Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: Corrine Bailey Rae, Solange and Overcoming Fear with Gabourey Sidibe 

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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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Image from Solange’s music video, Cranes in the Sky

Well, it’s been a while since I shared my fav. inspiration from around the web. It feels great to bring this round up of what is resonating with me lately – lots of music, podcasts and informative articles / books. Dig in, enjoy and please do tell a friend.  In all the madness and chaos of the world, we could all certainly use inspiration!
Corrine Bailey Rae has remained a fav. Her recent concert on NPR Tiny Desk concert is such an awesome way to kick off your day!

Corrine Bailey Rae, Image via NPR Tiny Desk concert series

I’m still rocking out to Solange’s phenomenal album which wrestles with the complexities of blackness and womanhood in such innovative ways.
These dope tracks have my heart: “Cranes in the Sky,” “Don’t Touch my Hair,”  and “Mad.”  The new Alicia Keys song “More Than We Know” about how our abilities far surpass anything we can imagine. Yasss! Life, y’all!

Alicia Keys Photo via album

Are you following Tiffany Huff on Instagram? If not, please fix that ASAP. This sista is an awesome writer / coach.  Her page always lifts me up.

And talking about encouraging IG pages, head on over to Jen’s page of with.giggles.and.gracefellow blogger Drea, her space is full of quotes, faith,  and glam tips!

Taking money out of politics in Maine… Check out this piece in YES magazine.

I discovered this empowering video of Gabourey Sidibe from my girl Kayla, the powerhouse behind the digital marketing and branding agency, I Feel Pretty, Inc. It’s such a poignant message about accepting yourself, and declaring that there is no limit to what can be achieved.

Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: From Singer Anthony Hamilton on Love to Living Unplugged

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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 from “Amen, Anthony Hamilton’s new video. Released March 2016

Is it Friday, already, y’all? The week is moving at warp speed and  as usual, I am enjoying new music. There is something about spring, huh? It feels like everything is brimming fresh with hope and promise.

Here is my latest roundup of inspiring content on the web:

Grown folks, music, fam! I just got my whole entire life with Anthony Hamilton’s concert on NPR Desk series. I can’t stop humming along to the new song, “Amen.” These lines are everything: “If I had to testify, I would say she is the truth… Got me saying Amen from the bed to the stove, from the church to the job, best thing I know. ”

My blogging bestie Nellie over at Adalmar Life is an introspective soul. Her writing always challenges me to think and this post is no different: The Art of Connection: Antisocial Media.

Survivors of domestic violence grow food and confidence through an innovative program in Kentucky.

The ethereal Corrine Bailey Rae singing her new piece, “Stop Where You Are.” “Light the fire where you are… Give up all the things you can’t control,” she urges us ever so gently.

I recently discovered signer Yuna’s powerful music. This song, “Live Your Life” about walking in your purpose is uplifting: “Don’t  hide from what you are… Rise before you fall,” she reminds us.

An artful examination and discussion of women who wear the burqua from OF NOTE, a digital magazine connecting art + activism through a global lens on the Marc Steiner show.

Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: New Music from Corrine Bailey Rae to Women & Girls Following Their Hearts

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Corrine Bailey Rae (photo via her Twitter page)
Corrine Bailey Rae (photo via her Twitter page)
Corrine Bailey Rae took a 6-year-break from music, but she’s back with a hot single I can’t stop rocking, “Been To The Moon (music video)” (full album is expected to drop March 13).
We tell girls they can accomplish anything, and then expect them to deny adventure in adulthood.  Caroline Paul’s new book, while written for tweens, can speak to all of us – stop playing it safe and start living. ▶️ Read Maria Popova’s excellent review of it here.

She worried about being a “disabled” Mom until a woman spoke a sentence she never forgot (featured on the amazing website The Mighty).

Great tips for women on setting personal and professional boundaries for ourselves.

We can dwell on what we don’t have, or we can proclaim our blessings! Nina Simone reminds us all with some powerful words – “Let me tell you what I got… my brain, my smile, my heart, my soul…”

Gregory Porter’s voice is utterly divine! I love this stirring song about a pivotal point in American history – 1960s.  And his classic piece, “Be Good,” is worth playing again and again (the music video was shot in my hometown of Baltimore).