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What I’m listening to: NAO “For All We Know”

I’m a little tardy to the party on this one but better late than never.  NAO hails from East London and might not be a new name to many but she is to me and her debut album For All We Know which dropped back in 2016 has been in heavy rotation in my household.  I was first introduced to the artist, who for some reason I assumed was a band and not a solo artist, via a playlist on Tidal.  NAO’s song “Girlfriend” was on the playlist and I instantly fell in love with her high pitched melodic tone.  I really thought (and still do think) her voice was the product of a producer or engineer going a little too heavy on the effects, but it worked and I loved it. Whether it’s all her or a creative enhancement on her vocals, that unique sound that she seems to be well on her way to mastering is what works throughout For All We Know.  Other standouts for me include Bad Blood, In The Morning, Blue Wine and (Feels Like) Perfume.  As always, you be the judge and check out NAO for yourself.   

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). 

Nike Air Max Day 2017

Yes, there is a day for everything but I totally approve of Nike’s Air Max Day especially with the release and re-release of a few noteworthy new and old Air Max favorites.  I’m a Air Max 90’s kinda gal myself so the new Air Max 90 Ultra FlyKnit Infared’s are a must have.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out Nike’s site for more info on the new releases and celebrate Air Max Day on 3/26/17 by rocking your favs!

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! 

Wishlist: Reflections in Black A History of Black Photographers 1840 – Present by Deborah Willis

‘Tis the season to be jolly and shit and I’d be the jolliest photographer in all the land if someone were to put this book in my Xmas stocking this year!  Ok cut the cheesy holiday talk,  I really want this book.  I’ve had my eyes on it for awhile now but have never gotten around to hunting down a new copy.  It’s out there for sure and I’m sure it is waiting to start its new life on my bookshelf 😉

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Nas Launches Ugly Xmas Sweater in Support of Prison Reform

If you’re going to an ugly Christmas sweater party this year, do it with purpose!  Nas is selling his “Kneeling Santa” sweaters through his HSTRY clothing brand.  According to the site:

“A portion of proceeds will go to The Center for Court Innovation, which seeks to help create a more effective and humane justice system, reducing both crime and incarceration.”

You can read more about the initiative over at Huff Post and pick up a sweater via HSTRY’s website.

 

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Spoiler alert: I purchased the red one.

 

“I Am Not Your Negro” film features text from unfinished James Baldwin novel

Well isn’t this timely?  Peep the teaser for the upcoming film I Am Not Your Negro by director Raoul Peck.  It features readings from an unfinished novel by the great James Baldwin and is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.

About the film:

In his new film, director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished – a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words. He draws upon James Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

In theatres February 3rd

http://www.magpictures.com/iamnotyournegro/