Actress and Comedian Monique recently fell into the spotlight after making statements about how Black women should wear their hair, dress, and carry themselves in public. Much of her beliefs seem to stem from older schools of thought about what's considered respectable and exactly who that respectability is for. You can watch her full statement here:
Ms. Melody Monroe joins LA-based actors Gogo Lomo-David and Natasha Younge on their show "In The Process" to discuss goal setting, success as an independent artist, and working in the creative economy.
It's Black History Month! "Hits the woah while singing the Black National Anthem* The time to be Blackity Black blackem, just the BLACKEST we can be. The time to reflect on the achievements and perseverance of our ancestors. The time to recognize and celebrate the Black excellence in all of us.
This year has been an unexpected whirlwind of death and tragedy for many, including myself. Even in this last month, I am working through the grief of losing loved ones. It’s left me with many existential questions along with fear of the unexpected as I’m sure many others are experiencing.
But despite my questions of “why”and what the future holds, and in being starkly reminded of life’s fragility, I see an irrefutable lesson: tomorrow isn’t promised and the life we live today creates our legacy for tomorrow.
It’s taken me a while to even begin to write this. I honestly didn’t know if I could or if I had anything to say. I’ve been speechless.
In fact, this writing feels a bit forced. I’m writing it in the name of consistency. I promised my supporters that I would write a blog every month. But honestly, today I don’t feel like writing. I don’t feel like conversation.
What it’s About: Life is a struggle for single father Chris Gardner (Will Smith). Evicted from their apartment, he and his young son (Jaden Smith) find themselves alone with no place to go. Even though Chris eventually lands a job as an intern at a prestigious brokerage firm, the position pays no money. The pair must live in shelters and endure many hardships, but Chris refuses to give in to despair as he struggles to create a better life for himself and his son.
Why I Like It: We get to see Will Smith with his son Jaden in an emotional drama. Their real life relationship translates seamlessly into their on-screen roles. I love that it’s a biographical film and gives us a positive representation of Black fatherhood.
Good For: Times of unemployment, rejection, learning new things, and when you feel like you have to make a way out of no way.
The “P” Word Passion: It’s a word we hear often. It’s in movie titles, book titles, church names, and paint colors. It evokes emotion and memories; camaraderie and battle. It might even turn into a new family member if the lighting is right (wink, wink).
But how often does it turn into a business plan or the means it requires to take the first step to reaching a goal?
I mean, what is passion anyway? An elongated spurt of motivation? A feeling? A knowing? A belief?
I would say it’s a burn. It’s your why. It’s whatever excites you about the idea of opening your eyes in the morning. And it’s certainly worth pursuing.
It was spring of 2018. I had just released my debut EP and life was finally slowing down after 6 months of a grueling schedule. I found myself accomplished, but still missing something. I sat in my studio apartment on a Sunday morning, in a solemn mood, thinking of how to seize the day. I decided to walk to Piedmont park and pray while walking. Looking for guidance, I felt I heard an inner voice tell me to get a dog.
I had been wanting a dog for a while, but didn’t feel that I was ready. I always said it was too much like having a child and too much responsibility. Let alone, my landlord wasn’t keen on having animals in his property. But that’s what I felt I heard.
When I got back from my walk, I took to Twitter for casual entertainment. Within the first 3 minutes, I started seeing posts of people with their dogs. I looked to the left to discover that #NationalRescueDogDay was trending. “Wow”, I thought and took it as a sure sign.