*Spiritual Java*

L.Y.F. (Love Yourself First)

L.Y.F. (Love Yourself First)

Never Lose Hope….(Hues 4 Hope)

dynamicafrica:

Works by Onitsha-born Nigerian sculptor and painter Ben Enwonwu, whose body of work showcases an incredibly diverse range of art works, spanning over various mediums. Enwonwu also has a crater on the planet Mercury named after him. 

Enwonwu - his father a sculptor, his mother a cloth merchant and his son, Oliver Enwonwu also an artist in his own right - was surrounded by art in various forms growing up and all through his life. Throughout his art career, he dedicated himself to redefining the meanings and conversation surrounding ‘African art’ in the global art world and was once quoted as saying:

“Art is not static…Art changes its form with the times…African art has always, even long before western influence, continued to evolve through change and adapt to new circumstances.”

After first studying art at government colleges in Nigeria, and temporary relocating to England to further his studies at Goldsmiths University and Oxford University, Enwonwu returned to Nigeria in 1939 were he began to teach art at schools in Umuahia and Benin City. In 1948, he became an art adviser to the Nigerian government but left the country again in 1950 to tour and lecture in the United States where carried on working as a freelance artist.

In 1966, Enwonwu became editor of Nigeria Magazine and was also a fellow of Lagos University between 1966–68. He once again worked for the Nigerian government, this time post-independence, as a cultural advisor between 1968–71. He was appointed the first professor of Fine Arts at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, from 1971 to 1975, and was also an art consultant to the International Secretariat, Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC), Lagos, 1977.

Enwonwu is also well-known for his illustration of the cover of noted Nigerian writer Amos Tutuola’s novel The Brave African Huntress.

A pioneering force in the rhetoric surrounding the early Modern African Art movement of the 20th century, Enwonwu passed away in 1994. His work is displayed in the National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos and can also be viewed at the Virtual Museum of Modern Nigerian Art.

October: Highlighting African Art & African Artists

(via speakjah)

weareallafricans:

Model: F.Ndiaye
Photographer: A. Moore 

In my solitude,
colors blossom inside me
and
words flow above & below
with grace and ease.
~M

weareallafricans:

Model: F.Ndiaye

Photographer: A. Moore 

In my solitude,

colors blossom inside me

and

words flow above & below

with grace and ease.

~M

(via weareallafricans)

Soul Session: Standing Still

I’ve always been a busy body  or wiggle worm, according to my Grammie. I don’t like inactivity. It makes me feel lazy and unproductive.  There is a voice in my head that says “you should be doing something.”

Social media seems to feed that need to constantly be in motion. Posting and scrolling have become a regular part of my day. But more and more I’m finding comfort in moments of silence and peace in stillness.  Even that nagging voice is mute.

I’m beginning to believe it is a state of existence with which we should become more familiar.  Be it by prayer or meditation or nothingness; the answers we often seek, can be found in those moments of standing still. We often miss out on revelation, due to our created chaos.

~M

darkskinnedblackbeauty:

Photographed By: Greg Prosper
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Carmen? (wink)

darkskinnedblackbeauty:

Photographed By: Greg Prosper

whitney-diane.tumblr.com

Carmen? (wink)

(via seriouslynatural)

sabriyasimonphotography:

~ Before You Take One More Step… ~
{Model: Kamisha Simpson}

sabriyasimonphotography:

~ Before You Take One More Step… ~

{Model: Kamisha Simpson}

(via speakjah)

Soul Session: A Rose by Another Name…

I used to pride myself on being awhat you see is what you get type of person. I wasn’t fond of pretending to be someone I wasn’t and I didn’t care much for those who did. Despite my attempts at being genuine, some people still saw me as a phony.  

It used to bother me a great deal because like most of us, I just wanted to be loved and understood. I wanted to know that my thoughts and ideas about life weren’t so farfetched and maybe there were a few other people out there in the world who agreed.

I spent a lot of energy trying to get others to understand my ideas and ways of doing things, hoping that would clear up the misconception and thus get me the love and acceptance I so badly needed.

As I grew older I came to understand that it didn’t matter much what people wanted to label me as, cocky  was still confident, and bossy was still authoritative and a genuine smile could still be perceived as being bogus. But the most important lesson, was knowing that I loved and accepted myself, rose or otherwise.

~M

Soul Session: Through My Mind’s Eyes

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If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive. ” -Audre Lorde 

I believe each individual has multiple images of themselves that they project.  There is the person we want the world to believe we are, the person we think we are, and who we are…truly.

The latter seems the most difficult image to decode.  I would guess the culprit to not being able to walk comfortably in our own skin is FEAR. "Maybe they won’t like me or respect me or…" the list can be endless.

Some of us aren’t even aware we aren’t living our authentic lives; the most dangerous deception of all. In the past I struggled with this issue on a daily basis. But a new found fearless approach and knowing that God loves me as he created me to be, has given me the courage to dig a little deeper into the excavation of my  true self. What a discovery!

I now regard other people’s opinions of who I am as the proverbial tree falling in the forest.   And  I’m satisfied knowing the only opinion that gives weight overall is that of myself;

my Father loves me unconditionally. ~M

Wassup Wednesday: Breathing Under Water

I have been out of my element for quite sometime. I know I am not alone in this regard.  Many of us are finding ourselves in this same preferment; having to walk on air, live in trees, or breathe under water.  ~Mimage

Soul Session: Learning to Listen

 That old adage is very true; if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck…I’m sure you can finish the rest.  I have always attributed my ability for discernment as a gift God gave me.  

I don’t always understand why I feel what I feel, but I’ve learned to pay attention to it.  More importantly, I’ve learned to let what illnesses lie beneath the surface of another’s skin be their cross to bear.

 Because when you get right down to the heart of it all, the only thing we can actually change is ourselves. ~Mimage