Blackbird Mixtapes: Quarantine Valentine

Written by Haleigh Hoff February 1, 2021

This weeks mixtape was created by JamalEdeen Barghouti

Introduce yourself

My name is JamalEdeen Barghouti and I’m the Director of Marketing for Blackbird. I am a first-generation Palestinian American, I have spent the majority of my life living in Reno Nevada. I’m a libra sun, gemini moon. ENFJ, I like long walks from my bedroom to my WFH office and singing karaoke in the living room with my roommates while pretending we’re at a noisy bar full of people.

What is the name of your mixtape?

The name of my Mixtape is “Quarantine Valentine”. It’s a collection of songs that make me think about love; some of them are songs I shared with previous lovers and valentines that have since taken on a new meaning. For the most part they just make me think about being a protagonist in a quirky RomCom about being gay and in love. I spent the first half of 2020 pining for romance and the second half with a Pandemic Paramour. I made this mixtape for him <3. I suggest listening to it once all the way through before putting it on shuffle. 

Are you a creative person?

Yes! I think most people are creative in their own ways. My imagination is really active and I spend a lot of my time daydreaming and thinking. I love to write, I also love to do my makeup; another way that I explore my creativity. 

What keeps you creative?

PoKiNg SmOt forsure. Cannabis is a huge help to me in my creative process because it gets me out of my head and helps me look at things from a different perspective. I also think that people from multi-cultural backgrounds, especially queer folks, have to be a little imaginitive. We are constantly navigating a world that was not really built for us which forces us to be creative.

What keeps you moving?

Good music, good people, and good weed.