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Grown-Ish Star Yara Shahidi Makes it on the Cover of Essence Magazine!

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“Watch out world, I’m grown now” song by Chloe x Halle which is the theme song to the hit TV sitcom Grown-ish.  18-year old Yardi Shahidi makes it to the April Issue of Essence Magazine which will bring lots of spotlight to this young star on the television screens.  Besides being a very talented activist, Shahidi started her career quite early doing a lot of print advertisements for major companies such as McDonald’s, The Children’s Place, Target, the Gap Kids, Ralph Lauren, Guess kids and Disney.  Finally in 2009, she made her big cinematic debut starring alongside with Eddie Murphy and Paramount Pictures, “Imagine That”

 

She received the Young Artist Award nomination for the category of best performance in a feature film category.  As you may or may not know, Shahidi has high hopes and plans to going to Harvard University to study Social Studies.  The 18-year old star plans to get her education on while still pursuing her career in acting.  Her plans are underway as she still tries to figure out her work schedule.  Breaking into the television big, in September of 2014, Shahidi starred in Black-ish that aired on ABC Family network.  The 14-year old star got a chance to be on a show with Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross.  In December of 2014, she won the NAACP Image Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress in Comedy. Then in January 2018, she was called back to become the headliner of the show Grown-ish that was a spin-off to Black-ish.  

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So the world now has to watch out for this dynamic star who is on the rise! She is grown now!

 

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Album Review: The Kids are Alright

 

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The Bailey Sisters, Chloe and Halle performing at the BET 2016 Hip Hop Awards 

 

The Bailey Sisters; Chloe x Halle are blowing up the music stream when their debut album “The Kids are Alright” was released March 23rd.  These young sisters has always been musically inspired way before the 2016 BET performance.  Back in 2013, Beyoncé Knowles was the ones who discovered the musically talented sisters after seeing the Pretty Hurts cover on the Bailey sister’s You Tube page that went viral.  What a great way to get Queen Bey’s attention.  2014 was a great year as the good news that they were signed to Bey’s Parkwood Entertainment Record Label made everything the sisters worked hard for stick to solid concrete.  Way to go Chloe and Halle!

““We literally were flipping out, because as young girls, of course everyone looks up to Beyoncé,” Halle, 17, says.  (source from http://www.ew.com)

The Kids are Alright and You can now download the entire album on Itunes Music today!

 

Lit Music Review

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After listening to the entire album two days in a row, there was definitely a connection with each song as it told a story about life in it’s very own way.  Check out some of That Riverz Gurl Media’s favorite songs on the album:

~Hello Friend (Intro) This is the very first song and I could feel the warmth of the introduction that talks about embracing the self-love of you.  We all talk to ourselves sometimes and embrace life of our own.

~The Kids are Alright– This is the second song on the album.  The beat and vocals on this track is so amazing.  It’s just refreshing to hear the positivity energy of Chloe x Halle letting the world know that they are alright and they are here to stay for the long run.  You can’t allow the world to steal your joy, so doing you and what makes you happy is the best meditation ever! Awesome sauce!

~Grown- Okay so we all should know that this is the theme song to Freeform’s new show “Grown-ish” starring Yara Shahidi (this show is off the charts!)  It just basically tells the story of how they are at the point of life that they are mature and grown.  We all have reached that point in our life when we start feeling ourselves and think we can do what we want to do. Lol.

~Everywhere- The fifth song on the album! “I got money everywhere falling off the trees….I got money everywhere as far as you can seeee….”  Let’s make it rain yall because we got money everywhere we walk! Money cometh to me NOW!  The beat to this track is Lit!  And their vocals fits every beat and instrumental tune.

~Fake( featuring Kari Faux)- Very self-explanatory.  This world is filled with them and you just have to walk in life being humble.  Sometimes the fake ones are the ones who are always in our space without even knowing it.  “Why you even speak my name…..I guess you feel some type of way.”

~Cool People- This song has that sweet medley in the beginning; soft-spoken and easy.  This song is just a reminder that there are still cool and decent people in the world.

~Baby on the Plane- The opening to this song is sooo cute.  A baby voice crying on a plane.  I’m not sure what the inspiration was behind this particular track, but I love it indeed!  My interpretation of this song is crying out all of your pain and worries.

Overall the entire album is awesome!  This is the type of music that should be on major radio stations all over the world! Music like this with a solid meaning on each of the track gives life to us all!  That Riverz Gurl Media definitely rate the album a 10!  Great job ladies!

 

The Kids are Alright Musical Score with That Riverz Gurl Media Entertainment Website is a 10  ladies and gentlemen!

 

 

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What’s on Your Playlist?: That Riverz Gurl Media’s Playlist for the Week

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Music is always going to be the talk of the town with new artists releasing music for the first time or on-going artists releasing new singles.  Check out the Playlist for this week:

1. I Wanna Be Down- Brandy

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2) Lemon– N.E.R.D. and Rihanna ft. Drake (Remix)

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3) Finesse (Remix) Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B. 

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4) Hail Mary- Tupac

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5) Bartier- Cardi B. ft. 21 Savage

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6) Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)- Remy Ma ft. Chris Brown

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7) Tab Reloaded- Mariahlynn ft. Remy Ma

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8) Freaky Friday-Lil’ Dicky ft. Chris Brown

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9) Insecure- Amara La Negra

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10) Ayy- Amara La Negra ft. Fuego, Jowell y Randy, Negro 5 Estrellas, Los Pepes and Ricky Lindo

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So ALL Women don’t experience this?: My Story living with Endometriosis

 

Written by Teresa Adams

 

I sat there laying on the floor, curled up in a ball, with vomit to the left of me. The pain that I was feeling was unbearable. I assumed I was going through the normal process of womanhood. “MOM!!!” I tried to say as loud as I could but it would only come out as a whisper. I pulled the little bit of energy I had left, took a deep breath and screamed “Mommy!!!” My mother came in the room and asked me “What’s wrong? Is it that time again?” I responded with a weak “Yeah”. She then proceeded to attempt to move me from the floor to the bed. “I can’t move. It hurts too much. My legs are numb, my back hurts and I feel like I’m going to throw up again” I cried. The look on my mom’s face said it all…”Every female doesn’t experience pain like this”.

I was 14 when the pain started to interrupt my life. During those episodes I was unable to carry out my day to day operations. As a result of the pain I would either end up on the floor in the fetal position or in my bed unable to move. I didn’t know what this was and I assumed all of my female friends were going through this the same way. But, after paying close attention I noticed they weren’t. I would see them pop an Advil and go to class or take a Motrin and get ready for track practice. Why was I bedridden? Why did I have to rely on narcotics? Why was I always in the ER? Why would I have to miss school/class a few days out of the month?

In 2010, my doctor said the words “You’ve got stage four Endometriosis. The worst case I’ve seen in a young woman your age,” that statement hit me like a ton of bricks. I had so many questions. What was Endometriosis? Is there a cure? If not, was there any medication I could take to relieve the pain? Absolutely nothing was the pain reliever. I was looking at a future with this disease that I knew nothing about and definitely didn’t know how to spell. The next several years I would make friends with all the nurses in almost every nearby hospital. I ended up losing friends who felt like I was a burden. I fell into a deep depression and distanced myself from my loved ones. I turned bitter and angry at myself and took

that anger out on everyone around me. I was hurting physically and emotionally. My heart was filled with so much guilt, shame, anger and bitterness. I often thought, “If living with this disease meant I would have to feel like this 24/7 I’d rather die”. But God…

In 2017, God began to turn things around for me. He turned things around not in the physically sense but, in the spiritual sense. 2017 was the worst part of my journey physically. However, God began to do a work in me and gave me a peace that I still can’t explain. I’m no longer experiencing the pain once a month. I now experience the pain every day. But the peace I have in my heart has helped me get through. Sometimes I still doubt and cry but I don’t allow that to keep me stuck in my feelings too long. I am fighting every day for myself and for my endo sisters. This is not the end for us, it’s only a part of our journey.

 

When Preparation Meets Opportunity

When life takes a sudden turn; an unexpected loss of a love one, loss of job, divorce/relationship problems, health issues, and the list goes on…. We are quick to ask, why God, and why me? What am I going to do? We panic! We get scared. We suddenly feel alone,  like our world has ended.

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It’s not always easy, nor is it our first thought.  But, I challenge you, when unwanted circumstances arise, pause… and see what God is saying?  Trust me, it’s not easy, I know! When I am faced with adversity, the first thing I always hear is the Holy spirit saying is: “Just trust me!”

You have to remind yourself of His faithfulness. Hebrews 11:1, now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Reactivate your faith and begin to speak the goodness of God into your life, give him glory during the storm. It’s not easy, but you’ve got to fight your way to victory! Put on the full armor of God; the helmet of Salvation, the breastplate of Righteousness, the belt of Truth, walk in the sandals of Peace, and shield yourself with the sword of faith.

Well, how do I do that, you might be asking?

You have to declare His promises daily, speak it, cover yourself in His Word. After you have declared it, begin to see it coming to pass. Ask God to renew your heart and mind daily, well what does that mean? Ask Him to give you a clear mind and heart, to take away all of the negativity, to silence the tongue of the enemy so that you can hear His voice and His voice alone.

Think about all that could come from losing your job, yes it seems as if things are not going to be taken care of, but God is a faithful God. He’s not going to leave you nor forsake you. You have to know, that God did not bring you this far, to only bring you this far…. There’s an opportunity brewing with your name on it, it took losing the job for God to prepare you in this season for what He has that’s greater. It aligns with the desires of your heart and the plans He has for you. Think about it, it’s what you’ve been praying for. (smile)

Had it not been for your marriage/relationship being tested, your strength and faith would not have been challenged and you would not be discovering a new you or growing with your mate and falling in love daily reaching new heights together as one. It brought you closer together, it made you/them see your faults and amid all of that drama, you fell in love again, you discovered that you never knew a love like this. The silence, the distance, the argument was preparing you for what’s yet to come. Strengthening you to build a business together, showing you how to build a home and not just have a house, preparing you for the love of a new addition to your family, teaching you how to handle one another in love and respect. It was part of the plan for the next level in your life, the new beginnings…

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When things suddenly happen, sometimes we just have to accept it and force ourselves to see the good over the bad. When the enemy comes in like a flood, trust that God will raise a standard against it. However, everything is not always the enemy, it may just be part of the plan to grow you, to push you, to make you better, to allow you to see yourself, or to allow you to see God and give Him the opportunity to move.

You have to have faith in the middle of failure TD Jakes

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During adversity, look at it as God preparing you for what’s next. He has you in solitaire so that you can hear His voice and this time, move as He says to move. Allow His word to be a lamp onto your feet and to direct your path. Psalm 119:105

The next time you find your back up against the wall, I encourage you to embrace the bad and know that it is for your good. Take a deep breath and follow the steps below so that you can hear God’s voice, not your own, nor the enemies, as you are being prepared for your next opportunity.

When Preparation meets Opportunity

Five Days of Preparation

(New Job, Promotion, Relationship, Marriage, Kids, Finances, Strength, Health, Friends, etc.…)

  • Day 1: Stop! Breath in, exhale…. What is God saying? Tune everything out, get into your quiet place and listen for His voice. Don’t request anything, don’t complain about anything, just listen…. Don’t move, until you have heard the voice of God! Not your own voice, not the enemies, but the voice of God!

Psalms 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God

  • Day 2: Now apply what the Lord has given you on Day 1. For me, He just kept saying to trust Him, whenever fear or doubt set in, I softly repeated, Lord I trust you! I made it a part of my day to continuously say, as I walked, as I sat at my home desk, as I worked on my plan, driving home, in my room, while praying…. Lord, I trust you!
  • Day 3: What are your desires/vision/dreams? What do you want?? Ask yourself, is it really what you need…Write them out… I specifically wrote out everything in a job that I wanted. I was very detailed and specific, I didn’t just express my desires about the type of work I wanted to do, but also the co-workers, Boss, atmosphere, office space, pay…. EVERYTHING! After my request where made known, I still said now God, not my will, but yours!

Habakkuk 2:2 Then the LORD replied: “Write the vision and make it plain!

  • Day 4: PRAY!  You must believe in His promises! Go over your desires/wants/dreams/vision…find scriptures and pray over what you have written, speak it, believe in your heart, and trust God, knowing that if it’s part of His Will and plan for your life, nothing is impossible, it will come to pass! Consider it done, In Jesus Name! Faith walk…

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

  • Day 5: Claim it, envision it…start seeing yourself doing it, and just begin to thank Him daily! What you speak has power! Speak life into everything that you are preparing for! Eventually, your preparation will meet the opportunity!

Mark 11:23 Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will.

1 Thessalonians 5: 18 that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.

As you patiently wait on God, begin to thank Him! Start preparing for what’s next to come. May your prayers be answered, and the desires of your heart come to pass according to His plan, His Will, His purpose for your life.

Rejoice! The new job is coming, the marriage/relationship will be restored, your children will rise above and find order, your finances will increase, your heart will be healed, your body will be healed, your mind will be healed, you will be the next TESTIMONY!

 

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SMILE…

He’s preparing you for the next opportunity.

 

Be Nspired!

Author Amara L. Russell
 
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Amara L.Russell is a Motivation/Inspiration contributing blogger for Elevate Ur F.U.S.E.  She is also an author of Nspired and A Rare Diamond.  You can purchase her books on Amazon.  Follow her on Instagram at @arare_diamond1

Author Spotlight: Diane Guntrip

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How did your writing journey begin?

This is a difficult question for me to answer. From a young age I have always been actively involved in some creative pursuit. I trained as a teacher specialising in English and Textiles and taught Textiles for 6 years. Later I became a jewellery designer and also ran a business featuring designer pillows all whilst I continued with my teaching career. There has never been a time when I have not been busy with some form of creativity. So to return to your question, I decided to write short stories, perhaps 15 years ago. There was no idea of publishing. ‘Dear H’ began in a different format to the present diary. The writing was spasmodic and one day, the story had become longer and had transformed into a dairy.

My neighbor’s granddaughters read the manuscript and urged me to publish the book. After submitting it to a few publishers with no offers of a contract, I lost interest. It was not until my circumstances changed, a badly shattered wrist, that led me to re-edit the book and I made the decision to self publish.

Was writing something you always wanted to accomplish as one of your goals?

No, I can’t say it was. I was busy expressing myself creatively in other ways.

What do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?

‘Dear H’ is for young people of aged 10+ although a lot of adults have read and enjoyed the book. It was originally written just as a book to be enjoyed. However, once the book was completed, I saw it in another light. The book is a diary written by 12 year old Amanda who is constantly being bullied. I have been instrumental in presenting workshops in primary schools and the book has proved to be an excellent discussion tool where the students can speak freely on bullying, depression, self-esteem, diary writing and their dreams for the future etc. The book is motivational and inspiring.

‘The Daisy Chain’ is the sequel and is written for girls from 13+ years. Amanda is now a student at a prestigious music academy. She is determined to set up an anti-bullying support group called the Daisy Chain. The book introduces new characters who are experiencing problems of adolescence. Amongst them the reader sympathizes with mental health issues and an unplanned pregnancy. Again, the book is for enjoyment but is full of ‘tips’ and discussion points.

How many books have you written?

So far two, ‘Dear H’ and ‘The Daisy Chain’.

Do you plan to publish more in the future?

I have made a start on ‘Tilly’s Story’. This is the story of how Tilly, in ‘The Daisy Chain’ has to leave the college due to her pregnancy and give up her place at a music conservatorium.

Have you had any book signings? If so, how did that go?

For both of my books I arranged book launches which were held in my local Art Gallery. These were well advertised with guests of honor. Book signings were part of the events. I also sign books when I visit schools to do workshops.

What marketing strategies do you use for your books?

I have a website, www.dianeguntrip.com. Initially for the book launches, I was featured in the local paper and on community radio. I have also been featured in blogs and a recorded radio interview. I use Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. I approach schools and associations to offer to speak.

Are there any challenges getting people to support you?

Yes, especially as the books are self-published. A lot of institutions, some libraries and book fairs do not accept authors who are self-published.

What is your writing style like? Any special places you like to go to write at?

As both books are diaries, I would say they are chatty, easy to read, conversational. I can only write when I am in my study with the door closed!!

How can readers connect with you and buy your books?

I can be contacted via the Contacts Page on www.dianeguntrip.com or directly on dianeguntrip@hotmail.com

For Australian residents the books can be ordered from the website. For elsewhere they are available from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk. Barnes and Noble and the Book Depository.

Tell the readers more about the types of books you write.

My books are fiction and the characters are all from my imagination. However, the issues that are mentioned are all problems that young people can encounter in today’s world. I hope that my books will inspire others to have the strength to follow their dreams.

 

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Writing Tips for the Soul

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I started writing at the age of nine.  Not quite sure how I started though, but God had a plan and He surely blessed me with the gift at a very early age.  I started out writing short stories that embraced my imagination.  Honesty I can’t even remember what I was writing about, but all I knew, I had a real gift that everyone couldn’t have.  Some years later, I became an author publishing my first book in 2012 called A Collection of God’s Word and Motivation (collection of inspiration poetry)  Since then, I’ve published a total of six books.  

I wanted to do something different on my blog geared towards writers (new or old), authors and blogging and of course journalers (I just made that word up lol)  So I decided to do writing tips.  God knows I can still use the help on writing, because every writer isn’t perfect!  Always embrace learning more about writing.  So here we go!

 

Writing Tips to the Golden Soul

  1. Write Consistently– One way to get better at writing is if you are writing at least once a day.  All you need is your notebook, pen or pencil, some music and maybe a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and get to writing.  It doesn’t all have to be in complete sentences, but jotting down your thoughts helps to calm your mind.  Do you normally have various of topics to write on? That helps as well.pexels-photo-302440.jpeg
  2. Keep a Journal– Oh how I love a journal!  I would always journal in high school writing about my day.  I’m not sure why I stopped, but I definitely need to get back into the swing of journaling again.  If you don’t have one, now is the time to invest in a nice journal (preferably from Wal-mart or any bookstore) and write about your day. pexels-photo-261735.jpeg
  3. Read a good book– I think this is the most important thing for writers!  To gather great ideas for a short story or even a novel, reading helps a lot.  I started a good book earlier last month called “Lady Elect 4” which I haven’t finished yet, but is good for my writing skills.  Ask your friends or family for reading suggestions to add to your library and take notes.  pexels-photo-864938.png
  4. Research topics- I love the beauty of the internet because you can search anything if you have a question.  Sometimes if I want more insight and information on the topic I’m blogging on, I go to http://www.google.com and type in the topic.  Use the internet to the best of your ability especially when it comes to writing. pexels-photo-218717.jpeg
  5. Stay focused- Once we get into our very own writing pattern, the rest is history!  Try to at least spend 30 minutes writing about anything.  Never lose focus of your gift.  If you enjoy writing as much as I do, it will come very natural to you. coffee-cup-stack-break.jpg

 

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P.U.SH. Through it All!: Take it to the next Level

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Are you feeling stuck? I encourage you to PUSH yourself into the next level. Sometimes, we’re waiting on everyone else to move, and the hold up is ourselves. We’re waiting on the sign from God, the unexpected phone call, the surprising email or text message, that’s going to change everything. Not realizing, that we have everything we need right in front of us.

All we need to do is PUSH our selves into the next level. Try something different, go a little further, think outside the box. Maybe it’s your prayers, nothing is moving in your life because your prayers are the same, you have learned how to recite them daily quite nicely, saying the same thing every morning, every night. I challenge you to PUSH! Change your prayers up, start declaring things through your prayers, stop asking and start thanking, change the times you pray, increase your prayer times, get bolder!

Doing the same thirty minute workout? Is it working? I challenge you to PUSH! Increase your days, increase your times, increase your steps, try a new workout. Drink more water, eliminate sweets. PUSH!

Working on a master plan? Want things to change at work? Want to own your own business one day? Want to start a ministry? Then what are you doing? Are you thinking about it, or are you going forward with it? I challenge you to PUSH! Change your way of thinking, and start doing! Create the business plan. Work on that promotion, present new ideas, start the ministry, you already have the tools, it’s in your daily habit…. PUSH!

I dare you, no I challenge you, to PUSH yourself into a new level today!

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Amara L. Russell is an author of the novel A Rare Diamond and Nspired.  She is also a writer and blogger as well.

You can check out more of her work by visiting her blog site http://www.nspired2write247.com and check out her books on Amazon.