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We Tore Through Some Virtual Record Stacks And Made 3 Playlists That'll Get You Through The Summer

It’s summertime, guys. Time to get serious about your music playlists before the random setting ruins your street cred. (“That’s from my workout mix!”) Because I understand Acute DJ Social Paralysis, I prepped a few go-to playlists with our friends at Songza. Go ahead, take 'em for a spin.

We Tore Through Some Virtual Record Stacks And Made 3 Playlists That'll Get You Through The Summer

These empowering female artists span genres and decades, but they have one thing in common: They've all challenged the status quo and inspired others to do the same. Get motivated with this collection of their most powerful tracks and create some change of your own.


It's not a revolution if you can't dance to it. These songs about change mix powerful lyrics with potent rhythms. Get transformed while you march to a different beat.

The times have changed, but the power of a good protest song remains. This timeless collection includes rock and folk artists from the '60s to today whose songs stirred anti-war and civil rights movements and inspire the next wave of social and political change today.

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Davina Agudelo was born in Miami, Florida, but she grew up in Medellín, Colombia.

"I am so grateful for my upbringing in Colombia, surrounded by mountains and mango trees, and for my Colombian family," Agudelo says. "Colombia is the place where I learned what's truly essential in life." It's also where she found her passion for the arts.

While she was growing up, Colombia was going through a violent drug war, and Agudelo turned to literature, theater, singing, and creative writing as a refuge. "Journaling became a sacred practice, where I could leave on the page my dreams & longings as well as my joy and sadness," she says. "During those years, poetry came to me naturally. My grandfather was a poet and though I never met him, maybe there is a little bit of his love for poetry within me."

In 1998, when she left her home and everyone she loved and moved to California, the arts continued to be her solace and comfort. She got her bachelor's degree in theater arts before getting certified in journalism at UCLA. It was there she realized the need to create a media platform that highlighted the positive contributions of LatinX in the US.

"I know the power that storytelling and writing our own stories have and how creative writing can aid us in our own transformation."

In 2012, she started Alegría Magazine and it was a great success. Later, she refurbished a van into a mobile bookstore to celebrate Latin American and LatinX indie authors and poets, while also encouraging children's reading and writing in low-income communities across Southern California.

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Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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