How Baby Boomers Screwed Us Up
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How Baby Boomers Screwed Us Up

Sometimes hard work doesn't pay off.

Disclaimer: For practical reasons, I may use the term "baby boomer" loosely. To see the actual timeline that defines terms such as "baby boomer" or "millennial," go to the Center For Generational Kinetics' website.

Baby boomers (now in their fifties, sixties, and seventies) worked hard to ensure that their kids wanted for nothing. After they worked their asses off to provide us with everything we could possibly need, we grew up to be "entitled little shits" with no respect for our elders.

They bought houses, televisions and college tuition, but were they too busy making ends meet to teach us how to reach our full potential? Were our parents too distracted or too exhausted to converse with us in a meaningful way?

To them, our birthday presents represented all the hard work they put into supporting us. To us, it was just a Gameboy or, later on, an iPod. This is what F. Scott Fitzgerald warned us about. Corrupted by materialist values, our parents were seduced by the American Dream.

Time to stop chasing the green light, old sport.

They just don't get why their kids grew up to be so ungrateful. Perhaps we don't understand the value of hard work because our parents didn't take the time to help us understand them. This isn't our parents' fault.

To them, the American Dream is something you can touch, taste or buy. Though many of us grew up with material wealth, we still aren't happy.

It all goes back to our fundamentally flawed economy and culture. Our society over-exaggerates the value of consumption, but we don't condition individuals to be productive. The corporations in power want us to just buy their products without adapting or finding new ways of doing things. The more mindless we are, the more likely it is for a company, politician or idea to rise to power by unethical, inhumane or unsustainable means.

Baby boomers butt heads with the younger generations because they think we don't appreciate them. In truth, we don't appreciate the superficial values imposed on us. For the first time, our society is being more mindful about things that our parents never considered.

Just because we weren't raised in an age of mindfulness doesn't mean we should blame our elders for all our problems (never mind the title of this article). It's important to understand why consumerist culture left us ill-prepared for reaching our full potential.

But excuses will get us nowhere.

We can learn from the previous generation's mistakes while also thanking them for trying their hardest to make us happy. Like our parents, we will also have to work hard, but our efforts will go into creating cultural and societal change so that future generations will have both the resources and the understanding to reach their full potential.

And it will be priceless.

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Millennial Women Are Worse Off Than Previous Generations

Why am I not surprised...?

Millennial women are worse off than previous generations, according to a new study by the Population Reference Bureau.

The study found that millennial women are less likely to hold jobs in STEM positions, more likely to be in poverty, and there were increases in the number of incarcerations for women, as well as increases in maternal mortality and suicide.

Numerically, this translates to a 17 percent increase in women 30-34 living in poverty.

1 in 4 people in STEM jobs are women.

The suicide rate increased to 6.3 per 100,000 (from 4.4 per 100,000 for Gen X).

And, incarceration rates for women increased ten-fold.

The study cites things such as a lack of resources, or a lack of supportive environments for women, as being the reason for the decline.

As for more reasons for this decline, the election of Donald Trump certainly hasn't helped women's rights. Donald Trump repealed Obama-era protections for women in the workplace, which called for wage transparency and "cover-up clauses," which stopped companies with government contracts from keeping sex discrimination claims out of courts and off of any records.

Donald Trump reinstated the global gag rule, which stops any organization receiving US funding from mentioning abortion. He also signed a law to cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood, which provides reproductive health to women and men.

But, never fear, the study isn't all bleak findings. The study found that women are still pursuing education, and that the gender wage gap, while still in existence, is slowly narrowing.

The study also found that the teen birth rate is at an all-time low, women are smoking less, the female homicide rate has fallen and, while Congress is still mostly men, the number of women legislators has increased with each generation.

Millennial woman have a lot going against them. This current American political climate, the lack of female representation in Congress and the spread of misinformation surrounding women's health and Planned Parenthood all contribute to the study's findings.

While millennial women are currently facing enormous obstacles, there are plenty things to do to fight this decline.

You can volunteer at organizations that benefit women, such as Planned Parenthood or domestic survivors' shelters. Donations for organizations that benefit women are also really beneficial.

As a working woman, you can advocate for equal pay or fight workplace sexism. You can help elect women to positions in government or run for one yourself.

One last way to fight stagnation is to educate people who are ignorant. There is a lot of misinformation surrounding women's issues, and fighting that ignorance can help get more feminists to help fight the stagnation and decline of millennial women.

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The Best Jay Z Features Playlist

AHA It's ya boy.

In this uncertain world, I've been trying to seek out some consistency. Somewhere, anywhere. I can't find it in the weather because, despite what Scott Pruit says, global warming is playing games with Mama Earth's thermostat.

Recently, I've felt uncertain about my rights as an American, rights secured through the Supreme Court. People are dipping their pizza in milk, so I know I can no longer rely on the sanctity of divine food. I can't even count on HBO to release my shows in a timely or predictable manner (when the fuck is Westworld coming back?).

And that is why I turn to Jay Z. He's been around the music industry awhile -- since 1989 in fact -- and has been working the radio waves since. He might switch up the genre he spits bars in or the vibe of his beats, but he's always solidly delivering with a smooth flow and creative lyrics.

Not to mention he seems real (which if you don't believe is true, just know that in 2012 he ranked his own albums best to worst) and this authenticity flows through into his music.

As any solid artist would, he shines through his own discography, as well as by being a featured artist. It seems that no matter who he spits it with - whether it's MIA, Mariah Carey, or Rick Ross - something about his voice and lyricism sets up a dope bounce to the main artist's creation.

Even if all he is doing is saying, "uh come on, uh come on" I find myself nodding my head and rooting for him.

In search of that warm comfort Jay brings, I mixed together a playlist of some of the best songs with him as a featured artist. It's a mix of deep dark beats, fun bouncy songs, and rap to relax to. This is a playlist of our boy Hova - the rapper we can count on in this inconsistent world.

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Avocados Aren't The Reason Why Millennials Can't Buy Homes

Welcome to another criticism of the millennial generation, it begins with avocado toast.

In a recent article published by Money titled "Avocados Are Why You Can't Afford A Home, Millionaire Says", the millionaire concludes that expensive Starbucks drinks and a superfluous amount of avocados are the root cause of millennials' inability to purchase a home.

The article quotes the millionaire saying: "We're at a point now where the expectations of younger people are very, very high," and "They want to eat out every day, they want to travel to Europe every year. The people that own homes today worked very, very hard for it, saved every dollar, did everything they could to get up the property investment ladder."

First of all, the argument here is completely limited to a portion of millennials who have the financial ability to eat out, ignoring the rest who do not have the means to do so. Second of all, the critique here isn't on avocados, it's on the conspicuous consumption of a percentage of the millennial generation.

Yes, avocado toast is completely overrated and overpriced, but that cost simply doesn't add up to bankruptcy (and I have never seen $22 avocado toast, so where is he eating out?). You can't isolate one specific fruit (superfruit albeit), and claim that it is the be all end all to why millennials can't afford homes.

But who is to say that all millennials necessarily want homes? Maybe this millionaire should consider the fact that apartments are typically a go-to for first time property owners. Also, I'm pretty confident that millennials don't think they can travel to Europe every year, considering a significant portion of them have never even been out of the country.

To critique the way an entire generation consumes one or two specific products is silly, plain and simple. The problem the millionaire is actually discussing confronts the way a portion of millennials chose to spend money (whether that is their own fault or their parents').

The heart of the argument, that young people choose to put their money in unwise endeavors rings true, but the claim is too specific and generalized all at once. This is not the behavior of our generation across the board, and to claim that is simply incorrect.

It is also not the purchasing of a side of guac at Chipotle that prevents millennials from putting a downpayment on a house. Rather than reducing the behavior down to one commodity and pointing fingers at us youngsters, they should have initiated a dialogue discussing the ways young people tend to carelessly spend money.

Perhaps give tips on ways to cut costs, start saving and maybe even invest. So let the record be clear: avocados are not the problem.

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Which Celebrity Should Be Your Sugar Daddy? (Quiz)

Just trying to help you pay your tuition.

As college students there is no denying that we have a lot of expenses. Between tuition, books, housing, food, and social costs the money can really start to add up. Not to mention the fact that our broke selves still crave a taste of the good life.

That's where a sugar daddy comes into play. Having a handsome, older gentleman there to help pay all of those expenses and shower you with some gifts along the way is really a pretty good deal if you ask me.

How to make the set up even better? Find yourself a famous daddy. Take the quiz bellow to see which celebrity SD is best for you.

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Jay-Z "4:44" Album Review

Platinum in just five days.

A good businessman knows how to reinvent himself, and Jay Z is as versatile as anyone in the corporate world. The same holds true about his musical endeavors. Over his illustrious career, Jay Z has explored everything from hardcore rap to becoming an immense pop star, all the while boasting the story of a trap star from the hood who has now achieved a net worth of an estimated $810 million.

Jay-Z released 4:44, his 13th solo album on June 30, and it has already gone platinum. When you're worth $810 million, you probably don't need to apologize to many people. That is why it is interesting to see Jay Z project himself as apologetic, vulnerable, and still untouchable all at the same time on this album.

On title track "4:44", Jay-Z goes into depth about his flawed relationship with Beyonce, infidelity, and the rebirth of their relationship with their children together. On track "Kill Jay-Z", he talks about his complicated relationship with Kanye West and the incident where Beyonce's sister Solange attacked him in an elevator. The Story of OJ, explains culture, moving forward through adversity, and financial success and failure.

Family Feud talks about the disconnect between old rappers and the new generation of rappers today. Both parties don't understand each other and it makes for many problems. The line goes, "No one wins when the family feuds." On the track Smile, Jay-Z dives into his mother's struggle with admitting she is gay. Every song has it's story or message.

This album is a historical representation of Jay-Z's eventful career and life. Filled with the successes, failures, and maturation, he lays it all out there in 10 songs on his possible "retirement album". If this is Jay-Z's final album, then it's quite the album to go out on.

The album is now exclusively on Tidal, but is available for download using promo code "sprint" and entering an email address. The album is rumored to hit all streaming services tomorrow or sometime early next week.