Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: Poet Saul Wiliams, Nina Simone, Dr. King & Creating Lasting Change 

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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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Poet Saul Williams

I like artists that question what we are told is normal, folks pushing against the status quo.  As we near the birthday of Dr. King, I am thinking even deeper about the righteousness of rebellion:

Saul Williams’ performance on NPR Tiny Desk Concert is raw and arresting in innumerable ways.

I listen to Dr. King’s speech at the Riverside church quite a bit. He calls us all into radical action and love.

The beauty of the incomparable Nina Simone, unapologetic in her truth:

One woman’s letter to her boyfriend about the privilege of his skin and their love: “How did you become the man I love? You bake; I write. You’re gregarious; I’m reticent. You’re North; I’m South. You’re white; I’m brown. You’re local; I’m global. But we meet in vulnerability. You soften my edges. You are honest and kind.”

One group in New Orleans is liberating women from the prison industrial complex.

My girlfriend Kayla shared the Interview piece where Beyoncé has a heartfelt Q&A with Solange. It’s beautiful, and provides such insight into her rich creative life.

Music is universal. Don’t you love that? Alsarah & The Nubatones from the Sudan sing with such intense feeling. Another amazing performance on NPR Tiny desk concert series.

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.