This day has always meant SO much to me. I often wonder if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was still alive how things would be... We're still in a fight to be treated as equals. He took a lot of the heat for us, and for that I'm grateful. See some MLK Jr. facts below:
King entered college at the age of 15.
King was such a gifted student that he skipped grades nine and 12 before enrolling in 1944 at Morehouse College, the alma mater of his father and maternal grandfather. Although he was the son, grandson and great-grandson of Baptist ministers, King did not intend to follow the family vocation until Morehouse president Benjamin E. Mays, a noted theologian, convinced him otherwise. King was ordained before graduating college with a degree in sociology.
King was imprisoned nearly 30 times.
According to the King Center, the civil rights leader went to jail 29 times. He was arrested for acts of civil disobedience and on trumped-up charges, such as when he was jailed in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1956 for driving 30 miles per hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone.
King narrowly escaped an assassination attempt a decade before his death.
On September 20, 1958, King was in Harlem signing copies of his new book, “Stride Toward Freedom,” in Blumstein’s department store when he was approached by Izola Ware Curry. The woman asked if he was Martin Luther King Jr. After he said yes, Curry said, “I’ve been looking for you for five years,” and she plunged a seven-inch letter opener into his chest. The tip of the blade came to rest alongside his aorta, and King underwent hours of delicate emergency surgery. Surgeons later told King that just one sneeze could have punctured the aorta and killed him. From his hospital bed where he convalesced for weeks, King issued a statement affirming his nonviolent principles and saying he felt no ill will toward his mentally ill attacker.
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.
I've been on this journey sharing recent R&B tunes because I know it, you know it, we ALL know it: R&B just does not get the same love that it use to get. With that being said, I've curated a playlist of recent and new R&B songs and artist that have been released. This is part three, feel free to check out part one and two on my iCreate page here.
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.
Looking like an all boy band, check out Khalid's new music video featuring 6Lack and TyDolla $ign. Super dope collab, super dope track.
What Is A Compliment That You Struggle To Accept About Yourself?
A compliment that I struggle to accept is when people tell me I’m beautiful or pretty. It’s interesting because just like any normal human being I look forward to hearing these compliments yet still don’t believe them when I do. I know that this stems from a lot of my experiences growing up... I feel like I heard too much. I paid attention too much to people’s opinions. And now I struggle. So this year I will accept any compliment given to me... I promise me this.