More Than Music Benefit Concert

What’s going on?! Y’all, I have to say really quick THANK YOU! Without your support I would not do what I do. It means so much and I will continue to provide awesomeness! Now that that’s done, let’s go ahead and chat about the “More Than Music Benefit Concert!”

If you saw my post yesterday, then you saw the full recap of pictures from this event. If not click here!

You guys, this was one of the best benefit concerts I’ve ever attended. It’s actually the only one I’ve ever been to lol. BUT, my opinion about this concert is true and organic.

It was A B S O L U T E L Y moving. There was a wide range of entertainment starting with spoken word and ending with long lasting relationships.

Have you ever had one of those moments where you walk in to an event and “feel” like you weren’t supposed to miss it? That’s exactly what I felt when I arrived to the Patchwerk Recording Studio where it all began.

The Patchwerk Recording Studios is located at 1094 Hemphill Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.

BEFORE I BEGIN

Let me give a huge shoutout to the caterer for this event Frances of Eat Saasy. When I tell you all she threw down with that spread. SHE THREW DOWNNNN!

BOOK HER!

The set up and decorations by designer Janine were absolutely gorgeous! Janine has a knack for precision and placement. Make sure you request her services for your next event.

Everyone who helped to pull this off did an EXCELLENT job! I mean check out this cupcake display! Um, YES PLEASE!

Next, let’s move on to the talent that came in and showed out! I may not have each person strictly in order but here goes!

First up, let me introduce you to Dri. Dri was brought as a little person with a big package. Let me tell you, she came, she saw and DELIVERED! This girl can sing.

Instagram: @drijackmusic

Listen to her hereDri Jack Music

Second, we have Laddddyyyyy Poetryyyyyy (in my presenter voice). She served us with a melody or words that resonated within your heart. Each beat of her poetic genius sinks into your heart and mind. You could feel the emotion she wrote, the pain she felt and the heavy beating in your heart from the roller coaster of feelings when she spoke.

Instagram: @ladypoetry86

Listen to her here: Lady Poetry

Third, we have Ebony Franklin. Now let me tell you about this girl. She wasn’t feeling good and kept apologizing for not hitting a note or two. I honestly don’t know why she felt bad when she served us such a beautiful tone. It was so smooth and filtered with pure, heartfelt deliverance. From me to you, I Loved it!

 

Instagram: @_sincerely_eb

Listen to her here: E Sings

Fourth, we have the powerful, vocal Wanesha Spencer. Y’all….this woman can move mountains with her voice. Wanesha provided us with a second dose of spoken word. She came with a vengeance but served with class. She was a powerhouse of words that were raw and unedited. The strength she possesses coupled with the harmonious flow of vocabulary gave the audience CHILLS. She demanded attention and that is what she received.

Instagram: @wanesha_spencer

What is she up to? The Ella Project

Fifth, we have Erika Janae G. Y’all, she blew me away! I honestly can’t figure out a flow to describe her performance properly. She had a Macy Gray twang, Jill Scott soultry feel and Erykah Badu twist. I don’t have many words on this one. Y’all just need to check her out for yourself. I think all of the singers should do a collaboration together. I would pay for that!

Instagram: @erikajanaeg

Listen to her here: Erika Janae

Subscribe to her YouTube Channel: ErikaJaNae

Lastly, I introduce Karmen to you all! Karmen was the icing on the cake. Literally everyone that performed were out of this world! Karmen delivered us in song and it was a beautiful vibe. Her voice was so melodic like lullaby. She shared a personal song which required more emotion than usual and it was so touching. It’s something about vulnerability when people perform. It always seems to have an even deeper meaning behind it. Karmen reminded me of Tweet from back in the day. I loved the flow!

Instagram: @karmenbebeautiful

Subscribe to her Youtube Channel: Karmen Be Beautiful

Oh, I can’t forget our illustrious host! The beautiful Marcia Alene kept everyone’s attention as the host. She was down to earth and funny. Absolutely loved the line up with everyone involved to pull this off!

Instagram: @nogirlfriendsallowed

Check out her book, make a purchase: No Girlfriends Allowed

Personal shoutout to Angela Young, Founder of The BeNaked Campaign for having this vision and allowing it to blossom. The cause behind this benefit concert was to raise enough money to provide gift boxes to the women of the Solomon’s Temple Foundation. These boxes will provide toiletries and other necessities. This annual project is also called The ‘Little Black Box Project’ 

Read about it here 👇🏽

The ‘Little Black Box Project’ is an annual donation drive. The goal of the project is to give hope by providing much needed personal items in a compassionate and loving way. Each holiday box will be filled with toiletry items and donated to a women and children’s shelter. The goal is to assist with making the holidays happen for families in need. Your gift helps me fulfill my mission of bringing joy to women and children that are less fortunate during the holiday season!

I hope you guys enjoyed this treat! Much love to you all again and remember to be you and be dope while doing it! 

❤️❤️❤️

 

RECAP ALERT

Hey everyone! I’m dropping in for a quickie. I wanted you all to have a moment with strictly pictures from the More Than Music Concert. Totally an awesome RECAP ALERT!

I honestly couldn’t pick the best of the best pictures, so I decided to simply upload ALL of them from the “More Than Music Benefit Concert”. I hope you enjoy!

 

Talent Exposed

Good morning, good morning and good morning! How have you guys been?! I’m super excited for what I have to share with you all today. I’m giving y’all a little Talent Exposed for the top of your morning. Sit back and enjoy!

Let me do the honors in introducing Tishara Grayson across your screen. Let me give you a little backstory to Tishara.

First, I met her my senior year of high school at I C Norcom (my first year there). We didn’t talk much but I thought “ok I like her vibe” from speculation. I realized she wasn’t your average female. Smart, talented and a go getter. Even more, I saw her in action as a drum major! Y’all, this girl could move.

Second,  I reference her being a drum major and her personality from my standpoint for a specific reason. You have to be on your “A” when you’re in school, juggling band in addition to maintaining a social life. She wasn’t your average girl. Furthermore, I can say after we graduated, that was when a “boss” chick was able to spread her wings and fly.

Also, Tishara graduated from Temple University and is now the head of a freelance small business consulting firm. She’s making “money moves.” So, she can help you with a wide range of things. Don’t take my word for it and take advantage of her services here. 👇🏽 Check it out:

#Ad FREELANCE SMALL BUSINESS CONSULTING: If you are interested in help with developing your small business we may be able to help each other! I write business plans & resumes, create marketing materials, write/fill-out grants and small business loan apps, and many more services. I’m in the process of building my resume, so at this time I’m offering these services for the LOW. Feel free to email me at grayson.tishara@gmail.com for more information, my portfolio, or even general questions about developing a business! SHARE PLEASE ❣️

Everyone, I want to be the first to say the 757 has talent like no other. As long as we support one another the best way possible, we can make a mark in the industry. Tishara along with many other young adults WILL achieve her dreams because she most importantly believes in herself.

If you are starting a business, opening a store or if you need a simple strategist to help your company, Tishara is the one for you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to her. 

Tishara is a woman on a mission. You better jump on the wagon now before it’s too late!

As always, thank you all for the support and sticking with me. It does not go unnoticed. Make sure you go support one another and let’s build each other up to become millionaires. No dream is too big or too far. Until next time.

Connect with Tishara:

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Email: grayson.tishara@gmail.com

Werk Pray Slay Recap

WERK PRAY SLAY RECAP!

Coming to you like Jerome in the house! What’s up, what’s up, what’s up!? I am so glad to be back to give you all a juicy Werk Pray Slay Recap! This event was like no other. I was truly honored to have been in the presence of so many influential women. I’m going to keep it short, sweet and to the point so check it out here.

First of all, I would like to be honest. I almost bailed on Werk Pray Slay because I was so discouraged. Ya’ll I was in a frump and I couldn’t shake it. I was so worried about my outfits, this big thing called life and crap I almost talked myself out of it. But nah! I don’t go down like that. If you’ve read my most previous post, I said I will always win. I will never succumb to these “emotions” and I won. AGAIN

Now, this event exceeded my expectations. We started out on Friday night and closed on Sunday. Friday was the Glam Night Out and those ladies came ready to slay. Hunnay, everyone was gorgeous. There were complimentary massages, facials and so much more! Thankfully, I snagged a massage and I am so glad I did. I had a knot on my left side that was driving me crazy! But, the entire setting was absolutely perfect.

Everyone had fun, danced, sang, networked and literally enjoyed a Glam Night Out.

Next, on Saturday, we had our breakout sessions. This day was dedicated to attending three selected sessions and gaining more insight on the business aspect of things. Now, each session I attended were awesome. I had a sprinkle of marriage class, learning how to travel and get paid to travel and lastly learning to increase my influence and income. All topics I needed.

This year was the first year Werk Pray Slay has ever done breakout sessions and I believe these should continue.

Lastly, on Sunday’s we brunch. This was my FAVORITE event as part of the Werk Pray Slay Recap. This was the day for the Big Hat Brunch. Everyone came in and showed out with their hats. I loved it! We enjoyed a lovely panel speaking on love and marriage while dining on a lovely breakfast selection complimented with mimosas. Oh y’all, we even played a game called “Date Him or Diss Him.” Really interesting but fun! This was the best event ever

In conclusion, if you have never attended an event like this, mark your calendars to attend next year! You will enjoy the variety of information offered, the company of amazing women, and a day weekend to treat yourself. Everything I learned will be applied everyday I decide I want to give up. People are always watching and I can’t wait for next year to roll around. I will be there better than this year.

Special thanks to my mentor Priiincesss for all she has done training me and Jojo for snapping some super cute pics! 

Love you all and thanks for sticking with me 💋

Motivational Sprinkle

Happy Thursday! Today I am switching things up a bit. I’m doing a little “Motivational Sprinkle” to add some happiness to your day. We are going dive in uncut and unfiltered.

I’m going to be very honest with you all. I have been having a rough week balancing my blog, life, and coming up with new fresh ideas.

One thing I don’t allow in my life is depression or discouragement anymore. BUT, I found myself battling with it.

Why?

I was stressed the heck out. I’m usually the person hooping and hollering about great things happening for others except myself. I do believe good things will happen for me, it was simply harder for me accept.

Recently, I hit FACE FLAT. I had such a hard reality check in life I had to go back to the drawing board. Y’all, I was literally burnt out.

Now, let me be transparent for a second.

I struggled with depression severely. Now please do not think I claimed that over my life because I did not. Consequently, I had life facing me head on. As a result, I succumbed to my own obstacles instead of being reminded how strong I really am. Rule number one about me, I will never lose.

Next, let’s move on to you. MY AUDIENCE. I had this topic on my heart so much for a specific reason. I have observed so many young people struggle terribly with finances, emotional and spiritual support and LIFE. Let us dissect the root of these things.

Where does most of our pain come from?

  • Anger: a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.

It doesn’t have to be rage with screaming and shouting, but our pain definitely stems from it.

How are our emotions defined?

  • Emotion: a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with
  • instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge.

The Limbic System of the brain is our source for emotions. It is made up of several structures which are all located in the cerebral cortex.

So why are so many young children and young adults prone to fighting depression? From my listening, I gathered many have so many “things” they want to accomplish, but the lack in their life no matter what it is plays a huge role.

What I am saying is, they try to juggle this, that, and the third it begins to overwhelm them. Personally, I was juggling work, life at home, missing family, trying to start my blog and whatever else was thrown at me. But some people have another life at home where the household may not be stable or a stability but no means of providing for themselves. I notice young adults try to avoid asking for help until they are posing a risk to themselves. Don’t have too much PRIDE.

Now, I know prayer works because I’m evidence of the result. A lot of things that happened were simply a trick of the enemy. Nothing new. Recently at church, we had a sermon speaking on how our past is always reminding us. Whatever “fear” or “regret” you have from your past, it tends to creep back up and say “REMEMBER.”

I do believe in the times where young children and adults are pushing the hardest, those emotions brew.

I want to be a source of motivation for all but most importantly for people my age. Realizing where my strength lied and how hard I needed to fight for my dreams was evident. Each blockade began falling and I was able to chisel portions off of my body that kept me bound.

Please do not allow yourself to fall flat on your face and remain bound. Take a step back and look at things in a different perspective. Whether you regret a decision from the past or you don’t have the ability to say no, YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER YOUR LIFE.

What will it take for you to feel better? Will it be anonymously chatting or having a therapy session? It is perfectly fine seeing a therapist FYI. If you are in need of anything be it a prayer or encouraging words, I want to extend my comments section for questions and comments. Also, submit an inquiry on my form to contact anonymously too. 

Together we stand and together we conquer. Those dreams aren’t going to be achieved by themselves! 

Go get ’em! I hope a little motivational sprinkle over your day helped.