Friday, October 31, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Mo'ne Davis was first feature on here a few months ago after she made Little League World Series herstory ;) Since then, she's been everywhere showing off real girl power.
Recently, she was photographed for a Teen Vogue feature. She strikes a power pose in the above photo, and I think it's befitting. Mo'ne is gorgeous, but more important she's super talented. She's established her name and arm as a force among young and old athletes alike.
Before I get into talking about this video, I want to let you guys know how awesome Sarah is. In the spirit of social media.. let me give her my W.oman C.rush W.ednesday! Sarah Jakes was introduced to me on twitter. I knew of the last name, but I didn't really know anything about her. We followed one another on twitter, and then she heard my weird cry of having 999 followers on IG, and she came through with the BOOM to get me away from that weird number (LOL). She just comes off as genuine and querky, and semi reserved in a sense. As I started to pay Sarah attention I saw a lot of myself in her.
We have very similar backgrounds.. popular Pastor dads, powerful mothers, talented siblings, and the all too familiar microscopic lens on our lives because of it. As I read her book, Lost & Found I read so much of my own life story.Of course Sarah being Bishop Jakes' daughter was a whole next level kind of situation. Even though my microscope was city wide and hers nation wide, I felt her heart SO much. The lessons found in Sarah's life speak to all people, but as a Pastors kid, I was really thankful that there was finally a voice that not only spoke on our behalf, but that could also help Pastors and other leaders learn about what their children face. Excellent work.
Monday, October 27, 2014
This weekend was amazing for Atlanta Rihanna Navy. Rih flew into Atlanta for just one day to celebrate the launch of her Men's fragrance ROGUE here at Macy's (Lenox Mall). The first few hundred fans to purchase the fragrance on Friday were guaranteed a meet and greet with Rihanna when she stopped by.
Last week there was a buzz on the internets that singer/writer & business woman Tameka Tiny Harris (also TI's wife) had posted a photo on instagram claiming to have permanently changed her eye color. At first sight, I assumed it was just another random photo shopped photo floating around twitter, because obviously that’s a popular occurrence.
When I first started my doctoral program, I was super lost! I am pursuing my PhD in Teaching and Teacher Education and minor in Education Policy. Because I am pursuing PhD and not an EdD, it requires a different level of thinking. I had never taken an philosophy course, or statistics course in my life! I began to doubt my abilities and my purpose of changing the arena of education for students of color. I knew that I was supposed to be in a doctoral program, but the only way that I was going to survive was to build relationships with people to develop skills that I lacked in, and further develop my strengths. This seems like a no-brainer right, but it was a bit intimidating being the only Black person in classes advocating for students of color that didn't reflect a deficit paradigm. (This is a different subject for another post.)
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Music in any form has always been about expression, feeling, emoting.. Some rappers are better story tellers because they better express themselves in their lyrics. It's honorable in today's music scene to have a rapper who will be open and express their sensitive side vs rap about clubs, money, hoes, things that don't mean anything in the end.
Young Money seems to be one of the tightest crews in the game. The artists are forever repping their set, with very few instances of any one of them showing unhappiness with the way things work over there. We've heard rumors in the past about Drake being unhappy at times, money issues, people not seeing checks, but that stuff usually comes and goes..until recently.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Madyson Symphony has been stealing hearts with her beautiful voice on youtube since she was 3. Now, she's in the 6th grade, and her voice is still just as beautiful.
When she isn't singing around her home town, Madyson is enjoying playing basketball for her school, Bloomington Jr. High.When asked why she chose Ariana Grande this time, she said that she just loves her voice. She said that Ariana has a skill and tone that she really likes, "her songs are singable" is how she put it.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
With all the hysteria among Americans about the Ebola virus making its presence known in the United States, President Barack Obama implored his national security and public health officials to incorporate lessons from the most recent infection in Texas into our country's response to the deadly virus.
Spoken By BJoy
Sometimes we all just need a moment to reflect and music has always been a way for me to escape. Certain artists have the ability to create music that inspires me to just travel with my thoughts. Erykah Badu, India Arie and Jill Scott to name a few but lately, TDE Recording Artist SZA has been taking me to another place with her recent EP release, Z.
The year I started my doctoral program, I was still a full time 12th grade AP English teacher. I didn't realize just how much patience I didn't have until, one day I asked my students to pass up papers. The students began to pass the papers toward my desk. Not even a second later, I said pass up the papers. Then one more second passed, and I said it again. If you know 12th grade students, one of my kids said: Ms. Woods, chill! We are passing the papers up.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Tonight I joined a crowd of movers and shakers, creatives, and media outlets for an exclusive viewing of Glam Rock Soul Princess Dri Jack's new video for her banger Gossip. The room was packed as we mingled and prepared for the premiere. Dri entered decked out in a black and white number. She's so small and unassuming, but her personality and voice are huge! We all sat in anticipation of what Dri and her team had come up with for the visual.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Last night just as stores were closing, some exclusively invited guests packed out the location where a private listening session was being held for Jagged Edge. The place filled up quickly, and the energy was thick. The fellas have written and produced (along with Bryan- Michael Cox who sort of MC'd the whole session) an album that fans and supporters will love.
Jagged Edge maintains the same sound and approach to music that they've had since the beginning. Brandon and Brian elaborated on why that was important saying that they simply sing to and about women. The twins were there for the entire night. They were joined towards the end of the night by other member Kyle, but made sure to make note that they are still a group, the other two fellas were just unavailable.
I will never forget the day I was riding in the car with two women I admire, Traci and Nahliah, expressing how stressed I was. I had just finished my first semester as a part-time doctoral student, and a full time 12th grade Advanced Placement teacher. Nahliah, stated, "Kisha you have to take care of yourself." It wasn't something I hadn't heard, since Spelman. My parents did not have money to help me throughout college, so I worked full time at the Atlanta Airport and Forver21 to cover my bills, while going to Spelman full time.