As a woman who aspires to be better, I aim to look up to women who share light. Jada Pinkett Smith has been that for me. I enjoy watching her Red Table Talk on Facebook, and am truly left with a lot to think about each week. The episode that stood out to me was the one where she invited her husband (the one and only Will Smith). They a REAL transparent moment, and her display of evolution from single woman, to mother, to wife has been eye opening.
She's my reminder that MY happiness does not lie in a man.
MY happiness does not lie in success.
MY happiness does not lie in money.
Thank you Jada.
Not a new song, but a new find for me... I'm ALWAYS here for dope alternative R&B. Niia's Constantly Dissatisfied is just that. Grab your headphones, close your eyes, and listen...
EPIC. Give this man a CHECK! Who would have thought we'd see the day when an Instagram Celebrity would influence music. These are the times that we are living in and I'm all here for it!! Drake spent time with Shiggy this past weekend and thanked him for the #InMyFeelings challenge that got the song featuring City Girls to number 1. More of THIS please! Big shouts to Shiggy.
NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert is one of my favorite things in life. They invite amazing artist to come in and share their artistry in a super small intimate space. One of my absolute favorite musicians, PJ Morton took over and did not disappoint. Check out this orchestra he rolled in with and his super dope background vocals, and of course HIM.
As expected Queen Bey SLAYED the 2018 Coachella stage bringing a performance that our grandkids will one day talk about. She brought us all them good HBCU vibes and performed for the #culture. Reuniting with Destiny's Child and dancing with baby sis Solange were amongst the highlights. Check the video below for the DC3 reunion.
Top 3 Reasons Why Cardi B is GOALS
Our girl Cardi has delivered on her debut album "Invasion of Privacy", with fire tracks like "Drip", "I Like It", "She Bad", and many others on the project. But we first fell in love with Cardi's wild humor and off the chart personality. Top it off her journey and success are legit a result of her hard work. So here are 3 takeaways for the dreamers out here grinding:
We love happy endings, but Cardi's journey is truly one filled with perserverance. But YOU can be Cardi, just gotta take those risks. Now excuse me while I keep bumping this new Bardi.
Music, literally keeps me going. I wake up, I press play. The shower comes on, and I sing at the top of my lungs. I head out on my commute, and in my head I’m having a full on dance off with the commuter next to me. I discover new artist, and their new songs, and it hits me right in my core. I can literally FEEL music. My heart does a double skip when I can relate. My eyes cry when the words are familiar...
Music the experience I relive on the daily.
So I guess you’d understand my dismay when I (a music lover) feel like my drive to write music is on neutral.... no actual gas, but if I get a little push something will come out. For the first time in my life, I am struggling to pen a song. It use to come to me so easily. I’d watch TV and write a song based off the storyline. My friend would cry to me about a life experience and I’d write a song. And forget if I’M going through it, my feelings are all up and down my notebook.
This year thus far has been a take action year for me. A “let’s address this” year for me. I clearly don’t have all of the answers or else this entire blog would be nonexistent. But I do know that I’m going to commit myself to the following to try and spark the music and words that are buried deep down inside of me:
I want different.
I can be different.
Different’s right in front of me.
Happy Birthday to the one and only... Aaliyah. Listening to Aaliyah's music is so nostalgic. I remember studying the "More Than A Woman" video, and just sweating her every move. I also remember when I found out she passed, it was really sad for us fans.
May she continue to rest in peace.