The weekend’s here, it’s chilly out, & you’re home vibing to the sound of R&B blasting from your speaker(s). That’s your weekend agenda..
I don't know about ya'll but 2020 thus far has been trash. We all counted down until 2019 disappeared waiting for something magical to happen. We're still waiting...
Instead we were met with a lot of emotions, grief, and disappointment. Almost enough to proclaim that the entire year will be a nightmare. But we won't claim that. Our tongues are too powerful, and minds are too big for that.
Instead we keep pushing. We cry if we need to. We make our therapy appointments, and take ourselves out. We'll calm our anxieties, and sleep more. We will continue to take care of US no matter what the rest of this year has to bring.
Here's to an amazing rest of 2020.
You know the ONLY way to kick off Black History Month is with a playlist:
We were all shocked to hear of Kobe Bryant's passing. The man we all watched break records and defeat the odds is gone. It's even hard to type this. Since Sunday, I was hoping this would all be a sick joke... or maybe somehow we could rewind time and he and those people (including his daughter) wouldn't get on that helicopter. I remember feeling this same way about Nipsey. Another influential celebrity that I did not know personally, but was hurt when he was taken from this earth.
Death is still hard to understand. We're not prepared, and never will be. Personally, my biggest fear is losing the people that I love... so death is triggering. Hearing about it hurts. Experiencing it hurts.
Kobe's death hurts beyond belief. Knowing how he passed, who he was with, and who he left behind is what makes it hurt even more. He inspired a generation. He made his mark. And when we think about how we'll get past feeling sadness each time we say or hear his name, we have to somehow find solace in the impact he made.
In addition this, we owe ourselves a life worth living. May we live it with the same Mamba Mentality taught by Kobe, and the same level of Hussle that Nipsey had.
Let's take this hurt and turn it into something positive. Let's build our own personal brands, create our own stories, and leave a legacy.
We'll never forget you Kobe.
Last week Atatiana Jefferson's mother passed away, just months after her father... both passed after Atatiana was shot and killed by police while playing video games with her nephew. Both passed of heart attacks. The trauma caused by injustice takes a toll on family members and communities... I got to write about how this has become a pattern within the past decade. Please read & share.
R&B Lovers Unite!
I've been a die hard music fan all of my life. My friends will tell you that I know every rap lyric to every song. This is true, but I have the same love for R&B. And I'm especially passionate about the lack of radio support there is for our R&B artist. Yes, we now have streaming services, but let's be real that's not where the money is for artist. So I marched to Twitter and created @RnBAgenda - a platform so that R&B music can be shared and promoted. Follow us!
ZoraMag curated a list of 100 greatest books ever written by a BLACK woman. If you are an educator, writer, justice advocater, etc. you NEED this.
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Tammy that is. I identify as a creative. I've been writing my entire life and love music. If you're here, you're in my brain.