Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: From Young People Exploring to Women of Color Creating Their Stories, and Embracing Gratitude 

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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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I took a break from Instagram this week (for reflection and prayer), and scaled back on my other social media, too. I have enjoyed reading about activism and art, and listening to empowering words of faith.

Here’s my weekly list of inspirational content – from articles to videos:

Poverty is tragic in many ways, the most striking is its ability to make folks feel isolated. This amazing program is changing that – Chicago Youth Explore Life Beyond the Hood

Who says celebrities are all self-absorbed? I love that so many actors of color are boycotting the Oscars and demanding #JusticeForFlint with this free event.

Letting go is an art, and once we learn to flow with change, it’s liberating. This insightful post from author and professional organizer Bettina Blanchard lays it all out simply.

My blogging bestie Afrotastic Lady is a wonderful writer who shares from the heart. She tells readers what 6 things she’s grateful for each month (usually in a video). For February it’s everything from connecting with other bloggers / writers (like your girl! I was so flattered!) to her love of chicken wings! Lol!

The interior lives of “ordinary” women of color, particularly black women, are usually ignored.  Multimedia artist Njaimeh Njie has captured these rich nuances  with her recent photo  series, ‘Power (ed) by Grace.’

Actress Danai Gurira got tired of not seeing the complexity of African women in stories, so she wrote her own. Her latest play is Eclipsed.

Minister, motivator and author Cindy Trimm spoke to my soul with this talk on declaring victory over our circumstances with words of faith.

 

Inspiration For Your Ears: From Healing to Helping Others

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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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It’s been a hectic week, so I have not listened to as much, but what I have heard has moved me immensely. 

Here’s my weekly list of inspiration for your ears: 

This Cindy Trimm healing prayer is utterly moving. She covers every possible illness, declaring freedom from fear and pain. 

T.D. Jakes’prolific sermon about being grounded in your faith… its an essential part of walking in your purpose. 

Documentaries open us to new worlds. Check out The Drop Box, which  follows South Korean Pastor Lee and his dedicated efforts to rescue abandoned children. Folks leave unwanted babies in his “drop box”, and he and his ministry team welcome and care for them. 

Animals hold a special place in my heart. When I came across this beautiful video about a program connecting inmates with abandoned dogs, I could barely contain the tears. When we come outside of ourselves, liberation is possible. 

Michael Franti makes music that speaks to you in profound ways. His song Same As It Ever Was (Start Today) about police brutality and inequality call on us to create the change we seek. “A revolution is a battle between the future and the past…, he sings. “…you and me can make that change.” 

Screenshot via Michael Franti music video, “Same As It Ever Was…”
 
 
Screenshot via Michael Franti’s music video, “Same As It Ever Was…”