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Content Balance    

Content Balance

Artwork by Sundhya Anthony

BY THE TLO TEAM

We want to start by addressing the needless shooting of Jacob Blake. Jacob continues to fight for his life in the hospital. You can donate to Jacob's medical bills here.

As racism and police brutality continue, we want to make it abundantly clear that we stand with our BIPOC community. If you're looking for updated information, you can check here. Please be mindful of violent or triggering images, especially if you are a Black or BIPOC person. Your mental health is so important each and every day, and understanding that every person will have a different tolerance of such images.

For more information on the Black Lives Matter Movement, resources, and Black mental health guides, please read our BLM Toolkit.

If you're looking for healthy content to read, watch, and listen to, the rest of this post is a couple of our picks for those options. It is possible to consume content to learn more and feel a healthy amount of distraction. Take care of yourself.

TO READ:

Talking to Strangers by Malcom Gladwell.

As the title alludes, this nonfiction read (or listen) is all about how humans interact with the unknown, and how misconception and assumption plagues us all. Along with overviewing fascinating historical events from an eclectic investigative standpoint (Nevil Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler’s amicable friendship? The CIA is not so intelligent after all?), this book goes deep into the downsides and upsides of human communication (or lack thereof) and will certainly make you think about your approach to truth, trust, and talking. 

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

If you were a fan of our Internal Roommate pieces, this book is the next step. This book covers everything from the power of thinking, to ego, to “the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.” While that sounds like spiritual foo foo, the book is written in Q&A format and has real, tangible explanations on how to leave your ego behind and create your own happiness. 

TO LISTEN TO: 

ANY of the speeches from The 19th's 2020 Virtual Summit.

The 19th is a non-profit organization founded to empower underrepresented women in all aspects of civic engagement. The 2020 virtual summit commemorated the women's suffrage centennial of the 19th amendment and included powerful speakers from powerful women across the board, with focuses on the intersection of race and gender, electoral equity, and much more on the ongoing fight for gender equality.

“Everything Is The Best” with Pia Baroncini, Episode 16

This podcast episode is quite literally called “IF YOU HAVE FEMALE HORMONES, LISTEN TO THIS! w/ Alisa Vitti” and I couldn't agree more emphatically. Alisa Vitti is a specialist in hormonal biochemistry, functional nutrition, endocrinology, epigenetics, and neuropsychology. She covers everything from why intermittent fasting doesn’t work for women in reproductive years to the best exercise, diet, work behavior, and sex to have during different stages in your hormonal cycle. For anyone with a period - this is a must listen. 

"Wake Up With Weslie", Episode 24

If you’ve ever considered starting a meditation practice, Weslie’s realistic journey is inspiring, practical, and helpful if you’re a newbie or an OG that’s looking to be re-inspired in quarantine. 

TO WATCH:

Roma (Netflix)

This Oscar winner was completely robbed of Best Picture at the 2018 Academy Awards. Some argued that it paved the way for Parasite's best picture win last year. I know that it is a black & white foreign language film that runs just over 2 hours, but I have failed to find someone that says they didn’t like this film. It takes place in 1970’s Mexico City and deals with a family with four kids and two domestic workers who help care for the children. It is a film that both moves you and makes you think. The movie is nearly completely autobiographical of the upbringing of Alfonso Cuaron, the writer-director of the film who took home his second Best Director Oscar for Roma. Making this movie was a therapeutic exercise for Cuaron and that is clear with every shot. Inner child, family of origin, traumas as a youth, sibling dynamics; they are all addressed. It is nothing short of a masterpiece. 

P.S. - There is also an hour long documentary on the making of the film called “Road to Roma” which shows in depth just how personal this film is, and the lengths that the cast and crew went through to completely recreate Cuaron’s childhood home. The documentary is just as essential as the film itself. 

Florida Project (Netflix)

Sean Baker’s Florida Project is an absolute gem, packed with tons of heart and dreamy visuals. Moonee and her single mother reside in a lavender colored motel right outside Disney World. There, she tries to occupy her days playing with friends and eating ice cream, with the depressing and subtle reality of poverty in the background. But never in your face. Baker, like his first feature  “Tangerine,” shows us a part of American life that is often forgotten. But we see this world through a child’s eyes, imbuing the story with innocence, curiosity and hope, despite the harsh reality the characters face. This will leave you thinking about poverty in America, the troubled bond between mother and daughter, and most of all, the enthusiasm for life children have that often fades

Patriot Act (Netflix)

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj is the brown, millennial John Oliver we always wanted that Netflix just seven days ago decided to pull the plug on. Conspiracy in the comments section of his videos attribute it to one of his latest episodes, “Why Doing Taxes Is So Hard” where he revealed that “Netflix hasn’t paid federal taxes in 2019”...

I know it’s hard to convince you to watch another news satire commentary blah blah, especially in 2020 but let me tell you: this show is different. As the Verge so perfectly summed it up, “Patriot Act was already mad, and it knew you were, too. It wasn’t interested in getting you riled up about something new, but all that shit you already slog through to get through the day? The show wanted to break that stuff down to its disparate parts and tell you what could be done about it.” 

If you don’t have Netflix, don’t fret! Hasan also posted each episode on Youtube because we’re all about accessibility to information regardless of SES over here. They also have a series called Deep Cuts where he chats with the live audience before the show to answer questions. Place your bets in the comments on what network we think will pick up Hasan next. 

TO DONATE TO:

Donate to Jacob Blake's medical bills here.

Support CA Wildfire & Disaster Relief via the CA Fire Foundation here.

Support the Equal Justice Initiative (a Black founded nonprofit organization) here.