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What I’m Reading: Citizen: An American Lyric

I’m not exactly sure how to describe Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric, but I can say that I can’t put the book down.  I’m a few pages away from finishing it (devoured it in 3 days) and it resonated deeply with my being as a black woman.  Her combination of poetry, essays and what I would call think pieces weave together to form an intricate and important collection of timely work in a society undoubtedly fueled by race. 

Via bn.com:

Claudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society.

 

I FINISHED PAYING SALLIE MAE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Word to @dee1music

That’s right.  Sallie Mae aka Navient, EDU Financial, all them hoes.  DONE.  With all of the madness happening, this definitely brings some much needed balance and happiness in my life 🙂

Happy Pride! (throwback video of when I walked in the parade – 2011)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…PRIDE!  If you don’t know, I support the LGBTQ community to the fullest and since 2011 (WOW that feels like yesterday) I have walked in the NYC Pride Parade with my cousin and her wife.  I captured some pretty epic footage the first year that we walked in the parade and decided to bring it back just in time for this year’s celebration.  This is all raw footage of the day but it does a pretty good job of showing just how much fun the Pride Parade is.  Enjoy!

Part 1

Part 2

Video: How To Build A Man?

Don’t forget, I am keeping myself busy over at sometimesshewrites.com.  This is the space that I’ve designated for my writing and this new written piece now has a video to go along with it.  It can be seen below or at sometimesshewrites.com.  Enjoy!

“Be Truly Free” A Spike Lee Joint with VEON (short film)

Check out this short by the one and only Spike Lee.  

Be Free.

Be Truly Free – A Spike Lee Joint with VEON from 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks on Vimeo.

Moonlight x Alvin Ailey Dancers

Let me be honest, I did not like the film Moonlight.  I KNOW, very unpopular opinion here but I didn’t.  Not to take away from any of the actors or the production crew but I felt like it was a very skeletal piece.  The film didn’t feel fully fleshed out and seemed very incomplete, but that’s just my opinion.  This dance piece by the Alvin Ailey dancers set to the main score of the film however is a beautiful piece that almost, ALMOST makes me want to give the film a THIRD try (yes I watched it twice hoping I was missing what everyone else appears to get about this film…nope). 

KiKi Documentary Trailer

YES.  YES.  YAAAAASSSSSS!  This looks like Paris is Burning for the new era and I am here for it!  KiKi opens in NY and will be available on demand on iTunes and Amazon on 3/1.  Visit the film’s official site herekikimovie.com

What I’m Listening To: My Power UP Playlist

This is my favorite playlist to date!  Music to inspire, make you dance and keep you going.  Enjoy! 

 

Songs:

Optimistic – Sounds of Blackness

Ghetto Heaven – The Family Stand

Back II Life (However Do You Want Me) – Soul II Soul

Keep on Movin’ – Soul II Soul

The Power – SNAP!

Don’t Make Me Over – Sybil

Don’t Walk Away – Jade

If You Love Me – Brownstone

Tennessee – Arrested Development

Mr. Wendal – Arrested Development

Revolution – Arrested Development

Fight The Power – Public Enemy

Finally – CeCe Peniston

Keep on Walkin’ – CeCe Peniston

Sending My Love – Zhane

Hey Mr. DJ – Zhane

Tell Me – Groove Theory

All Around The World – Lisa Stansfield

I Will Survive – Chantay Savage

People Everyday (Metamorphosis Mix) – Arrested Development

 

2017, let’s get it! (Say what’s real)

First off, THANK YOU!  Thank you for supporting everything that Visuals by Shavon Meyers has done in the past year.  Yes, 2016 the year that we we don’t speak of was a bit of a shit storm for many but I have to admit that personally, professionally and academically I excelled in the past year.  A few positive moves made by myself last year include:

Professionally:

A 100% increase in voice over work.  Seriously, I went from not having done any major voice over work since I left radio around 2011 to being a regular voiceover artist for a news app!  It’s funny how the universe works.  I say that because the minute that I decided to expand my brand and offer more services such as voiceover work, the universe said “Ok, here you go!”. 

I created my first client website.  Now I created and have been running my website for over 8 years now, but it’s my website.  I have total control over it and have had time to learn the various platforms used throughout the years, but this was different.  For the first time I was commissioned to create a website from scratch for a well know and established author and professor in anticipation of his new book.   No pressure! 😉  Well I did it and he and his fan base love it so I intend on learning more about website development and will continue to offer my services in that field as well.

I finished my screenplay for what will be my fourth short film!  This film will be longer than the last three but not feature length so it will still be considered a short.  I anticipate production beginning this year.

I graced two major set productions that will hopefully make their premieres this year.  The first involved me being an extra on Spike Lee’s Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It”.  The overall experience was great and seeing Spike Lee work first hand was an inspiring moment in 2016.  The second involved me flying to LA for a totally different video production experience.  I can’t say anything else about it (the way this non disclosure agreement is set up…) but when it’s released you’ll hear more about it.

I launched sometimesshewrites.com in hopes of being more consistent with my writing.  I said I would give it a good solid year, so here we go.

I’ve been shooting!  Photography is my passion and I’ve been able to continue capturing moments and creating stories with new and existing clients throughout the year.

Personally:

I paid off TWO credit cards putting me one credit card closer to being debt free.  That’s a huge accomplishment that once did not seem to be attainable but with a bit of sacrifice and consistency I did it! 

I ended the school year with a 3.8 GPA.  3.8 GPA!  

I survived the madness that was the election season without harming myself or anyone else.  That was an accomplishment.  

Overall, I had a pretty good year and I hope you did as well.  If you’ve been with me for awhile by now you now that I don’t really do new year resolutions, I just aim to do better.  Get shit done, talk less and do more.  I’m all about results because talk is cheap and in 2017 EVERYBODY has a platform to speak from which leaves room for lots of empty chatter.  Each year I strive to be more present in this social media infused world and this year is no exception.  Disconnect a little more from time to time and have real life connections with humans.  Read more.  Learn more.  Grow more.  Love more and allow myself to be loved more.  Continue growing spiritually.  Be more creative in my art forms and push the boundaries of these creative arts a bit more.  These are honestly my everyday goals that are magnified at the top of the year.  I hope this new year brings more prosperity, blessings, love and joy to you.  Once again, thank you for your support.  Let’s fuck 2017 up in the best way possible!