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Awesome #EverydayWomen That Look Like Me

Awesome everyday women that look like me are too often unseen, therefore we think they are non-existent. I began the #EverydayWomen series to help dispel this myth and spotlight a few women that inspire me. On Instagram, I announced that I would run the series via Facebook from Nov. 25 – Dec. 25, 2014. The series would feature images of 30 awesome everyday women. Instead of 30, there are 31 everyday women featured and the series extended through January 1, 2015.

Science, technology, finance, arts/entertainment, government, health/beauty, military, and fashion are some of the career fields these women dabble in. Like countless women, most of these ladies wear multiple hats. While juggling the demands of their careers, several of these women are wives and/or mothers too.

Click an image to enlarge and learn about the awesome #EverydayWomen pictured. Follow their awesomeness on Instagram, handles are included in the captions.

 

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What’s Hot In L.A.? It’s RaVaughn!

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Do you remember belting out feel good R&B songs by Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill and TLC? I do and I also recall not having a real clue what the lyrics meant but you couldn’t tell me that. Recently, I’ve been vibing to a few songs that take me back to those days, except I now know the passion behind them all to well.

Talented and gorgeous Los Angeles born and bred R&B song bird RaVaughn is set to drop her first album Love Always this summer, but it’s sure to take you back to the 90s with its soulful story-telling tracks. If the rest of the album continues in the path of the album sampler you will not want to ride in my car summer 2013.

RaVaughn, also known as Ne-Yo’s protege, is signed to CompoundU/Columbia Records. Most people think that she is new to the game but I know otherwise. When I met her about 10 years ago she and music had a full on love affair in progress. Her consistent dedication is paying off and she is receiving well-deserved recognition.

Listen to the Love Always album sampler below and check out the video for RaVaughn’s first official single ‘Better Be Good’ featuring Wale.

Because of Them, We Can…

Last month, in honor of Black History Month photographer Eunique Jones released a new photo each day of African Americans past & present who have opened doors for us.

The influential individuals were portrayed by children and included inspirational quotes. Eunique’s campaign is titled “Because of them, We Can.” I love love love this! It’s a creative way to remember and can be used to teach children with a fresh twist.

Check out some of the photos below. More can be found on the Because of Them, We Can website and are available for purchase. There’s a Facebook page too.

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Alicia Keys Caught On Fire

Just like any other kid I thought celebrities were super human. I assumed they were immune to problems of everyday life. Guess what? I thought wrong. No matter how high they, the media or fans place them on a pedestal they are still humans. Celebrities just happen to live in the spotlight because they possess an extraordinary talent (I use that term loosely). Well, I guess it is an extraordinary talent to be famous for nothing but, I digress.

When I heard Brand New Me by my new BFF (in my head) Alicia Keys, it reminded me that she faces some of the same issues that I do. Did I mention that I love that song?

(Breaks out in song)…

It took a long long time to get here
It took a brave, brave girl to try
It took one too many excuses, one too many lies
Don’t be surprised, don’t be surprised

Anyway, I’ve listened to the Girl On Fire album a few times now and I really like it. To clarify, that means that I can listen to more than half of the songs on repeat. I can appreciate the entire artistic expression (voice, lyrics, melody, instrumentals & style). My favorite tracks are:

1. De Novo Adagio (Intro)
2. Brand New Me
3. When It’s All Over
5. New Day
6. Girl On Fire (Inferno Version) f. Nicki Minaj
10. That’s When I Knew
12. One Thing
13. 101

I’m pretty sure AK made the album based off of our girl talk. Or she peirced through my soul and grabbed the thoughts from my head. Check out Brand New Me below.

Tomorrow (Nov. 29),  Alicia Keys will perform on The X Factor (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed).

She’s just a girl and she’s on fire…