One thing Modern Diversity believes strongly in is education especially when its learning through great life experiences. Very recently we where able to support a cause that’s right along those lines. Learning To Live is an organization that is designed to give inner city kids an opportunity to travel and learn about other cultures and most importantly about themselves. Bianca Willis Founder/CEO who also happens to be from the city of Baltimore decided to put this program together after she too traveled to other countries and gained a better perspective on life and her purpose. Her travels abroad helped make way for LTL and its sure to change the lives of many kids who may not be able to have these experiences without the program.
The kick off event was spectacular. The ambiance and the talent was everything an art lover could ask for and more. Most importantly though it was the support and the love that was shown throughout the night. Many people believe in Bianca’s dream and it was very evident as the nights festivities went on. Ms. Willis believes that ” Travel is the school of life” and MD couldn’t agree more. Learning To Live is that rare gem that every inner city community needs and it has the makings of being a very lucrative program. For more information on LTL and if you’re interested in signing up head on over to http://www.learningtolivemovement.com/what-we-do/
Music is that one thing that everyone can understand, some may say it can even bring people closer together. Over the years artists of all genres have tried to speak out about social issues and injustice in hopes of bringing clarity and unison among the nation. With songs like What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye, F*** The Police by N.W.A, The Message by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, They Don’t Care About Us by Michael Jackson and a host of other songs over the years; music has been very vocal about the injustices in this world. So one may ask if it’s being put on front street by main stream artists then why hasn’t anything been done? To understand the question we must understand the history. Knowledge is one of the biggest rewards in this world. With knowledge comes power and awareness beyond what any man can give. However, before I begin I’m in no way bashing any race, culture, religion or individual for I am in agreement that we all need to live in harmony, peace and love, not just my fellow African Americans but every one from Caucasian to Asian and every race in between. I believe in One love.
With the recent police killings and police brutality this world is on edge. People have become tired and do they have a right to express how they feel absolutely. It’s been years, decades and centuries of the same mistreatment and oppression and the people are starting to react. To those who are taking a stand just play it smart, gain knowledge and use it to your advantage. There is strength in numbers and unity. Looking back through the history of music it’s been written in the blueprint for so long. Pay attention to greats before us like U2, Bob Marley, Tracy Chapman, Tupac and again there’s so many others that have paved the way to inspire change.
At the end of it all most people in this world want to see change. Whether it’s good or bad people want change. Question is can you get everyone on the same page and live in unison? Can people put aside differences and accept those that don’t look like them? Only time can tell, but in the meantime educate yourself most times the people you are fighting against are the ones you need to have in your corner. Skin color doesn’t make you better, status doesn’t make you better. Nothing on the outside makes you better than anyone, no one is better then the next person. We are all human and once we see that and close the division the one that wants us to fight can’t win. Love and Light to each and everyone who reads this. It all starts with you!!
Here’s a song from an artist who also believes in making a difference and educating oneself and a nation.
Happy Hump Day all you beautiful people!! Here’s a Playlist just in time for the middle of the week, featuring some of the hottest new talent in indie soul music!! Sick back relax and let the good vibes gravitate your way!!
Well I have another hot one for you today and she comes all the way from Sweden, so Hallå to you all!! Made a funny there, yep that I did. Any who that is how you say hello in Swedish. Moving on now to the music tis better late then never is the saying and although Snoh Aalegra’s latest EP Don’t Explain was released in April it’s still generating quite a buzz. The EP has some serious Blues/Soul elements and ignites the heart in a major way. Under the Influence has that blues feel that may put you in the mind of two of the greats Miss Etta James and Amy Winehouse and it’s a record that makes you feel like you’re listening to it on vinyl (yep it’s a classic). You can check out the “mini album” as Snoh refers to it on Itunes or Check it out right here!! Press Play and Vibe with me:
About an hour ago I received an email with a song that I just couldn’t wait to post up. Yuu is a song that most of us can relate to as it is about an ex pleading to be taken back. I know we’ve all been on either side of that sad scenario at least once in our lives and Coldway’s pleadings make you the listener hope for the best. He’s on the rise and it’s without a doubt that he’ll be a household name soon enough. He’s already pinned a hit song titled Water which was featured on the soundtrack of Spike Lee’s film Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. I’ll save the rest of my pro Coldway banter another day, but for now press play and vibe with me to Coldway’s latest single Yuu and get into Water as well below:
Its a new week and new opportunities and possibilities are in the air!!! I’ve been hard at work cooking up some new material for you all and I must say you’re going to enjoy what’s up next. Today’s Melodic Monday song choice is from an artist that’s no stranger to Modern Diversity. Her voice and lyrics are a perfect fit for this category and I’m pleased to post once again the very talented Alina Baraz & Galamatias’s Maybe. Press play and vibe with me
SAAY’s (Sometimes Anger Alludes Yearning) Bad Women is one of those songs that will have you “turning up” in the club, dancing around in the house, or blasting in your car!!! It’s one of those catchy tunes that can even get the shyest person in the room on their feet. It features MTV’s Tori Deal and Leon Marin and it’s a definite summer anthem. Bad Women is off of SAAY’s upcoming EP titled “Chrysalis” which will drop August 31 and which also features the leading single “No Love”. While we wait for his anticipated EP vibe with me to SAAY’s latest single “Bad Women” and see how many you can spot.
First and formost I’d like to say Happy Friday to all you beautiful people all over the globe. To all my international readers good morning, good afternoon or even good night.
I’m pleased to bring to you all Anni from Helsinki and her latest EP Redemption Street. This 5 song EP was created for the dreamers and people who need the motivation to just be themselves. Anni brings a certain whimsical quality to her music with very relatable subject matter. With a vastly growing fan base Anni’s Redemption Street EP is sure to have you wanting more. Take a listen and vibe with me to Redemption Street
As many of you may have heard I’ve decided to put on a showcase and I must say the first line-up is full of talented artists. I started this blog just to share my love of music with the world, with little to no expectations. I must say so far I’ve been able to meet some pretty great people and I’m excited for the future. Tonight I’ve put together a playlist compiled with songs from some of the artists that will be performing this weekend. I look forward to seeing you all there!! Press Play and vibe with me!!!