Friday, June 8, 2018

New Music Friyay: Jorja Smith's "Lost & Found"

Jorja Smith (Photo: Rashid Babiker)
Further to her stand out performance on BBC Radio 1's live lounge, Jorja Smith released her hugely anticipated debut album Lost & Found. Previous singles "Blue Lights""Teenage Fantasy" and "Where Did I Go?" are included on the project, as well as 7 previously unheard tracks. 

Lost & Found - TRACKLIST
1. Lost & Found
2. Teenage Fantasy
3. Where Did I Go?
4. February 3rd
5. On Your Own
6. The One
7. Wandering Romance
8. Blue Lights
9. Lifeboats (Freestyle)
10. Goodbyes
11. Tomorrow
12. Don't Watch Me Cry

For a full listen, you can find her music here: Jorja! Jorja! Jorja!

Be sure to check out her cover mashup of Rihanna's "Man Down" and Cardi B's "Be Careful" after the jump!

Dear Class of 2018: Remember Who You Are!

By Missy E.

My how time flies. One moment I’m moving back to New York and the next I’m giving high school commencement speeches. It was truly an honor to be invited to speak on behalf of these young women whom I’ve met over the past year and a half. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the faculty, administration and staff at St. Joseph H.S. for the opportunity to share my words with you all.

How The Speech Came Alive

The planning and brainstorming portion of the speech was the first step in the process. I wrote down the key points that I wanted to mention.  What was so fascinating was that it seemed like the universe kept sending me inspirational quotes and speeches as the days passed leading to the ceremony. It was fantastic.

The more I prayed about it, the more the Holy Spirit inspired me.

P.S. My mom came from Texas to attend the ceremony! She was able to document about two minutes of the total 10 minute speech. Thank you mom!

I would also like to send my deepest gratitude to Anchor Liz Faublas at Currents News for her advice. She is a wonderful public speaker. Her advice helped me with the finishing touches of my commencement speech. Fun fact: Liz Faublas was actually the 2017 commencement speaker at the same school, so talk about ladies who lead with a purpose!

Here's a snippet of my speech:

Also - to read the speech in its entirety, be sure to click “Read More” after the jump! Feel free to pass on these words for those special graduates in your life. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

An Ode to Self-Love: Four Key Takeaways on Maintaining Your Awesomeness

By Christina Torres
Guest Blogger

Mother’s Day is just a few weeks out so I thought what better way than to kick off the spring, or the anticipation of actual spring weather, than with an ode and self-love guide to all the moms and women out there. 

Read her full post by clicking “Read More” below!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Thinking About Romance: Featured Podcast on YouTube

Check out our founder Missy being featured on episode seven! 

Fellow creative Bryan has a new YouTube channel that shares insight, wisdom and other life gems.

On this episode, they talk about the significance of valentines, the value of gifts, perceptions of romance, love and tradition.

You can find his creative content on chubbynavyblue

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Slim Cinema Film Festival: Changing Creative Boundaries One Film At A Time

Brooklyn -  Art and film collide, vertically speaking, during Slim Cinema's 3rd annual Vertical Film Festival.

Slim Cinema's mission is to challenge creators, filmmakers and brands to explore this vertical composition in order to tell stories in a mobile world, which gives the power of stories the capacity to fit in your pocket.

Founder Michael Liu had the vision for creating a platform that would allow film to be explored vertically (think Snapchat, Facebook Live). Liu put his faith, passion and confidence into action, partnered with those willing to stand behind his idea and the rest was history.

This year's event included nearly a dozen films and the audience got to vote for the top film.

Check out more photos + videos after the jump below! 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

#ThrowbackThursday Interview with Kei-Landa

As appeared in the special summer issue of The Tablet Newspaper. 
The voice behind this year's "Put Him On Your List" Christmas campaign is back! Kei-Landa is still using her voice for a good cause. Money raised from downloads of this song will go to helping hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. To download the song visit Kei-Landa's Bandcamp Page.

Get to know more about her and her full interview by clicking "Read More" below

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

#StylePost: Thinking about the modern-day Lois Lane

By Missy E.

Lois Lane. The DC Comics' fictional character reigned as the Pulitzer-prize winning investigative newspaper journalist at the Daily Planet. Lane, alongside fellow reporter Clark Kent, better known as Superman - was the superhero's chief romantic interest.

Thinking about how much of a boss she was, I decided to dive into the style category with modern-day female reporters. But I had to start from the inspiration from the past - from Ida B. Wells to foreign correspondents, the women who paved the way for the grit of a story did it in style.

The most important part is that they did it with their own personal style, which is the best style, making ones own unique mark. 

In case inspiration was needed, here is the latest #StylePost, click "Read More" below!