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Best Capoeira Movies

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art “danced” to traditional berimbau music. Opponents “play” in a beautiful and deadly interaction. The art is hundreds of years old and was developed by decedents of slaves taken to Brazil. Slaves could be severely punished for learning to defend themselves, so the art developed as a dance, featuring powerful kicks and acrobatics.

  • Cordão de Ouro (1977): Set in a futuristic time period in Brazil, where Capoeira is central to the movie’s plot
  • Only the Strong (1993): First US movie to showcase Capoeira.
  • Pastinha! Uma Vida Pela Capoeira (1998): Documentary about Vicente Ferreira Pastinha aka Mestre Pastinha
  • Madame Sata (2002): Set in 1930s Rio de Janiero following a capoeirista street-fighter
  • Ginga: A capoeira documentary (2004)
  • Mestre Bimba, A Capoeira Illuminada (2005): Documentary of Mestre Pastinha
  • Maré Capoeira (2006): Short film about Capoeira
  • Capoeira: Finding a Center in the Ring (2008): Documentary about the challenges and rewards of the art
  • Besouro (The Assailant) (2009): Story of a legendary Capoeira fighter Beetle
  • Slums, Drums and Capoeira (2010): Documentary tracing Capoeira’s story from Salvador to today
  • Capoeira: Fly Away Beetle (2011): Story of three fighters in the early days after slavery

How do I become a leader at my high school?

High School Sign by Randy Robertson

High School Sign by Randy Robertson

High school offers plenty of opportunities for leadership. They are screaming your name but they aren’t going to chase after you. The number one tip is to take on as many as you can without wearing yourself too thin. Whether its student government, clubs, or sports, take advantage of all the possibilities at hand. You will be surprised by how much help you can offer and what an impact you can make. By being proactive and trying to get involved, you are bound to find yourself in a leadership position one way or another and when you find yourself leading a project you’re passionate about, you’ll immediately start seeing additional people and ways you can help.

Start small, by joining a club like Key Club and volunteering at an event, then step up and offer to help those organizing the event. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself a good fit for a minor position and if you’re dedicated a higher one. Similarly in student government you can start small by accepting minor positions, like classroom vice president, and work your way up to a position like school vice president, and eventually president of your high school.

As you progress on your journey, it’s important to learn from your mistakes. Do not blame others for your wrong-doings, don’t blame others either. Use each mistake as a learning opportunity. When people see how you deal with mistakes and take on new situations, they realize recognize your maturity and give you additional trust and responsibility.

In addition to learning from mistakes, you need to build your confidence. It doesn’t matter whether you’re introverted or extroverted, leaders need to make decisions and take responsibility for them. You can listen to other people’s opinions and get advice, but make sure to start facing your decisions and actually making them. Because you’ve invested time earlier and got to know how things work and care about the organizations you will be able to make good decisions and because you learn from mistakes you will become better at it.

By getting involved, caring, taking action, making decisions, and learning from them, you are bound to become and grow as a leader.

How To Do Laundry

Laundry Day by David Mayerhofer

Laundry Day by David Mayerhofer

When you buy an item, it is important that you read the care and wash instructions, as to not ruin the item. Washing clothes is very simple once the steps are followed correctly. A small slip up in water heat can change or ruin the color and material of clothing.

Preparation for the perfect wash
-Split the clothes into two piles: colors and whites
-Wash colored clothes in cold water
-Wash white clothes in warm water
-If an item is stained, remove it by scrubbing it with club soda before putting into washer
-Add laundry detergent as the water is filling up in the washing machine
-Before placing clothes into washing machine, check all pockets
-Place clothing in dryer, but make sure to read labels on clothing to determine whether to hang dry or machine dry them

After wash
To keep your clothing in pristine condition, untangle and hang your clothes after they are done drying. Iron dress shirts and slacks. Hanging delicate items will prevent them from wrinkling, so place them on a hanger in your closet. Fold other items like t-shirts, socks, and underwear and place them in a drawer.

Clothing tips
-Do not wash clothes that say ‘dry clean only’. These items are very delicate and require proper attention to keep them clean
-Try not to wash your jeans. It’s scientifically proven that bacteria do not thrive on jeans, meaning you can wear them numerous times without washing them
-It is recommended that you put your jeans in the freezer overnight or air them on a clothes line outside to get rid of any odors

3 Staycation Ideas for an Awesome Fall Break

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Fall break is just around the corner and the weather is perfect for a holiday. Some places around the US and around the world are just great at this time of the year, but you might not have the energy or the cash to travel somewhere for a vacation. Yet, at the same time, you shouldn’t waste your fall break not doing anything. Of course, to you, there may be nothing better than just staying in bed and eating junk food, but that would drain all your energy and by the time fall break ends, you will be exhausted. However, you can stay home and still enjoy a vacation during the fall holidays.

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7 Signs You Are a Modern Day Hippie

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Have you ever been referred to as a ‘Flower Child’ or ‘Hippie’ by anyone? If you smile at the thought of being one, chances are you might just be! There are a number of signs which indicate you are a modern day hippie. Some may surprise you, while others may not quite feel hippie at all. However, there is a slight difference between the hippies of today and those from the sweet sixties.

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How to Write an Effective To-Do List

To-do lists are extremely useful – they allow you to be more organized and prevent you from forgetting about important tasks. Not to mention the sheer satisfaction of crossing things off and noticing how the list gets smaller and smaller as time goes by. Also, by using a to-do list you will be able to keep track of everything you have accomplished and you will be prouder of yourself at the end of the day.

Nonetheless, in order for your list to actually help, you have to make sure that it’s an effective one. First-off, a never-ending to-do list will work against you, so keep it short. Remember that your day is a limited size, so it makes sense for your list to be limited as well. Avoid feeling overwhelmed and rushed by only writing down what’s really important. 

In the same note, don’t add tasks to your list as you go along, unless you really need to. Think of it this way: if you start with ten tasks on your to-do lists and complete three, it feels like progress. If you complete three and add five others, however, you may feel discouraged or irritated. Additionally, you should learn how to prioritize your list. Figure out which tasks are more important and get them out of the way first. It will be easier to handle your more menial assignments once the big ones are out of the way.   

We are going to conclude with a simple trick – for each thing you want to get done during the day, write down a reward as well. For instance, if you are at work, you can allow yourself to check Facebook or read your favorite blog for a few minutes after you complete a big task. This simple tactic will keep you more motivated and productive.    

How to Become a Better Listener

Developing your listening skills will make you a better communicator and help you improve both your professional and personal relationships. We’ve gathered a few tips that will make you a better listener, below.

  • Remove all distractions – turn off the TV or radio, don’t play with your smartphone, and don’t let your eyes wander around the room;
  • Control your body language – body language reveals your interest or disinterest in the conversation. If you want to show that you are actively listening, lean slightly forward and make eye contact. Avoid crossing your arms, putting your hands in your pocket or playing with your hair (this is a clear sign of boredom);
  • A simple smile and nod will show the interlocutor that you’re interested in what they have to say;
  • Don’t interrupt – there’s nothing ruder than interruptions, and they can affect the flow of the conversation in a negative way. Resist the urge and politely allow the other person to finish what they want to share;
  • After the interlocutor finishes, clarify to ensure you got the message right – you can easily do this by paraphrasing (repeating what he or she just said in your own words);
  • Ask questions –pertinent and thoughtful questions show the interlocutor that you are taking an active interest in his or her life;
  • Don’t hurry the other person to “get to the good part” – they will likely feel cut off and uninteresting, which will make them become reluctant to share anything else;
  • Avoid cliché statements – don’t tell someone “I know exactly how you feel”, because you probably don’t. The interlocutor will feel patronized, and you will come off as insensitive and self-centered.     

Keep in mind that listening goes beyond hearing the words the other person is saying. It’s actually and active process that requires a lot of practice and control. Consider our tips and you will master the art of listening in no time.