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.

Music for the Spirit – India.Arie

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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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India.Arie told us over ten years ago she would not fit into society’s narrow beauty boxes. “I’m not the average girl from your video,” she sang on Acoustic Soul (2001), without apology, “my worth is not determined by the size of my clothes…”

What? This made it on the radio, I thought as I listened intently. I remember those lyrics vividly; her words were living with so many of us brown girls. She unpacked our truth in one song: we, too, were beautiful, we merely needed to believe.

India.Arie’s music heals, elevates and nourishes the spirit. This is heart and soul music, transformative, life affirming, it questions your perceptions as all moving art should.

Perhaps more than any other point in my life, as I struggle with insecurities, fear and obstacles, I hear her most clearly, urging me to release those shackles and welcome freedom.

Here are a few of my favorites songs, with moving lines such as “I am light. I am not the things my family did. I am not the voices in my head. I am not the pieces of the brokenness inside.”

Live In Color! – Emelda