Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: From John Legend to Self Care, Kindness & Love 

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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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There is always such inspiration around us – an abundance of light and joy. We simply have to tune in and remain in a place of openness to receive it all. I am excited about the depth of music many artists are offering, along with all I read about folks around world committed to change.

Here is your mid-week inspiration round up, lovelies:

John Legend’s recent song, I Know Better  on personal growth is amazing. Love Me Now, a beautifully shot video, speaks to me so deeply about being in the present moment and appreciating love, because tomorrow is not promised.

My friend Kami’s heartfelt blog post on sharing kindness with a struggling man, and how this ultimately transformed her own perspective: “And there, in the middle of a parking lot, I placed my hand on his shoulder and prayed a short, simple prayer that he would feel loved and be provided for. I asked for him to be shown kindness in the days to come.”

Artwork by Ainsley Jordan

Have you heard of the 5 love languages? Seems like everyone is in the know! My bestie Chel mentioned it to me years ago, and I was reminded again when checking out my girl Joi’s blog, she has a whole fab. series going, connecting it to self-care. Head on over!

I love the SideHustlePro podcast! Since listening last year, I have learned so much from Nicaila Matthews and all the fab. guests! Christina Brown of LoveBrownSugar was on recently and dropped so many jewels about turning your blog into a profitable biz! Yasss! Let’s get these coins, ladies!

Take the guesswork out of fashion with this post from Kevya Jo on the Pretty Entrepreneur blog about style staples for the entrepreneur. And then peep Vee’s post on self-love and self-care – although written for Valentine’s Day, the message is relevant year round.

Listening, even when we disagree with folks – a thoughtful read from Yes! magazine about doing just this in the era of Trump.

Black history is year round! Such an uplifting blog post on the richness of the African-American experience from my girl Monica (afrotasticlady).

Gratitude, the practice of seeing what we often overlook, is beautifully written about on Life with A View. Peep Lynda’s recent blog post and leave inspired!

How One Photo Quietly Says Black Lives Matter

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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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Photo Credit : Gordon Parks

Eloquent resistance. These two words somersault in my mind as I study Gordon Parks deceptively simple photographic portrayal of a mother and her daughter in segregated America, circa 1955.

In her own way, this striking and elegant woman refutes the American narrative about people of color – illiterate and undignified.

She and her daughter stand in subtle defiance, shattering  long  held  assumptions about black women and girls – unfeminine, ugly, and invisible.

Despite living under legal segregation, they assert, with their bodies, we refuse your vulgar categorizations.

We are here. We will not cower under the weight of hatred. We matter immensely.

This is the essence of  today’s Black Lives Matter movement; the right to simply exist, beyond the barriers of hatred and fear, because at the core, even within our differences, there lies a shared humanity.

When we refuse to see one another, genuinely see another person, we extinguish ourselves, our own light. If I tell you your life does not matter, I run from myself, constructing an identity that is married to your pain, struggle and subjugation.

Let us come to realize not only our own worth, but the value of other black lives and experiences who are marginalized, creating a world where no voice is silenced.

Be Your Own Boyfriend, Wisdom from singer Nina Simone and More (Inspirational Links)

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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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Photo Credit: Keston De Coteau

I lose whole chunks of time reading, whether on the bus ride home, or in those rare hours of solitude at a cafe. These days, my mind and eyes move quickly, zig zagging from articles and blog posts to podcasts (NPR, SoundCloud, Marc Steiner show, etc.).

Yes, sometimes this leads to information overload, but it also pushes me to continue growing, exploring and understanding novel ways of seeing the world. The inspirational links below connect to an overarching theme, love: love of self, culture and community. Enjoy!

Colorful and vibrant paintings by Kenyan-American artist Jamilla Okubo on Specter, an elegant art and literature online magazine.

Treat yourself royally, every day. Be your own boyfriend and soar according to relationship expert, author and all around inspiring personality Kaneisha Grayson. While you’re at it, explore the site for Walker’s Legacy, an awesome business collective for women of color.

Are you in a rut? I find myself digging out a lot lately. Find out how to fall back in love with your life on Tiny Buddha.

Nina Simone, 1966. Photograph: DAVID REDFERN/DAVID REDFERN/REDFERNS
Nina Simone, 1966. Photograph: DAVID REDFERN/DAVID REDFERN/REDFERNS

Nina Simone taught us so much; one of those lessons is to reach back and pull the generation behind you up. Check out this clip on the awesome blog, In Her Shoes.

One woman in Chicago made a home for her family and fought foreclosure. What odds? She blazed through obstacles! Read her encouraging story on Yes! Magazine and then get the book by author Laura Gottesdiener, A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home.

Live In Color! – Emelda