Month: June 2015

Flyy Girl Feature Friday: Alicia Nicholls

Happy Flyy Girl Friday Mofros!!!

Splendid.

Simply Splendid.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Miss [ah.lee.see.ah]

Please introduce yourself to the readers:AliciaNichollsFace
Alicia, Brooklyn, NY
Tell us about your blog, NEONFOX
Personal style and lifestyle blog that features topics from beauty to fashion inspiration.  
 Why did you begin blogging?
I began blogging because I was always interested in having a creative outlet that showcased my personal style and I wanted to share that with the world.
 What motivates you to dedicate time to blogging?
I love interacting with my readers and creating content on topics that interest me that may interest others.
 In one year, what do you hope manifests from your blogging?
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A full-time blogging career that allows me to travel and work alongside with other creatives.
Name two of your favorite bloggers you follow.
Rumi Neely of fashiontoast.com and Ashley Glorioso of pursenboots.blogspot.com
What legacy do you want to leave behind for others to know about you?
I never really thought of that. It’s not something that I have discovered yet, I suppose. 
Upcoming projects or events:
I am opening a blog shop very soon that will be catered to my readers.AliciaNicholls3
Make sure to keep up with Alicia via http://www.neon-fox.com, she is truly an amazing fashionista.AliciaNicholls1
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Self Motivation 101: Love Notes

I never realized how badly I wanted my dreams to come true, until I was given the opportunity to make them happen.

Now I cannot stop dreaming, planning and acting upon my dreams.

Because I know what I am capable of, I am unstoppable in my quest to create the life I want.

It all starts within me.

Motivation for Perspective: Go Getter Monday

People in our lives who want in on the plan, but don’t want to do anything to work the plan are beyond unexcusable, so tell yourself to stop making excuses for them.

We have to take ownership for the part we play in being taken for granted.
Stop trying to make the situation what you want it to be and SEE it for what it is.

1) Is it healthy?
2) Is it helping you to grow?
3) Are you happy?
4) If the situation remained the same and never changed, how does that make you feel?

We have to ask ourselves the questions we choose to suppress because of what the answers would mean.

It’s okay to be hesitant, but at some point, you have to make a change.

Make A Plan.
Take Action.
Set Up Shop.
Go Get It.

Some things
Some people
I have given up on.

It’s not that I wanted to,
But if it isn’t working,
Why keep putting forth an effort?

I think our hearts and minds are correct
To build guarded walls for us,
Because at times we are too stupid
Too gullible, and way too damn eager
“That’s what you get!”

My heart and mind says when I defy
The inevitable…only to be reminded
Why I stay guarded.

So dont come my way
I aint friendly
Dont say nothing to me
I aint friendly
Dont een much look my way
I aint friendly.
I aint no sucka
I dont play.

Flyy Girl Feature Friday: Alyxandra Goodwin

Good Flyy Girl Feature Friday everyone!

Today’s featured Brown Blogger could not possibly arrive at a better time.

Here in America, Black People face a great deal of social injustices, the very means to sustainable life is threaten on every level,

in some form some where within these United States.

I personally struggle with saying too much or not saying too much consistently…

So, I am thankful for writers like our next Brown Blogger who serves a constant stream of thoughts of

what is happening with our communities from the inside-out.

We deserve a chance to define ourselves,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

                                                                           Miss Alyxandra GoodwinAGface

Please introduce yourself to the readers:

Alyx Goodwin (writing as AG), Southern California

Tell us about your blog, Mixd Signals:

My blog is a space that discusses identity in the Black community, both perceived and projected. My big vision is that I can provide a platform for the Black community to tell their own stories as it is absolutely time to reclaim and rewrite our narrative, while trying to figure out my own as a biracial woman from the ‘burbs. link –> www.mixdsignals.wordpress.com

Why did you begin blogging?

I’ve kept diaries since I was young, as early as like 5th grade (!!!) and growing up I literally enjoyed being assigned essays in school especially in my AP classes I always made a point to pick a topic that challenged me and that I would learn more about while doing the assignment and I never thought anything of those things I always thought I was just quirky like that. Through a bunch of major switching in college I found journalism around the same time I was dabbling in student activism and I found that writing was a great way for me to marry the two.

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I was taught in my major dept. that digital media was the wave and in a few of my classes we were required to have one. I tried blogging once before outside of class and failed miserably and now that I’ve graduated and matured I recognize that this is a space where I feel really at home and that I can build a brand and a platform to help spread a positive message about my community as my form of activism.

What motivates you to dedicate time to blogging?

Now that I fully understand the purpose of my blog I think I would go crazy if I wasn’t doing it, it all feels so necessary to my spirit–as corny as that might sound–because I recognize its potential and what it could be.

In one year, what do you hope manifests from your blogging?

Within a year I hope that my personal brand and blog become something that Black college students, at least in California, can identify and engage with.

Name two of your favorite bloggers you follow?

I’m fairly new to the game but Tyece author of Twenties Unscripted because…REAL. Her words inspire me to think about myself during all of this because when you blog sometimes you don’t like to admit that this shit is about you but sometimes you need to. Also, Regina Anaejionu of byregina.com and Melissa Kimble of My Creative Connection — both of these ladies, in my eyes, have created their own lanes and are doing it well and I just soak up all of their content. Sorry I couldn’t choose just two!

What legacy do you want to leave behind for others to know about you?

That I was helpful and thoughtful during my time here. I think one of my main purposes in this lifetime is to provide space and opportunities for young people of color to excel and propel themselves forward.

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Upcoming events or projects?

I’m currently participating in #infobomo, a challenge to write a book in a month. I’m writing about how when youth of color find their passions and are active in being socially conscious this is a form of activism they can use to help their community. By the end of this month (May) my draft will be done so I’m looking to release it in June!

Be sure to keep up with all things Alyx and Mixd Signals via social media:

Twitter: @AGtheGiant

I hope you will take a moment to click the link and get a closer read for yourself at what AG is sharing with the community and the world.

Make a Plan.

Take Action.

Set Up Shop.

Motivation for Perspective: Go Getter Monday

Rest Stops along the path towards success, are not meant for us to stay and become comfortable.
They are REST Stops for a real reason; use that time to reflect, regroup and take action.
Sometimes, I get to chilling so hard at the Rest Stop, that I don’t just rest, I come to a complete STOP.
And that is dangerous for not only me, but those around me. Because if I were living my true purpose, they would better understand who I am and where I am coming from.
When we take an extended Rest, we start to tell ourselves and others, this is all I am….which is a lie.
And when we are using our Rest Stops appropriately, hopefully we are reflecting the right light and inspiring those around us.
For it is truly our calling in life, to imprint good upon this Earth and how can we do that if we are resting all the time?

Time waits for no man nor woman, so what is now won’t be later. Take full advantage of those opportunities presented to you. Make something from  lack and I know it will come back ten times more.

Time to pull off….

Flyy Girl Feature Friday: Amy Juicebox

Hi beautiful people! It is officially the end of yet another week in June and that only means one thing around these parts,

Flyy Girl Friday!!!

Now okay, I know that every Friday I may say that this Brown Blogger is dope

and that I could read her blog everyday, but that is because it is true. Yet, when

mine eyes came to the page of today’s blogger, a chord of my heart was struck, she speaks the

language of written broken English, it isn’t full of it, but wittily placed. And I automatically begin to settle into my Indian style

position on the bed as I read of her new experiences with a special parade and taking her branding to a whole new level.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

                                                Miss Amy JuiceboxAmyJuicebox2

Please introduce yourself to the readers:
Amy Juicebox, Toronto
Tell us about your blog; [ now a word or two]:
An any and everything goes space adding positive noise to the internet. Writing from every 50 shades of my being: Mother. Canadian. Black Woman. Human. www.nowawordortwo.com 
Why did you begin blogging?
I was commenting a lot on Very Smart Brothas and was encouraged by other commenters to start a blog. One day I did! It’s taken some twists and turns, including shutting down my original blog due to internet stalking/harassment – but I’m here and happy that I opened WordPress many moons ago.
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What motivates you to dedicate time to blogging?
 Needing to have something for me. It’s very easy as a mother to lose yourself in the necessity of providing for your children. I am passionate about it, it’s therapy and frankly..I’m good at it! LOL.
In one year, what do you hope manifests from your blogging?
I hope to define a niche, monetize my writings, clearly define the brand.
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Name two of your favorite bloggers you follow.
 Oh man…that’s the hardest question ever! I’d say Luvvie of Awesomely Luvvie. She’s the Patron Saint of Blogging. She’s funny, savvy and always has her finger on the pulse. Her name means something, but despite her other projects hasn’t diluted her brand. The second? It’s cheating BUT…..is a conglomerate of women who are unique, talented, ambitious, vulnerable and are generous with their words and talents: Rae of Untitled, 1975, Gem of That’s What Gem Said, Dara of Truly Tafakari and Bee of 83 To Infinity. Each motivate me to be a better blogger and embrace being a writer. 
What legacy do you want to leave behind for others to know about you?
If I was rendered unable to write tomorrow, I’d want the world to know that I wrote from the heart, with education (with entertainment) in mind. The blog’s goal was to be a space of positive and fun interaction. You should leave: smarter, happier and wanting to come back. 
Upcoming projects or events:
I continue to write over at blavity.com and have recently launched a new tag-team duo blog space: https://twotellthetruth.wordpress.com. I’ll be attending my first blog conferences this summer – Blogging While Brown in June and BlogHer in July!
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Now honestly now, no but for real for real, if this Flyy Girl Feature, does not make you wanna go to Amy Juicebox’s blog, then I really don’t know what to tell you, because it really is that good. People go to the blog, be entertained today!
And remember,
Make a Plan.
Take Action.
Set Up Shop.

I Am not Afraid

There are some people who live life openly, without shame or regret.
We do what we feel because we are fueled by our energy to be real, transparent, especially with those we accept into closer quarters of our life.

We need to know that there are people we can connect to and exchange vibrations. Sometimes we are mistaken. Sometimes we misread the energy, and that is okay.

For we were still real and geniune in our perception.

I can’t tell you why there are some who choose to play with our energy or choose to engage under false pretenses, but I figure they are placed to have us open our eyes to what is more important and relevant.
We can become so focused on what we do not have, that we find fault in what we do.

And how do we recognize the difference between distraction and substance, especially if it’s wrapped up into one?

Le sigh….
All I can think to say, is to pray.
Pray for understanding.
Pray for discernment.
Pray for wisdom.
Pray for the ability to endure patience.

Time will tell the story. Fuel your energy to your passions, those who are real, will come.

Peace and Blessings