Do you ever wake up and think “wow. Today is just like every day I’ve lived in the past…I can’t even remember how long”? What’s a life unlived? Routine is the killer of passion and spontaneity.
I’m thisclose to buying a plane ticket and leaving it all behind. Fresh start. New country. New continent? You wanna come? Let’s get outta here.
Most girls say they want a fairy tale, but that’s not what I want. I want someone who will make fun of me and laugh at my jokes even if they’re stupid. Someone who will wrestle with me and not let me win because I’m a girl. Yeah, riding off into the sunset would be nice, but playing thumb war with you seems so much better.
There are three people that surround you on your road to being an entrepreneur. The first is in front of you and always wants to be better than you. The second is behind you and always pulling you down. The third is beside you and supporting you on your journey.
Be careful of who you surround yourself with.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love always trusts. Love always hopes. Love always perseveres. Love never fails. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:1-7,13
Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
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People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.
Here’s Ava DuVernay’s new short titled Say Yes. It beautiful. It’s breathtaking. It’s a portrait of love. But not just romantic love, which is obvious, as the story centers around a marriage proposal. I see cultural love here. I see a love of food, dance, music and art. I see love of shared time spent together and love of shared and divergent styles, aesthetics, and expressions. I see love of friendship. I see love of family. I see love of beauty. I see love of life. I see Black love, which to me is more than heterosexual romantic love, though it includes that too. Black love is nuance. Black love is individuality and cultural collectivity.
So we have to talk about the camera work. Exquisite. We have to talk about the clothing, and shoes (wow, when Kali walks at 5:55, yasss please send me those shoes!) and makeup. We have to talk about how Ava and her team understands that when music (in addition to the visuals, of course) is doing the communicating (as there is no spoken script) the synchrony between the music and the visuals are critical. They get this. It’s…magic. It’s perfect.
The pacing of this short is brilliant. A film under 8 minutes yet it feels like it is perfectly paced and not rushed. This reveals the brilliance of a good director, and that’s Ava. She leads us very slowly yet not too slowly to that pivotal moment of the kiss from 5:58-6:21. You know it’s coming and when it does you can’t help but feel the excitement of their love. Kali Hawk and Lance Gross truly shine here. It also was cool to see glimpses of Issa Rae and Lorraine Toussaint among those at the party.
Alas, there’s also another love that I see here. I see Ava DuVernay’s love for Black people. Her respect. Her kindness. Her connection to her own people. She loves us in a way that truthfully is scarce in mainstream art though it thrives among many Black women who create compelling portraits of Black life in a variety of mediums, mainstream attention or not.
I appreciate that Ava reflects who we actually are. There’s honesty in her work. There’s integrity. There’s still spontaneity and creativity as well. Honesty is not diametrically opposed to creativity.
So please watch, enjoy and share this film with everyone and continue to uplift and support Ava’s brilliant work. Doing so means we’re ultimately uplifting and supporting ourselves. <3
I am in L O V E with Ava DuVernay’s new short! We’ve discussed her last [gorgeous] short several times on BGT, and this new one is just as amazing. Everyone present is serving to die for looks from frame one (Kali Hawk’s manicure is my whole life right now), all the way down to Lance Gross filling out a sweater like he’s in the cast of Best Man Holiday…now that I think about it, it’s a damn shame he wasn’t. The camera work is stunning, and DuVernay again manages to create a completely engaging narrative with minimal dialogue. I can’t get never get enough of projects and artists that set out to depict the innate diversity of Black people and culture. Everything about this piece is luxurious, whimsical, and soft, which are terms that weren’t often used to described the aesthetic of mainstream Black media in previous years, but DuVernay and her contemporaries are seeking to and succeeding in changing that. The short also features cameos from some of our most favorite folks to talk to and talk about, which is always a nice surprise (just peep our archives).