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Life's Transformation Happens With The Willingness to Evolve

Posted On: May 29, 2016

The butterfly is very symbolic because it totally became a different being. The caterpillar and butterfly are not the same but the butterfly had to be a caterpillar first, in order to become the butterfly.

It resonates evolution, the aspects of transformation in life and the importance of progression.

The butterfly can teach us a lot about life, how to manifest goals, dreams; and how growth is essential. In accomplishing goals and dreams, one must be willing to change what might hinder the progress of it. The willingness to grow, transform, mature mentally, spiritually; and emotionally. And whatever areas that need to be fertilized and harvested, towards evolving into the person who will live the life of those goals and dreams. 

"Evolution is the process of transformation. The butterfly can not exist without the caterpillar. Once we understand this, we will gain all from life experiences that cultivates and enhances our growth."

- Andrale Marie'


Have You Seen God?

Posted On: April 04, 2015

"Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature.

Unaware that this Nature he’s destroying is this God he’s worshipping."

~ Hubert Reeves

Location: Canada


Anaya Lee Willabus Becomes Youngest Author to Make History Writing a Book With Chapters

Posted On: March 06, 2016

In the spring of 2015, a nine year old penned, authored and launched her first book. Anaya Lee Willabus made history as the youngest published author to write a book in chapters. Her book "The Day Mohan Found His Confidence" storyline is about a little boy named Mohan, who struggles to find balance at home and school. Mohan discovers his confidence to accomplish and excel.

Anaya was inspired to create and write the book during trip to Guyana (the homeland of her parents) with her family and witnessing the struggles of some of the children there. 

"Our first trip to Guyana inspired me and I have the gifts that were needed," Anaya expressed. "These events that happened to Mohan are not things that happened to me, but have happened to many other children. For example, many other children may have problems in school, many other children may have lost one of their parents."

Following her vision, Anaya began the creative process and implementation of her book. She was guided by her mother who is the CEO of a promotional company (Rhythm Nation Entertainment) but Anaya wanted to have sole creative control with designing the book cover, the kind of picture she wanted, the graphic work and etc. 

"Whatever she told me I put down and it had to be exactly that otherwise she gets very upset," explained her mother. "There were about 20 different covers and she didn’t like any of them. She wanted this font, this picture and she had to have pink and purple (her favorite colors)," Willabus' mother elaborated. 

The picture Anaya Lee selected is a photograph of her little brother playing soccer. With the love of reading and being an avid writer, also combining the scrapbook of ideas she had, Anaya penned her first book.

During a recent interview with NY Daily News, Anaya Lee's mother expressed how she knew there was always something special about her daughter. 

"We knew something was different with her," Willabus' mother, Dimple proudly expressed. "She never learned to walk. She actually started running. She started reading at 2 years old."

Her mother also conveyed, that Anaya is just ike any other kid who loves eating candy, fights with her siblings despite her extraordinary talents and abilities. 

Anaya’s favorite books include: Malala Yousafzai‘s I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, and President Obama‘s Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.

"I like to read all genres, of books. I love both reading and writing. They both have something that I love in them," Anaya Lee Willabus revealed during her interview. 

Anaya also asserted, she prefers the classic and original way of reading. And not into Nook or Kindle. 

"I prefer traditional books because of the beauty of turning the pages." 

(I agree, there's nothing like the smell of a fresh new book and the sound of turning pages.)

Anaya Lee's book "The Day Mohan Found His Confidence" can be purchase at Barnes & Noble,  Amazon,  and Rhythm Nation Entertainment.

Congrats lil mama, you inspire me! 


Knowledge is Power & Wisdom is The Light

Posted On: January 27, 2015

"Money and fame is fleeting, but wisdom and knowledge is forever."

---- Andrale Marie'


History Maker Mo’Ne Davis Launches Sneaker Line

Posted On: March 25, 2015

Mo'ne Davis made history when she became the first African-America girl to play in the Little League World Series. She was also one of two girls to play for the league. Not stopping there, Mo'ne became the first little league player to cover Sports Illustrated magazine in 2014.

Wanting to be the source of motivation for little gilrs like herself across the world, Mo'ne is joining forces with M4D3 to design and launch her own sneaker line. M4D3 which stands for Make A Difference Everyday, is a social non-profit group that collaborates with individuals or companies to help raise funds and improve social changes around the globe. Mo'ne is teaming up with them in an effort to create sneakers that will aide in helping girls across the world combat and overcome poverty from lack of education, medical benefits, housing and etc. Also coming aboard for this project is Because I Am A Girl, which is a global intiative to promote the rights and civil rights of girls, raise them out of poverty and provide education in developing countries.

The sneakers will hit the market at $75 per pair, 15% off every sale will go towards Because I Am A Girl's campaign to alleviate girls around the world from educational, economic and social poverty.

Mo'ne Davis took part in the design process of the sneakers, adding some baseball signature touches to it, lacing them up in suede and giviing it a finishing canvas look. The sneakers will have Mo'ne's imprint on them. They are available for pre-order, just click on the link: Mo'Ne Davis Sneakers

At a press conference, Mo'ne expressed her how it felt to be a role model for young girls.

“I never thought at the age of 13 I’d be a role model, but having young girls look up to me is pretty cool,” said Davis.

She then went on to talk about inspiring girls towards a better future through the accomplishments of their goals and how the sneakers will be the key to open doors for them. 

“If I can inspire them to reach their goals, that would be even cooler. Designing shoes with M4D3 is exciting and I wanted them to support Because I am a Girl to help girls and give them a chance at a better future.”


The National Academy of Medicine Elects Five African-American Scholars

Posted On: November 02, 2015

Pluggin' you into some good news from around the nation.

The National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as The Institute for Medicine, has recently elected five African-American scholars in medicine, health and science into their institute. 

 Founded in 1970, The National Academy of Medicine honors and tributes professionals in medicine, health and even science who magnified achievements and success in the human service field. The academy has seventy members, 1,826 active fellows along with 137 foreign associates. And there's only 5% or 7% that's African-American, which makes the election of five African-Americans into The National Academy of Medicine a breakthrough in diversity and racial barriers.

According to The Journal of Blacks In Higher Education, the honorees are as followed:

Evan Dale Abel is the John B. Stokes Chair in Diabetes Research and director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. Dr. Abel is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and holds a Ph.D. in physiology from Oxford University in England.

Linda Burnes Bolton is vice president and chief nurse executive at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Burnes Bolton is a past president of the American Academy of Nursing and the National Black Nurses Association. She is a trustee at Case Western Reserve University. A graduate of Arizona State University, Dr. Burnes Bolton holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Otis Webb Brawley is a professor of hematology, medical oncology, medicine, and epidemiology at Emory University in Atlanta. He is also the chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society in Atlanta. Dr. Brawley earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago.

Melissa Lynn Gilliam is dean for diversity and inclusion and a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics at the University of Chicago. Dr. Gilliam is a graduate of Harvard Medical School.

Elizabeth Odilile Ofili is the senior associate dean for clinical and translational research, professor of medicine, and director of the Clinical Research Center at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. She earned her medical degree at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University.

News Source: JBHE


Each One, Teach One

Posted On: March 17, 2015

"It takes a king to raise a prince. Each one, teach one. The knowledge that is passed down, is the discovery of self, the crown of blessings and a throne for a destined king."

-- Andrale Marie' 


The Cracking of An Egg: 'Pursuit of Happyness'

Posted On: August 12, 2015

There's more than one way to crack an egg.

"If the egg is cracked from the outside, it's destroyed. If the egg is cracked from the inside, it gives birth to life."

- Author Unknown

So, who's the egg? Check out the metaphor of the egg cracking, one leads to destruction, while the other basically creates and builds. I'm going elaborate on this quote in two, maybe three parts. The first example I am going to utilize is a scene from the movie "The Pursuit of Happyness," and the movie as a whole.

I'm sure most of us have seen the movie The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith, which was based on actual events, detailing the journey and uprising of Chris Gardner, in becoming one of Wall Street's most successful broker. The path for Gardner played by Will Smith, was not an easy one but he stayed on it and kept going.

Chris Gardner is the egg from the above quote.

In the movie, Will Smith's character Chris Gardner decides he wants to become a broker and work on Wall Street. He had no experiences nor any form of educational background but he was good with numbers and knew how to strategize, which was a tool and advantage for him. It was not a big dream but it was indeed something he had the vision for. He decided he was going to go for it, against all odds. As the movie plays, Gardner encounters challenges which caused some changes in his life, from his living arrangements like moving out a house to a hotel, selling his car and making the necessary sacrifices to manifest this vision he has of himself becoming a broker.

The challenges are actually pressures like Chris Gardner's wife who is played by Thandie Newton, does not believe in him, she doesn't see him becoming a broker working on Wall Street. She ends up leaving him and their son, Smith goes on as a single father trying to provide the best possible life for his child. All these pressures are being added to the character Chris Gardner, who is the egg being portrayed in this movie.

Instead of things getting better, more pressure is being applied when Smith's character Gardner gets kicked out of the hotel he was staying at with his son and they end up spending nights at different shelters and even at a bathroom stall in a train station.

All these pressures could of easily caused Chris Gardner to either break down or leave a dent in his goals and vision of becoming a broker. That would of meant the egg cracked from the outside, even if he broke down, it could of destroyed his vision, goals and everything he was working towards in becoming a broker. Although, there was a lot of pressure, Smith's character is the only one who could cause the egg to crack, either from the outside or within. It's all about how he applies the pressure and how he allows the pressure to apply towards him, in order to mold him.

The question is, when did the egg (Chris Gardner) cracked?

One of the pivotal scenes in the movie, is when Chris gets hired on Wall Street and at that moment is when the egg cracked.

Some people look at this scene and think it was about Chris Gardner finally getting the job, some interpret as the pursuit of happiness in the movie was about money but both of those analysis are wrong. Chris could easily got a job somewhere else or brought some more of those bone scanners to sell. He could of easily gave up this vision of getting into Wall Street because of the pressure and the sacrifices he had to make. But instead he allowed the pressure to mold and polish him, in order to shine.

In the scene above, when the egg cracked, it gave birth to Chris Gardner's purpose of launching his own firm as a broker and also, in becoming a new man. It gave birth to the life of a newfound dream from the vision Chris had of becoming a broker. All the pressures Chris Gardner (pictured below) endured caused him as the egg to crack from within and it gave birth to his dreams, purpose and destiny.

Based on the timeline of the movie, I'm sure there were other things the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness didn't portray like Chris Gardner being an African-American man and dealing with racism, those things were also factors in the pressures of life Chris endured, overcame and conquered.

This man did not give up (neither should you), no matter how tough it got, he applied the pressure to break forth his dreams (cracked the egg) and became all that God created him to be.


Sowing Seeds Of Love

Posted On: March 15, 2015

"Wherever you go in life, plant seeds and sow in love. And love will expand all things for you."

-- Andrale Marie'


July Forecast: Eclipse Season

Posted On: July 05, 2018

The month of July ushers in eclipse season, where all that does not belong will be eradicated and the illumination of all that is divine will come to light.

Whatever is not meant to be nor is not serving you for your highest and greatest good, will be removed. It’s not part of your destiny, it’s not fortifying nor nurturing your purpose, the cosmos will obscure (eclipse) it from your path.

All will be cleansed and purified, the slate will be wiped clean.

Understand it was necessary for your growth, no matter how painful, unfair, unjust or negative the experience was, it was all part of a Divine plan to bless you. That is why the heavenly realms, as well as the gatekeepers of the lower realms allowed it to happen.

You’ll become more wiser, stronger in the faith of who you are (and all that you are becoming and will be), a new sense of clarity, strength through perseverance, intuitive insights to magnify vision; and so much more.

As the slate is being wiped clean, within that darkness, new seeds will be planted.

Trust that everything happens and manifest within its own Divine timing. As the sun illuminates during an eclipse, all that is divine in you will be illuminated as well. This month is also, a month of liberation. Be liberated within the free spirit that you are.


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How To Monetize From Being An Independent Artist

Posted On: February 03, 2015

The matrix better known as the Internet, has provided a platform for independent artists to branch out and expand, from using the word of mouth classic ways of growing a business. The artist, whatever their creative field might be such as: music, seamstress and fashion design, writing and publishing, stylist, product conveyor and so on. Nowadays, because of the matrix, there are several alternatives in promoting and marketing a business.

Social media is a big podium for anybody to get their creativity and art out there. Many companies and individual marketers offer Twitter and other promotional packages to help any business launch into a wider scale.

There are several resources on the Net that provide different avenues, for online promotion and marketing. Just like with any business, an independent artist should find ways to monetize off their creativity and art. The key is to get a return on the investments made from: studio time, distribution of mixtapes, paying for services to premier a video on, for example: WSHH, traveling costs and etc. If done right, doors will open leading to contracts from record labels, maybe opening up for a big name star, developing jingles for commercials and etc. it all depends on the aim and where an individual wants to launch.

For music, there are many different streaming services that makes it easier for fans to download and interact with their favorite musician's song.

We've compiled a list of a few online resources relating to music, where an independent artist can cash in and monetize on the business dealings of their art.

Starting with YouTube.

YouTube is a great avenue for music promotion and marketing, with an estimaded 17 billion views per month, YouTube can potentially connect any business globally. With monetizing options which offer ad and views revenue. YouTube takes a percentage of the dollars that's earned, generating 55% an earning for the recipient.

The second online resource is, MUZU.

The music services of MUZU is a video site, that offer monetizing with ad revenues only. The recipient earns 50% off their views. An account is needed to join MUZU, which also helps any independent artists, with acquiring a bigger fanbase.

And the third online resource, is MySpace.

MySpace is the godfather of social media, which was a social network that paved the way for Facebook, Tumblr, and other popular social media websites.

MySpace now offer an on demand music streaming services, where an independent artist can earn money off every plug streamed from their music. The return is the lowest out of the three, with 40% earned from the streams, MySpace is still a good connection for independent artists to earn money. And also, MySpace is a platform, providing promotion and assistance with an independent artist marketing themselves.