Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: From Poetic Singers Adia Victoria and Gregory Porter to Faith in Action 

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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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We could all use a little inspiration these days, huh? Here is what I am breathing in this week: 

I love discovering singers of color who break out of the traditional R&B / Hip- Hop box. Adia Victoria is not interested in anyone’s limitations; I recently started listening to her, and I am feeling the gritty, authentic  blues / rock / soul mix of  this music.

Gregory Porter brings so much depth and light to this NPR Tiny Desk concert series. His song “Take Me to the Alley” about seeing those among us who are suffering, truly seeing them, and extending genuine freindship, nearly brought me to tears.

Such a beautiful poem from Arielle Estoria on God’s boundless love for us at Inkfully, a lovely online magazine and community dedicated to empowering all  women to tell their stories and unique truths. I also loved Arielle’s piece on finding her voice as a woman of color.

Yes! Such an uplifting post (by ShaVaughn Morris) about tenacity and entrepreneurship on the blog of I Feel Pretty, Inc., a digital marketing & branding co. run by my girl Kayla.

Therapists helping folks heal from recent racial trauma.

The first-ever Olympic team made up entirely of refuges!

Check out this awesome series, “Blogging in His Light” from my girl Monica over at her blog, afrotasticlady. There are many gems in all of these interviews with bloggers of faith and divine purpose.

Being Thankful with Michael Franti & Spearhead

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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 Source: Micheal Franti & Spearhead website
Photo Source: Micheal Franti & Spearhead website

Gratitude is on my mind lately, and not just because Thanksgiving is 5 minutes away. Struggle will do that to you. It humbles you, reminds you this is all a gift, each breath.

Few musicians acknowledge subtle everyday beauty more lucidly than Michael Franti. The man is a poet, an architect of profound yet simple lyrics, socially conscious without being condescending.

He started his career decades ago making thoughtful hip-hop music. Today his work as lead singer of Spearhead isn’t so easily categorized as one sound, but rather a rhythmic blend of rock, funk, hip-hop and folk.

The latest CD, All People, urges me to breath deeply, smile and hold on to gratitude, even when its hard and saying thank you seems pointless. Yes. I hear you sighing over there. Trust me, I understand! We don’t always feel it, but if you step back from your problems and see promise and possibility, you will feel a calming sense of gratefulness.

Live In Color – Emelda

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Rockin’ Out to British Band the Noisettes!

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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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Noisettes (Dan Smith and Shingai Shoniwa)Photo & Artwork Credits: Danny Baldwin and Pierre Christophe 

Yes, lovelies, it’s Monday, and if you are like me, you would rather pull the covers over one last time before facing work deadlines and real life drudgery. Insert a collective sigh here. Well, cheer up, because  Mondays on Live In Color blog are a celebration of music – the kind of beats and lyrics moving us to dance and sing along loudly!

Today we’re highlighting the the Noisettes, a British indie-rock band. What immediately resonates with me on a visceral level is seeing a beautiful brown woman, Shingai Shoniwa, singing lead. We definitely don’t encounter enough of us in rock music, despite our deep roots in this genre. Shoniwa also has such phenomenal style.

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Shingai Shoniwa
Photo Credit: WENN

Her fashion sense is nearly as eclectic as the duo themselves who met years ago while in a music class together; their personalities are often described as opposite, but somehow her charismatic charm and his steadfast love for the blues connect in song.

For nearly seven years, they have captivated audiences, first with live performances all over the United Kingdom, and then through smash singles like “Never Forget You” (see video below) from the CD Wild Young Hearts (2009).

There is an amazing band live session on YouTube filmed at the Lightship95 in East London, too.

Have those Monday blues left yet? Rock out some more with us! We’ll chase them away.

Live In Color! – Emelda

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What’s your favorite music for chasing away the Monday blues?