, but it will have a cascading effect that subtly improves everything else about the rest of your day, right up to the moment when you get to crawl back in to a well made bed at night.
When I think of all the truly successful people I’ve known in my life, the ones who really have their shit together, all of them — every last one — routinely make their beds every single morning. This is not a coincidence.”—Dear Coquette: On making your bed (via folkinz)
“I love women who are bosses and who don’t constantly worry about what their employees think of them. I love women who don’t ask, “Is that OK?” after everything they say. I love when women are courageous in the face of unthinkable circumstances, like my mother when she was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Or like Gabrielle Giffords writing editorials for the New York Times about the cowardice of Congress regarding gun laws and using phrases like “mark my words” like she is Clint Eastwood. How many women say stuff like that?”—Mindy Kaling, being interviewed by Lena Dunham for “Rookie” (via vneckandacardigan)
“Justin Timberlake. Nineties Justin Timberlake, though … like, ‘N Sync Justin Timberlake. I remember when I bought the *NSYNC CD and I was listening to it and flipping through it — remember how CDs had the pullout picture things? — and I was getting so overwhelmed with hormones that I almost threw up.”—
Jennifer Lawrence talking about childhood crushes/showing that her and I have very similar tastes in boy band members.
Black Girls Talking is by far my favorite podcast. We’ve always known we needed voices like theirs when it came to critical discussions, especially about pop culture. But listening to the podcast really solidified this point for me (and probably for many of you).
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“Right off the bat, Kanye came out and said, “I like Louis Vuitton and I’m a shopaholic, and also I’m underground.” Tariq had done his best to distance himself from his boho side, even though it was just as authentic and legitimate as what Kanye was doing. And while Tariq hadn’t really embraced interviews, Kanye seemed to live for them. He was never more himself than he was when explaining himself or contradicting himself, expounding or expanding. That’s one of the central things about him, and the hip-hop world that he came to dominate, and it contrasts starkly with the world Tariq and I had entered a decade before.”—
Questlove discussing Tariq Trotter from The Roots and Kanye West in Mo’ Meta Blues.
Another section of this chapter I loved: “We had spent a decade seeing hip-hop as a division between the haves and have-nots, between artists who didn’t play games with cars and fashion and acts that played games with cars and fashion but didn’t aspire to making art. Kanye was an artist who took the audacious stance that he could do both, that there was no conflict between them, and audiences just went right along with him.”