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Why I Love Black Love

Let’s state the obvious - being Black in America is not easy. There are so many obstacles to just live a standard lifestyle, let alone if you wish to go beyond the standard in any kind of way. From psychological to financial, Black folks have been manipulated, abused and disenfranchised. The historical scars are traceable and the pain runs super deep. A lot of times, we don’t even realize how far down the rabbit hole it goes down and the digging process is one of the most difficult journey because so many people try to steer you in different directions. So when two people in the Black community find love in these circumstances, it is truly a magical thing.

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Bloggers WHO SPREAD GOOD VIBES WITH GOOD MEDIA

The media is an extremely powerful medium. I have written about this in an alarming piece but let's look at the positives for a change. The media we view and take in has the incredible ability to shift our thoughts, to inspire action and to push us towards feeling a plethora of emotions. This tool can be used in miraculous ways and engage us with positive imagery. It can also be a fantastic tool to promote compassion for one another. Bloggers have the opportunity to share these good vibes with others in a multifaceted way through words, sounds, and visuals. So without further adieu, here are some of my favorite posts that are media-focused by fellow bloggers...

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I LOVE MUSIC & THESE BLOGGERS LOVE MUSIC SO WHY NOT HAVE ONE BIG MUSIC BLOG LOVING TIME, HUH?

One of the best things about music is that it brings people together and it's even better when bloggers get on the same wavelength when it comes to songs. I have come across quite a few blogs that feature dope music and I have discovered a few awesome musicians thanks to their willingness to share the goods with us so I'd like to do my part and share their shares. I hope that makes sense. Lol Anyway, without further adieu, here are some of my favorite music-related posts by some of my favorite fellow bloggers...

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I worked at Walt Disney World & this is what happened

Have you ever gone to Disney World and wondered how the magic happens? Well I got to experience the magic and the mystery behind it at the same time. See I went to Disney World the first time when I was a freshmen in college after being accepted in their internship program. And you can say it was an interesting experience. How, you say? Well, let's start with the three strange, challenging and difficult parts.

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okay so we protested, now what?

So we all know about that guy who took office in America and we also know about some crazy executive orders he has made as of late. Some of us are resisting by going out into the streets and that's great to see such solidarity around the world and across this nation but of course, we have to think, "Okay we protested, now what?"

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really GRAMMYs?

Before YouTube, Netflix, and even a robust cable lineup, there was the limited channels of network television. ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX were staples in American households and us, Americans, typically engaged with certain major moments as a unit whether surrounded by family, friends, or even co-workers. The annual GRAMMY Awards show was one of those special times when people would gather and watch some of America's best and most popular entertainers perform and be awarded for their incredible work.

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so tardy for george michael's party

George Michael,

I really hope you aren't silently judging me for not knowing your awesomeness. As an 80's baby, I should've known better. Of course, I did know your hits. I specifically remember you shaking your butt with those classic blue jeans and super cool leather jacket in the Faith music video. I'm sorry if you cringe to this fact but it's true. That's what I remember. I also remember Freedom! '90 and how much I liked that song but I totally missed the Wham! era. I didn't even exist when you started so part of the blame has to be on my parents, right?

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I miss Prince

I am not sure how else to say it but I miss Prince. Not sure if any other words are needed. I guess I could say that I wish I appreciated his artistry and his impact more while he was on Earth but I am grateful that his music and his words of wisdom lives on beyond his physical manifestation. Plus, it's nice to think that he is away from this craziness on Earth and alright in purple peace and all that. I just really wish I could've seen him live and I actually planned on finally catching him live with his last tour if he stopped by anywhere near me. Unfortunately, that opportunity never came to passed. However, there is the blessing of taped performances! So this post is dedicated to anyone who is missing someone right now. Let's honor them by celebrating their legacy and lives with a little purple magic! We can all party like it's 1999 with this amazing 1982 concert from the Purple One (that will hopefully stay up on YouTube... *crosses fingers*) and I guess, in a way, I can say that I saw Prince perform live! 😊

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anyone want a reading?

Every now and then, I'll mention to someone, "I do angel card readings." Reactions? Well, they are mixed. Sometimes, I see the automatic excitement in the other's eyes which usually prompts me into asking if he or she wants me to do a reading for him or her. The answer is always "YES!!!" I also notice the Girl what? face and usually, that is followed by an immediate rejection to a personal reading or the whole practice, whether it's based on fear, skepticism, or certain religious beliefs. And finally, I get the confused yet intrigued look which lends itself to a bunch of questions afterward. I don't mind any of the reactions. I usually find the humor in all of them.

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why i got bruno mars's 24K Magic on repeat

Thanksgiving has passed but I still feel the need to say thanks, especially to one talented singing man named Bruno Mars for bringing that ol' thing back with his latest album, 24K Magic. As an 80s baby and 90s kid, I've been really missing that classic R&B sound from back in my day and I guess I wasn't the only one. Bruno must've been jonesing for the same and decided to do something about it! Fortunately, he was able to capture the fun and silly side of that era while maintaining the underlying soul which is necessary in order to properly represent that key moment in music. And honestly, with all the crazy shit that has been happening in the world, this album is very much needed and that, my friend, is one of the main reasons why I have been replaying this album so hard lately.

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new vibrations for new season

As the weather fluctuates between warm to cool, Fall is bringing her colorful leaves and confusing temperatures to the forefront. It's pretty fitting with the ever-changing intensified energy so what better way to adjust to these new waves than with vibrant vibrations from some dope artists!? Let's tackle these offs and ons with Preston Harris, Childish Gambino and Wilough.

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5 brothas that'll have you rollin'

So last week, I highlighted five funny sistas that will have you in stitches. Of course, I couldn't leave my brothas out of it so this week, I wanted to showcase five black gentlemen that will have you crackin' up again and again. There is nothing like a black man with a healthy sense of humor. It's mighty sexy to me. 😍 Fellas, take note and ladies, simply enjoy these hilarious brothas - Wayne "Kountry Wayne" Colley, KevOnStage, Chilli69Palmer, Klarity and Trey Moe!

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5 sistas that'll have you in stitches

As the saying goes, Black girls rock! This is especially true when they have a sense of humor on top of all that Black girl magic. On social media, there has been an influx of funny comedians with melanin that'll have you in stitches. From the absolute silly to the clever, these five women represent a variety of different styles of comedy in refreshing ways so if you need a laugh today, then look no further and watch the hysterical videos below from Jasmine Luv, Miss Jay Music, CeedotCee, CrazyMaro and EJ Speaks.

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stop the competition & start the compassion

Have you ever answered or asked the question 'What do you do for a living?' Usually, it is one of the first questions we ask to one another when we first meet a person. We are practically groomed to think this question is normal and expected. This typically gives us an initial gauge to where to place the other person in our world, whether we do this consciously or subconsciously. In the Western world, competition is often projected to us on a daily basis, creating a society where we value more of what a person does for a living rather than who that person truly is energetically, emotionally and spiritually. One way we can stop this constant need to 'one-up' the next person and being judgmental of others' occupations is by showing compassion to ourselves and each other. Diandra Janelle Heaven Rose, a spiritual healer, crystal jewelry maker, artist, photographer, poet and most well-known for her Facebook videos, highlights this very point brilliantly so watch, relax, get into some good vibes and start showing more love because that is what the world is desperately needing more of right now.

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two black female bloggers have a seat at Solange's table

"I don’t expect everyone to have a handbook or a guidebook on how to deal with certain issues – I certainly don’t. But there is this idea that we as black people should just be an open-ended book of resources, when we are having to heal ourselves, let alone teach everyone how to deal with us.”

- Solange (from W Magazine interview)

Since the last day of September, Solange has been feeding us from her bountiful table of specially selected soul, full-course southern style and a full helping of all the pain and beauty of being Black. Mama and Papa Knowles are in attendance along with New Orleans' finest, Lil' Wayne and Master P. 

Grab a plate and pull up A Seat at the Table with one of my favorite bloggers, Kelley Briana of Gray Suede & I. 

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summer vibes

Although Summer has officially come to a close, it doesn't mean the sunshine has to end when Fall arrives. In fact, we can get a little extra boost of those sunny vibes right now before the weather turns cooler so let's transition smoothly with a little CaliYork - a brand new group featuring singer/songwriter Austin Brown and New York DJ extraordinaire, DJ Tony Touch, singer, songwriter and producer, Muhsinah and the soulful melodic R&B group, KING.

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bring that old thing back

Remember back in the day when R&B singers talked about love? Remember how they would talk about how much they adore their woman? They would sing about the initial attraction, the courting, the friendship, the dating, the LOVE in all of its messy layers. And sure, there were plenty of songs about sex then too but they were more hidden so much so that I thought SWV was talking about going downtown and enjoying their time in the city with their boo. Hey, I was like 7 then so don't silently judge me! 

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5 songs that will guarantee a happy monday

There is nothing like a Monday morning. You hear the alarm ring and you snooze and snooze and snooze until you can't snooze anymore, wishing you could just have one more day to your weekend. However, the job beckons you so you get out of your bed and go through the normal routine of getting ready for work. However, it doesn't mean that your normal routine has to be a bleak one. In fact, you can easily use the power of music to shift your energy from bleh to lit! Okay maybe not lit but these songs could boost your frequency to a happy space! How's that? I think that's doable. So without further adieu, here are five songs that you can listen to this Monday morning that will have smiling on your way to work.

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meet the stippling artist who creates masterpieces one dot at a time

All creation starts with one point. Donna Taylor of Taylored Dots Portraits knows full well of this very point and has mastered the technique of stippling, creating incredible, elaborate masterpieces with only dots, including the Indian Chief piece above. Years ago, I had the honor to interview this talented artist about her beautiful work and her mastery of the art. I wanted to share her amazing work and this interview with you guys right now because I felt like she really didn't get enough exposure from me that she truly deserves so although this is dated, I really hope you enjoy this interview. One of many I'll be doing in the near future, I'm sure.

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