Throwback Saturday: Kanye West’s All Falls Down

7 Jan

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Every now and then an artist produces a “secular” song that will send you into a full Holy Ghost shout. Kanye West’s “All Falls Down” is still one of those songs for me. In this day and age, it’s so easy to get caught up in achieving success and collecting things, that what’s actually valuable in life is often forgotten. From his emergence onto the hip hop scene, Kanye has been transparent with his personal struggle: challenge consciousness and thought patterns or obtain and flaunt material things. “All Falls Down,” from Ye’s The College Dropout album, captures this internal conflict, a conflict that many of us share.

 

Read the rest here: Throwback Saturday: Kanye West’s All Falls Down.

I Was Here

1 Jan

Happy New Year! 2012 is sure to be an awesome year. We’re only 18 hours in, and it’s already looking even more promising than last year.

Every year I choose a theme song as a guide to what I want to accomplish for the year. I guess you could say it’s like an audio vision board. Last year my theme song was Forever Jones’He Wants It All,” and I focused on submitting every portion of my life to God. The hardest part of my life to submit to God had to be my will. For a majority of my life I’ve thought that I knew what I wanted better than God did. And all too often, I’ve disobeyed Him in an effort to achieve my own will. I’m sure you already know how that turned out: an EPIC FAIL!!! But hey, you live and you learn. That’s why when He told me to walk away from the most stable and steady employment I’ve ever had, I did it without a second thought. If I’m going to give God every portion of my life, I have to do so consistently, even when I don’t understand what He’s doing or why He’s doing it.

 

Read the rest here: I Was Here.

Kia’s Favorite Things: Day 2

9 Dec

 

So the girls and I are FINALLY going on the Vegas Girls’ Trip we’ve been planning since The Real World: Las Vegas circa 2001-02 (lol). In preparation, I realized I need new luggage. Something light, durable, and stylish that stands out in the airport baggage claim. These are two sets I found that I’m sure you’ll enjoy as well.

To read the rest, click Kia’s Favorite Things: Day 2.

Kia’s Favorite Things: Day 1

6 Dec

In my head, I’m Oprah. And while I don’t have the money or connects to hook you up with nice things YET, I can give you some tips on what to buy. Each day for the next 12 days I’m going to release a shopping list. Use it! Gift it! Ship it to me. That decision is your, but I like the ship it to me option. :-)

Read the rest, here: Kia’s Favorite Things: Day 1.

Marriage Mondays: Love and Marriage–You Can’t Have One Without the Other

8 Nov

 

 

 

The irony of Frank Sinatra’s “Love and Marriage” being the theme song to Married with Children is Al and Peggy Bundy probably had one of the most loveless marriages ever displayed on television. The Fox breakout comedy that ran 11 seasons from 1987-1997 was undeniably the antithesis to the happily, ever after romantic films we were accustomed to at the time. And while I’m of the happily, ever after breed who agrees with Sinatra’s view on love and marriage, others believe that Al and Peggy’s loveless and obligatory relationship is a more accurate portrayal of marriage.

To read the rest, click here: Marriage Mondays: Love and Marriage–You Can’t Have One Without the Other.

Bad Chicks Who Have Considered Suicide

1 Nov

 

 

 

 

What we fail to realize is that we are one. Our stories are intertwined. Our hurt. Our horror. Our healing. It’s all connected.  The beautiful faces, bountiful brains, and plastered smiles that represent our perfect lives are the lethal injections that are causing our sisters to die—emotionally…spiritually… physically…and all alone.

To read the rest, click here: Bad Chicks Who Have Considered Suicide.

Marriage Mondays: Your Desires vs. God’s Purpose

31 Oct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone has their own reason for wanting to get married. Over the past seven years, I’ve had many. Nothing’s wrong with having personal reasons for desiring wedded bliss. Problems do arise, however, when we allow our reasons to overshadow God’s purpose for marriage.

To read more, click here: Marriage Mondays: Your Desires vs. God’s Purpose.

30 in 30

26 Oct

 

In 30 days, I’ll be 30 years old, and I’m absolutely ecstatic. I have this gut feeling that 30 is going to be a new beginning for me. For it to truly be a brand new start, I have to rid myself of some things that have been on my to-do list, but I just haven’t taken the time to complete. Thirty is going to be all about “getting er done.” No more slacking and procrastination. My 30 before 30 list is the first step towards accomplishing instead of talking. I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated on how this goes.

 

Click here to read more: 30 in 30.

Guess Who’s Back in the Booth?

16 Aug

 

 

 

 


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I equate my high school years with the era of No Limit Records. They had an endless rooster of rappers, and the label seemed to produce a new album every six weeks. After seemingly falling off the face of the earth, one of my favorite No Limit rappers is back with a new single.

Read the rest here: Guess Who’s Back in the Booth?

 

“Try a Little Tenderness”

15 Aug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

In what has become a recurring cycle in my life, I heard the criticism associated with Jay-Z and Kanye West’s latest single, “Otis,” before I heard the actual track. But once I got the opportunity to hear the song for myself, Jay and Ye were a non-factor. I found myself hypnotized by the voice of Otis Redding.

 

Read the rest here: “Try a Little Tenderness”.