Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Nerd Out With Us Real Quick!

by Missy E. 

The Webb Space Telescope’s mid-infrared view of the Pillars of Creation, which showcases the telescope’s ability to detect dust, a major ingredient in star formation.
"For you are dust and to dust you shall return." - Genesis 3:19 (NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI)

Nerd out with us real quick!

When you read a sentence, a lot of times the words go over your head. But getting to know words and the depths of their meaning plays an integral part to experiencing something as simple as a sentence. Case in point, Scripture! While this post doesn’t have scientific backing, per se, let’s mix science and faith for a second. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

M Report Music Mashup: Meet Caroline Polachek

“One of progressive pop music's most revered songwriters.” - The Fader

After quietly previewing her new song at shows and festivals around the world over the past year, today Caroline Polachek steps boldly back into the spotlight with the release of the Sega Bodega & Caroline Polachek co-produced track “Sunset” and the sun-soaked accompanying visual. 

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Why You Should See Virgil Abloh's "Figures of Speech" Exhibit at Brooklyn Museum

 By Missy E. 

The late Virgil Abloh's "Figures of Speech" Exhibit debuted at the Brooklyn Museum.
 (Photos: The M Report)
Virgil Abloh was a visionary, fashion idealist, trained architect and trailblazer. After attending one of his last projects he curated before his passing in late 2021, I was reassured of his contributions to the culture.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

M Report Music Mashups: Meet ENNY

Following a momentous year that has seen her tour across the globe, rapper/singer ENNY returns with her first release of 2022, "Champagne Problems". Produced by Beat Butcha & Tala (with additional production from Will Yanez), the single is quintessential ENNY, marrying deeply intricate lyricism with butter-smooth instrumentals that’ll make you want to hit repeat before you even reach the end. Accompanying the track is a striking new B+W video directed by Jean-Sébastien Degni which was filmed around ENNY’s local community of Thamesmead, South London. 

An Interesting Way I Discovered We Are All Connected to Our Past, Present and Future Versions of Ourselves

By Missy E.

Photo by Fábio Lucas on Unsplash
 "The journey (including relationships, whether intimate or friendships) always leads us back to self. At least it should in some way."

Finally, and interestingly enough during this season of reset/refresh/renew, I've committed to reading more books. What a disadvantage to take that for granted for too long. Maybe it was because my job usually entailed long, arduous hours staring at a computer screen to either write, proofread or edit published works. The last thing I wanted was to stare at another screen and read a book. (Yes, I've borrowed hard-cover books from the library and no, it didn't work out). Why am I telling you about this? Well, I want to be a better writer and future published author. 

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Sunday Soul Session: Joy As Our Sacrifice

By Missy E.

Snoh Aalegra performs in Houston. Photo: Robyn Tuazon

Hello to my fellow M Report readers! What's up ya'll! Too many days have passed since I shared on this blog more of my posts. I've admittedly spent more time posting content to the social media platforms all while neglecting the foundation of this platform - THE M REPORT WEBSITE and newsletter. 

Well, while excuses are my challenge, I must also admit, that wedding planning has been in full swing, if not even more so now, as crunch time continues to approach. I can't believe it but truly - time flies! 

Back to the message: Joy as our sacrifice. 

"I shall offer within the Lord's tent, a sacrifice of joy. I will sing and make music for the Lord" Psalm 27:6 

Weew, chile, when that message hit, it was without a doubt something I contemplated on for a hot second. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Gone Too Soon: A Lesson on Societal Pressures

By Missy E.

RE: Miss USA Cheslie. Here and there, I've still been contemplating the downfall of this beautifully intelligent and successful woman. It wasn't until I stumbled upon this project I'm editing and this author's words stuck out like a deer in headlights. I want to paraphrase and let it marinate with us:

The narrative that being average, is failing. How some may find that being ordinary is not okay and does not bring fulfillment with life that they become victims of their own misery just to be in their own league.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Dance We Do, The Missteps We Take, As We Internalize Growth, Honesty and Friendships

 By Missy E.

I've found myself slowly turning the volume up on my own personal (writing) voice. Towards the end of 2021, I began publishing editorials, which are opinion-based pieces structured upon supporting facts or statistics. In all my years of being a professional writer, there was this new voice which had the freedom to just explore and take flight. It's safe to say I'm enjoying the newfound freedom and opportunity, not holding any qualms to other people's opinions of it. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Momma Mondays: Women in the Workforce

Tips on how to prepare for maternity leave and returning to work.

By JoAnne

Although Women’s Empowerment Month has passed, I’m still convinced that us, women, should be honored every month and every day. Not only are we capable of surviving in the workforce with our counterparts, but some of us have two (maybe even three) jobs after we clock out – well, do we really clock out?