I’ve been fortunate and blessed to meet many awesome people – famous and not famous along the way, and still on the musical and life journey. Muhammad Ali “The Greatest” was one. He lived a remarkable life and inspiration so many with his courage and convictions far beyond the ring.
“I don’t have to be what you want me to be, I’m free to be who I want..” – Muhammad Ali
Humbly waiting to be introduced to Muhammad Ali at an event at his home in Windsor Square Hancock Park Los Angeles in 1982.
“..I don’t have to be who you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.” “I said I was the greatest before I knew I was.” “Impossible is nothing.” “We become heroes when we stand up for what we believe.” “Don’t count the days -make the days count.” “Age is whatever you think it is, you’re as old as you think you are.” “..if I have changed one life for the better, I haven’t lived in vain..”the man who has no imagination has no wings”….so many pearls of wisdom and inspiration.
Some favorite quotes I’ve shared over the years from The Greatest. Such an inspiring life, never afraid to speak his mind and evolve-did it his way.
Rest peace Muhammad Ali. A great champion, ambassador, humanitarian beloved around the world. My condolences to his family, friends and all who knew him best. 🙏🏽✨
Jody Watley. Original. Shalamar 1983 on tour in Belgium. Photo Courtesy of: Etienne Go.
Seeing this photo shared by a Etienne Go on Facebook from a club in Belgium in 1983 while on tour with Shalamar is another reminder of how long I’ve been getting to do some of the things I love and working really hard at it, and always fighting to be myself – through the many ups and challenges, obstacles overcome ..singing, performing, dancing, designing, writing and bringing joy to the people.
Here’s to the now, to the weekend. It’s OK to take a glimpse back, evaluate, reflect, see how far you’ve come, use the lessons learned and so on – just don’t get stuck there.
This is another fun video with a take on the new Shalamar Reloaded single and video “O.R.I.G.in.A.L”
Ironically in the past few days, fans have shared with me these posts heralding the jumbo hoop earring, the blend of eclectic style high and low fashion.. it’s been pointed out “they mention other artists who have followed the trend, trends you set – except the person who started it – you”..origins people, learn it! “What you mean you don’t know about my hoops!”
Read the Teen VOGUE Post: HERE – News Flash to the Teen VOGUE style writers – they’ve always been chic – and never left! I think it’s wonderful that the style endures generation to generation. To see them the Jody Watley Hoops -always makes me smile. Go girls – WerK!!
Don’t You Want Me – 1988. Recently signed with love from legendary designer Jean Paul-Gaultier.
For this #TBT – a look back at my #1 workout tape “Dance to Fitness.” A first for a woman of color, my motivation was that there were no fitness tapes with black women a fact that baffled me. It was the era of Jane Fonda and Denise Austin..and then me! Light cardio dancing, it was an awesome opportunity and moment in my journey. It’s in the Music!