I notice this in concert and always encourage people to put phone away and get in the moment. You can’t dance, clap your hands, enjoy the experience and who you came with if your focus is capturing the entire show in your phone. Get a few seconds, snippets and then get in the moment. Don’t miss life by trying to film every second. Just be.
I believe this is 1980 for RightOn! Magazine, a feature on my style – in this case hair. This is around the time of Shalamar ‘Three For Love’ album. The style came about because of not wanting to braid to the ends because the unbraiding would be more time consuming. It was unique at the time.
Very proud of the resilience I continue to have, the woman and artist I grew to be – still trying to be the best ME I can be no matter what. I’m full of gratitude, healthy and happy fast forwarding decades later living life and going beyond what I ever dreamed initially to create new ones.
Always choose to believe in yourself and keep growing – never get stagnant or lose faith.
One of my favorite authors and inspirations, Nobel Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner and so many other accolades. Indeed a groundbreaker and beyond – Toni Morrison leaves behind a powerful legacy and influence that will last for generations to come.
Very said to read she’s passed away at 88. Her work challenged you and touched the spirit. I remember the first time I read early work “The Bluest Eye” in my youth losing and finding myself in her words. I’d read it again later as an adult along with many other books ‘Beloved’, ‘Sula’, ‘Song of Solomon’, ‘Paradise’ along with teachings and speeches. Morrison had such intellect and used it for the type of prose that was often challenging and always thought provoking. My love of reading and literature goes back to junior high Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, James Baldwin to name a few comes from that time on my life filled with challenges and uncertainty- it is also where my love for writing and expression began through poetry, short stories, my first novel (unpublished) and later songwriting.
Rest in Heaven and thank you Toni Morrison for being.
My condolences to her family, friends and those who knew and loved her personally and best. I feel like I knew her too.
Art By Jen Troyer. Quote Excerpt from Commencement Address Wellesley College 2004
New video greeting. This is the 4th I’ve done and with each try to inspire to begin the new month as well as to update where I’ll be that month..in this case July – on the 19th it’s Staten Island, NY for the City Parks ‘Summerstage’ at Corporal Thompson Park and then returning to Bethesda, MD at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club ‘Celebrating 30 Years of Real Love’ on the 20th – that’s staying power! More concerts during the summer and fall and whenever added can always be found: Jody Watley Tour Dates
Hopefully, you will take the advice from the video and release past energies that may weigh you down going into this month..let alone months or years ago! Today is today and I hope whomever reads this post or watches the video will receive that message.