Rockin’ Out to British Band the Noisettes!

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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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Noisettes (Dan Smith and Shingai Shoniwa)Photo & Artwork Credits: Danny Baldwin and Pierre Christophe 

Yes, lovelies, it’s Monday, and if you are like me, you would rather pull the covers over one last time before facing work deadlines and real life drudgery. Insert a collective sigh here. Well, cheer up, because  Mondays on Live In Color blog are a celebration of music – the kind of beats and lyrics moving us to dance and sing along loudly!

Today we’re highlighting the the Noisettes, a British indie-rock band. What immediately resonates with me on a visceral level is seeing a beautiful brown woman, Shingai Shoniwa, singing lead. We definitely don’t encounter enough of us in rock music, despite our deep roots in this genre. Shoniwa also has such phenomenal style.

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Shingai Shoniwa
Photo Credit: WENN

Her fashion sense is nearly as eclectic as the duo themselves who met years ago while in a music class together; their personalities are often described as opposite, but somehow her charismatic charm and his steadfast love for the blues connect in song.

For nearly seven years, they have captivated audiences, first with live performances all over the United Kingdom, and then through smash singles like “Never Forget You” (see video below) from the CD Wild Young Hearts (2009).

There is an amazing band live session on YouTube filmed at the Lightship95 in East London, too.

Have those Monday blues left yet? Rock out some more with us! We’ll chase them away.

Live In Color! – Emelda

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What’s your favorite music for chasing away the Monday blues?

Single & Thirty Something

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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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Sweet Lil Mz Mia
Sweet Lil Mz Mia

This year alone I’ve dated a person who was barely legal, one who was barely sane and another one who claims she didn’t even know we were dating.

At the beginning of the year, all I could pray for was a partner, a wife, a soul-mate to save me from my loneliness and help me to carry the burdens of life. “Please God, PLEASE”, I literally cried as my motherly relationship with a person, who could have technically been my child, ended and spring allergies starting whooping my tale. “Life isn’t meant to live alone”, my snotty cries turned into screams, tantrums, bargains and countless conversations with Mel.

If you read our blog, you know that Emelda, or Mel as I call her, is happily married with an adorable one-year-old daughter (my Godbaby, Naima). Even though she understood my pain, without me having to tell her, I talked to her all summer like she didn’t. “YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND MEL! You have Keston and Naima, you never come home to an empty house, if your car breaks down, you don’t have to think about who to call, LIFE IS NOT MADE TO BE SPENT ALONE!!”

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“Abstract Women Face”

I was convinced I was miserable, the sole reason being my singleness. Then, as always, God answered my prayer.

She was perfect for me. An artist with a fierce devotion to God. We laughed and partied, we talked about our dreams and our purpose, we simply could not get enough of each other…for one amazing week. At the end of the week, my life turned into a Zora Neal Hurston book. She started foaming from the mouth, as if infected with rabies, and I had to shoot her because I thought she was about to kill me.

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“Old Woman Art”

Just Kidding.

What did happen though was a very clear series of omens. First, my car was towed, then I got a flat, then I broke down on 695 and then a dead bird flew into my car window and landed directly in the place where she was previously sitting. Laugh if you will, but I believe in signs.

And thank God almighty I was listening. Not too long after the dead bird encounter, “the perfect match” revealed that her God did not approve of homosexuality but, “when God looks at us, all He sees is the blood-stained banner” therefore, she accepted being in an unnatural and sinful relationship.

I quickly exited stage right!

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“Exhibition”

Could any love be better than hers? Well, Adele sang it best. “Nevermind, I’ll find someone like you” became my August anthem.

I was at peace with things. Still not happy about being single, but clearly there was nothing I could do but patiently wait for divine intervention and work on myself so my future wife would meet the ideal version of me. OK, I did get weak and tried to compose an online dating profile but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. No, not because I judge online dating but because I’ve had some terrible, I mean awful experiences with scary people I’ve met there.

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“National Beauty”

 

Now it’s winter and I’m in love. I’ve found her, my everything. Don’t worry, I’m not going to say that I’ve fallen madly in love with myself. I’m very happy for people who have. I think myself is wonderful but who’s even better is my DREAM self!

I know, it’s just as corny but I’m truly in a committed relationship with my goals and I’m happy about that, today.

Is this the curse of being thirty (something) and single? We attract relationships out of desperation and self-pity, then decide that we really don’t want to be in a relationship at all. And we do this year, after year, after year.

If you’ve read this far and haven’t noticed by now, I don’t have any answers for this perpetual dilemma. I’m just a single woman, taking it day by day. Today was a good day. Today, I renewed my commitment to fulfilling my dreams. Today, I played with my Godbaby, I got my hair done with Mel, we did a little shopping, I talked to some hommies and I wrote this amazing blog post.

Tonight, I won’t be lonely. I can’t wait to curl up with my warm blankets beside new my toasty heater. And tomorrow, I will still be single. That’s the one thing I know for sure.

Always Live in Color! – Shannon

Committed to Change – Bashi Rose, Filmmaker, Playwright & Actor (Blog Chat Series)

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Photo courtesy of Bashi Rose
These days some African-American artists prefer not to carry the weight of race within their work. “Excuse me,” Bashi Rose says, his deep voice unwavering, “that’s bullshit.” Rose, a Baltimore-based filmmaker, actor, playwright and co-founder of Nommo Theatre does not sit on his words. 
In 2011, he won a Baker Artist Award, followed, in 2012, by a fellowship with Open Society Institute (OSI), an organization working for lasting social and political change. Rose developed D.R.A.M.A. (Direct Responses Alleviate Misdirected Aggression) as an OSI fellow, along with inmates at the Maryland Correctional training center. The program reached black men within five Maryland prisons, teaching them about using the art of theater and film as a tool to overcome conflict.

He is an avid student of the Black Arts Movement which began in the 1960s, and includes voices of such literary luminaries as Amiri Baraka (widely credited as “The Father of the Black Arts Movement”), Sonia Sanchez and Gwendolyn Brooks, among others. Rose sees self love and knowledge of history as a critical piece of our own evolution.

The Park Heights native credits Baltimore’s poetry scene with expanding his worldview and in a fundamental sense, saving him. “Even though I never left the city I was still in whole different world.” Fellow poets pushed him to read Richard Wright, author of the classic Native Son, and Algerian thinker Frantz Fannon’s challenge to colonialism and white supremacy, Wretched of the Earth. 

A multifaceted artist, he learned his craft hands on, “similar to the way of my ancestors in West Africa,” he says. “Whether they were sculptors or Griots, they learned it in their community.” Rose has performed or directed in venues throughout the state and in New York City including Theatre Project, Creative Alliance, Howard University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Center Stage, among others. Some of his film projects include Love Deferred and Me Myself and Us (based on the play by actor Robert Lee Hardy). 

I hope you’ll enjoy listening to my interview via Soundcloud below with this prolific artist as he discusses creative influences (African filmmakers, French New Wave cinema, etc.), his mentor and Nommo Theatre co-founder, Mitchell Ferguson, collaborations with other artists such as Vincent Thomas and LOVE the poet, and much more.

https://soundcloud.com/live-in-color-blog/live-in-color-blog-chat-witsah

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Check Bashi out on Vevo.  I included a few clips – one from his recent short film, Love Deferred and a poetic ode to family life, A Mother’s Love.

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