What My World's Like

spotlight: ambrose akinmusire

Oct
03

Ambrose Akimusire‘s Blue Note debut album, When The Heart Emerges Glistening, is a meditation. It’s pensive. It’s honest. It’s heartwrenching. It brings you into the present. It’s gorgeous. He’s a super promising young musician whose work excites me.

“Confessions to My Unborn Daughter” is my absolute favorite song right now. It makes me want to start a journal to eventually give to my (currently nonexistent) children after I use it as my own parenting guide. Listening to it may not necessarily make you feel like doing the same, but it will make you feel, if not feel good. Enjoy.

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What My World Sounds Like: “Eyes Wide Open”

Nov
02

Cheers to Gotye’s new single! New album coming out next year. After hearing “Hearts A Mess” from his 2006 Like Drawing Blood, I sought out the album, wasn’t disappointed and became a fan. I hope you enjoy.

Gotye – Eyes Wide Open

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(in)congruent

Oct
25

Are you who you say you are? Are you who you think you are, or who you want to be? I often like to explore the concept and believe that I am, but in reality, I’m not. In me is the range of humanity—kind, selfish, strong, weak, committed, capricious, confident, insecure, humble, arrogant, beautiful and ugly. I’m extreme, contradictory, complex. Oftentimes, I think, too extreme, too contradictory, too complex. These layers have made it difficult for me to consistently see myself honestly and positively. There are so many contradictions that even I’m sometimes left wondering who am I?

On things that don’t necessarily matter, it’s easy for me to toss an opinion around, whether it’s requested or not. However, on issues that deeply affect me, usually silence is my standard. Makes no sense. Am I outspoken or reserved?

My journey has taught me that I’m nicest to those I don’t know and more hurtful to those I care the most about. Am I kind or am I mean?

I can speak about my life, who I am—or think I am—and what I’ve learned easiest with strangers than people I’m emotionally invested in.

Why does this incongruency exist? Will the awareness of its presence create more congruency or will it persist regardless?

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‘Best Personal Blog’…?

Jun
02

This just in: Vernon from High Roadism nominated me for a Black Weblog Award in the ‘Best Personal Blog’ category. I’m thrilled, I’m honored, I’m humbled…I’m psyched! 🙂

If you read and you agree, I’d appreciate your vote for me here.

Either way, I’m excited and grateful and, as always, thank you for reading.

love&light...leandra

namaste.

May
01

you may journey in fear,
but if you instead choose faith,
you’ll emerge more whole,
finding greater strength and a greater confidence.

be courageous.

love&light...leandra

Value: Look Deeper

Apr
26

SkinDeep

by Khalilah Yasmin

I woke up today and remembered a dream that I have frequently. I dream about someone that mattered to me and was taken from me. And that dream got me to thinking about ‘value’. As I look around me and the world we live in, a lot of our values are distorted.

The way in which we judge our significant others, our friends, and the people we choose to entertain, is taken very lightly. It saddens me. While it is not uncommon anymore to see a woman with a man just for his finances, what about when they run out? The same can be said about a man for a woman. Many people place value on things that are not constant and everlasting. I’m not about to give you the paddy cake riddle that ‘It’s what’s on the inside that counts’.

Allow me to go deeper.

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What My World Sounds Like: new (to me)

Apr
25

Just a few words. Really, names. Osunlade. Damien Yazz. B.o.B.

Osunlade almost always feels good, if not great.  “The Day We Met for Coffee” was one of the first draws. I had to have listened to that song on repeat for 2 hours that day.

Then I heard this…

Osunlade – “Flow”

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Don’t quit.

Apr
23

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
when the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
when the funds are low and the debts are high,
and you want to smile but you have to sigh,
when care is pressing you down a bit –
rest if you must,
but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns.
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about when he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
you may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than it seems to a faint and faltering man;
often the struggler has given up when he might have captured the victor’s cup;
and he learned too late when the night came down,
how close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out –
the silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
and you never can tell how close you are,
it may be near when it seem so far;
so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
it’s when things seem worse,
that you must not quit.

– Anonymous

A little bit of random: recent epiphanies/reminders

Mar
30
  • The dictionary will, unfortunately, never fully capture all the language we use. 
  • E. Badu’s video reminds me not to self-censor.
  • Additionally, allow others to be themselves.
  • Exchange energy with others intentionally.  Always go for the thank you, you’re welcome.
  • Trust yourself. If you don’t, start. If you do, keep on.
  • Just being in Whole Foods makes me happy. Celebrate the little things in life.
  • We all want what’s rare, so why do you appreciate common beauty more than uncommon beauty?
  • Note: stop comparing your uncommon beauty.
  • The internet and all of its social networks are microcosms of a microcosm. Don’t take it or yourself so seriously. It’s not real. Share space, air, and eye contact.
  • Live in love&light.

What My World Sounds Like: Bilal Salaam

Feb
24

I just took the time to listen to Bilal Salaam. It was a good idea.

Here’s “Razor Tongue” off of his Langue De Rasoir (animated by TMelchishua), reminding us to be careful of the words we choose to use with others. The idea can be extended to how we talk to ourselves. Our words can create, build, destroy, hurt, and heal. Let’s be mindful.

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