Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: Alabama Shakes, James Baldwin, and Podcast, Black Girl In Om

Photo Credit: Pieter M. van Hattem / GETTY IMAGES
Photo Credit: Pieter M. van Hattem / GETTY IMAGES

Lately, I am listening to lots of podcasts (informational, spiritual & inspirational), and of course, music! I also discovered some beautiful writing this week, too. Here’s what is resonating with my spirit lately:

How appropriate is a song about not wanting to fight anymore in today’s world of strife and pain? This video, all of the soul and beauty it captured, is stunning.  I enjoyed the short interview on NPR from last year about their current album, Sound & Color, and why Alabama Shakes does not play it safe.

Great podcast from Marc Steiner celebrating the prolific writer James Baldwin’s birthday, Aug. 3.

Speaking of amazing podcasts, have you listened to Black Girl In Om? I am not sure how I discovered this awesomeness, but I am all over every episode now. It is so affirming to find an online space that celebrates wellness, beauty and the intellect of women of color. Check out their website and digital magazine, too. Life, y’all!

I absolutely connected so much with Jennifer’s beautiful blog post about prayer life for busy parents.

My new friend Kami (a fellow writer at Our Words Collaborative) has a profound post on her blog, “Learning the Art of Letting Go.” These lines: “As real and necessary as it is to learn to hold on through the hard and often mundane moments in life, there are circumstances that instead call for us to let go. Over these years of illness, one of the hardest things for me to let go of is the idea of my former self.”

This arresting and prolific essay, “Confessions of a Little Black Girl” from the creator of the lovely online magazine, Inkfully, about the challenges of growing up as a brown girl in America.

Artwork by Bethany Joy

I ❤️ this artwork from  Bethany Joy, this month’s artist for Our Words Collaborative, a Christian online devotional where 30 of us share our faith journeys daily.

This Thursday’s devotional by Ari Heick about God refining our rough edges really spoke to my heart!

Emelda De Coteau
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4 Replies to “Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: Alabama Shakes, James Baldwin, and Podcast, Black Girl In Om”

  1. Thank you for the love! I am happy my post could bring someone joy and inspiration. I’m trying to take time to share my thoughts on faith. I love you created a post of other creatives who you found inspiration. This is a really good idea. There’s so much negativity and drama on social media. It’s refreshing to see positive posts.

  2. I love that you have this series, Emelda, and am honored to be included. It’s refreshing to have a collection of inspiring + beautiful writers, creatives, speakers in one place to refuel the good! And that video/song is so beautiful. <3 Sending you love today!

  3. I love Alabama Shakes! Can’t wait to check out the other links + great reads you’ve shared with us, Emelda. I hope you’re having a beautiful week!

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