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Motivation! August 30, 2010

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A close friend was over my house a few months ago and noticed the photo that I use for my laptop screen saver. His words – “motivation!”

Indeed, this photo keeps me working at night and peps up my day in the morning. Something in their eyes, the way they are looking forward, to a horizon unknown yet attainable. . . not to mention their chiseled good looks and vibrant apparel. . .

Ahem, anyways, I pulled the photo from a film festival site and now I cannot remember, for the life of me which site it was. The photo is from a film that I am dying to see but have no idea the name or subject. There is text on the lower left corner of the image but it is too pixellated to read. So, today I am turning to you fabulous folk, in hopes that you have someway, somewhere come across this photo and recognize the film or website that it is from. Leave a comment and let me know, my motivation awaits. . .

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Excellence in Motion August 27, 2010

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Every now and again, we need a shot of inspiration, motivation and determination. Today, I came across someone who gave me a months worth of all three. This young lady is a true example of excellence in motion. This girl is on!

Check out Amiya’s website: Link!

Illuminate! August 20, 2010

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A bit late.

A few textiles that I admire.

P.S. This is a hint to the next project that I am working on and the blog redesign to come. . .

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Have a great weekend, ya’ll!

Barefoot Brilliance August 19, 2010

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Barefoot College is an organization which “believes that for any rural development activity to be successful and sustainable, it must be based in the village as well as managed and owned by those whom it serves.”

Organizations like Barefoot are great but the real reason why I am blogging is to say my peace about the real barefoot brilliance: Those who I like to call “people of the land” (i.e. native/rural folk). To me, they are the real innovators and change-makers for sustainability. Why? Because they are the pioneers of sustainable living. What they are now willingly taking action in (mainly because of the direct negative environmental effect that “modern” culture has had on these traditional communities), are ways of being, thinking and living that they have always known. What is the key to barefoot brilliance? Take your shoes and socks off, walk in the dirt (contrary to popular belief, this really is good for you) and make friends with the earth again. That’s it, it’s that simple yet for many of us, that difficult. I say we all, take notes from our rural/traditional/native/indigenous counterparts and act like or better yet, do like we know, cause they always have.

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Reflect! August 18, 2010

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Dear Ms. Abbey Lincoln,

Thank you for allowing your voice to subtly find its way into my life. I am forever grateful for the fact that my life is richer because of yours.

Warmly,
Oluwakemi

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REMIX!

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We Insist! August 5, 2010

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For some reason unbeknownst to me, I just found out about this phenomal Max Roach album, We Insist! – Freedom Now Suite. We all should go getthis album. . .I insist!

Reblog! Africa Font August 4, 2010

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FINALLY! A new Africa font! Slowly fading are the narrowed days of the old school Africa font:

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. . .and slowly appearing are the days of the dynamic and varied fonts that represent the Mothaland in all of it’s allness

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I’m sure there will be more to come. . .

Love! August 3, 2010

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Oh I so love this! A good friend of mine sent me this email the other day. Some adults asked some children between the ages of four and eight what love means. . .

When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time , even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.
Rebecca- age 8

When someone loves you , the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.
Billy – age 4

Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.
Karl – age 5

Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.
Chrissy – age 6

Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.
Terri – age 4

Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him , to make sure the taste is OK.
Danny – age 7

Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing , you still want to be together and you talk more. My mommy and daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss.
Emily – age 8

Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.
Bobby – age 7

If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.
Nikka – age 6

Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt , then he wears it everyday.
Noelle – age 7

Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.
Tommy – age 6

Love is when mommy gives daddy the best piece of chicken.
Elaine-age 5

Love is when mommy sees daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.
Chris – age 7

Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.
Mary Ann – age 4

When you love somebody , your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.”
Karen – age 7

Love is when mommy sees daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.
Mark – age 6

You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it , you should say it a lot. People forget.
Jessica – age 8


Illuminate! August 2, 2010

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It ruffles my feathers to know that the very same spectacular performers could not sit and enjoy a show in the very same venue that they were performing in at the time. Despite this very real historical fact , they’re phenomenal performance shadows any ignorant acts of racism because racism is only an inferior thought, but fierceness, my friends, is a fantastic fact!

And here’s another example of fierceness in action. The GREAT Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln, performing Freedom Day.