Under The Influence: Weekend Recap

REHAB TIME Under His Influence

I have to dial in and just say that this past weekend was a humbling one. I was supposed to go to New York City with my bestie and kick back and enjoy the city and I am sure it would have been a blast, we are always laughing – great conversations where I always walk away reflecting. However, I must say I am glad that it was my divine destiny to stay home. To kick off my weekend, Friday I attended the first event date scheduled for Trent Shelton’s “Under His Influence” Tour, creator of RehabTime, an . I am so grateful that Washington, DC was the first stop; the event was held at the Shakespeare Theatre Company: Lansburgh, located on blocks 7th and E (check out Shakespeare’s website calendar, Shakespeare Theatre). Getting into the city is always a plus for me, so this was a great reason to hope on the Metro and enjoy the atmosphere.

Anyone who follows RehabTime knew this event was more of insight and confirmation that on your quest to fulfillment and purpose, you are healing from years of negative scarring and wounds and that had become a parasite on your spirit. As the weekend went on, reflection into where I lack and limit myself – I was humbled. Here are a few things am facing and starting the hard, awkward, raw question:

1. What other people think or say about me drives how I operate in living fully in my purpose and this is limiting my potential for growth.

2. That we all operate on the surface level of our issues and that if we do not learn to start digging more into our truth, we will always be lost.

3. In business and in personal relationships, you can not be afraid to ask the hard, raw questions.

4. When you learn to surrender what you think your life should be to what life is moving you towards, you may never live a happy life.

5. Media has been more of the catalyst in defining what we think we should want for ourselves and we are more unconscious of how we are being influenced.

6. Most of us are addicted to something and running from something. We need to stop running and start healing.

7. Our past, our present and our future is created by the power of our thoughts and our words invoke POWER. We are unbalanced because our thoughts and words are unbalanced. We have spent generations passing on warped perceptions of how reality can be.

8. When you decide to change, transform and evolve; you will begin to see how the people around you look different, think different and live limited lives. You become more aware of how you are no longer equally yoked with them but you can still love them and not judge them because their season for growth has not begun.

9. My spiritual evolution is far from over but this is the greatest time in our history to become more awaken to truth.

10. I am continuing to do myself and the world a great disservice but not living more in my purpose and lower myself to a lower vibration that is no longer suited for the movement that is to come.

 

As a society, we have some major work to do and I am making the commitment to have the conversations and do the digging that is required in order to truly see the change we seek. We are the keepers and we have the power of influence, all of us. Ask yourself: What do you want your influence to be?

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Women’s History Month: #WCW MJB

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Mary J. Blige

This Woman Crush Wednesday in honor of Women’s History Month (as my daughter would correct me, Herstory), we chose Mary J. Blige this month for a few reasons…..

 

1. Mary sings from her heart and soul….it does not get any better than that. She real to the core. When she is in a dark place, Mary uses the music to release and has made the sound that helps heal the soul. Since What’s the 411? to her latest album, Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions, she has remained consistent with giving us music that helps us through our most trying times. Mary is one of the most honest and humble artists of our time!

2. Mary is New York to the fullest!!! I am a big fan of NYC….it is something about that city that I just love; however, New York City although small on the map, is a huge place with its tall buildings and the dubbed accolade ‘the concrete jungle’. Not that there aren’t places around the globe that has hardship but if you can come up and survive the toughness and roughness of New York City, you can make it anywhere.  Mary embodies that ‘survival of the fittest’ attitude and style.

3. Mary shows us that anyone woman can wear a scar with class and grace. Despite having a history  of drugs, alcohol and abusive relationship, Mary has showed us what resilience looks like.

4. Mary is a timeless artist and entertainer. With 12 albums on her resume, we hope that she continues to give us more of her music. To SocietyKeeper, Mary J. Blige is a living legend.

Check Mary’s latest music video, ‘Doubt’ off of her recent project – Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions – which she has documented her journey through her musical evolution in the creation of this project.  We are truly excited to watch how far Mary went to give us more of that soulfulness.

Download Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions – http://smarturl.it/thelondonsessions

 

The London Sessions Documentary Trailer

 

Women’s History Month: #WCW – Skylar Diggings

Hello Beautiful People,

 

Skylar Diggins - A Phenomenal Woman

Skylar Diggins – A Phenomenal Woman

This is one month I can truly get excited about, not just because I am a phenomenal woman creating the life I always wanted – I get the privilege of talking about all the great phenomenal women that are making noise in society today. So I thought, why not do it on Woman Crush Wednesdays, known as #WCW! SocietyKeeper will be doing a feature on a phenomenal woman that is making a difference and writing herstory! So this week’s pick is Skylar Diggins and here are a list of reasons why she’s the pick:

1. Trailing through Instagram and discovered this beautiful woman and was intrigued to learn more: She’s a basketball player (forgive me I do not follow sports) for WNBA playing at #4 for Tulsa Shock. She has received accolades and broken some records playing at this position.

 

2. She is a philanthropist!!! Giving back is huge for SocietyKeeper….Skylar is a member of the Board of Directors for GenYouth Foundation, which collaborates with leaders and other partners to identify solutions to improve nutrition and physical activity in the lives of young children. Skylar, also has a foundations of her own, Skylar’s Scholars – a program that highlights academic achievements of the youth who have overcome challenges.

 

3. She has entrepreneur mindset – partnering with several sports and fitness companies such as: BodyArmor (a super drink packed with electrolytes, vitamins,  and coconut water),  Nike’s latest shoe for women’s fitness training called Zoom Air and a protein milk beverage called Rockin’ Refuel as part of a healthy fitness routine.

 

4. Skylar is only 25…… and 5’9, did I mention she is really beautiful.

 

5. Skylar loves Martin! Anyone that loves Martin and will post clips of the show on their IG has put major points on the board in my book. (check out her Instagram when you get a chance)

6. (Bonus but most important) Skylar takes care of her body inside out! She is a clean eater and promotes this lifestyle to the kids she works with and on her social media.

To learn more about Skylar Diggins, visit her website and follow her social media handles! Oh and check out an interview with Skylar and Stack Magazine

Official Skylar Diggins (website)

Twitter/Instagram: @skydigg4

Be sure to follow Stack Magazine on Youtube after you watch the video 😉

Returning Home: Rest Peacefully

 

Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell of 90s R&B Group, Brownstone

Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell of 90s R&B Group, Brownstone

 

Maxee Tribute

(click the link above to enjoy our tribute to Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell of 90s R&B group, Brownstone)

 

Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell died over the weekend and I could not be more shocked by this sudden death. She was one of my favorite group members and singers of the 90s R&B Group, Brownstone. She was my favorite because she had an essence of uniqueness about her from her sound to her look! She had an attitude of ‘I only want to be me.’ I was hoping to hear her voice back on the in the music frequency but I am glad I’ve got the records she contributed her voice to listen to and reminisce about life back then. Maxee will live on through the music she made and her family. SocietyKeeper sends our condolences and prayers to her family at this time.

 

 

Black History Month: Are We Celebrating our own History Sufficiently?

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As Black History Month comes to an end, I have been thinking about a question that was asked on the Frank Ski Show on WHUR 96.3, here in Washington DC – how do you celebrate Black History Month in the home? With this question, I was forced to face my own negligence and unappreciative behavior about my own history. So I asked a family member if she thought that we celebrated Black History Month as we should and she replied: “no, we don’t!” “She then went on to say: “we have gotten so accustomed to being told what to care about, how to celebrate through media that we, as a culture, have not taken on the full responsibility to keep our history relevant’. I could not help but to agree. So as this month has gone by I had been contemplating how I can celebrate or showcase this month in a monumental way in my own household so I did so digging.

 

Now, I am a lover of music and Apple products, so yesterday I was downloading music and came across the Black History Month music section. As I scrolled through the selection, they had speeches from our leaders and most influential in African American history, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm as well as Huey P. Newton – I had to DOWNLOAD! Then I got excited that here in Washington, DC – the Smithsonian will be opening the National Museum of African American History and Culture – located in the last space available by the National Mall. It amazes me how when we were kids we saw documentaries, biopics and read about the movement – the protests, the killings, speeches and I know personally I did not have a full appreciation of what the message and demand for freedom, equality and acceptance meant for us in the future. In this I feel I have not done our greatest crusaders, our soldiers’ justice. Now that my daughter is here, sure she will face challenges but I feel that the passion for learning and having courage is being drained from our community and we cannot lose what this was all for. Today we have an economic issue that we face but until we and our next generation grasp why we have to be more courageous, have a strong will and message to stand up for and taking ACTION making our culture stronger than it has ever been, we have to celebrate this month is in a bigger way – starting at home with our families. This year, I did not get to celebrate but I plan to listen to those speeches and self-reflect on what actions my family will be taking to honor and enhance our Black History Legacy – it’s our responsibility to never forget! Check out some of stories and what’s to come for our culture I have stumbled upon below….

Oh, and don’t forget to leave your suggestions and comments below….let’s start the conversation! And I just had a thought, who thought it was a great idea to give us one of the coldest months in year 🙁

National Museum of African American History and Culture

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. – The Man and The Dream

 

28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


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