Music For My Moment

This may seem strange but, 
I believe in having music as the soundtrack for my life.
There are many times in my life that I can listen to music and remember times, and dates, and seasons.
‘Simply living in Newport News, Virginia- listening to Ushers 8701 or driving to Eastridge Senior High while listening to Bobby Valentino’s ‘Slow Down’ and heading to my Sophomore college writing class listening to John Legend’s ‘Take Me Away’ on the crowded Brooklyn 3 trains.
These are all moments in time referenced by great music.
Most recently, I’ve reunited with new music.
In the moments where I’ve been overwhelmed, I found myself straying away from music.
No longer listening.
No longer writing.
The only songs I cared for were the OLD school…
Miss Anita Baker.
Mr Babyface.
Will Downing.
It hasnt been until now that I’ve taken an interest in new music.
I’m pretty excited to share what I’ve found.
 
Jamie Foxx-Fly Love has been on constant replay in my iPhone.
This song comes from the Motion Picture: Rio.
My sister added this to my iTunes… Just browsing through, I played it and fell in love.

                                        

 PJ Morton– Musician, Grammy award winning writer, and son of well known Pastor, Bishop Paul Morton shows off his vivid writing skills in ‘The One’.
This stand-in keyboardist for Maroon 5 is more than a soulful voice but most definitely got my vote!
I discovered this dope MC from my homie LeSher’s facebook post. Other than knowing of her NY-Philly background, I’m not all too certain of the story behind Ra-The MC. But, I must say, after seeing this… ‘Dreams’. I’m intrigued.
Philly based writer Darrell Jamal otherwise known as Rell JR hits the scene with great music. It kind of reminds me of the only true rap I can handle… Tribe Called Quest and Kendrick Lamar. If you check out his soundcloud (here), my FIRST recommendations are ‘North Philadelphia’  ‘Seeing You’ and ‘Life Is A Blessing
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Too Much To Lose

Most recently, I learned shocking news about an amazing young soul.
Freddy E YouTube phenomenon, rapper, and comedian committed suicide.
Not only because he is…
He was…
A great person who’s goal were to simply make people laugh and become successful but, his death had me questioning what pushed him to make such a strong decision.
At only 22 years old, what situation could be so difficult?
Why didn’t he have anyone to talk to?
Then, I thought to myself.
In all truth and honesty…
Sometimes, things get a little too tough, the answers to the problems seem all to distant.
In those times, I realized I’m blessed with having too much to lose.
A loving mother.
A loyal sister.
A dream come true for a son.
 
But in those moments when those people are too far to reach and there’s no one to talk to,
What do you do?
How would you react to a friend in a desperate situation?
What do you do when you have no confidant or faith in God?
One truth I have in knowing is, 
I’ve been blessed with too much to lose.
 I hope that I can be good enough friend to stop the ones I love from any hurts or from making the wrong decision.
My Little Big Sis, Seanice

My Mummy and I

My cousin Christina and I
My Cooky cousin Merisa
My chipmunk Zac

Here are a few videos of support for Freddy E fans

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AfroPunk 2012… Lost Photos

I had an AWESOME time at AfroPunk 2012!
Unfortunately, my battery died and revived semi photo-less.
I usually make a video when I  DO show up but didn’t salvage enough clips to make a solid one. 
I figured some of you may want to relive the awesome memory of the incomparable
Ms Erykah Badu 
and her performance at Afro Punk. 
Here are a few random pics and unsteady flics that can hopefully bring back well deserved nostalgia.

The Memorials

The Memorials

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STRIKE!!

My boss gave me my FIRST weekend off since the turn of my promotion and I am EXTREMELY excited. 
The downside?
As a some-what new Mom, I’m STILL not so certain what Mom’s do for fun anymore. While on mental replay, I was reminded of an AMAZINFUL Bowl Night for my cousin Erika’s ( ALSO a new mom) Twenty-Something birthday hang time at FRAMES NYC!
Here a few pics of my familia on our Bowling Excursion

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Just Can’t Let Go!

Zac has been growing all too quickly!
I haven’t been all too brave as far as letting him start school. 
I know it sounds a bit silly but, I find that the more kids are exposed to… well… OTHER kids, they can become slightly… different.
I’m somewhat nervous of Zac picking up phrases or habits I don’t support at home.
As unrealistic as that sounds, I fought my fears and took my chipmunk to experience a trial day at a neighboring day care I grew up in.
Although I didn’t show up in time, here’s the gear I intended him to wear, lol

Baby Gap Hat, H&M Bow-tie, H&M Button Down, Baby Gap Crew Neck Sweater, H&M Skinnies

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Back to the Future!

Hey Guys!
I’ve been away for quite a while!
A lot has happened within the past few weeks!
Christmas has come and gone, the New Year has arrived, and there is much to be updated.
In the coming days, I will be dishing out photo’s on the happenings of my life. Between my chipmunk ZAC growing up before my eyes (and quite frankly, without my permission), my new fashion preferences, and cool things to do with the weather at hand.
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Chill Before the Storm

Church this Sunday went pretty well. My Mom was able to make it out seeing as we had a mini car accident on our way out last Sunday.
I was able to catch a few flicks on the way…
My chipmunk looked mighty handsome I must say.

Zac’s Outfit: Feu Follet Peacoat, H&M Bow Tie, H&M Sweater, H&M Dress Shirt, H&M Pants, Converse, Gap Hat

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Hurricane Whomever!

Hurricane Sandy?!
Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Whomever!
Many jokes have been made the past few days regarding Hurricane Sandy. Some folks have even gone as far as stepping out their homes, taking photo’s on instagram with quotes saying “Sandy ain’t got nothing on me”, meanwhile electrical wires are snapping from their connectors, trees uprooting, and fires starting within a moments notice. No, this is not to draw unnecessary fear and let the news overtake your homes but, BY GEORGE, use wisdom. Don’t be like my uncle (who will remain unnamed) who couldn’t get through to his job and wasn’t sure if it would be open since “it doesn’t look so bad”, leave the house at 6am, wait 2hrs for a bus, until a police officer tells him to get back in the house.

Hey guys, their are 60mph winds out there. Use wisdom.
In the MEANTIME, I’ve been on Instagram and playing Scramble with Friends as a source of entertainment living off the hash tag #HurricaneWhoever.
Follow me as the boredom continues @NinaSoAwesome
Hurricane Sandy at FoodTown on Instagram

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Sunday Morning with Zac!

Zac and I have been pretty busy lately. Between my new job at The Gap, early mornings and late nights, apartment hunting, we haven’t had much time to update MomMe. Although we have been absent, there are much photographs to document the happenings!

This Sunday in particular, we took on the journey of traveling to Freeport, Long Island for church. Of course, I took an extra hour to get ready, missed the scheduled train, hopped in a cab, to wind up 30 minutes early for the next bus. All was well. It gave us extra time to take photographs of Zac in his super cute bow tie! Believe it or not, I found it in H&M’s Mens department while shopping with my good friend Fred “The Writer” Green

Herringbone Gap Hat Gap Outlet Varsity Jacket H&M Men’s BowTie H&M Boys Button Down Green H&M Skinnies The Children’s Place Renegade Shoe

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Afro-Punk 2012: Whats Your Get Up?

A ton of folks are asking what to wear for the up-coming
Afro-Punk Festival this weekend!
As as avid participant, it’s the biggest event for the culturally in touch and fashion savvy to express themselves and show the best of what’s in your closet.

Now, before you pull out your Christian Loubs and that Chanel dress, I WILL warn you, its not that kind of event. While doing some research on the event, I stumbled upon the awesome Fashion Blog, Fashion Bomb Daily. Although they are usually on point with updates, they were well, WAYYYY off on their post of how to dress for Afro-Punk. I guess, understanding the culture of the people who attend, I’m afraid Fashion Bomb may be making it a Fashion Viewing for the Posh and taking away from the ease and free-flow of the event.

 Although these are some great pieces, the MAIN GOAL of afro punk is to be ALLLLLLL the way comfortable! For one, it’s going to be pretty hot, there are going to be numerous performances, heavy materials, extra accessories, and heels are probably not the way to go.
That’s just off personal observations.
You’ll probably be standing for 5hrs, limited seating, Mosh Pits galore. I’d hate to know I made this post and be forced to watch as guys get their new J’s stepped on and ladies run over by skaters in their 14inch heels.

Here are a few key looks I came across by stylists and bloggers I love. These looks are perfect for the AfroPunk Festival

Flats worn By Aimee Song are always the way to go, standing in the AfroPunk crowd

Printed shorts are definitely the way to go. Not only is it fashion forward but, well within the limits of comfort.

Sneaks to Flee! Keep in mind the sk8rs, bmx’rs and mosh pits you’ll be dodging in style

NO EXTRA BAGGAGE! Check Out More Looks From Aimee HERE!
If you MUST wear heels, make sure they have a platform and wedge for comfort.

Again, if you MUST wear heels, limit the height level!

For the bro’s, wear what you’ve got. The less effort you put in, the better… atleast in my opinion.

This Chictopia style icon has the look
Check him out at timmelideo.com

AS stolen from Street Level Culture, this is DEFINITELY what you’ll be seeing
Street Level Culture captured this awesome look… Totally AfroPunk- Like

Well, hopefully I’ve helped in the hunt for your AfroPunk 2012 Get up! In the meantime, leave replys… send in pics, and I’ll see YOU at AfroPunk!

WHERE’S IT AT?!
In case you didn’t know, AfroPunk has TWO locations
The main stage will be held at Commodore Park on Nassau st
The Skate Park (Which Happens To Be My Fav) will be located on Flatbush and Lafayette near BAM
Erykah Badu will be performing on the Commodore stage this Saturday

Whilst Janelle Monae & Gym Class Heroes will be at the skate park this Sunday

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