The day before the 2016 Presidential Election was one filled with more emotions than most of us could handle. The election season was exhaustive and I think everyone had bits of terror, delight, hope, worry, and every thing in between running through every nerve in their body. Depending on what kind of values you have in your life, Election Day was either a colossal victory, or a painful realization that freedom is fleeting. After realizing that my country was travelling back to the 1950’s by putting the greediest, sleaziest and most misogynistic group of twatwaffles into power, I headed to bed, with my head hung in defeat. Bouncing between blind disbelief and desperate, body-shaking sobs, I was finally able to fall asleep. The next day, as the world was still reeling from what in the ever-loving-fuck the United States just did to it’s “democratic” process, I hunkered down in a Facebook chat with some of my nearest and dearest friends. Frightened and furious, we decided that we had one of two choices: give in, or rise up.
And here we are.
Luckily, the timing was impeccable for the Syncopated Ladies, a group of 5 talented tap dancing women, as their “Rise Up” video was released just one day before the election. I’m still slightly convinced they’re a bit psychic, knowing that we would need something to lift our spirits… and did they ever.
In the Facebook post that contained this magnetic choreography thanks to Chloe Arnold, the Syncopated Ladies sent a heartfelt thank you to Michelle Obama, Beyonce, America Fererra, Hillary Clinton and their personal mentor Debbie Allen for their “empowering words and actions.” Being the first band-aid to help seal up the gaping wound the 2016 Presidental Election left most of the country with, I’m grateful these ladies gave us the first gift of the rebellion. The looks on their faces say it all, and the words on the posters they so casually dance with resonate even more, knowing what kind of injustices we are about to face. So, if you’re ever in need of something to lift you up, to give you the power to get back up after a powerful figure wants to hold you down, watch the Syncopated Ladies and hear the powerful words in their video to remind you: we will rise up.
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