First time in Los Angeles

I went to LA for the first time last Wednesday. Stayed for 3 days. Ate lots of vegan food and went to the museum to see my best friends painting “Family Sized” in the California African American Museum. The museum party was a highlight of the trip and seeing so many black artists succeeding in their craft and celebrating blackness was inspiring to see, feel and be apart of. Seeing my friend flourish and be in her element talking to and engaging with people and other artists was both motivating and

The abundance of options there are for vegans in LA is almost unreal. I could have stayed in Lassens for hours looking at all the different offerings that they have that I cannot find in Atlanta. Being in California almost felt like a different world or country. The vibe was different the people were different (even though I’m not sure if I loved the attitudes from people out there) it was just really different from any other city I’ve visited.

I loved that there are so many thrift stores in LA even if they were a little on the pricey side. Everyone I saw in LA was fashionable but it’s was effortless fashion everyone was stylish and it looked like they weren’t even trying. We went and got tattoos on our 1 full day there. We had drinks we walked around a little – LA is not a very walkable city which made it tough to explore outside of Echo park where we stayed. We went to a club called the association. We ate at Sage, Montys, and a falafel place in Grand Central Market.

Already planning to go back in August for my best friends birthday to see her painting in the museum one more time before the show ends, to eat wayyy more food and to thrift more.

I am really grateful that I was able to go to LA and go with my best friend.

Here are photos from the museum and from thrifting. I made a separate blog post of just photos of food that went up yesterday.

all the art we saw at the CAAM.

Fun things. Los Angeles was so fun.

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Update

Hey everyone as you might have seen from the lack of post I’m taking a little hiatus from my blog right now but I’ll be back mid March. I will be posting a March playlist on the 4th but that’ll be my only post for awhile as I’m having a bit of writers block and not really sure what direction I really want to take this blog – so I’m going to use this mini break to figure it all out.

In the mean time check out my recent blog posts and I’ll see everyone soon!

Also in the mean time if you can donate to my friends gofundme page I’ll post the link. She’s an African American artist and at just 27 has gotten a painting in a museum. However, the museum her painting is being shown in is in Los Angeles (and we love in Atlanta) she wants to be able to go see her painting in person and so the gofundme is for that purpose. The museum her work is in is the California African American Museum. The image on this post is the painting that got into the museum. https://www.gofundme.com/help-ariel-get-to-cali-for-her-1st-museum-exhibit?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_dn_cpgnstaticxlarge_r

Highlight: Harmony Holiday

Starting a series of posts where I highlight my favorite artists cause why not. Art is a big part of my life from poets, writers, music video producers, photographers, painters, music artists and more. I really want to just highlight some of the ones I think are pushing boundaries and make me feel and think.

First up is this amazing poet I found on poetry foundation.com (one of my favorite sites tbh) named Harmony Holiday. I’m going to link my favorite poems of hers in this post and also talk about some of my favorite lines and word mashups that she effortlessly delivers.

I know myself. Or so I chant in the mirror right around discovering that trap music is all the new negro spiritual / righteous delirium try to defund the clown in the en in negro say it a little less enter the New Yorker in Desdemona’s scarf and be this generative productive whistle blower for radicals/

This is an excerpt from Holiday’s Dear Babylon, that first line is really what stands out to me. Holiday writes these poems that themselves seem like rap lyrics the way they run on – the paragraphed structure of the poem the spaces the use of words that normally don’t fit together. Jumping from one subject to the next never knowing the next move or where she is going and being in awe of the truth and the hardness the strength in the words.

The mention of Desdemona from Othello. It’s just so effortless but calculated the movement from line to line.

From her poem Do you find it hard to live?

Thank yourself for making it for being present for the cold ache you sit with and rock into situations for the way you exploded in nuclear winter and thought you had dreamed it and made a new world bent as your denial reached forth to caress it all and it shocked your fingertips this is the bravest numbness.

This spoke to me in volumes it’s almost like everything I’ve been feeling put into words. It’s hard out here being soft around people who could careless about you- about black bodies about black women. The bravest numbness is living.

What I get from holiday is she’s cultured. She knows her stuff. She’s lived through some stuff too. She’s able to use pop culture and sport references and book references and tv references and it all works well together. She knows the struggle artists fight between feeling too much of everything but she’s able to put it into words and weave them through subjects.

Poems that I loved by Holiday are here:

Coin Coin, Run

Eurydice, Run

She has a book of poems coming out this year tilted M a a f A so if you like any of her poems check this book out and her other books she’s published.

February Playlist

I did a sort of themed playlist for the month and it’s titled Funky February. I know it’s kinda cheesy but it got me listening to newer songs instead of just artists I’m familiar with. I actually really like this playlist. It’s fun and after how long and transformative January was I need fun. I’ve put it on so many times the past weeks and just had a solo dance party in my underwear. So, if you like r&b and want to listen to some new finds then check this playlist out. Funk ๐ŸŒˆโšก๏ธ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿนโ˜ฎ๏ธ

My Brilliant Friend

There is a mini series that aired on HBO back in November-December called my brilliant friend. It is an Italian-American show that portrays a friendship and the struggles between two Italian girls in the 1950s. Honestly, one of the most beautifully acted anything I’ve ever watched. The two main characters Elena and Lila acted so beautifully I was entranced by both of them and not just their characters but their actual mannerisms and the dedication and thought they must’ve put into this show. The children Lila and Elena were only in the first 2 episodes but their performance was amazing truly.

The show made me cry. Shocked me. Made me angry. It was beautiful. I recommend everyone watching it if creative storytelling is something that interests you. I would say if physical abuse is a trigger for you don’t watch this. There was some violence especially father’s hitting their kids. Other than that the show is mainly about the retelling of the friendship by an adult Elena after she gets news that Lila is missing.

The setting for the show I know was an actual movie set to look like Naples in the 50s. I looked it up cause it honestly looked so much like Cuba now with the unpaved streets, the architecture, the old cars that I thought it might’ve been filmed in Cuba.

The inner struggles that Elena faces with competing with Lila. Feeling ugly because of her pimples and body issues are all things that girls really face. And the way it was represented on screen was perfect. I think every girl knows what it feels like to compare themselves to another girl (especially a friend). To feel inadequate to feel less than.

This show made me appreciative for all the things I don’t have to go through for being a girl and all the things I did go through for the same reason.

I liked how sure of herself that Lila was but I identified more with the emotions that Elena showed.

It did sadden me to see that Lila ended up married, rich and not studying or writing like she had wanted to as a child because that so easily had been my own story.

I’m not going to lie though the way Elena behaves in the show really annoyed me at times. I wanted her to stand up for herself to have a backbone to do what she wanted. But I know that can be hard at 15.

When I got to the end of the show and Elena was suddenly being pursued by Nino’s father I had a oh hell nah moment. It was not something I saw coming. But something I wanted to address in this review. With all the R’kelly things going on right now and from constant experiences of girls being prayed upon by older men it’s something that needs to be talked about out in the open so that it stops happening.

The very last episode and the ending of the show suggest there may be a part 2. If not the mini series is based off a book which I have been thinking about going to get to read.

The show is brilliant. I give it a 9/10 and if you’re interested even the slightest go watch it you won’t be disappointed.

January Playlist

It’s 2019 you guys and I always get all psyched at the start of a year. A lot of the songs on this playlist are emotionally charged. I actually really like music that has a lot of emotion but being such an emotional person hip hop is like the much needed distraction I need from my feels and thoughts. But it’s nice. It’s reflective which I think is needed at the end/beginning of a new year.

I had a new idea for the direction I want to take this blog back in December. I do want to continue to write about motherhood and things pertaining to it. However, I want to write less about spiritual things just cause I feel like I’ve been really wrapped up in my spirituality and defining it for the last couple of years and in some ways I feel a little disappointed by current events in my life and need to take a step back and reevaluate my spirituality.

So, this blog is about to turn to some of my other interests mainly music, art (in all forms TV, film, writing, painting, album reviews, movie reviews, restaurant reviews) and social issues that I’m very passionate about. There are going to be reviews on art shows and gallery openings going on in Atlanta. Part of this is to work on one of my goals which is my social life. As a mom I don’t have a huge social life and I want to get out more and meet more people and extend my tribe. So, the content might be changing a little but I hope you all will like the change.

I hope ya’ll like this new playlist and I hope everyone is planning out their goals and making changes to live the life they really want to love.

January Playlist

Art work from one of my favorites @serpentfire on Instagram.