National Poetry Month Recommended Read: Verses From Above


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For those that have no clue, April is National Poetry Month. A month dedicated back in 1996 to raise awareness and appreciation for the art of poetry in the United States. What better way to celebrate this art then by actually reading some poetry.  If you have no idea where to start, here is a book of poetry that you may want to pick up: Verses From Above by Salvin Chahal. Verses from Above is an amazing book of poetry, hitting many subjects that may leave readers wondered. With each poem, Chahal creates vivid scenes and worlds with much detail. He equips the literary device of metaphors well to his advantage. The comparisons made are ones that readers may have never thought of. Poem long metaphors such as treating his sister or women as museums or one liners like,

My mother’s love is rich like the soil in Egypt when the Nile would flood.

Another favorite is

Boil every moment you fell in love, in a pot molded by your hardened façade.

This book challenges any reader to really think and dive into every poem. Not just skim through. That’s what’s great about Chahal’s first book; every read through could be a different experience. Each poem contains many layers that scream out to be known, it is our job as the reader to find out the message. Chahal writes from his core, everything that he has experienced and seen. Even though the author is only 20, don’t be mistaken, he has done a lot of growing up. His thoughts may reflect our own or it may challenge, but that’s one of the main goals of the art of poetry. Chahal writes about the many aspects of cultures in his writing: his heritage, our generation, school, the system, etc. Harsh and honest, beautiful and fulfilling, this book must be checked out.

At the end of the book, Chahal has written “workshops” for readers to explore their own minds, mapping it out onto paper. The book immediately becomes an interactive experience. There are many blank pages to add personal content, and it doesn’t even have to be poetry. The workshops include experiences such as writing a letter to your 6th grade self, thinking of personal traits and weaknesses and writing about them, regrets, role models, and the list goes on. After reading a thought provoking book, this author urges you to look within. The workshops are definitely a challenge, but for any reader that is up to it, they may find themselves expressing thoughts that haven’t been thought about before. Which is poetry in itself. You may unknowingly find your words and sentences forming into beautiful poetry.

What started from a daily poetry series became a book. It was officially launched with a special event at creative art space Sol Collective in Sacramento back in February 13th of this year. The momentum hasn’t stopped for the young author / emcee yet. Salvin Chahal recently performed and was part of a SXSW official showcase, as hosted by Sol Collective. He’s not new to the festival or showcase scene either, he was a poet mentor and a 2012 SAYS Slam team champion. His work is far from finished, Chahal is currently working on a musical project right now, taking his poetic skills to the mic. For more information follow his social media accounts :

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SalSuave

Instagram: @_Salvin

tumblr: sal-c.tumblr.com

The author of this blog, Jerel Labson, is a current radio host at KSSU.com. His show, the 30/30, is every Wednesday from 4pm-5pm. 30 minutes of music, followed by 30 minutes of talk with special guests every week.

I am Wholeheartedly Concerned that School is Making Me a Robot


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Regurgitation. It seems like that is what finals are all about. Stuff as many things into your head as possible, and just vomit them back onto a Bluebook, Greenbook (if you are an eco-friendly vomiter) or Scantron. Babysitting children is a natural birth control. Taking finals is all the motivation to want a creative, dynamic career and to NEVER get sucked into academia.

I am so tired of memorizing facts and universal trains of thought. There is something so soul sucking about finals week. Despite the fact that points are points in college classes and your finals rarely make or break you, we still get so kooky when that last week of December or May hits. I don’t think that we are really tripping about doing well, I think we are just DONE believing that this is the way to place a value on how much we learned in a class. Between the students cracked out on coffee and Adderrol in the library and the insane increase in PARKING WARS, finals week just sucks.

Finals week is just unhealthy, but let’s be real. The tests are not surprises, they are not hard and we are totally capable of passing and getting that shiny grade of our choice. I hope that everyone out there reading this and getting ready for the dreaded week remembers their limitless capacities and abilities. Regurgitating information is easy. The hardest stuff in life doesn’t come at the end of every four months in the form of a hyped up, feared test. I hope you take care of yourself this week–play outside, listen to good music, laugh with friends, eat Mother India’s Punjabi Omelet, drink lots of tea and wait to listen to Pink Floyd’s The Wall until after you test so you don’t become jaded too early!

Besos babies,

DJ Mophead

DJ Mophead is a DJ with Sacramento States only student run radio station KSSU

Lord Henry Wotton, Victorian Douchebag


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You know that guy at parties or dinners that everyone listens to? That guy ten people are gathered around, simply riveted by his every word? The heavy bass is booming in the other room, but these sheeple are sitting around him like he’s Gandhi. Maybe it’s his voice, or the way he dresses, you think.

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Showtime’s “Master’s of Sex” is Engaging


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Who isn’t interested in sex?  In the 1950’s and ’60’s there was a lot of medical information on conception, gestation and birth, but no one really knew the physiological responses to people, especially women, had before, during and after sex.  Fascination with the female orgasm led Dr. William Masters to initiate his now famous study and the new Showtime series Masters of Sex which tells the titillating story of the process.  The series is based on Thomas Maier’s book, “Masters of Sex.”

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8 Years is Too Much


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I woke up early, dressed in a new outfit, excited for the first day of my last year at school. I drove to school, weaving through traffic with brisk ease as I blasted some classic rock and sipped my coffee. Cars parted for me like I was Moses of the freeway- normally, morning traffic on highway 50 has my blood boiling by the Bradshaw exit, but not today. I got to school early, found a great spot in the parking structure close to the Union.  Today was going to be a good day.

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