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Hey Harmonizers! We are winding down the year & we have a holiday treat for you! We interview our new friend Tanesha Barnes of T Barnes Beauty, T Barnes Global Travel, T Barnes Global Summer Camp and Solace Boutiques and last, she's Solana's Mama. (yes honey! She is FIERCE!) Shout out to our friend Marie for the connection.

 

We talk about needing new air, creating reality, letting go of what it's "supposed to" look like, and living beyond the fear those who loves us hold for us. She taught us well! Listen and repeat, "Facials are not a luxury, they are maintenance." I feel my skin care calling me! Please check out and support her amazing businesses, all we got is each other!

 

http://www.tbarnesbeauty.com/

 

https://www.tbarnesglobaltravel.com/

 

http://www.sweetsolana.com/

 

P.S. We didn't forget. #Developpe is coming! Stay tuned (HINT: Watch our Instagram this week for some sneak peeks)!

 

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November 12, 2017

18 Creative Legacy

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Kenya graduated "Oh, Laude" from college. There's a place for everything, so we put everything in place. Bloom where you're planted. We talk about all of this and more with our friend Zeita Rutlegde. We figure out how so many of the creative things we do came from our fore mothers, how there was a time when we HAD to be makers, because of lack of access. Then we got free, got technology and many of us are rediscovering making traditions. 

***We also make a special announcement about DEVELOPPE. What's that? We can't tell you all of it yet, but there is a hint in the episode***

 

Making new traditions

 

Zeita's jewelry line:

Azory Jewelry Designs

 

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November 5, 2017

17 Candles, Tea & Art

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Cultivating gratitude. Dealing with Artistic envy. We help our church friends understand the difference between Dia de los Muertos and Halloween. Nina has to get over herself--so she can take care of herself. Kenya tells the artists to go within and cultivate during this season. We brag, express gratitude and express desires. We love baby hugs, candles and tea. Be the light you need, and light a candle to help you. And here are few tips! Plus we shout out all the ladies of #BlackPod, Nina's cousin Shalimar,

and remind you all to watch Kelli on Shameless!

         Resources from the Episode:

           A Bonus, because we love you! 

           Oprah & Deepak's Meditation

 

           The Good Stuff:

           Spa Foot Scrub

        

Candle ideas

Candle scents

 

Music this week:

For the Kids

For the Mommies

 

Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts

 

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October 29, 2017

16 Is #MeToo Too Much4U?

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We started out talking about #metoo, how its triggering and how as black performers we are often expected to perform our pain. We got angry. It went everywhere from there. Kenya talks about going from a white all girls boarding school to an HBCU. Nina declares she is NOT the Oracle. Around 37 minutes in, airplanes decided to fly really low. Kenya discovers Henry Louis Gates. We talk about "twice as much to get half as far".

 

Some Learnin'

Intersectionality Kimberle Crenshaw

Kimberlé Crenshaw: The urgency of intersectionality

 

Henry Louis Gates' Series, Africa's Great Civilizations:

http://www.pbs.org/weta/africas-great-civilizations/about/about-henry-louis-gates-jr/

 

Some laughter:

https://www.youtube.com/user/kliff555

 

Some Joy:

TOP TEN AFROBEAT Songs Of The 2016

 

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80 degrees to 50 degrees in 2.5 seconds. Welcome to Cleveland. We want warm bread, but "Hips and children do not lie." Nina does not have time for her feelings today. Kenya is #Lit. We saw a commercial on TV. You have to listen to find out what it is (LOL) We remind ourselves of our tools. Nina tries not to speak in hyperbole. Its hard. Kenya helps her get her life together. We channel our inner ThinkingEmoji. We also want a mocha-frappa-venti-whipped-caramel-choco something or other. And pasta, but GOALZ. To Do lists don't work for us anymore… Nina bangs the table. LOL! We learn about Google Rabbit Holes. Everyone needs a nap.

These are the LINKS: 

Black Women Who Plan & Create: https://www.bwwpc.org/

This week's musical inspiration: "Amel Larrieux-Infinite Possibilities

This week's visual inspiration: https://www.facebook.com/bicocacolors/

A couple articles about finding inspiration:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/communication-success/201402/how-unleash-your-creativity-and-find-inspiration-today

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2012/jan/02/top-artists-creative-inspiration

A little movement: [Just Dance 3] Boom - Reggaeton Storm

A bedtime story: Just Go To Bed by Mercer Mayer | STORY TIME | Babies and Kids Channel

Passion Planner:http://www.passionplanner.com/

Some tips to finish the year strong:

  1. Remind yourself of your tools, and grab one you don't usually grab
  2. Read/watch a biography, article, or video of a person who inspires you.
  3. Look at something pretty
  4. Rely on your squad for help
  5. Twerk something! (this will ALWAYS be a tip!) if you can't twerk, just move
  6. GO TO BED (No seriously, rest)

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October 13, 2017

14 Crisis or Naw?

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"Possibility creates pressure" We have to consult with mutha Oprah.

 

In honor of #WorldMentalHealthDay & #WOCAffirmation Day, we get real. Kenya got 99 problems, and Nina is one! LOL! We create choreography. We read some quotes. We spill some tea. Women have mid-life crisis too. Kenya thinks men use it as an excuse. (Where's the knife?) GenX Women are going through it y'all! Why all these young bucks getting our money? Why do we have so much rage? We decided to drink tea instead of wine…but you can't tell.

 

#EverybodyGoToBed

 

Here's the tea, honey:

http://www.republicoftea.com/?q=get%20happy

 

Here's the article:

http://www.oprah.com/sp/new-midlife-crisis.html Check it out, its worth the read.

 

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We meet Rashida, from #TeamNina. Kenya cusses and has fun with it. Rashida teaches us that Input + output = expectation and bangs the table, she has questions. She is good with these hands. Nina blames the babies on Rashida. There's no crying in baseball! We go to dark places. Our children are listening. Our bodies are listening…are we?  Oh, also, we learn how to cook cauliflower, sort of.

Rediscover yourself. Learn to be selfish. Self-care #OnFleek

Find Rashida: On Iron Koi's WebsiteOn FacebookOn Instagram

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September 29, 2017

12 Not So Simple

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Kenya is going to learn pole dancing. Corlesia can't choose a favorite song, and says, "My turn!" Mariama teaches us to rest and reminisces about pizza for breakfast & all of our rooms are a hot mess. Nina says now she knows Ava, Lin, Oprah, Lauryn Hill AND Bob Marley. Kenya faints and falls out.

Interview with Ms. Mariama Whyte and Ms. Corlesia Smith of the cast of "Simply Simone" onstage at Karamu House, Inc. now through October 8th.

Karamu House SIMPLY SIMONE Teaser

https://www.karamuhouse.org/ticket-info/19

 

Mariama's Music: https://mariamawhyte.com/

The song at the end of the end of the episode is Find Your Light: 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/find-your-light/id395550528?i=395550545

The PBS Documentary we mention is actually titled: Free to Dance, and it was  a part of the Great Performances Series:Free to dance PBS

Upstairs the Web Series: https://www.facebook.com/UpstairsWS/

 

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September 22, 2017

11: Start Backwards

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WHY is it so hard to "adult" and take care of yourself outside of an artistic process?

We ask these questions and more.

Why can't we have Oreos for breakfast?

Do we HAVE TO come up with ANOTHER PROCESS?

Should we still Code Switch? Not today!

What do you do when you aren't "The New Hotness" on the scene anymore?

Kenya has Tina Turner legs. Nina is Sade, according to Kenya.

Nina cries just a little. Kenya says, "TURN DOWN FOR WHAT?"

Nina doesn't know WHAT this song is Kenya is singing…If y'all know, tell us.

The word of the day is BOOTYLICIOUS

 Here are some tips to refill the well & help you Harmonize:

  1. Put on your oxygen mask first
  2. Reading books for enjoyment
  3. Go outside and get the sunshine
  4. Warm towels on your face with a few drops of essential oil
  5. Drink infused water to feel fancy

Support Black Artists! https://www.karamuhouse.org/ticket-info/19

Self-Care: (Free) http://www.shinetext.com/  (Treat Yo-Self!) http://lavenderspas.com/

Twerkspiration this week: TURN DOWN FOR WHAT - DJ SNAKE & LIL JON by LIL JON

Link to full "What's Trending" video report clip: MICHELLE OBAMA: Turnip For What | What's Trending Now

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September 17, 2017

10: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

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IT'S KENYA'S BIRTHDAY Y'ALL!!! We are so excited that we had to invite a special guest, her BFF from the womb, Kelli Hancock!

The following statements are the only explanation for this episode:

  • Polar bears are fierce
  • The internet almost ruined Kenya's art
  • Kelli and Kenya may or may not have broken someone out of the hospital on multiple occasions
  • Nina has words...somewhere, kind of, maybe
  • We question the sanity of people without friends

Oh, yeah, we are all famous. We are only 2-4 degrees removed from Lin Manuel-Miranda. Also, Ava DuVernay likes Nina's tweets sometimes, so she feels fancy. 

Shameless plug for Kelli...she going to be on the first 3 episodes of the new season of Shameless! Go Kelli, its your birthday...no its Kenya's but party like its your birthday! 

Oh yeah: BLOOPERS

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