Kendrick Lamar Lyrical Controversy

There I was, working from home like I usually do when I got the typical every-15-minutes email refresh. Most days the notifications are filled with Living Social Deals or Air Fare Watchdog Fares (I told you I'm a frugal dreamer), but this time there was something different. It was *gasp* my first booking request!

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Change Your Mind

 "Change your mind, change your life" right? The best thing about life is that we can change our minds at any time. However, the simple change of mind is not enough to create or sustain a changed life. We have to decide to make a decision. That may sound redundant, but there is a big difference between having a desire to do something and making a decision to do something. The former is simply a wish. The latter requires action.

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15 Quotes About Positive Self-Talk

The thing about positive people (and in a lot of senses successful people) is that these people are masters of creating a positive internal dialogue. It's the internal dialogue that dictates what is happening on the outside. If you are speaking positively internally, there's almost no way that this will not translate on the external. The same thing with negative internal talk: it will inevitably translate into your external being as well.

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#NoFilter

For the first time last week I was what some would call "trolled" on Instagram. My initial response was more reactionary than I would have liked it to have been, but I had been watched, baited and poked for weeks prior to the onslaught I received when I finally paid this person any attention. He spoke on everything you can imagine: my looks, my credibility, my character, even my kids. I was surprised as I aim to pass on positivity despite my many flaws.

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"The Woman Who Would Be King" comes to DC

 On March 25thThe Woman Who Would Be King is making its way from South Africa all the way to Washington, DC. This one woman fictional play is inspired by the life of Hatshepsut, who is known as one of the greatest women in history. In this play, the audience will be able to step into the shoes of a woman who strategically mastered her adversities to emerge as the first female ruler of ancient Egypt.

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Weekend Round-Up

Been too busy to keep up with the good news of the week? Look no further: I'll attempt to give you some stories from the week that were either inspiring or good topics of conversation for your date Saturday night or brunch with the crew on Sunday. Let me know if you like the idea, and I'll do my best to make it a weekly thing.

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Ladies in the Industry Conference

No two women are created alike, and it's our differences that will allow us to create our version of success in our lives. That was my major take-away after attending the Ladies in the Industry Networking Conference curated by Serene MGMT and held at the Sheraton in Silver Spring.

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Playlist: Figure It Out

Let's be honest, we all get a little down on ourselves sometimes: whether it be we are losing motivation or feeling bad about something in our lives, it happens. We also all have our own ways of pulling ourselves out of the self-inflicted rut: be it exercise, meditation, prayer or good food, everyone has a way to stop and realign ourselves to our greater mission.

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Dave Chappelle returns with Two Netflix Specials

Well, your dreams will soon come to fruition (see, dreams do come true) on March 21. Thanks to Netflix, we will get two comedy specials! The shows -- Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin, filmed in Los Angeles, and Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas, filmed during Austin City Limits will be Netflix exclusives.

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6 Stylists, 1 Winner: Battle of the Sexes

 Indie Fashion Week, DC kicked of this Monday with #ModelMondayz, "Battle of the Sexes", a networking social and styling competition at Exhale Lounge and Bar in the District. Sponsored by Mountain Dew Black Label, I was ecstatic to be invited to judge the competition as part of the Style Committee. Upon my arrival at the dual-level comfy and classy space, models were being dressed and prepped for what I'd like to deem a stylish free-for-all! Creative silhouettes and layering dominated the competition which had a theme of Contemporary Vintage.

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10 Reasons Why Inclusion in the Arts is Vital

The calm after the awards season is here, and I had many thoughts on what I saw and did see during this time. And while Chance the Rapper won 3 Grammys without a label, and Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Picture, I still couldn't shake lasts year's #OscarsSoWhite sentiment. Not that this is new, but what we witnessed this years seemed to be a more concerted effort at inclusion than ever before which left me slightly conflicted yet hopeful.  Adele beat out Beyoncé, and Denzel didn't win for Lead Actor again, but we still had glimpses of a more fair and well rounded selection process.

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Swizz Beatz vs Just Blaze: IG Live Battle

The hip-hop world stopped tonight for the most epic Instagram Live in its short history. Swizz Beatz and Just Blaze battled it out for over two hours on the 1s and 2s. If you missed it, let's just say it was ledgendary! No winner was crowned, but there were some epic moments nonetheless.

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Do It #ForTheCuture

In the midst of Black History Month (or is it African American History Month?), the city of Washington, D.C. celebrated with numerous activities and events that applauded the achievements and accomplishments of many distinguished members of the community. We are also lucky to be in an area that abounds with cultural creativity and excellence. The event #forthecuture made sure to highlight some of the DMV's massive amount of talent.

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Rihanna to be awarded Humanitarian of the Year by the Harvard Foundation

Robyn "Rihanna" Fenty has sold more than 200 million records to date at the ripe-young age of 29. While she shows no signs of slowing down in her music career, the trajectory of her humanitarian efforts seem as brilliant as her musical accolades. This time she has been awarded "Humanitarian of the Year" by the prestigious Harvard Foundation. *blows blow horn Caribbean style*

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Jay Z inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

With 21 Grammys, a superstar wife, his own legacy as multi-hyphenate media and business mogul and a plethora of other accolades and accomplishments, Jay Z can now officially add member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame to his repertoire.

 

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Carpe Diem with Virgil Abloh

Thanks to the powers of social media, I was made aware of an appearance by none other than Virgil Abloh in D.C. this past Friday. Without a partner in crime or a right hand man, I hemmed and hawed about whether or not to go. This is the same day I posted on my social media about "Carpe Diem", you know, seizing the day. So at 11:30, I pulled up my big girl pants and hit the road.

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Missy says "I'm Better" with New Track and Video

If you know me at all, then you know how much I love Missy! I will never forget the first time I heard her, the first time I bumped her in my car, and how much I've marveled at her creativity, talent and ability to transform in front of our eyes. 

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Women's March

Yes, I attended the Women's March in Washington, DC this past weekend. Yes, I am a woman. Yes, I have been quiet lately, mostly due to personal things, the passing of my dear Grandfather, and other things that I shall keep to myself.

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Hidden Figures: A Story That Needed To Be Told

I had the honor of attending a special screening of the film Hidden Figures last night at the Regal Cinema Theater in D.C.'s Chinatown.  It's the true story of 3 African American female engineers and mathematicians that each, in their own remarkable way carved their own place in history.

As this film is set to premier in theaters nationwide on January 6th, I won't spoil the details. What I gathered from this film was more pride than I ever thought imaginable.

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Kid Cudi Defines Introspection On "Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'"

The long awaited drop of Kid Cudi's new album, "Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'" is finally here. I won't go into the details of his recent headlines: you guys have Google. What I will say is that I didn't expect this album to hit me so hard.

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