I'll be on TV tonight! Catch me if you can. 🏃 #actorslife
Still here. 🍹🎉 🎈 〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️ (Thanks @keshabruce for reminding me of this poem!)
A friend of mine sent me this after a rough break-up, and it was just what I needed. I still read over it every now and then. It reminds me that time enjoyed is never a waste. Even beautiful things end when it's time for them to do so, and new beautiful things begin. ♥️ (Fun Fact: I have a *thing* for Icarus.)
There's a poem for every kind of day (or life) that you're having. 😒😒😒😒😒 This is an excerpt from a long poem, so please Google and read the rest or see one of many videos of the poet performing it. 💙
I remain. But what have YOU become? 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ #NationalPoetryMonth #poetry #poem #poet #njblivetrue #poetsofinstagram
We do what we need to do to get by, and hopefully we do better when we are able.💙
iNod at the #truth of this.
Apropos. 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ #NationalPoetryMonth #poetry #poem #poet #JoyHarjo #JoyHarjoPoetry #War #wwiii
My #Meisner instructor used to encourage his students by telling us that artists had a responsibility to Rage, rage, against the dying of the light. Now, sometimes I tell myself. 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ excerpted from Dylan Thomas' poem Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Favorite line: stealin my shit from me/ dont make it yrs/makes it stolen/ ✊ ✊ ✊ ✊ ✊ This choreopoem is one that I return to again and again in my life, and as I amass life experiences each of the pieces hits me differently.
Offended parties may take it up with the nearest racist. 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ from Vivek Shraya's debut poetry collection entitled even this page is white
Think... are we not worthy...? 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ Gets me every time.
Where's the lie, though? 🤔 ~~~~~~~~~ If I can't be so full of myself that I refuse to accept anything less than what I deserve, then what would you have me do? Be an empty vessel for you to fill with whatever suits you? #Nah ~~~~~~~~~ Nikki Giovanni wrote this poem for #LenaHorne. The whole poem is 🔥, and these lines are my faves.
🐦 🎶 —————––—— I saw a teen boy perform this at a poetry slam years ago. It resonated with me and serves as a reminder to make sure that the bird in my heart sees the sunshine and doesn't ever lose her song.
Writing truth to power. 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ Suheir Hammad's book, Born Palestinian Born Black (1996) was one of the first poetry books that I purchased that WASN'T for a class.
Begin. ♥️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ If this resonates with you, I encourage you to find the whole poem. I had to memorize it for a class in college and it has stuck with me.
YOU love you. ♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (This is one of my faves.)
The more things change... 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ (This is one of the first poems that I ever memorized. ) #NationalPoetryMonth #LangstonHughes #resist #BlackLivesMatter #BlackGirlMagic
A little #haiku to kick off #NationalPoetryMonth!
A little #gratitude goes a long way. 🙏
Your door not coming into view quickly enough? Grab a saw and apply some elbow grease. #WeAreNotPowerless #CreateOpportunities
iAct, iPaint, iWrite, iSing, iTravel, iLove, iLive. 😊
Things that held true for you yesterday may no longer be true. And many things that we assume about ourselves were never true at all. Mine your depths as a PRACTICE. Allow what serves you to stay, and say goodbye to what doesn't. #WeAreNotPowerless #OpenYourHands
Open your hands.
#BlackPanther was GLORIOUS.
I've decided that everyone who loves me is my Valentine today. 💜 #HappyValentinesDay #HappyGalentinesDay #Love #LoveYourself #LoveOneAnother
Identify your calling and do your work. That's LITERALLY the best that you can do.
There's a crack in everything; That's how the light gets in. --Leonard Cohen, Anthem
The why provides the fuel. If you haven't found the why, are you really moving forward or just thrashing around?
Everything will be alright in the end. If it's not alright, it's not the end.
Even if nobody ever tells you again, know this: You have everything that you need to do what you need to do.
Empowering ourselves isn't always easy, but it's simple: 1.) Claim ownership of our respective lives every single day, and take responsibility for the decisions that we do OR DO NOT make. 2.) Do it or don't do it - just don't make excuses. #WeAreNotPowerless
When we work hard to make changes in our lives, not everyone will be supportive. There is a certain comfort that some people around you derive from assuming that you will always be the same, and those people would love for you to stay in a box because it makes their lives easier. Embrace change anyway. Move toward a clearer version of yourself. Not everyone can go with you, but those who are supposed to be in your life will stay of their own volition.❤️
This is how we win. #truth
I don't generally make resolutions because they tend to hang over my head like the Sword of Damocles and stress the heck out of me. This time, however, one came to me. I will move forward through 2018, always keeping in mind that I am GROWN and I am FREE. This single thought will serve as an ever-present reminder that I am never powerless over my life, my choices, and any situations that arise. Do you have a resolution that you'd like to share?
Sooo... I've been teaching myself digital painting. This started out as an oil painting and has been hanging on my wall unfinished for a few years now, so i took a photo of it and modified it digitally. (Swipe left to see the before.) I signed it but I'm not sure I'm done with him yet.
Fill your life with things that make you happy. Too often we wait for others to do things for us as validation of our worth. Validate yourself. You are worthy. 🌸 💕 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ #loveyourself #beauty #validation #itsthelittlethings #happiness
Yesterday morning, I woke up with an image in my head. #Artists of all stripes know that this happens sometimes. Instead of reaching for my phone, I grabbed my paintbrush & painted it. Now... what do you think it is? 🤔
When humanity is removed from society, what's left? 〰️ 🎶 🇺🇸 🔫 I think we're on the fast track to finding out. #RESIST
This speaks to my SOUL, y'all. 〰️ 〰️ #freeyourmind #bosstheeffup #winning #blessings #thesecret #loa #lawofattraction #believeandreceive #claimit #itsyours #inspiration #levelup
iWrite. This one is for all my sisters: be careful out there. 💕 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ #writer #writersofinstagram #poetry #poem #poetsofinstagram #selfcare #love #formysisters #formysistas
It's HERE: The Season One Finale of SHOOTIN' THE SH*T! Take 5 whole mins and watch now. Link in bio. 😏 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ We are PROOF that you can learn your way through something as you go along! #wearenotpowerless
Reasons Why They Hate You 😒: (edit: found a typo. Ignore that.)
In case you were waiting for a sign: 🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️ Being vocal doesn't ONLY mean marching. It means if you see something, say something. If you're a writer, write. If you're a filmmaker, make a protest film. Do whatever it is that you do- just don't sit by and watch. #resist #protest #speakthetruthevenifyourvoiceshakes #artists #wearenotpowerless #writer #filmmaker #painter #artist
Just a little something. And I mean that literally: she's 3x3. 🎨 🎨 🎨 This oil painting was inspired by a photo that I found on the web, but I can't find it anymore. If anyone happens to recognize it, please let me know b/c I'd love to be able to give credit to the photographer/ subject. 💕
It happens to everyone: Just when you get all of your ducks in a row, one flies away. Don't chase it- replace it! Or just move the other ducks into a new formation. Focus on what's going well and move forward from a place of abundance - not deficit. #HappyMonday! You've got this. ♥
Episode 5 of my #webseries, SHOOTIN' THE SH*T is UP! Series link in bio. 📺 📺 📺 #actorslife #wearenotpowerless #whattowatch #webisode #bingewatching #artists #writer #producer
So what, then, is the difference between falling and flying? 〰️ 〰️ 〰 #fly #feelthefearanddoitanyway #noceilings #nofloors #freeyourmind #perspective #perception
Sometimes we need to be reminded. New post on my blog at NJBLiveTrue.com. 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ #life #inspiration #lifelesson #change #grief #love #loss #embracechange #bepresent #openyourhands
It's important for each of us to see accurate depictions and portrayals of ourselves in society at large. If we #artists don't see what we need to see, we can create those images and narratives. Check out my latest blog post at NJBLiveTrue.com to see why TV show #QueenSugar inspired me.🙌🏾 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ #artist #actorslife #representationmatters #painting #tv #tvshows #peopleofcolor #feminism #blackgirlmagic
When the road gets rough, remember to remember. ♥ 〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️ New blog post for #actors & other #artists at NJBLiveTrue.com
Do you know that I have a blog? Been blogging since 2005, and just published a new post about #selfcare entitled Y'all Ain't Gon' Drive Me Crazy! Check it out at: www.NJBLiveTrue.com
Brave & Free Original oil painting by yours truly. I wish you courage & freedom. ♥ ♥ #brave #free #freedom #livetrue #livetruthfully #njblivetrue #happy4th #independence #oilpainting #art #artist
Don't give them to: MamaDaddySisterBrotherHusbandWifeGirlfriendBoyfriendBaeFriendsTheInterwebsTheGigRandomStrangers. Responsibility and freedom go hand-in-hand. If you don't take responsibility for your own well-being (physical, mental, spiritual, financial, and emotional), how free can you be? Ground yourself in reality & determine your value for yourself. THEN hold onto your own keys so YOU can drive instead of being taken on rides and dropped off in places that you don't recognize. 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ #life #inspiration #lifelesson #truth #selfcare #selfesteem
Vibrate higher. 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ 〰️ #inspiration #life #aimhigh #vibratehigher
Keep moving forward: There's sunlight and dancing on the other side of the tunnel.☀️💃🏾☀️💃🏾☀️💃🏾
...and you may never know who needed what you shared. #livetrue #livetruthfully #share #inspire #truth #inspiration #tellthetruth