Some positive things despite the insanity of the world: African travel vlogs, traditional Burundian drumming, and Hikaru no Go song covers

 

I know things are still very intense in this world. I’m not ignoring them at all. This is just a slight change of pace. I had some rough emotional moments earlier this week, but I’m better now. It’s been amazing by getting some encouragement from offline and online friends recently. Here are some things that I thought were fascinating recently.

 


I’ve been getting into Miss Trudy’s videos a lot over the past few weeks. Miss Trudy is a Kenyan YouTuber who makes travel videos mainly of different African countries. I checked out some of her videos on Sierra Leone and Liberia among other countries and I was astounded by the beauty of those nations. That’s the Africa they NEVER show you especially in the West. Here’s one of her videos where she’s in Freetown (the capital and largest city). Also, did you know Freetown was actually created by freed African slaves from America, the Caribbean, England, and Canada? I thought that was very fascinating.

Burundi has been one country I didn’t pay too much attention to, but I have to thank Miss Trudy as well as Dr. Y. for exposing me to more things about that country. One cultural tradition in that country is their drum corps. These drummers carry on a legacy dating back centuries when Burundi was a kingdom. The drummers would play for the king and they had their own unique rhythms. This was wonderful and I even picked up the live album of the Drummers of Burundi on Bandcamp where they played at Real World Records which is owned by Peter Gabriel.

I got back into the anime and manga series Hikaru no Go this year. It was one of my favorite series during my high school years, and after rediscovering it, HNG still holds up. Seriously, if you think all anime is nothing but martial arts ultraviolence, collectable monsters, or hentai, then please rethink your priorities. I found a cover of the 2nd opening theme “I’ll Be the One” by HAL that was performed by this Thai singer named MindaRyn. I thought she did a great job at singing this song. This was almost as good as the original in my opinion.

Besides all of that, I’ve been having some thoughts about what to post, but I’m debating about having it here or on my other blogs involving different topics.

Hope you all are doing well today.

It Was Only a Matter Of Time (A vlog from my friend Korisa)

This is something that needs to be discussed.

Some of you may have seen the work from my friend Korisa sometime last year when I promoted her video projects. This recent vlog is something very important and I agree 100% of what she said.

If you know me, you should know that I can’t stand racism AT ALL! This isn’t just because I’m an ethnic minority myself, but it’s because I believe humans should be treated with dignity in general. Some students (2 Black and 1 Mexican) from the Take 2 program were racially harassed by some stranger outside the building where they were waiting for their parents. These students were 13, 14, and 15 respectively and this excuse of an adult cussed them out and profiled them. After I heard this story from her in person a day after it happened, I was furious. No one should EVER have to deal with that. Her point about being racially attacked is something that is a matter of when instead of if is dead on if you aren’t Caucasian. I’ve been profiled before, been called racist slurs, been underestimated, heard dog whistle terms, and I’ve even been offended by certain characters in mainstream media who portray various stereotypes. This is something that gave me a bunch of self-hate and I never realized how much it affected me until recently.

Seriously, if you are being discriminated against, you better call that person out. If you hear someone being racist against another even when you aren’t the target, then call them out and be an ally to those who are oppressed.

[END RANT]