As an artist I am always looking for ways to inspire others with my work. This venture is my way of bridging the gap between my photography and the fashion world. With digital art, I take my images to create daily wearable inspirations of faith, hope, love, peace and joy for young, fashionable women.
The whole world is in mourning after the news that South African revolutionist Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died Dec. 5 at age 95 in his home.
Over the last few days we have heard lots about the life and achievements of a man who spent 27 years in prison due to his opposition of apartheid then went on to become the first black president of South Africa. He won his political seat in a democratic election, a system he believed in and fought hard to make a practice of in his country.
Mandela’s life is a story of freedom and forgiveness. In a era filled with a plethora of racial hatred, he endured much abuse. Yet his determination never favored. The real inspiration, however, was ,despite it all, he advocated not to lash out at his enemies, but to use love as a means to overcome life evils. Mandela believed in the inner strength of a person saying “when people are determined, they can overcome anything” and to look to our own selves to create change.
This icon’s life is not only a legacy, but a moral compass and a blueprint for true leadership.
What is a true leader?
A true leader is someone full of beliefs- a believer of themselves, others and the greater good.
A true leader is sacrificial. They are not above the cause, but an insert into the cause.
The cause is not a task but a life mission.
A true leader appreciates the advantageous differences in persons, because it brings about different ideas and plans.
A true leader values the human emotion of fear, and see’s it not as an hinderance but another obstacle to overcome.
A true leader walks in confidence with strides of wisdom… whether that’s in front of or behind the crowd.
A true leader is Nelson Mandela.
Rest in Peace Mr. Nelson Mandela. Your legacy and spirit is with us forever.
Graffiti is the voice of the streets. This piece appears off of U Street in Washington D.C. It is a culmination of the job plight, gay pride, and African American pride and women rights.
A few weeks ago I turned 25. As this life landmark approached, instead of growing excited for this momentous day, I found myself indulging in many sessions of self-doubt. I doubted my worth because I was a young lady in my mid-20s who had not reached a single of my goals. As a matter of fact, I was unemployed without any career prospects, living with my parents, surviving off rice because groceries were outside my budget and unable to pay for “the simple things” like gas.
Time waits for no man, I was once told. Yet, I didn’t heed the warning and kept blasting through life at full speed. I was stuck staring in front of me, eyes blinded to what was around me me, because ahead of me was my destiny. I wanted what was mine.
And then there was the fact that I could be sitting still in the same location as a group of people and be more present in cyberspace than I was in that room- laughing at at video, updating my status, liking photos or smh-ing at the latest twitter ignorance.
I have never wanted to cause harm to myself, but I know person’s who have. Young ladies with beautiful smiles, bright personalities and a long life ahead of them. They were cursed with a pain buried deep in side that steamed from the turmoils of life- a pain they couldn’t see past or understand. As a release, they drew blood, an outward manifestation of that hidden feeling. Their own little secret, masked by smiles. Yet underneath were bodily cuts made with everyday sharp objects, hidden by long sleeves. Self harm was a coping mechanism for the upcoming day.
La Presidenta de La República de Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla Miranda is welcomed by guest of the Juan Santamaría day celebration of the 157 anniversary of the Battle of Rivas. Doña Laura Chinchilla is the first female president of Costa Rica.
Pink Ginger blooms in Parque Nacional of San José, Costa Rica. The flower is one of many starting to sprout as dry season begins.