My Summer’s Highlight


The biggest highlight of my summer was going to a Jazz and Blues club in San Francisco called Biscuits & Blues. I was invited to join my sister for my birthday weekend. I am interested in live performances, and this was the first time I was able to see someone perform the Blues music genre live.

The performer was a nineteen year old male from Mississippi named Christone Ingram, better known by his stage name Kingfish. He is a Blues guitarist and a singer and he caught my attention on a few television shows I have been watching on Netflix over the summer. My sister informed me that he was touring this summer and was performing the weekend of my birthday so I was thrilled to see him perform live.

The night of the show, my sister and I went inside the Blues club which was filled with a lot of middle aged couples. The food was amazing and so was the service. Kingfish finally entered the stage with his pianist and drummer and the first few songs they played were his original songs which were heartwarming. I did not realize how much I enjoyed listening to live Blues music until I witnessed his performance. His voice had a mellow tone, and his lyrics were relatable. He went to the crowd to play his last written song,= and when he returned to the stage, he played the guitar with his mouth. I was very amazed with this young man.

The next few songs were from artists I knew such as BB King, James Brown, and more. The music had me reminisce about my childhood because my family would play those artists when I was younger during the holidays.

Towards the end of his show, he asked the audience what the last song should be. Someone said the belated singer Prince which made Kingfish smile. The lights on the stage were different colors, but then they all turned purple. Prince was known for the color purple because he used to wear the color often and even made a song called Purple Rain. Kingfish began to play the song with his guitar and it sent shivers in my body because I am a Prince fan.

When Kingfish’s performance was over, I left the club satisfied. I will definitely enjoy seeing him perform again. For anyone who is interested in listening to blues music, I would recommend visiting Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco. Also yes, they do serve biscuits in case you were wondering. The club has different performers every week so if you’re interested, check out their website. As for Kingfish, I plan on playing his music throughout the semester to bring a new sound to my show. Feel free to check out his music online as well.

I did not expect my birthday weekend to have such a satisfying jazz club experience. I hope all of you enjoyed your summer as much as I did and if not, enjoy this semester by attending events on campus and listening to KSSU. Make every day awesome!

Europe…and then some


DJ Hot Coffey here!  If there was ever a reason for visiting a new country, one might stick the “to find myself” label across their trip photo album.  As luck would have it, I *indeed* needed to find myself, or rather discover a new version of myself that the former semester had beaten to a pulp.  Divulging briefly, I endured a painful break-up, death of 2 friends (1 to suicide), and death of 2 family members prior to this long-awaited trip.  Suffice it to say, I had more than enough ammo to pull the trigger on this MUCH-needed vacation.

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The highlight of my 2018 summer was my first trip to Europe, specifically the Emerald Isle.  I boarded a plane with 3 college guys, and we jetted off to

Manchester and London for the first leg.  The United Kingdom was cool and all:  Parliament, The Ministry of Magic, Piccadilly Circus, REAL Fish n’ chips… but the pure magic (for me anyway) came when we boarded a puddle-jumper to Dublin.  The flight was less than an hour, and I could barely sit still.  Upon landing on the fair greenery, I burst into tears.  This definitely boded well for me – gushing in front of 3 young college men whose sole excitement was in merely trying an authentic home-land Guinness.

Did I mention that visiting the land of my Irish ancestors has been on my bucket list since I was 12 years old?  Ah, yes.  There was passion and depth behind this trip for many reasons (not just the unfortunate affairs listed above).  I came to Ireland in search of peace and joy; however, those elements were already alive within me, and continue to burn within me with each day of purpose… I just got caught up in the shuffle of everyday life!  Happens to us all.

We become sidetracked with rubbish that, in retrospect, all-together won’t matter in the end.  And the longer I stood on that beautiful soil, the more I realized all of the “goods and bads” that I had endured earlier this year.  I hadn’t really processed everything I went through until I stood completely still and took in the sweet Irish air.  Additionally, this culmination of occurrences (including standing there!) had transformed me into THIS woman right here, right now.  And this woman is bound and determined to move forward with this crazy Piccadilly-circus called life.  And to tell ya the truth, she’s pretty freakin’ badass.

To say that my trip to Europe was “amazing” would be a brutal understatement.  It was the trip my soul desperately sought after for so long.  Prior to coming home to MYSELF, I was living, but by mere breaths only.  What a fool I had become to allow external circumstances navigate my internal norms.  I knew who I was, and allowed nonsense to tell me otherwise.  How dare we continue to live a life we KNOW we are not meant for.  How dare we continue to bow down and accept a mediocre life, when we have daringly touched a great one.

Go somewhere you absolutely dream of, and have absolutely no idea of how you will get there.  You will find a way.  You will make it happen.  And you will thank yourself so much once you get there. =)

Treat School like Marvel (5 Steps)


As I sit here and watch “Deadpool 2,” (the latest Marvel film out on Blu Ray) two things come into my mind: 1. God I hope that Ryan Reynolds plays Deadpool forever, and 2. With 20 films currently flying under the Marvel Films Banner, how do they keep audiences interested? As I traversed through the film titles of new and past Marvel movies a-like, thoughts of personal long-term goals arose in my own Cinematic Universe, called “School Life,” (With more sequels then I would like to admit). Here’s my 5 Step Guide on how to make your schooling as successful as a Marvel Movie.

Step 1: You Are Not Alone (Find Help)

Now before some readers mention it, yes I know Deadpool isn’t “officially” part of the Marvel Universe but it is considered in-partnership with Marvel… And that is the FIRST step (Ahhh, see what I did there?) School can be long and hard like Thor’s new battle-axe. So the first step is to realize that you’re not in this fight alone. There are several programs and tutors at your local Stark Tower… I mean college. If you are attending Community College (in California), your tuition you pay for actually covers FREE COUNSELING through your Counseling office at your Community College.

Step 2: Plan for Multiple Villains (Come Prepared)

By Villains, I obviously mean the person who raises their hand in the middle of class to announce that they will be taking over the world. Side Note: If you are a student who wishes to do as such, please refer to Step 1 where I go over seeking counseling. By Villains, I mean challenges that will arrive from the endless waves of Homework, Quizzes, and Tests. I highly suggest using a website called ratemyprofessor.com which allows students to rate their teachers by their effectiveness. Now I know I might get some flak for suggesting this website but the real value in this outlet is that it lifts the veil of what potential course work will be. We as students are either borrowing or paying out-of-pocket thousands of dollars and investing it into strangers hoping that we will be fairly judged, graded, and given equal attention. This is all done with the hopes that we will secure a brighter future for ourselves which will effect the next 60-70 years of our lives (unless you are me because I intend on living forever). Why wouldn’t we wish to arm ourselves with the knowledge of the best opportunity?

Step 3: You have to be Accepted into the Avengers (Teacher’s Good side)

Right out of high-school I spent 5 years as a Teacher’s Aide and gained insight on some of the highest level of insider details about the illusive specimen known as Teachers, and here is the big secret: THEY ARE HUMAN (Que the dramatic gopher). Yes, Teachers are indeed humans with feelings, needs, wants, likes, dislikes, and biases. It is not a guarantee but typically a person will cut more slack for someone they like (it’s human nature). Once I found out that (theoretically speaking of course) if two students turn in identical work with identical effort but the teacher likes one student and dislikes the other student, they could potentially get two separate grades… I turned into Captain America 2.0 faster than you can say “We Have a Hulk.”

Step 4: Even the Odds (Use Statistics to your Advantage)

Statistically speaking, the students who sit in the front row benefit with having a higher level of attendance and grade point averages. So a quick cheat would be to sit in the front row.

Step 5: Act like an Avenger (Fake it ‘Til You Make it)

In Captain America: The First Avenger, Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America is picked on, ridiculed, and rejected from following his passion. His goal was to join in the fight against the Nazi’s and serve his country. This was all before he was officially Captain America, so he had no super powers at his disposal. While out on a training course, he was running drills with other military personnel and a fake grenade is thrown in between all of them. Without hesitation, Rogers sacrifices himself by throwing himself on the dummy grenade, thus attempting to save the same group of people who had been mocking and bullying him merely scenes before. Courage and strength in school doesn’t come from being good at school. Most 4.0(+) students will tell you that they had to put in the time and effort to have it reflect on their grades. If you wish to be a Hero, you must act like one… if you wish to be a good student, you must act like one. No Matter what guidelines we may receive or Iron suits we may build, if we don’t go into them like heroes, we’ll stop short of being genius billionaire playboy philanthropists… And no one wants that.

What I Am Looking Forward to This Semester.


This semester I am most looking forward to the Phlagleblast. This year it is referred to as Phlagleblast-off and features an outer space theme due to the new building space in the University Union. I am really into science so for me, this theme is awesome.

If anyone is unfamiliar with Phlagleblast, it is an open house event in the University Union for students to find various locations in the building. This is meant to provide students with resources to use throughout the semester. It will be held Wednesday September 5th, between the hours of 8am-2pm. If you have time to come by and check it out on the way to or from class, please do so. It is an amazing experience in my opinion, especially this semester as there is more building space and there are useful resources for students to have in the building.

After students have had an adventurous walk throughout the building, collected stamps on a card provided when entering the building, and turned in those cards toward the end of the event, there are free t-shirts given to participants. There is also a chance to be a part of a raffle to win prizes.

In addition, there are usually recyclable bags for students to grab free goodies throughout the event which can come in handy throughout the semester; and they are good for the environment!

As mentioned, the entire building will be decorated with an outer space theme. There may be an appearance of our KSSU team at 8am to get good vibes up for a few hours. Why not come check it out and say hi to the crew?

I hope to see you all there. Happy Friday!

P.S. Congratulations on making it through the first week of school. Best wishes to all of you.

Good vibes this semester.

Go Hornets!

Safety in Zombies: Tricks to Protect Yourself in a Pre-Apocalypse World


Navigating the world around you on a daily basis can be tough. There are bills to pay, food to eat, chores to do, pets to care for…blogs to write. On top of all that, everyday you need to keep yourself safe from any number of dangers like muggers, murderers, and rapists to name a few.

It’s not like we don’t know how to prevent a surprise attack from catching us off guard, but all of the little things you have to do can be a bit much to remember.

Park close to the building, underneath a light, and within sight of the windows of the building.

Always have your pepper spray.

Keep your head on a swivel.

Keep track of everyone you see.

Have your keys ready before you leave the building.

The list goes on. It’s is so much to keep track of that it would be easy to forget a step and end up a victim. Luckily, there is an easy, fool proof way to remember all of these safety precautions and more.

Pretend you are in a Zombie Apocalypse.

No, you didn’t read that wrong. Zombie Apocalypse. Think about it.

If there were zombies out and about, would you casually saunter to your car while digging your keys out of your purse? No. Your keys would be in your hand as you power walked to your car, all the while checking the shadows and jumping at every sound.

Would you sit in your car while scrolling through Spotify, trying to find the perfect playlist to drive home to? No. You’d check your backseat, get in, lock the doors, cut the car on, and go!

Would anyone ever be able to sneak up on you because you had your headphones in and were dancing to another bop by Todrick Hall? No! You would know where everyone around you is, was, and is going to be because any one of them could be after you and your brains.

On top of your new constant vigilance, you would never leave home without your pepper spray, knife, brass knuckles, or whatever is your preferred self-defense weapon. Walking around unarmed in a zombie apocalypse is a death sentence for sure.

Not only are you now hyper aware and armed but in a Zombie Apocalypse you would also be knowledgeable of the many weak points on the human body in the event you do ever come in contact with a zombie or maybe a looter taking advantage of the fall of humanity. Go for the foot, the diaphragm, the nose, the eyes, the throat, the…under carriage. Whatever you can get to, strike it hard and fast because everyone knows that it takes a lot to bring down a Zombie and we don’t know what kind of Zombies these are. Are we talking Walkers or White Walkers? Thriller or Zombieland? It would be best just to cover your bases and kick it until it stops coming for your precious brains.

Make it fun too. That is, you have to do all of this anyway. Why not turn it into a child like game of make believe so you don’t have to face the cold hard truth that you are literally trying to keep yourself alive.

Therefore, if you ever find yourself out in the world and all alone just remember:

Zombie Apocalypse.

Turns out that all those sci fi and horror shows you watched just may have been good for more than just a scare.

My Visit to the Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room


Recently, I visited the Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room here on campus. I was initially surprised AS I thought it would just be the small space of the tea room but that space was actually on display in a larger room. It reminded me of a stage because of the raised platform and it being on display for the rest of the room.

The one idea I would associate my visit with is Time. When you first enter and sit down, you are given time to quiet your mind. We sat in silence, to let the rest of the world and anything that might be floating in our minds, fade away. One of the major thing discussed was the idea of the “natural clock.” They talked about how, for the tea ceremony, one thing that might be done beforehand is picking a flower. They pick a flower that is very close to blooming and then display the flower.

Sometimes, the flower will bloom during the ceremony or it will wilt during the ceremony. Both outcomes showcase this idea of time, of everything having a natural clock. We talked about how we, ourselves, are a natural clock. A 10-year old boy, in attendance with us, did a great job of explaining the idea that people are a natural clock. The woman who talked to the crowd made him repeat it so all the adults could hear him. He said that all of our senses can work together to keep track of time. For instance, our eyes can see the light from the position of the sun.

Another thing we talked about, relating to time, is being mentally present in the time you are in. We were told that one of the lessons of the tea ceremony is not to have your mind thinking about another place and time. Instead, we should make our mind be present in the moment we are in and, if we can accomplish this, studying would be a lot easier. Personally, I’m still working on that last part.

I would definitely recommend this to other people as it not only is a free experience, but you also get to learn something about another culture. You can volunteer to be a more active participant in the ceremony and actually go inside the tea room setup as well as try some of their tea. It was fun.

For more information on visiting the Sokiku Nakatani tea room, go to their website here.

You can also listen to my show, Poli-Psycho with DJ Traysquat, every Wednesday from 4-5pm on KSSU.COM.

 

Written by Tracy Jordan a.k.a. DJ Traysquat

March Mania | KSSU Picks


Recently, CHVRCHES released a cover of The 1975’s “Somebody Else” BBC Radio 1’s “Live Lounge”! We totally love this cover and it evokes the same kind of emotion that The 1975 have when performing the song. Head on over to BBC 1’s website and skip to about 2:10:25 to hear the track!

Altered Carbon is an ambitious sci-fi, Bladerunner themed movie. It explores the future without the possibility of death and income inequalities in a dramatized way. Many found this series an underwhelming introduction to Netflix’s sci-fi category. Although we see a lot of potential! It starts off very ambiguous and hooks you until you’re obsessed and eventually have to keep watching to find out what happens next. If you have Netflix, you’re in luck!

Beach House’s has been teasing their new album with two new singles! We love their sound and how they always stay super authentic. They’ve been true to their sound and themes since the beginning. We can always count on Beach House to have the dream pop anthems of the year and be consistent with their releases! The track list for their upcoming album 7 has been released along with a full U.S. tour. Make sure to grab your tickets for the 2nd Bay Area show before they sell out! Listen to their new singles “Lemon Glow” and “Dive”, out everywhere now.

Another Round Podcast with Heben & Tracy covers everything in the media, as well gender, race pop culture from the perspective of Black women! They’re hilarious and incredibly vulnerable and sensitive! They talk about the normalization of mental health awareness in Black families and give people a voice that normally wouldn’t have one. Listen on iTunes podcast app or on Buzzfeed now.

Icarus is a documentary about the doping of athletes and the history behind it. Filmmaker and cyclist Bryan Fogel sets out to endure a huge scandal in the cycling world. He goes to great lengths to uncover a story of personal experiments, unexplained deaths and Olympic gold medals. Watch on Netflix now!

Favorite February Finds!


A couple of our favorites from everyone at KSSU! Ranging from podcasts, tv shows, books and new albums! We hope you find your new Spring obsession!

First on the list is Porches’ new album The House that was released recently. During many of the introductions of the songs, he had a very 2000’s techno vibe but throughout every song it evolved into melodic lyrics and music that fits every occasion.

Dear Sugars, a podcast produced by New York Times is hosted by two people Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond. Their mission is be radically empathetic and give advice to be in troubling situations.

Season 4 of Grace & Frankie, a Netflix original about two women in their 70’s that are accepting the trials and tribulations of growing old. I won’t give any spoilers but you’ll be laughing and crying throughout the whole show. Go binge now!

South & West by Joan Didion is a series of entries when world renowned journalist, writer and native Sacramentan traveled to the South in 1970. Originally all of notes and information was written in her notebook at the time and eventually her experiences were published. It’s a really telling story about the difference between the culture and habits of the West (California) and the South.

The Shannara Chronicles is a fictional show that follows heroes in the Four Lands as they embark on a quest to stop an evil Demon army from destroying the universe. Austin Butler (you may have seen him in The Bling Ring or Carrie Diaries) stars in it as a half-Elf alongside some amazing women! Watch this show if you want to get hooked on a new fictional mystery!

Glossier is a cruelty free and mostly vegan company that specializes in skincare and minimal makeup products. They have saved my life and are so inclusive with their products. Click the link if you want to be inspired and never go back to other beauty brands.

KSSU’s Study Tips for Finals


Hey Readers! Read below for some study tips from everyone here at KSSU and ace those finals. 🙂

  1. Listen to what your body is telling you! If your eyelids feel heavy, take a power nap. Studying is pointless if you and your body are not in a position to retain the information you need to learn.
  2. Get out of the space that you’re most comfortable in! Go to a nice coffee shop (Philz Coffee, Identity, Tupelo) or to the 4th floor of the library. Just get out of that bed.
  3. Make sure you keep snacks with you (that you will actually eat) and that you’re hydrating. Opt for water before anything else.
  4. Give yourself breaks and don’t overwhelm yourself. You deserve that 15 minute walk, 45 minute nap or 30 minutes of your favorite TV show.
  5. Speak out loud instead of reading in your head. This improves your memory and you’re 50% more likely to remember important information.
  6. Use the SelfControl app to block distracting apps and sites. Create boundaries for yourself!
  7. Don’t stay up all night before your exams, study as much as possible but make sure you’re getting enough beautyrest.
  8. Lastly, listen to KSSU’s Picks on Spotify! Updated bi-weekly every Thursday. Motivational tracks, R&B and lowkey instrumentals included.

Everyone here at KSSU hopes you have a relaxing, enjoyable and inspiring break. See you next semester!

Almost There!


FinishLineAheadSign.jpgHey everyone. I am so excited that we made it, yet, to the end of another semester. This semester has been the most relaxed semester I have had in a long time. Now that I am a graduate student, I am excited to attend another year at Sacramento State. I made a plan to do my work in advance, and make a schedule that is not so stressful this semester. So far, I have accomplished my goal of having a less stressful semester and not procrastinating on work. I have been ahead of work and taking at least one day off throughout the weeks of the semester. We all need at least one day off out of the week.

Before I get too far with this post I would like to remind everyone about the accomplishments that Sacramento State has accomplished this semester and year. First of all, our football team had a great season compared to last season. I was very impressed with them and looking forward to their games next year. Second, we are finally getting ready to have another parking structure next to the dorms. That should be very helpful for student/staff parking. Speaking of dorms, we have a new dorm built for our new freshmen. It is actually nice. If you have not seen it yet, stop by the dorms and check it out. Speaking of freshmen, Sac State has increased the amount of freshmen attending our college this semester. Which means our population is increasing, good job hornets for our increase and students. The last thing I wanted to share is our new comers to KSSU this semester. We are expanding as well, and it has been nice to meet everyone.
Now I am going to discuss finals week because I am sure everyone is worrying about it. I do not have many finals or exams to worry about. But I do have a paper and presentation coming this upcoming week. There are many students on campus who have to complete papers and presentations instead of exams. I believe teachers wanted to have a less stressful semester with work as well because many students are less stressed about finals this semester than last semester as well.
All I can suggest is get the last week of finals over with. We had that teaser Thanksgiving week off, and it got students ready to go home. Especially with this cold weather. With only two weeks left, we will all finally get ready to go back home and enjoy winter break! We have got through these few months of the semester, these last two weeks should be nothing.
So everyone get your coffee, energy drinks, snacks, and sweat pants ready because this semester is almost over already. I am happy the time has went by so fast, and I hope it can go by faster because I am ready for winter break. I am assuming you all are too. So good luck with these last few weeks, and I hope you all enjoy the rest of the semester and year.