16 Quotes to Inspire You in 2016

SUCCESS

  1. “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” ― Salvador Dalí
  2. “Don’t say, “the sky is my limit”, say, “I progress ad infinitum.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson
  3. “Success – is not about defeating others; but about defeating oneself” ― Ashok Kallarakkal
  4. “Goal-oriented actions bring success but actions with love and kindness bring happiness.” ― Debasish Mridha

LOVE

  1.  “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
  2. “We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky.” ― Walter Mosley, Blue Light
  3. “You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
  4. “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” ― Maya Angelou

ABUNDANCE

  1. “If you learn to develop an abundant mentality you will not be envious of others, you will celebrate their successes, you share in their joys and pains; don’t see life as a competition but a complimentary.” ― Bernard Kelvin Clive
  2. “Where there is lack, God’s abundance is on the way. Hold on. Have faith. It’s coming.” ― Marianne Williamson
  3. “The world is already yours – why try to conquer it?” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru
  4. “Giving opens the door to abundance.” ― Debasish Mridha

FRIENDSHIP

  1. “Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” ― Kahlil Gibran
  2. “Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them.” ― Immanuel Kant
  3. “If you surround yourself with clowns, don’t be surprised when your life resembles a circus.” ― Steve Maraboli
  4. “God made certain people part of your life because he knew his purpose for your lives will be achieved through your bond.” ― Unarine Ramaru

 

New Music: “Classic Man” remix, Jidenna featuring T.I.

Photo Credit: ConcertTour/Wikimedia Commons
Photo Credit: ConcertTour/Wikimedia Commons

Jidenna is joined by T.I. on the “Classic Man” anthem which has been getting heavy rotation since the beginning of the year. Jidenna is the first artist to release music under Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Record label. Currently a resident of Brooklyn, Jidenna was born to a Nigerian father and America mother. The Stanford graduate is making a huge impact with his solid lyrics and impeccable style. If you like the “Classic Man” remix, you’ll love his new single called “Long Live the Chief.”

Barack and Michelle Obama movie confirms leads

Southside with You, a film about U.S. President Barack and first lady Michelle Obama’s early romance will be directed by Richard Tanne.

Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter have been cast as the Obamas. Sawyers, who had a small role in Zero, Dark, Thirty, will appear in the film Survivor which is set to premiere later this month. Tika Sumpter is known for her work on OWN Network’s The Haves and The Have Nots as well as the feature film Get on Up. She will also be playing love interest, Lucille in HBO’s Bessie biopic which is currently in post-production.

When they say no, I just sit and receive the yeses. #createyourownlane

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Southside with You, which is still in production, is being described as a romantic comedy and has already drawn comparisons to Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise. We will be sure to share the trailer when it becomes available.

Featured Image Photo Credit: DB King

5 Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

PERSONALIZE IT
Move beyond the t-shirt and coffee mug. Find an image or design that has special meaning to your mom and use it to personalize her tablet or mobile phone case.

THE UNEXPECTED
What does she talk about all the time? Maybe it’s a painting class or camping trip? Take a cue from Ashton Kutcher who surprised his mother by remodeling his childhood home.

DO-IT-YOURSELF
Make something special from the heart. Herringbone Tray and Box, Custom Photo Frame, Painting, Kitchen Tablet Holder, or Sugar Scrub.

GIFT CARD
Mom’s love these! I’m sure she appreciates that scarf you bought her last year, but it’s really not her style. There’s nothing better than choosing your own gift. Visit her favorite store or website and request a small box to contain the card. Pair the gift card with flowers for a personal touch.

BRUNCH!
This can be the gift or a welcome addition to what you have already purchased. Take this time to reconnect with your mom. You might ask her about things that you rarely speak about like her childhood or her college experience. Make sure you keep the cuisine in mind when you choose the brunch location. Find a place with great reviews and several menu options.

COSMETICS
Replenish her favorite beauty products. Sneak into her bathroom and find what items she uses most and create a gift basket with lotion, perfume, make-up, shower gel, nail polish, shampoo etc.

U.K. Release Date for Amy Winehouse Documentary

Right before the fourth anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s passing, A24 Films will release “Amy” a documentary film based on her life.

Directed by BAFTA-winning director Asif Kapadia and produced by James Gay-Rees, the film tells the story of the “Back to Black” singer’s life from her childhood to her rise to stardom. There will be extensive footage of her life and career as she explores her love for music.

See the first trailer below where Amy states, “I don’t think I’m going to be at all famous. I don’t think I could handle it. I would probably go mad…”

The documentary is set to premiere in the U.K. on July 3rd. A U.S. date will be announced in the weeks to come.

Featured Image Credit: V. Gable

Helen Mirren wows fans in The Audience on broadway

Watch clips from the opening night celebration of Helen Mirren’s performance as Queen Elizabeth II in THE AUDIENCE. This production previously sold out crowds in London and is predicted to bring in 1 million per week in New York. There is serious Tony Award buzz for Helen’s performance.

About the play from the audienceonbroadway.com:
For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren returns to Broadway, and the throne, in a riveting new play by Peter Morgan, the writer of the Academy Award-nominated film, The Queen. Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, An Inspector Calls), THE AUDIENCE takes theatregoers behind the walls of Buckingham Palace and into the private chambers of Queen Elizabeth II as she meets with each of her Prime Ministers, from when she was a young mother to now as a Great Grandmother. From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, through the charm offensive of Tony Blair right up to today’s meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch. You cannot miss the performance that had London on its feet: Helen Mirren in THE AUDIENCE.

Get tickets here.