Love, A Daily Journey

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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The highest grossing holiday after Christmas, Valentine’s Day, is officially over, but the daily journey of love, genuine love, is ongoing. Rabid consumption of romantic objects will not carry us from horrific U.S. led drone strikes, imperialism, nefarious global violence – particularly against women, girls and animals, climate change, economic inequality and a host of other atrocities.

It all begins and ultimately rests within love and “belief in God, yourself…” Carolyn Malachi, Grammy nominated artist sings in “Dumela.” When we abandon love, justice and hope are annihilated, compassion and empathy lost.

Love is simultaneously simple and profound, beautiful and unnerving, transformative and grounding.

Love is letting a fellow driver over in traffic jam when you prefer to keep going. It’s saying hello to someone who makes it especially challenging, or finding beauty in unlikely places and moments. This is love.

Not what you expected read, huh? Believe me it’s not what I thought I would write, but as I grow in a progressive Christian faith and relationship with my family – particularly our daughter Naima – I realize that love is ever evolving, presenting me with new ways to share and experience its power.

How do you love when it gets tough?

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Our daughter Naima
Photo Credit: Keston De Coteau

Networking with a Purpose, Afrikan Village & Cultural Center of Baltimore

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Photo courtesy of Marcus Sankofa Nicks
Photo courtesy of Marcus Sankofa Nicks

Marcus ‘Sankofa’ Nicks, national youth director of  The Afrikan Village & Cultural Center and founder of Black Genius Youth Academy, is talking about a different kind of networking  event – one with a purpose beyond exchanging business cards and vague promises to stay in touch.  It’s time,  he thinks, to get beyond our limited notions of networking, and connect in authentic ways.

On Friday, February 8 from 6-9 p.m. The Brothers of Ma’at Fellowship of The Afrikan Village & Cultural Center of Baltimore (25 E. North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21202) hosts  “The Rebirth of The Black Wall Street.”  Nicks is encouraging you to come out and connect with other professionals and community members to promote your products and services.

“It’s an event for everyone,”  he says, “not just entrepreneurs.” Attendees also have an opportunity to present what they do (business, artistic endeavor, etc.) with the group and engage in meaningful dialogue. The Center also plans to open the doors to their upcoming bookstore Universal Minds, a place to find conscious and empowering books. 

A national organization, the center is focused on “empowering people of Afrikan descent – economically, spiritually, socially and physically, all through the guise of Afrikan culture,” Nicks says.  “Baltimore is one of the local chapters.”

Photo Source: The Root
Photo Source: The Root

I caught up with him recently to discuss the significance of Black Wall Street, a tragic incident  in Greenwood, a black section of  Tulsa, Oklahoma where an angry white mob nearly decimated the town’s accomplished population of entrepreneurs and professionals.

Beginning on May 31, 1921, according to an article on the website The Root, a young black man was accused of assaulting a white woman ignited “the deadliest race riot in U.S. history.” Nearly  300 people died, and “another 10,000 black residents [were] homeless, with 35 city blocks in ruin.”

There are other examples of these hateful actions from Rosewood, Florida to  North Carolina, Nicks points out.  It’s time, as a community, that we move towards helping each other; the answer, he insists is “not with the government but individuals.”

Listen to a portion of our conversation below via Sound Cloud.
http://soundcloud.com/live-in-color-blog/the-rebirth-of-the-black-wall

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Flyer courtesy of The Afrikan Village and Cultural Center of Baltimore
Flyer courtesy of The Afrikan Village and Cultural Center of Baltimore

Blog Chat: Grammy-Nominated Singer Carolyn Malachi

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When you ask most people how they are doing, they usually mumble ok, Carolyn Malachi will likely say amazing. Obviously, the great-granddaughter of jazz pianist John Malachi is not most people. Malachi possesses an ethereal grace; down to earth and warm, the Washington D.C. native and Grammy-nominated independent artist greets me on this frigid January day with a genuine hug and easy smile.

Her style is diverse, fusing Jazz, Hip Hop and Spoken Word into a veritable musical gumbo. From “Revenge of the Smart Chicks”(2008) to “Revenge of the Smart Chicks II”(2009) and “Lions, Fires & Squares” EP (2010), she remains committed to presenting her artistic truths. In 2011. Malachi received a Grammy award nomination for the single, Orion (“Lions, Tigers & Squares”) as Best Urban / Alternative Performance.

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Microsoft featured Malachi’s motivational song and video “Beautiful Dreamer” in its Windows Media Guide. Her “Free Your Mind” video imbued with motivational gems (“You on that doubt, I got these dreams”) supports The School Fund’s efforts to provide education for the world’s poorest students. 
Check out the first Live In Color blog chat with this dynamic artist and humanitarian!Video and editing by Keystone Productions (follow on Twitter @ KeystoneProd) or on Facebook (Keystone Productions).