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Archive for the month “November, 2012”

4-Letter Word

We have danced around that 4-letter word for so long, afraid to mention it by name, not daring to speak it into existence.

Intense – Powerful – Undeniable – Indescribable – Justifiable

Choosing to call it everything but…

For so long, it has been a lifeless word waiting for life to be breathed into it. Under each sentence, between each word it would hide, waiting for us to find it.

At times, we looked dead at it only to ignore it, but it remained, refusing to leave.

The idea of acknowledging it was such a frightening thought, but it courageously stood it’s ground, unwilling to be move or chased away.

And now it so boldly stands before us, waiting to slip past our thoughts and lips and into our conversations.

Then, how easily will it grace our tongues. Will it sound intriguing, innocent, alluring, honest, sincere, passionate?

How beautiful will it sound when it’s finally spoken into existence

– that little 4-Letter Word.

~ BeautifulMind17~

Music Monday ft. Joonie

Today’s Music Monday features a little-known, but talented singer, songwriter musician Joonie. Don’t ask me how I came across his CD Acoustic Love…I think I was combing Bandcamp for music and there I found this brother and his guitar. *smile* (My ears have a soft spot for a brotha with a guitar.) I was instantly drawn into the guitar-featured cuts “Acoustic Love,” “Love You More,” and “Smile.” Other favorites of mine are “Delilah” and “Make It Last.” His sound drips seduction and innocence simultaneously…how does he do this? My only regret is that I didn’t find Joonie sooner because this CD’s been out for a while. I saw a posting from someone saying he’s supposed to come out with new music soon. I’ll keep checking back. In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy this Acoustic Love ride.

Support good music


Facebook: jooniesmusic

Twitter: @jooniezone


Tasty Tuesday

I hadn’t really gotten into eating hummus until I attended a health fair at my congregation. One of the local grocery stores have chefs that do cooking demonstrations to encourage healthy eating. Well, the chef that came made this delicious hummus and I started thinking that maybe I could really get into eating this. I got a recipe but couldn’t find all of the ingredients he used, so I improvised and added my own flare. 🙂


5 garlic cloves, roasted in olive oil

1 15oz can garbanzo beans/chic peas

2 Tbs tahini

3 Tbs lemon juice

1 tsp soy sauce

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp roasted ground coriander

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (less if you can’t handle the heat)

Toss garlic cloves in olive oil and roast in oven for 20 minutes. Let cool, then remove skins and mash garlic. Put into food processor and add beans (with liquid), tahini, lemon juice, soy sauce and seasoning. Pulse until creamy. Chill at least one hour.

Serve with fresh cut veggies and toasted pita bread.

Music Monday ft. Maimouna Youssef

Today’s Music Monday features an incredibly talented and Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter. My first introduction to Maimouna Youssef aka “Mumu Fresh” was through her release “I Got A Man” from her The Blooming CD. I was instantly hooked and converted. Her vocal talent and stylings are incredible and chilling at times when she hits those notes that only exist in the rafters. Her ability to embody jazz, hip-hop, soul and blues all at the same time is hard to match. Take a listen to her CD and let your ears be taken on a musical journey through each of these genres.

Her latest video “Meet Me in Brazil” featuring actor Lamman Rucker takes you on an imaginative story of a couple rekindling the fire in their relationship.

Support good music


Facebook: maimounayoussefmusic

Twitter: @MaimounaYoussef

You Tube Channel: Maimounayoussef

Music Monday ft. Alicia James

Being a Naturalista, you would think I would have heard of Alicia James before. This multi-talented Natural Hair Vlogger had released a CD that features this beautiful song that has become my new anthem, “Love Me So Naturally.”

♫Brown skin, coily hair, plump lips and a thick derrière. It shakes when I walk, I’m loud when I talk, when I speak they listen, I am so independent. ♫

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Facebook: NaturalChickEpidemic

Twitter: @IamAliciaJames

You Tube Channel: aliciajamesmusic

God Supplies All That We Need

As Christians, we are quick to say “God will supply all of our needs.” But do we truly believe this when it comes to our physical health? The more I read and study natural foods and herbs and understand the nutrients they provide, the more I think of the awesomeness of God. Scientists are discovering everyday the health benefits of foods in their natural state. God has entrusted these earthly bodies to us and has supplied us with everything we need to take care of these bodies. But what do we do? We subject our bodies to dangerous fatty oils and toxic chemicals. We consume, in huge quantities, processed foods, junk food and food-like substances.

In our physical lives, man takes earth’s bounty, tampers with it, adds to it, genetically modifies it, strips it of all its nutrients, subjects it to harsh processes and passes it off to the masses to be consumed. Placating our appetites and leading us to believe our hunger has been satisfied, but ironically we still crave more.

Now let’s look at the spiritual side. God’s word is meant to be our refuge, our salvation. When things are going wrong, we seek out answers. When we are hurting, we look to His word for a cure. But when man takes God’s word and tampers with it, adds to it, takes away from it, and modifies it he has now made God’s word ineffective. It has been diluted and is no longer potent. It loses its saving power and ability to heal. It is now dangerous to your soul and is no longer fit for spiritual consumption.

Everything we need, God has supplied. Hopefully we’ll come to this realization for the sake of our spiritual and physical lives.

Philippians 4:19  And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Always in ☮ & ♥,


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