September 22, 2017

Episode 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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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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Faith and the artist is tricky...Catholic School and the Baptist Church. Rosary beads and Alchemy. Art as sacred space and high praise. Code Noir and dese heauxs ain't ready. Holy hands and where to catch them. 

Total Praise by Richard Smallwood

Ephesians 6:10-18

Moses Hogan arr of Battle of Jericho

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August 31, 2017

Episode 8: Processing

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We are processing y'all. The process: Chicken nuggets, mixed vegetables, applesauce. "Yes, and…"

Unlike the artistic process, which has a definite beginning, middle and ending, life's process isn't like that. We talk about "Ya Mama!" (No, not your mama, Nina's play).

*WARNING* We get loud at unexpected moments in this episode, PLEASE keep your fingers near the volume control. We talk about Katrina and Harvey. Nina has words, sometimes they are hard to find. New Orleans comes pouring out her mouth, she might sound different. Kenya likes chocolate and wine. Nina writes a poem. Kenya coins a term "SG: Sex is Good"  Let the daddies daddy. Shout out to, "All the Single mommies, all the single mommies…" We bring race into it (when do we not?)…Do we need to have an episode about the devil in children's media? Nina & Jonathan get a date. #grapefruit

Donate relief to Communities of Color affected by Harvey:

https://www.colorlines.com/articles/how-donate-money-and-other-aid-communities-color-houston

General assistance to survivors of Harvey:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/28/546745827/looking-to-help-those-affected-by-harvey-here-s-a-list

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Charlottesville. Its a lot y'all. But we arenot  going to talk about that specifically. Lots of people have said very eloquent things about that. We are talking instead about how we cultivate joy in hard times like this; what we learned from our foremothers and how they expressed love. Comedy. Twerking. Michelle Obama's right to "bare her arms" yep. All of that is in there. We hope it brings you some joy. :)

 Harmonize's Tips for Cultivating and Keeping Joy in Trying times:

  • Don't take the burden on of teaching white folks about race

    • Its not your job to teach a class, they have google too
  • Watch Comedy before bed
  • Trust your own instincts
  • Say, "Thank you" often. Cultivate Gratitude
  • TWERK something!
  • Laugh out loud. Often
  • Look to the children and take delight. They access joy easily, copy them

 

Today's twerking music was the DJ Jubilee Classic "Get It Ready, Ready" which can be purchased here, support the culture:

https://www.amazon.com/Get-It-Ready-Explicit/dp/B003YBZZB6

 

Kenya's Samba pick of the week is, "E Menina" by Sergio Mendez:

Sergio Mendes- E Menina (Hey Girl)

 

Verse of the week: Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing."

 

 

Dancing helps your brain:

http://iheartintelligence.com/2017/01/10/dancing-benefits-your-brain/

 

So does laughing:

http://www.laughteronlineuniversity.com/laughter-good-mental-health/

 

And, we can't forget the babies:

https://www.vibe.com/2016/07/care-free-black-kids-2k-16-twitter/

 

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Life got to us this week so the episode is a little late...and we were up late recording. So we are slap-happy! We talk about EDI (Equity-Diversity-Inclusion), Kenya's International guests and her new nickname, children moving in slow motion, grandma's breakfast and more. Also, Kenya's hands are pretty no matter what she says. 

 

Some EDI terms for reference:

Privilege:  is a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people. It is often characteristically invisible to people that have it

Agencya means of exerting power or influence; instrumentality

Accessthe ability, right, or permission to approach, enter, speak with, or use;admittance

 

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August 2, 2017

Episode 5: Girl’s Trip

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We did it y'all! We harmonized and got ourselves to be priority for one weekend (take that balance!)

We got to go the movies! We HOLLERED! Kenya went to the family reunion. Nina had a birthday. Kenya knows how to make men look good. Nina gets on her artistic soap box. #ArtOfBeingAWoman Tip is back. It was late, we were giggly, the kids tried to sneak in the door. #GirlsTrip

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Kenya bangs the table. Nina vows to find Ava DuVernay and become her female muse. Ballet is expensive. We get real about race and casting. Oh, and the kids interrupt at the end, because, kids. #HarmonizePod

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We made plans. God laughed. Life went on anyway, cause Life don't stops! #HarmonizePod

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When you need the art to survive, but there is no time...what do you do? How do you find art in unexpected places?

(also, Hi! We're new here...so the sound on this one...eh... a little wonky. But we figured it out. And future episodes sound better. thanks for sticking with us)

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