The Ease of Travel…

Photos:  Various pictures of the “Blue Mosque(s)”;
Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Istanbul, Turkey) and The Shrine of Ali (Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan)
Azulejo Ceramic Tilework;
The Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies (Lamego, Portugal) and The Chapel of Souls (Porto, Portugal)

Video:  “The Ease of Travel” by Malik Ameer and Lorin Benedict

#MyCurrentMuse: Turquoise Woman

Turquoise Woman

Okay.  So, her beauty is just captivating on various scales.
Her energy and aura just seeps through this photo.

I came across this Goddess on the Africland Facebook page, and I was immediately blown away.  I have a ‘thing’ for African beauty; and moreover, I have a true attraction to North-East African women.  There is something about the women of this region and their features that are just striking to me.  I find their energy within photos to be very pulling and almost God-like.  And this young woman is no exception.

There was no name given, nor what tribe and/or country she was from in the post caption.  Therefore, I left a general comment inquiring about her background off of her features and dress, and was informed that she is from the Fulani Tribe of North/West/Central Africa.  And another person said that she is from the Kunama tribe of Eritrea and Ethiopia.  After doing my own research, she looks more like a member of the Fulani than the later, but who’s to say that there isn’t some sort of genetic connection between both tribes?  Let’s not forget, Africa is called “The Motherland”.

And is it me, or is there something Native American-like, about her?  It could be her hair,  her striking-disposition, or her auburn-red tone, which can only be found amongst certain ethnic groups in the world.  I just find her to be perfection; beautiful dress and jewelry, enthralling eyes.

WOW.  African Beauty.  Original Woman.  ✪

Bobby Womack: The Soul of a Man

“With me, it’s all about feeling…” – Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack has such an interesting life story.  From beginning to end, his path led him to some of the highest of highs and lowest of lows.  And through it all, he never hid what he was going through, he never seemed phony, he would just write about it in his music…  This is how he would bare his soul.  He was as soulful as you could get.

I think this is why I have such an appreciation and connection to his music, primarily, because he is a native of Ohio (Cleveland, to be exact), a fellow water sign (Pisces) and because he was just so real and honest within his music.  He was a poet, a vessel used to create beautiful music and works of art that touch people at the core of their heart.  The tone of Bobby’s voice alone pulled at that one heart string that you never even knew existed, and opens you up to a new level of music and love.  The brother had a gift that was that deep.

Full of charm, unique style, a one-of-a-kind voice and that ever so sexy-warm smile, Bobby Womack is a vanguard of Black music.  And if you ever want to understand a man, just turn on some Bobby Womack.  “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”, “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha” and “Across 110th Street”, to name a few.  And these songs will lead you to his soul, the soul of a man.

Rest in Peace <3

New York Times:  Article
Unsung:  Episode

New Muzik: Junglepussy Guarantees Ultimate Satisfaction on Her Debut Album


“WANT SOME MO’???  Know the nigga want some mo’!”

Junglepussy is like that new chick on the block.  She’s hella dope, has her own style.  To everybody, she’s so cool and down to Earth, but lives in her own lil’ world…  And you can’t help but to want to take a journey there.  Thus, the power and energy that is Junglepussy!

This 22 year old Brooklyn rapper really is in her own lane.  Out of the tons of artists out there who attempt to be authentic and provocative in their own way, Junglepussy is one of the few that actually has been successful in doing so, from her lyrical content to her daring style.  And her debut album, Satisfaction Guaranteed, makes no exception to these rules.

Released earlier this week, and free for stream through VICE Media, it is a sonic explosion of a new sound that has been emerging from various New York artists within recent years.  This album is a fusion of Boom Bap and electronic beats, mixed with raw and juicy lyrics that keep you hooked on track after track.

This melanated mommi is so dope.  I love her unapologetic attitude within her lyrics and artistic approach; as well as, her intelligence.  And how she dares to be no one but herself; a sensual beauty full of subtle sexiness and prowling ambition.  Do yourself a favor and listen to this amazing album.

Satisfaction guaranteed, baby!  #LoveHer #NotYourAverageRapAlbum #ScorpioShit

 


@JUNGLEPUSSY on Twitter
Junglepussy on Soundcloud

The Submerging Marriage of Two Subcultures: Vogue and Bounce

I literally just stumbled across the greatest thing, EVER, during a routine Sunday night Google search.  And what do I see?  A picture of some of my faves together.  Big Freedia, a legendary New Orleans Bounce artist and Kassandra Ebony and Leiomy Mizrahi, also two legendary figures of the infamous Ballroom/Vogue Scene.  The beautiful thing about this is that, NOLA Bounce and the Ballroom Scene are worlds apart in artistic comparison, but so very similar in cultural form.  And to see that people of both communities have come together is very monumental, on so many levels.  Kind of makes me feel emotional.

The picture is from a Masquerade Ball that occurred in early May centered around bringing together artists and dancers from these two distinctive emerging cultures to showcase their talent in an artistic exchange through a competition.  Our good people at OkayPlayer were lucky enough to document this night of splendor and miraculous fun, and you could just sense the majesticness of the event in the video.  So Avant-Garde, dark and raw.  I also love the historical and personal commentary given by Mother Jack Mizrahi and the way in which everything gelled together within this mini-documentary.

I refuse to say anything else, but that I am so happy to see two former underground cultures created by people of color in America rise to the forefront of American culture and be acknowledged the way it has been in the new millennium.  History was made this night and it is continually being made, the more we share and accept the diversity amongst each other, the more profound our experience of life will be.  All in the name of art.  Do yourself a favor and watch the video below, prepare to be blown away.  #Magical

Happy June: Free Readings!

June is here, and it’s a WONDERFUL feeling!

We have officially made it through half of 2014, kudos to us!  In celebration of life and the many great things that have happened to me since the beginning of last month, I have chosen to pass my joy on to others.  So for the entire month of June, I will be giving out FREE emotional and spiritual healing consultations to those in need.  Yup, FREE!

I feel that with the school year coming to an end, people winding down for relaxation and Summer being around the corner, this would be an awesome gift to people out there looking for guidance for the next part of the year.  As time goes on, life begins to show us how important it is to be living in our full potential.  It’s as if we are being reminded, continuously, to take risks and reach for the stars, as our on light shine’s within.

And to all of those ready to walk a journey of courage and bliss, whom made need a helping hand, check out the new, My Services tab, where you can find out more about these free readings.

I am so looking forward to the new people that I will meet through this new venture. There’s nothing like the gift of reaching out to reach within.