Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: Singer Andra Day, Finding Your Writing Voice Matters and Upsetting Rape Culture 

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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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Inspiration, creativity, these are my oxygen, y’all. As always, I take in a lot – music, sermons, faith-based writing, social justice! Here is my weekly round-up from the online world:

Andra Day is such a unique and powerful talent. Loving her vintage vibe, too! “In Southern California, there is a big rockabilly sub-culture. So when I would go to car shows, I would see women dressed like this. I had a teacher in high school that always had her Bette Paige bangs. And then the music that I studied was jazz—I love Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald. The way they dressed, everything that was mid-century ‘40s and ‘50s, I was always drawn to. Eventually, I just started putting things together and adding my own flair to it and it just exploded into all of this.”

Ashely Coleman is awesome sauce! If  you haven’t checked her out at Write Laugh Dream, head on over now. These two posts about overcoming our four biggest fears as writers and living out loud are everything!

Amazing work that Hannah Brancato and Melani Douglass (co-organized the performance at the BMA) are doing through The Monument Quilt (FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. The organization joins several other artists competing for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, a program of the Baltimore Office of Promtion & The Arts.  “The prestigious competition which awards a $25,000 fellowship to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region.  An exhibition of the finalists’ work will be featured in the Thalheimer Galleries of The Baltimore Museum of Art” (according to the Artscape website). Peep this post on their performance at the exhibition opening.

Photo Credit: Bill Hughes, Baltimore Post-Examiner
Photo Credit: Bill Hughes, Baltimore Post-Examiner
My wonderful friend Jimmy Jean’s recent blog post on embracing the journey and not letting the hustle dominate everything!

Jesse Williams inspiring BET speech (that it feels like everyone is talking about!) and his longtime commitment to activism.

Keep the bugs away with these awesome alternatives to the toxic chemicals found in most common sprays.

Madam C.J. Walker’s (first woman millionaire in the U.S.) beauty line is being revived by Sundial brands. Yay! Read about it all on In Her Shoes blog.

Inspiration for Your Ears: From Heartfelt Gospel to Mindfulness and Activism

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This week flew with dizzying speed so I listened to more music than podcasts, but still managed to catch inspiration from a plethora of sources.

My hairstylist Dominique turned me on to a heartfelt gospel song “Worth” by Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy.  Its such a beautiful reminder that God’s love for us is boundless and liberating.

Shannon, my bestie and LIC blog contributing writer, spent this week rocking out to Vixen Noir, an eclectic music artist who’s song “Dangerous,” celebrates independence and strength.

Andra Day, with her lovely vintage look and soulful sensibilities is officially one of my favorite new artists. Her song “Rise Up” eloquently captures the relentless spirit of determination. “I’ll rise up unafraid,” she sings boldly.

I just discovered Lizz Wright has a new album, Freedom and Surrender. The behind-the-scenes video is about this latest offering is fascinating; its always great to hear the artist discuss their work.

Affirming the lives of all black folks matters is essential for America’s healing. I love Koli Tengella’s take on this issue. His commentary is regularly featured on The Marc Steiner show, my favorite daily radio broadcast airing WEAA 88.9 FM.