The Bachelorette: Let It Be Your Guilty Pleasure

The Bachelorette: Let It Be Your Guilty Pleasure - palmsinatl.comOk ya’ll. We have to talk about this season of The Bachelorette. Now I’m a pretty inconsistent watcher of The Bachelor/ The Bachelorette franchise. I basically decide if I’m going to watch based on who is cast as the lead. I mean sometimes they just choose big douche bags/ f*ckboys — I’m looking at you Juan Pablo! Or the bachelorette is just uninteresting. However, this season is probably the one I’ve been the most excited for and not only because the lead, Rachel Lindsay, is the

first black Bachelorette!

Although, this is important.  The Bachelor began in 2002 and The Bachelorette a year later. Neither show has had a black lead, although one Hispanic man has been the bachelor. Y’all it took 33 seasons –  33 damn seasons!! Interestingly enough, Rachel’s also the oldest (not old though) – she’s only 32. So why is Rachel’s race important?

Black women are often overly sexualized, but not seen as objects of affection or marriage material. There are studies that show black women on online dating sites have the lowest message response rate from men of all races, while being the most likely to reply to men.  To see the beautiful, intelligent, funny, black bachelorette be courted by men of all races vying to be her husband, is such a beautiful reminder for women that look like me that we are desirable and deserve the love we seek.

More about Rachel:

  • Rachel is a lawyer from Dallas.
  • She’s got an adorable dog named Copper… like Copper and Tod from  The Fox and the Hound. 

We’re only two episodes in and while I think you would be thoroughly entertained binge-watching these four hours of greatness, here’s a quick catch-up.  If you plan on watching and don’t want any spoilers here is where you need to stop reading.

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Wordless Wednesday: Hangout Festival 2017

#WordlessWednesday: Hangout Festival 2017

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Wordless Wednesday: Hangout Festival 2017 - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comElevator koozie photo by A. Truman

 

 

Music is all we got 🙏

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Lovers of the light 📷 @alivecoverage

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Surfin’ USA

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Music Festival Essentials: What Should I Pack?

So earlier this week, Ace and I shared our Hangout Festival playlist with you all. Now maybe you’ll be out at Gulf Shores like us or perhaps you’re hitting the road to Sasquatch!, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Essence Music Festival, Lollapalooza or one of the many amazing summer festivals. Either way you’ll probably need to pack a few items and I’ve got you covered with some music festival essentials.

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Music Festival Essentials: What Should I Pack?

Sunscreen

Talk about essential. Everyone needs sunscreen and this includes my melanated friends. A bad sun burn can ruin the rest of your trip. I love the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen in SPF 70 for my face.It sits flawlessly under makeup without giving you that weird blue cast. For the rest of my body, my go-to is the Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50. If you’re one of the unfortunate souls that does get burnt, I recommend Banana Boat Aloe Vera Sun Burn Relief Sun Care After Sun Lotion.

Portable Power Bank

If you’re going in a group there’s a likely chance that not everyone will want to see the same sets. I personally think you should have a festival buddy. But in case you plan on wondering off. I would suggest a portable power bank to charge your phone in case it dies before you can link back up with your squad. There are plenty on the market, but I purchased the
Polanfo 12000mAh Portable External Power Bank last year when my old Samsung S6 had the battery life of a yawn. I recently upgraded, but I’m still packing the power bank.

Beach blanket

Many festivals don’t allow you to bring in chairs, so I would recommend a blanket. I ordered one of these really cool round beach throws from Zulilly, but of course it didn’t ship on time.

Water Bottle

This is not a game people. Hydrate! Between the heat, the dancing, sweating and the booze, it is so easy to get dehydrated. If you’re camping, buy gallons of spring water to have handy. Otherwise make sure you have a stainless steel refillable water bottle or even consider bringing a Camelbak (if they are allowed).

Body wipes

Sometimes you just need a little refresh. I’m a big fan of the Pacifica Deodorant Wipes because they have coconut milk and essential oils. The wipes are also 100% vegan and cruelty-free. I went to Target and purchased the travel size version, but I love these for after the gym or a workout. Some old-school baby wipes will also do the trick.

Mini Bottle Of Hand Sanitizer

Since we’re on the topic of hygiene. Let’s talk about port-o-potties. They are gross, but you have to just suck it up. For these instances, make sure you have some hand sanitizer.

Meds

In addition to any medication you regularly take, think about packing some Advil or Tylenol. I feel like I read somewhere once that immunity boosters like Emergen-C and Airborne don’t actually work. It doesn’t matter, I will not let anything have me down and out for the festival so I plan on packing some Airborne for a little extra dose of Vitamin C.

Optional: Flower crown

Listen…I’m that girl. Flower crowns are on everyone’s festival bingo. Forever 21 usually has a good selection or you can DIY your own with a few supplies from the craft store. I found some other great options on Amazon as well.

Obviously, your list will include some additional items, but these are some music festival essentials I stand by. Do you have any items that are must haves for you? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Don’t Throw Shade, Throw Parties – Hangout Festival Playlist

We are three days away from Hangout Festival 2017!

We’ve gathered  some of our old crew (710) and some new friends and we’re heading to Gulf Shores, Alabama for a much needed vacation filled with live music. We haven’t done this as a group since Bonnaroo 2011.  So basically we’re expecting a beautiful disaster.

Issa festival!!

We’ve pulled together a playlist of the artists we’re really excited to see. Frank Ocean canceled at the last minute, so we’re a little bummed, but it’s not the end of the world. The theme for our time at the beach is: Don’t throw shade, throw parties!

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Don’t Throw Shade, Throw Parties – Hangout Festival Playlist

  • DJ Snake – Turn Down For What
  • Mumford & Sons – The Cave
  • Twenty One Pilots – Heathens
  • Chance The Rapper – Same Drugs
  • The Suffers – Giver
  • Chance The Rapper – Smoke Break
  • Major Lazer – Lean On
  • Tkay Maidza – Simulation
  • Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
  • Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
  • Bishop Briggs – River
  • Twenty One Pilots – Ride
  • The New Respects – Money
  • Twenty One Pilots – Car Radio
  • The Suffers – Make Some Room
  • Lil Yachty – One Night
  • Tkay Maidza – Tennies
  • LP – Tokyo Sunrise
  • The New Respects – Come As You Are
  • A$AP Ferg – Work (Remix)
  • LP – Into The Wild
  • The New Respects – Trouble
  • A$AP Ferg – Shabba
  • MGMT – Your Life is A Lie
  • Dillion Francis – Get Low
  • MGMT – Electric Feel
  • Chance The Rapper – No Problem
  • MGMT – Time To Pretend
  • MGMT – Weekend Wars
  • Major Lazer – My Love
  • MGMT -Kids
  • Major Lazer – Light It Up
  • A$AP Ferg – New Level
  • MGMT – Plenty of Girls In the Sea
  • Chance The Rapper – Juke Jam
  • Major Lazer- Cold Water
  • Weezer – Beverly Hills
  • Major Lazer – Run Up
  • The Head and the Hurt – Rhythm & Blues
  • Weezer – Buddy Holly
  • Young The Giant – Cough Syrup
  • The Head and the Heart – All We Ever Knew
  • Young the Giant – Silvertongue
  • Shaggy – Angel
  • Young the Giant – Amerika
  • The Head and The Heart – Down in the Valley
  • Shaggy – Boombastic
  • Charli XCX – After the Afterparty
  • Lukas Graham – Drunk In the Morning
  • Tory Lanes – Say It
  • MAGIC! – Rude
  • Lukas Graham –  7 Years
  • MAGIC! – Girl at Coachella
  • Young the Giant – Mr. Know – It – All
  • Charli XCX – 3AM

 

If you want to see what’s happening follow us on instagram to hear the artists on our hangout festival playlist and see some IG stories full of Festival fun!

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2017 Summer Reading List

I remember the days when my summer reading list consisted of Babysitter Club and American Girl books. My, my how times have changed. Instead of reading to earn points for free pizza or colorful bracelets– I’m reading for the soul. Here’s a list of books I recently bought to enjoy this spring/summer.

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Summer Reading List

Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This story is about a Nigerian couple who tries to flee to America *dramatic pause* post 9/11. The tone is a little more serious than the books I usually, but I’m always down for a dramatic, romantic adventure.

Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

A few months ago, I attended a discussion of Between the World and Me without reading the book. The conversation was great enough to make me want to own the book as soon as possible. You’ve probably read enough blog posts about my nephews to know they’re a pretty big part of my life. They’re the main reason I bought this book. Read below to find out why…

“In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race”, a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.” (excerpt from the Publisher’s summary)

Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

I’m behind in all the shows, especially HBO’s Big Little Lies. Reading the book obviously isn’t the same as seeing Reese Witherspoon and Zoe Kravitz on my screen, but it’ll do. If you’re unaware, Big Little Lies follows an investigation of a parent who wound up dead at an elementary school trivia night. Naturally, the investigation gets a little messy.

Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I love a good coming of age story. Purple Hibiscus tells the tale of a teenage Nigerian girl in search of freedom.

2017 Summer Reading List -- The Palmetto Peaches

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life – Mark Manson

For decades we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F*ck positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it.”

Ya girl loves anything that revolved around self-help and good vibes only, but life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. I can’t wait to read Ranson’s take on positive thinking.

What’s on your summer reading list?

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Why We Need #BlackGirlMagic & #BlackBoyJoy

Why We Need #BlackGirlMagic & #BlackBoyJoy - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comScrolling through Facebook I stumbled upon the cutest video ever posted on the Because of Them We Can page.

I should have just moved on, but instead I read the comments. You never read the comments.

Is there a specific need to call this “Black boy joy”? I think a more appropriate title would be simply “Boy joy”. Someone from any race would be happy to see someone after being away. The person who captioned this must be trying force segregation.

Yeah, I don’t understand the difference between Black boy joy or white boy joy after not seeing a loved one for a significant amount of time.

This is awesome I agree. However are we going to label emotions by color now also ? Isn’t joy and other emotions the same in all races? Stop the labels !!!!

“Black boy joy” title was unnecessary. Creating animosity for no reason.

Actual footage of me reading the comments:
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To be fair many people backtracked after being educated about the hashtag, but a lot of people didn’t. I didn’t understand why the first extinct was to try to criticize something so positive. However, I remembered the first time I wore a my Magical Black Girl shirt and was “lectured” in Starbucks. (More on that later.)

Why We Need #BlackGirlMagic & #BlackBoyJoy

Just in case we’re not all on the same page, let’s break down these hashtags quickly.

#BlackGirlMagic

#BlackGirlMagic is a concept and movement created to celebrate the beauty, power and resilience of black girls and women and to congratulate them on their accomplishments.

#BlackBoyJoy

The Root writer Danielle Young has the best definition of #BlackBoyJoy I’ve seen:

It [the hashtag] also shows that black boys and men, who despite life or its challenges, still possess the jovial spirit that you can identify in carefree black boys, that enables them to spread infectious joy and happiness through their smile, their outlook, their confidence or simply their presence. It doesn’t minimize the men by saying they have Black Boy Joy. They’ve just managed to retain what we hope none of our boys lose as they get older – joy.

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“Never Let Go” by Ronald Draper

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