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Remix Your Life Artist Spotlight: Stoney

November 22, 2018 - 10:19am
The RYL Spotlight Series highlights the artists and producers featured on the Remix Your Life mixtape — available everywhere Jan 2019.

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Playlist: Self Care Pt 3 – Productivity

November 22, 2018 - 10:12am

To finish off my trilogy of self-care playlists, I compiled a list of songs I play to keep myself productive. At the end of the day, no matter how much we’ve been through or have to do, the only way we can solve our problems is to be productive and do something about it. This is easier said than done of course, but I hope that the progression from my previous playlists help assess what needs to get done in order to be a happier you! Anyway, here’s some good music. A LOT of instrumentals, because it’s not always easy to work or get your mind right with someone singing in the background.

Boris Blenn – Dream

Boris Blenn is a random trip-hop jazz type artist that I stumbled upon one day, and it was one of those times where you find a song you love, but then the rest of the artist’s music you’re not feeling at all. Anyway, I love me some instrumentals to help me focus.

BADBADNOTGOOD & Little Dragon – Tried

BADBADNOTGOOD & Little Dragon: YO! I was shook when I heard this was a collab and then the song hit and I was like damn. Yea that’s basically it. It’s a good-ass song.

Kamasi Washington – Street Fighter Mas

Kamasi Washington makes music that literally speaks to my heart, I don’t understand how deep his genius goes but this song is beautiful, and is basically a story through sound.

Idris Muhammad – Could Heaven Ever Be Like This

Idris Muhammad is an OG of jazz and this song is so damn beautiful, it makes me feel like getting my life in order.

Estelle & Sean Paul – Come Over

An Estelle & Sean Paul timeless classic. This is just a song that I love that makes me nostalgic, and therefore, is something I can just zone out and get some work done to.

Ross From Friends – Talk To Me You’ll Understand

Ross From Friends makes music for people who have fun playing with slime and staring at lava lamps. That’s fasho me though, and this music is so damn relaxing.

Jamie XX – Sleep Sound

Jamie XX goes crazy for this one.  This is most definitely a track that will have you doing your taxes in peace.

TOKiMONSTA – Stigmatizing Sex

TOKiMONSTA put so much imagination and feeling into this track that it just makes me hype. This track helps me assess what I have to do and whatnot…I love music that just gives me ideas.

Soft Hair – Lying Has To Stop

A smooth-ass track from Soft Hair. It will provide you with a dope background.

Kelis & André 3000 – Millionaire

Kelis & André 3000 made history with this song, and honestly this track just makes me feel like WORKING like “damn how did they make this track so good?”

This concludes my trilogy of self-care playlists. I hope that they help you think about stepping out of your comfort zone and everyday routine, exploring something new, and finding out more about yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in the every day, to lose sight of what we can be doing to better understand and treat ourselves. Remember that above all, to be happy, you have to be happy with yourself. So take some time, relax, and recognize the little things you can start with to further your self care.

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Momma I Made It: Mayor Michael Tubbs

November 22, 2018 - 12:04am

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs talks Tupac and his MLK-inspired basic income program.

President Tubbs? You heard it here first! But for now, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs is one of the youngest mayors of a city with a population of more than 100,000 (although it is more like ~310,000). He was elected two years ago at the age of 26. YR Media’s Nyge Turner drove to Stockton, California to chat up the mayor about success, Tupac, and his city’s basic income program.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Check out the full conversation on YR Media’s Adult ISH podcast (episode 4 – Pro ISH).

Nyge: I want to start off with my boy Tupac. I read that your favorite poem is A Rose That Grew From Concrete?

Michael: Oh my gosh, I love that poem, I think half the city can recite it by now. Right now in Stockton, to grow it’s like growing a rose from concrete. I think as someone who grew up on the other side of the tracks, whose mom had me young, who grew up in poverty, and whose father is still incarcerated, this notion of growing from concrete really stuck with me.

Nyge: For people that don’t know a lot about Stockton, what is something that you think people should know?

Michael: Number one, Stockton is 315,000 people. It is bigger than Newark, New Jersey. It is just as big as Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. It’s the 62nd largest city in our nation. It has the second largest port in the state. It has the oldest Sikh temple in North America. It’s incredibly diverse. Dolores Huerta, Maya Angelou, Larry Itliong — all these social justice heroes called Stockton home. This is a city on the rise. We were bankrupt six years ago and we are now the second-most fiscally healthy city in the state.

This is a city on the rise. We were bankrupt six years ago and we are now the second-most fiscally healthy city in the state. 

Nyge: You left Stockton and went to Stanford. You had internships at Google and the Obama White House. Was there an event or a person that brought you back to Stockton?

Michael: Absolutely. When I first left and I would come back, I had this little bit of survivor’s guilt. I mean, Stanford is nice — they got palm trees and froyo. I’m in South Africa, El Salvador, Google, and the White House. A lot of my friends, family members, the people I love were still in Stockton and didn’t have a tenth of the opportunities I was presented. So I was feeling a little bit guilty about that. But when I was interning at the White House, on Halloween one of my cousins, Donell James II, was murdered in Stockton at a house party. So that’s the only reason why I decided to come back. For far too many young people of color, losing someone before [the age of] 21 is a right of passage and no one bats an eye. It’s natural and it shouldn’t be the norm.

Nyge: So early in the year, you announced that you’re going to start this basic income program. What made you wake up one day and just think this is going to fix the city?

Michael: I don’t think a basic income in and of itself will fix this city. I think it’s a powerful tool in the toolbox of other tools. That’s why we’re doing a million things at once and doing them all at 100 miles per hour. The basic income thing I heard about in college. I was reading Dr. King’s book Where Do We Go From Here and I think the direct quote is, “I’m now convinced that the simplest way to abolish poverty is the most direct.” To give cash to every American. Pay at the median national income. So I remember reading that and saying, “Wow that is radical. Let’s look at it.”

The basic income thing I heard about in college. I was reading Dr. King’s book Where Do We Go From Here and I think the direct quote is, “I’m now convinced that the simplest way to abolish poverty is the most direct.” 

Nyge: So after four years on city council, what made you decide you were ready to take this to the next step and become mayor at 26?

Michael: Well honestly, for the last two years of my time on council, I was functioning as the mayor. All the councillors were calling me like, “Hey, I want to get this on the agenda. How do I do it?” All the financial and policy changes came through my committees first. Every time there was an issue, people would call me and I was like, “Well if I’m already doing the job, let me get the job.”

Nyge: If you could give advice to your younger self, what would your advice be?

Michael: Start going to the gym, man. If you don’t like it when you’re younger, when you are older, you definitely won’t like it. When you start at 28, it is not pretty. Number two, I would say save your money, but also start to invest it. Then get your prayer game right. You have no idea what life is going to throw at you.

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#GOALS: Comedian Taylor Tomlinson

November 22, 2018 - 12:02am

Comedian Taylor Tomlinson tells a church-approved Titanic joke and shuts down grandma (and mansplainers) at the dinner table.

YR Media’s Merk Nguyen and Nyge Turner sat down with comedian Taylor Tomlinson for a conversation about how she got into comedy at a young age, and what it’s like to have made it on a Netflix thumbnail.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Check out the full conversation on YR Media’s Adult ISH podcast (episode 4 – PRO ISH).

Merk: You’re rockin’ a sweet leather jacket on your set on The Tonight Show and on Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup, achieving those Netflix thumbnail dreams for us all. Is it everything you ever hoped for?

Taylor: It really is…I mean, everything you ever hope for sounds a lot grander than it actually feels. It’s just kind of you being excited alone. But yeah, it’s very surreal to see a thumbnail of yourself right next to Queer Eye.

Merk: Your career as a comedian started in your mid teens, the prime time for awkward adolescence. What was it like knowing while everyone else was getting their start on driving cars, you were getting your start on your comedy career?

Taylor: It’s weird because looking back on it, a lot of people are like, “Oh! That’s so great that you started so soon.” But at the same time, you’re 16. You don’t have anything to talk about. I was literally doing jokes about not going to prom. It’s good for learning how to be on stage and how to write jokes, but you only have the life experience that you have at that point. I’m 24 now and I’m still like, “I got to live some life.”

Nyge: Why did you jump into comedy in the first place?

Taylor: In my junior year of high school, my dad wanted to hang out before I went to college. So he signed us up for a standup comedy class. I don’t even think he thought I was very funny. We went and took this class at a church taught by a church comedian. I grew up super religious, so I started opening for that guy at basically everywhere that wasn’t a club.

Nyge: Do you remember any of the jokes from back then?

Taylor: When I was around 17, I’d say, ”I’m really sorry that I’m so young. I know there’s going to be some generational differences tonight. You guys probably saw Titanic in theaters. I saw Titanic on VHS. When you saw Titanic, you cried because Jack died. And when I saw Titanic, I cried because Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t look like that anymore.”

Taylor’s church-approved joke:

You guys probably saw Titanic in theaters. I saw Titanic on VHS. When you saw Titanic, you cried because Jack died. And when I saw Titanic, I cried because Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t look like that anymore.”

Nyge: How do you gain respect from older people?

Taylor: By hating myself more than they hate me. Sometimes they’re going to think I’m dumb, I’m ignorant, or haven’t had enough life experience. I think they just hate it when millennials are walking around like they know exactly what they’re doing. I think a lot of people our age are kind of trying to do everything like, “I’m going to party really hard. I’m going to nail it professionally, but I’m also going to go out and drink and hook up and I’m going to experience life.” You can’t do all of that stuff at once.

Merk: Let’s pretend you’re at a family gathering. What do you do if your grandma or uncle shows up and hits you with the “What are you doing with your life” question?

Taylor: You just have to accept that you’re going to have to kind of handhold people through what you do. Maybe practice it in the car on the way over and have some questions for them, in case you want to stop talking about what you do. “How are you doing? Are you happy? Do you need me to get your pills? Do you still love grandpa?” Just hit them with harder-hitting questions. Distract and deflect.

How to get back at grandma:

“How are you doing? Are you happy? Do you need me to get your pills? Do you still love grandpa? Just hit them with harder-hitting questions. 

Nyge: I have a question about mansplaining. My dad’s done it, my grandpa’s done it, Obama probably does it. Has there ever been an instance where you’ve been mansplained to?

Taylor: Of course. One thing that women in comedy get [from guys] is: “You can’t wear this on stage because that’s going to make people see you in a certain way.” Or [they try] explaining to you how to do comedy. All your hairs stand up on your arms like, “Get out before I say something very rude.”

Nyge: How do you shut down a mansplain?

Taylor: I just kind of nod and smile get through the conversation. Once they stop talking, I immediately cut them out of my life. You obviously don’t think I’m very intelligent, so why would I keep someone like that around? If it’s somebody that you’re in a relationship with, just go, “Hey, you’re being condescending and there’s a word for it. Let’s pull up Urban Dictionary right now and learn some things.”

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Adult ISH: Pro ISH

November 22, 2018 - 12:01am

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs talks Tupac and his MLK-inspired basic income program. Comedian Taylor Tomlinson tells church-approved Titanic jokes and shuts down grandma at the dinner table. Indie-rock star Snail Mail recants her hate for Crunchwrap Supremes. Also, co-host Merk does not do acid. Just air.

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Remix Your Life Producer Spotlight: Marcelo

November 21, 2018 - 1:52pm
The RYL Spotlight series highlights the artists and producers featured on the Remix Your Life mixtape — available everywhere Jan 2019.

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Playlist: Self Care Pt 2 – Treat Yo Self

November 21, 2018 - 1:43pm

In my second of three self-care playlists, I’ve chosen songs that try to give us the space to enjoy ourselves. While taking care of ourselves can include a lot of time alone, thinking, and productivity, it’s important to recognize when we just need some time to unwind and let loose. Learning to take care of yourself means balancing hard work and rewarding yourself. These songs are meant to appeal to your inner freaky self. Have some fun and dance.

Yaeji – One More

Yaeji is a damn queen at making catchy-ass songs. Check this out it’ll fasho have you dancing at some point.

Wintertime – All The Time 2

bringing us some sad turnt music, just the type of genre I like.

Ravyn Lenae – Closer (Ode 2 U)

Ravyn Lenae gave us a fire EP with Steve Lacy and this track stood out to me. It’s upbeat and catchy, and will definitely help you unwind and de-stress.

Father – Throw It

Father finally came out with new music and it’s actually hella good. He’s a fool but the song still has the element of slap to it.

Lil Uzi Vert – New Patek

Lil Uzi Vert is the greatest rockstar since the lead singer of Nickelback…he’s basically the Gene Simmons of this generation, and he brings light into dark days. It’s easy to have some fun and stop worrying when you hear Uzi’s tiny-ass voice in the background.

Aminé – Reel It In

Aminé will never live down how overplayed Caroline was, but this song is fun as hell.

03 Greedo – Sweet Lady

03 Greedo (Free Him) is the legend behind every function/party y’all have gone to in like the last year, and this song speaks to my soul. Greedo blessed this track, and I can hear him on this song speaking to me, saying “I love you, and everything’s gonna be okay Gbaby. My music will hold you down.”

Lil Baby & Gunna – Drip Too Hard

Lil Baby & Gunna are basically Goten and Trunks fusion dancing into Gotenks when they link up.

Loudy Luna – Wish You Hell

Loudy Luna shook me when I first heard this track, I looped it for a minute. Also again, it’s sad turnt music to help you get into that shmood!

Shay Lia – Funky Thang

Shay Lia and KAYTRANADA did the damn thang with this song and I hope there is more to come because this track makes me wanna take off my cowboy hat and start square dancing!

The music that I’ve chosen is to help you get into the shmood of relaxation, of letting go for a minute, to dance and express yourselves. Amid all the trials and tribulations we go through every damn day, we need time to unwind, to clear our mind, and to just listen to something that lets brings us out of our own head.

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This Shelter in Mexico Helps Migrants Headed for the U.S.

November 21, 2018 - 1:16pm

President Trump has called the migrant caravan headed for the U.S. from Central America “an invasion,” but not everyone agrees. Anthony Lozano, a 17-year-old from Los Angeles, recently traveled to Mexico with his mom to give donations to a shelter that helps migrants. Anthony documented his journey.

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From Korea, With Pop: 5 K-Pop Artists You Need To Know

November 21, 2018 - 11:16am

K-Pop is here, and it’s slowly taking over America. Not convinced? All you have to do is check today’s trending Twitter topics, or Billboard charts, or turn on your radio or TV.

With BTS scoring both a number one album and two top 20 singles this year — one featuring Nicki Minaj —  K-Pop’s foot is in the door of the American music industry. This K-Pop wave comes at a time when American pop is lacking. When we look at numbers, English pop has been on a decline for years, and hip-hop has taken over the charts and radio as the reigning genre. For the week of November 17th, six of the top 10 songs of the Billboard Hot 100 are rap songs. 

The K-Pop industry is huge — amassing $4.7 billion globally — and heavily manufactured. Artists are trained in singing and dancing for years prior to debuting in their groups, similar to American boy bands of the late 90s.

What could this mean for American music as we know it? Could a K-Pop revolution revive pop? Korean artists are planning big things in America, with their sights set on success. Only time will tell, but in the meantime, here are 5 K-Pop artists to keep your eye on.

LOONA – Hi High

LOONA, a newly debuted group with a largely American fanbase, is on the verge of making history.  Known for their unprecedented pre-debut project, the girls recently signed a deal with Live Nation, leading to several successful concerts in Korea. An interview with the CEO of LOONA’s parent company revealed even bigger news, including a planned video game based on the group’s ongoing storyline, shown through their videos, and a four-nation world tour. One of the most ambitious projects in K-Pop, LOONA is ready to take on the world. 

Blackpink – DDU-DU DDU-DU / Jennie – Solo

With the release of “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” this summer, Blackpink became the highest-charting K-Pop girl group ever on the Billboard charts, with the song peaking at #55 on the Hot 100. Last month brought the release of “Kiss and Make Up” by pop star Dua Lipa, featuring the girls. Blackpink member Jennie also became the first of the foursome to release a solo single, rightfully titled “Solo.” But the biggest news comes this month, when it was announced that Blackpink had signed with Interscope Records and UMG, the group’s first step into an American debut and promotions. We’re sure to be hearing more from the girls soon. 

Red Velvet – Bad Boy

Red Velvet, one of Korea’s biggest girl groups, is ready for America too. Over the summer, the group performed in both Los Angeles and New York at KCON. It was there that they debuted an English version of their song “Bad Boy.” Last month, Red Velvet member Wendy collaborated with none other than John Legend on the smooth R&B track “Written in the Stars.” The group will feature another English version of the title track of their upcoming mini-album Really Bad Boy, rumored to be following-up the “Bad Boy” sound. Red Velvet’s latest move to take over America comes as a five-date tour in early 2019. 

NCT 127 – Regular

With the release of a single and album, an appearance at the AMAs, and two performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last month, NCT has been working hard to become the latest K-Pop group to debut in America. They’ve also become the first K-Pop group to be featured as artists of the month by Apple Music. The 10-member group is already huge in Korea, so American success could be imminent.

Holland – I’m Not Afraid

The first openly gay star in very conservative Korea, Holland is breaking every barrier in the world of K-Pop. Despite not being signed to a record company like other artists, Holland has been releasing his own songs and videos, visual celebrations of gay love. With twin singles “I’m Not Afraid” and “I’m So Afraid,” Holland tells of both sides of the coming-out process, both the freedoms and the fears. A fully independent artist, Holland recently not only reached, but exceeded his crowdfunding goal by over 200%, meaning new music to our ears.

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Playlist: Self Care Pt 1 – Time to Think

November 20, 2018 - 5:43pm

In my first installment of three self-care playlists, I put together a compilation of songs that have a spacey-dreamy vibe. Songs that give you a sense of freedom, to think and to ponder and to ultimately feel. The songs are also sort of romantic, because I think the idea of getting to know ourselves is in a way romantic, due to it being an expression of love. Part of self care is getting to know yourself by spending time alone, giving yourself time to think.

Homeshake – Faded

Homeshake is one of those artists that I will always hear a random song from, and then just consistently listen to the song on loop for a few days. This is one of those songs, and it definitely brings forward a range of emotions for me.

Michael Seyer – Pretty Girls

Michael Seyer brings us a slightly silly yet great song with “Pretty Girls.”

Gus Dapperton – Moodna, Once with Grace

Gus Dapperton gives us one of the most beautiful tracks I’ve come up on in a minute. Writing of a lost love with melancholy sounds makes for a dope song. I remember starting my three-hour commute home at 11pm from SF State, listening to this song in my feelings.

Cuco – Lover Is a Day

Cuco is an artist I never fully got into but this song I really liked, and it resonated with me as something I can space out to for a while.

Yeek – Solstice

Yeek is honestly just a dope-ass artist that you should check out regardless. This song in particular is wavy like a jellyfish with a durag on.

Nick Hakim – Miss Chew

Nick Hakim gives us a smooth ride full of slow and lucious sounds, kinda how I imagine covering yourself in vaseline and then slip sliding across a silk bed sheet feels like.

Mr Twin Sister – Blush

Mr Twin Sister came through with some fire that will have you thinking about your past.

Craft Spells – Our Park By Night

Craft Spells provokes my imagination, and I hope it does the same for someone else.

Hector Gachan – Really Something

Hector Gachan did that thang and made this song that will throw you for a loop, providing a soundtrack to your current moment.

The Marías – I Don’t Know You

The Marías lastly bring sweet and calm vibes through and through, allowing you to think about whatever you want.

The music we listen to can definitely alter our mood, and I hope you enjoyed checking out the more indie-pop centered songs that help me decompress. I hope they provide the same comfort to you, allowing you to relax, and ease into yourself more.

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ET Ep 6: Sirius

November 20, 2018 - 4:56pm
Extra Terrestrial is YR Media’s Sonic Sphere. Produced by 7Sinz with graphics by Jacob Armenta.

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Mistah FAB: A Beautiful Contradiction

November 20, 2018 - 12:21pm

F.A.B. talks about his origins, what Oakland means to him, and cultural differences. We shine light on the pros and cons of his hometown, including his one-word description of Oakland as a contradiction. He gives a detailed remembrance of a conversation he and E-40 had during his come-up as an artist. We end up discussing a possible solution for the gentrification going on in the city that he terms “reintrification.” F.A.B. continues to grow and inspire, moving his Dope Era storefront to downtown Broadway and publishing a new book titled D.O.P.E. E.R.A: During Oppression People Evolve and With Growth Everyone Rises Above.

Book available here: https://www.amazon.com/D-P-R-Oppressi…

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Bay Word of the Day: Out of Pocket

November 19, 2018 - 6:16pm

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Climate Change, CA’s Fires and Why It’s Up to Us to Fix It

November 19, 2018 - 6:05pm

The Camp Fire in California has burned more than 150,000 acres and killed at least 77 people, making it the deadliest wildfire in state history.

Climate change is playing a role in creating larger fires in California and the western U.S. in general, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. California has gotten hotter over the last 100 years. “That extra-warmed air sucks water out of plants and soils, leaving the trees, shrubs, and rolling grasslands of the state dry and primed to burn,” Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA, told National Geographic.

The earth’s global temperature is expected to rise by at least 1.5°C by 2030, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  A one-degree change has already led to sea levels rising, ice caps melting, and harsher weather conditions like hurricanes and wildfires. 

As a teen, adults constantly tell me that it’s my generation’s responsibility to solve global warming. That’s a big task with very little guidance. I’m left with a question that has countless answers: Where do I start?

I try my best to walk or take public transportation, turn off the lights before I leave a room, and use reusable bags at the grocery store, but the results are invisible to me. I talked to Bruce Riordan, the program director for the Climate Readiness Institute at UC Berkeley, about how people my age can start to contribute.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

Sarah Ng: What were your reactions to the recent IPCC report?

Bruce Riordan: Well, I thought it was very good because it got a lot of play in the media about the urgency of the situation. It’s not that time is running out, they’ll always be more time, but we are putting off solutions and postponing strategies that should be implemented and funded.

SN: What kind of impacts from climate change have we seen in the Bay Area?

BR: We’re going to see a longer wildfire season. We’re going to see more extreme heat. We’re going to see therefore more drought…which is a big problem for water supply.

SN: What should we do as a country to keep temperatures from rising?

BR: The impact of climate change is becoming more real to people. And as that happens, we will get more of a movement. We have the science knowledge. We have most of the technologies that we need but we could be much further along in implementing them. And that gets to politics and to economics. If there’s a price on carbon and other things are cheaper because they’re not carbon-based, we’ll see a huge shift. But until we get that, it’s going to be slow going.

SN: I took AP Environmental Science last year and my teacher told the class that we cannot make a significant change by just doing what people are telling us, like using reusable bags or taking shorter showers. Do you agree with this statement?

BR: I think what’s helpful about those kinds of strategies is it gets people started and it gets people thinking about energy inefficiencies. By themselves, they are not enough. We need to convert all of our electricity production in the next 15 to 20 years in California to solar and wind and other renewables. That’s on a big scale and that’s the level of the problem that we’re dealing with. So small things again are good, but you’re not going to see the impact that we need to make on the size of the issues that we’re dealing with.

SG: Why do you think it is important for my generation to be in charge of reducing carbon emissions?

BR: Well, the simplest answer is because our older generations have not done it. We have started some things in various countries and started to make progress, but currently in this country the progress has been slowed tremendously by the Trump administration. I wish it wasn’t this way, but you’re going to have to step in as you grow into young adulthood and demand the change from the older people. The impacts are going to be very serious for the next couple of decades. You and your friends and cohorts are going to be living longer than we are and you’re going to see very, very severe and serious changes in your world. There are a lot of adults working on this but not enough.

SN: Many of the recommended changes to reduce carbon footprints are large-scale projects like installing solar panels and changing to electric vehicles. As a teen, I feel helpless. Is there any way that I can start reducing my carbon footprint?

BR: Every single thing that we buy has carbon embedded in it, whether it’s a phone, computer, chair, or car. Just using fewer things, consuming fewer products, is always going to reduce emissions somewhere. So reducing your own carbon footprint can be something that you can start on no matter what age you are.

SN: And what kind of changes do you want to see people in my generation make in the future? 

BR: Elected officials will pay attention if big numbers of young people speak up and start pushing them. It’s happened on other issues, like civil rights decades ago, and on same-sex marriage in recent years. Young people can be a very powerful voice. Kids can be very persuasive with their parents. So push the parents to do things differently and to think about things differently.

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Playlist: London on Fire

November 19, 2018 - 3:55pm

London has long made its mark on American music…from the emergence of the Beatles, punk icons The Clash, to emo rock founding-fathers The Smiths and The Police. Recently, grime heavyweights Skepta and Stormzy have garnered worldwide praise and have once again brought attention to the flourishing UK scene. While grime has started to take a backseat to other genres, its veterans have opened doors for new R&B artists like Jorja Smith, Ray BLK and UK drill pioneers Smoke Boys *formally Section Boyz* and 67. Here’s a look at the artists who are making the UK one of the most diverse and innovative music scenes currently active. – W.U

Unknown T – Homerton B

Pure unadulterated UK drill from this newcomer hailing from East London’s Homerton borough. Think 67 meets Vybz Kartel.

Octavian – Lightning

This Central London rapper is currently one of my favorite young artists. Fresh off of his new album release Revenge, the 21-year-old has already racked up a solid Billionaire Boys Club clothing collab and praises from Drake via his Instagram.

Sam Wise – Rack Up

Hailing from South London and a member of the House of Pharaohs crew, Sam Wise proves why he’s one of the most promising voices out of the six-man band.

K-Trap feat LD – Edgware Road

One of those windows-down-at-the-stoplight, high-volume-at-night type of joints. LD is absolute madness on this track and K-Trap doesn’t disappoint.

Dave – Hangman

One of the great storytellers London has to offer. An introspective look into the life of Santan Dave.

Ama Lou – DDD *Tried Up*

Very much a “why do I keep seeing this” moment when I stumbled across this short film by Ama Lou on YouTube. Shot entirely in southern California, at first listen you wouldn’t have a clue that this sultry voice hails from the UK which makes her even more intriguing.

Etta Bond – Let Me Hit It

The best way to describe Etta Bond’s music is soulful, sexy, and simply blunt. Reminiscent of prime TLC of the 90’s, “Let Me Hit It” is a bold statement addressing the one-sided dynamic of a situationship.

Not3s – Just Fine

Afro-Bashment head honcho Not3s is as arrogant as ever about his new-found success and the happiness that follows.

Puma Blue – Moon Undah Water

Lo-fi rock resembling some of your favorite band’s early garage demos.

Bakar – All In

The result of what happens when punk rock reaches the ends. Bakar’s potential of crossing over into a pop icon is undeniable.

Maleek Berry feat Chip – Love U Long Time

The chemistry of a R&B Nigerian act linking up with a Jamaican rapper is a certified recipe for success in London. Two O.G’s at the top of their class, they make it all look so easy.

J Hus – Dark Vader

J Hus can do no wrong, period.

One Acen feat WSTRN – Vice Versa

Haile of WSTRN’s silhouette of a verse in the first four bars sold me. Divine instrumentation with a catchy hook.

Avelino feat Not3s – Boasy

I would assume that Boasy is a mix of boasting and bossy but all riddles aside, North London’s Avelino has been having a great run from scoring 2017’s FIFA theme “Energy” to releasing this years beyond-impressive mixtape No Bullshit.

Nines – I See You Shining

With a consistent emphasis on his witty lyricism and a knack for choosing pristine production, Nines can be best described as London’s Rick Ross. The XL Recordings artist’s second album Crop Circle is quite the trapper’s delight.

Lancey Foux – No Intro

Honorable Mention:

A comedic yet genius use of the fuel station security cameras.

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Gentrification in Fruitvale

November 18, 2018 - 8:00am

I grew up in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, a primarily Latino community. Things in my neighborhood are changing rapidly. The way it’s going, I’m afraid the hometown I recognize won’t be around much longer.

On my drive home the other day, I noticed a mural that read: “Gentrification drives the color out of the community.”

I see this everyday in Oakland. So many of my family members and friends have moved out of The Town to surrounding suburbs, like Antioch, Stockton, and even Modesto, because they can’t afford the rent.

I’ve watched as local businesses shutter, replaced by storefronts that don’t cater to my community. A Mexican restaurant my family frequented closed, only to become an artisanal beer garden. Bougie bars and restaurants dot the streets. They seem out of place in a neighborhood where many locals struggle to afford a cheap meal. Sometimes, it feels like these businesses come into our communities, only to exclude us.

Oakland is my home and I can’t imagine leaving. But it hurts to see the culture I grew up with fade away. Because when the people who built this community leave, they take Oakland’s spirit with them.

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Access to Healthcare is Access to Life

November 16, 2018 - 2:17pm

Meet Risa Padilla. She has asthma, severe allergies, and a rare condition called AMPS (amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome). AMPS is an abnormal pain reflex. Even a mild pain signal can be extremely painful. This is Risa’s story, from our YR archives, originally published in 2017.

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8 Things You Need To Know Before Getting A Dog

November 16, 2018 - 12:10pm

First-time dog ownership is a special experience, a rite of passage for any adult-ish animal lover. No more ogling corgis at the park — you can finally have a best friend of your own to offer you cuddles and unconditional love.

On the flip side, you’re also about to become a low-key servant to a furry pee-monster.

Growing up, I was always around people and pets. So when I recently moved into my own apartment (no roommates woohoo!), I was eager to get a dog of my own.

But I discovered that being a solo puppy parent is a lot different than just being a part of a family who has a dog. Dogs are lovable but also super needy. The more prepared you are for the commitment, the better off you and your doggo will be.

Here are just a few of the things you should know before you start looking for a dog of your own.

1. Don’t pick your dog’s breed using social media.

Everyone and their momma want a Shiba Inu or French Bulldog, but in reality they’re not a good fit for everyone.  It’s important to be mindful of your needs versus the dog’s needs when you pick a breed. Rather than go for maximum cuteness, choose a companion that best suits your personality, lifestyle, and temperament.

Just a few things to ask yourself:

  • Are you prepared to run? Some dog breeds need to go out a lot.
  • Do you have a lot of space? Apartment people may need to look for couch-potato dogs or stick to small breeds.
  • Does your lease ban certain dog breeds? This kind of sucks, but real talk, you need to have a place to live.
  • Do you have the time to train/play with your pup? Certain breeds need entertainment or they will destroy all your possessions.
2. Get offline and actually go to the shelter

Alright so I’m aware that we all like to turn to the Internet for finding things. But when it comes to finding your furry companion, falling in love with a particular dog online can lead to heartbreak. Depending on the site, that list of adoptable pets may be outdated, meaning your chosen dog may no longer be available. Or, the dog you thought would be a perfect match based on their profile may not actually have good chemistry with you in person. In my experience, pets choose you, not the other way around.

So do yourself a favor and just go to the shelter to see who is available. But a word of caution — you may think you’re just browsing and end up going home with a new furry friend.

3. If you don’t have a yard, be prepared for a LOT of walks

News flash — dogs need to pee. A lot. You’re going to have to invest in training, good cleaning products, a vacuum and some scented candles. But don’t be afraid fellow apartment dwellers! You don’t necessarily need a home with a backyard.

The key here is making the time. When I got my dog, Charlito, I realized quickly that I had to plan ahead when I wanted to have a late night out with friends. Now, I budget 15 minutes of my getting-ready time for dog walking. When I get home, no matter how tired I am, the first thing I do is grab his leash and take him out.

Once you have a good walking/potty routine down, the number of indoor doggy accidents will decrease. But in the meantime… maybe say goodbye to your nice rug.

4. Puppies are typically harder to care for than adult dogs

Puppies are seriously adorable, but they’re also a serious amount of work. In addition to needing to go out more often, puppies still need to learn the basics, like being comfortable spending time alone and not jumping all over strangers. And who gets to train them? You!

So don’t be surprised when you’re camped out with a pee pad staring with bloodshot eyes at your young dog, who is refusing to take a potty break. It’s part of the process.

5. Think beyond the honeymoon stage

When you first bring your dog home, everything is new and exciting. Your dog wants to play? How cute! Your dog wants to go for a walk? Good idea! But it’s normal for both of your attitudes to change once your companion has gotten comfortable in their new home. For some dogs and their humans, it’s like the honeymoon stage is over. It’ll take continued creativity to keep your dog entertained, and what used to be cute can suddenly drive you crazy.

My advice is to be patient. Invest in training your dog early, and establish routines. Know that dogs take time to adjust to changes, and cut them some slack. If all else fails, invite a dog-less friend who loves your pet over for some play time.

6. Got more than one animal? Budget time to introduce them.

One of the trickiest parts of dog ownership is trying to make them get along with other animals.

I have a dog and a cat and I’ll letcha know it was a process to get them used to each other.

Try to get a gato breed that gets along well with dogs (and vice versa). Beyond that, it’ll come down to pet-owner diplomacy.

Some people I talked to recommended taking up to a week(!) to introduce animals at home. I was able to do it more quickly, but it still wasn’t easy. I got both my pets as six-month-olds within the same week. Loki (my cat) is incredibly mischievous and social. Charlito is clever and playful. I highly recommend having a friend help out with the introduction process. For me,  I put my cat and dog face to face in separate crates for 30 minutes, then I fenced off an area of my apartment and let them roam near each other.

Once they seemed to be a little  used to each other, my friend and I held them in our laps until Loki wasn’t hissing and Charlito wasn’t barking. Carefully, I put them on my bed and we all watched TV together. The rest is history.

7. Prepare to spend $$$

Having a dog adds up — and I’m not just talking about food and toys. You’ll likely have to invest in a crate, bed, leash, collar, and license, not to mention medical expenses. All of these costs can add up to hundreds of dollars in the first year alone.

8. You can’t feed a dog anything you want

I loved pizza dog on Instagram looking so happy holding human food. But being an actual pet owner means you can’t just give your pup people-treats in place of their own dog food. Some foods are ok, like peanut butter, yogurt, and sweet potatoes. But others, like grapes, chocolate and avocados, can make them really sick. Not only do you have to stop guests from feeding them scraps, you’ll need to monitor your trash cans or it can mean another trip to the vet.

Deciding to get your own dog shouldn’t be taken lightly. But once you’re ready for the responsibility, the good news is the fun times usually outweigh the tedious aspects of first-time puppy ownership.

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Momma, I Made It: Actor Will Catlett

November 15, 2018 - 6:05pm

Actor Will Catlett says, memorizing phone numbers in the ‘90s > butt shots and six-pack abs in 2018

What does Will Catlett have in common with his ’90s character Yasir from the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Love Is __? They fell in love at first sight and in one night. In this interview with YR Media’s Merk Nguyen and Nyge Turner, Will talks about the portrayal of positive black love on TV and what dating was like back in the day. Let’s just say there was more class and less @$$.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Check out the full conversation on YR Media’s Adult ISH podcast (episode 3 – Life ISH).

Merk: For those who haven’t seen Love Is ___ yet, can you tell us about your character?

Will: Yasir is an everyday man looking for an opportunity. He has a lot of talent and knows what he wants, but sometimes life gets in the way. On one of the episodes he says, “I don’t need another woman. I need a win. I need an opportunity.” 

On one of the episodes
 he says, “I don’t need another woman. I need a win. I need an opportunity.” 

Nyge: As soon as [I finished watching the show], I invited all the homies to my house to watch the first episode and everybody was trippin’. You know that long scene [where Yasir] and Nuri are in the coffee shop until early in the morning? Everybody’s like “No! She wouldn’t fall for him” because Nuri has a successful job and bought a new house and Yasir was basically homeless. How realistic is it they they would fall in love in one night?

Will: It happened to me with my wife! We were talking in a car, talking for four hours and I was like, “I always told myself when I find my wife I was going to ask her ‘What took you so long?'” So I said, “What took you so long?” She said, “I don’t know. But I’m here now.”

Nyge: So you were just kicking it in the car? Or were you friends before that?

Will: We were at this place called the Artist’s Resource Center and she gave me a hug. I’m like, “Why is this woman hugging me like I’m her husband?” That led to, “Hey, let’s go to dinner. Let me follow this feeling. If there is nothing after dinner, then I’ll just leave it alone.” After that dinner conversation, it led to us in the car for four hours and it was just real. Something on a whole ‘nother level. I am Yasir, I guess.

Nyge: You can’t ignore the beautiful display of black love on the show. All the ‘90s jams, the wardrobes, you walking around in Calvin Klein underwear. Besides black•ish, I feel like there’s not a lot of positive black love in mainstream media. Why do you think that is?

Will: I don’t really get into the narrative of whether there’s a black love or whether it’s this color love. What we did with Love Is ___ is just seeing black folks on TV [being] regular. Having regular conversations, having regular situations like everybody else. A lot of times we are characterized as over dramatic. This is just a story about two people falling in love.

Merk: You and Yasir have a lot of commonalities in your real life. I’ve read that you’re both spiritual, confident, and comfortable in your own skin. Were you always like that?

Will: I think we are who we are before we get here. Jay Z said, “You can try to change, but it is just the top layer.” I think along the way, you [can] get lost with people pleasing. I had that epiphany around 22 years old where I was playing ball in college. I was like, “Man. I got cut three times in high school. Imma show everybody that I can make [it]. Imma prove them wrong.” Then I realized no one cares. Do what you want to do.

Nyge: How different is dating in the ‘90s versus dating in 2018?

Will: The only difference is authenticity. You didn’t have to have six-pack abs in the ‘90s. You was just you. This is before most of the implants and butt shots. And then you didn’t have ways to cheat to say you liked somebody. What I mean by that is now we can text and DM. Back then, you didn’t have it like that. You had to know a phone number by heart or you had to communicate through other people.

And then you didn’t have ways to cheat to say you liked somebody. What I mean by that is now we can text and DM. Back then, you didn’t have it like that. You had to know a phone number by heart or you had to communicate
 through other people. 

You had to really show that you [were] interested in somebody. I don’t think social media is bad, but we live in images of people on Instagram and we think that is reality, when it is not.

Merk: If you could go back in time and speak your mind to your less adult ish self, what would you say?

Will: I would tell my younger self that everything changes. Life is in cycles. Be patient. That’s probably what I would say to my younger self because nobody really told me that. And I think I would add to that, work your gift. Not your knowledge, not your wisdom, but your gift because that is unique to you.

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Agree To Disagree: Netflix Subtitles or Nah?

November 15, 2018 - 5:05pm

Agree to Disagree: To Netflix with subtitles or nah?

Fun Adult ISH fact: Merk and Nyge have only met twice in real life and this “Agree to Disagree” segment was recorded on the first day of knowing each other. Nyge says subtitles ruin the watching experience. Merk believes subtitles are your best friend, especially when watching scary movies alone…on the toilet.

Check out the full conversation on YR Media’s Adult ISH podcast (episode 3 – Life ISH).


“I honestly feel like if you watch TV with subtitles, you’re less of a human being…”

“What’s the point of having easter eggs in your work when you’re just gonna have subtitles?”

“I put my VHS in my Walkman and I watch this movie…”


“How many fingers am I holding up? Read between the lines!”

“I could sit on the toilet, watch a scary movie, I’d pee a little and it’d be fine.”

“Subtitles are my friend because they’re helping me me out. They’re like, ‘Hey. This is the part that’s a little scary.'”

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