gifts and graces

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Go Behind the Scenes of Gifted (2017)

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New interview with Chris and McKenna (thanks to @frankmaryadler for the link)

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HAPPY 75TH BIRTHDAY ARETHA FRANKLIN

Your voice is an American treasure – the perfect blend of spiritual courage and conviction mixed with deep emotional soul and confidence. You command our attention when you open you mouth and share the gift of your magnificence, grace and power through your music. You are truly are a gift from God. We bow down to you The Queen Of Soul. 

Aretha Franklin - Bridge Over Troubled Water

There is an ayah in the Qur'an where Allah promises us that if we thank Him then He will surely grant us more. And subhanallah, it’s not just to do with wealth. It’s to do with everything. If Allah has guided you, thank Him. He will keep you steadfast. If He teaches you something new regarding the deen, thank Him and He will increase you in knowledge. If happiness surrounds you, then thank Him. He will give you even more things to be happy about. Just a few moments of pondering over the bounties of Allah can increase our Imaan.

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On the set of Gifted with Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Octavia Spencer, and director Marc Webb.

therealoctaviaspencer: No filter. I spend much of my time now marveling at the beauty in the simplest things. This one of my favorite cinematic moments in #Gifted or any movie really. Oh, The way Marc Webb blocked this scene with @mckennagraceful and #ChrisEvans. I won’t tell you the conversation b/c you need to see the film and after you do, meet me here to discuss. I refer to it as a #Hamilton moment bc I’d just seen and become obsessed with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s genius. I wasn’t scheduled to work this day and as you can see, time was of the essence to get the shot. The crew hustled down the beach, everyone moved equipment etc. just to make sure it happened. And afterwards we all applauded because it was just that beautiful. So, here’s a tip of my hat to the #gifted crew for hustling, Marc for blocking it this way, and to Mckenna and Chris for a transcendent moment. PS this is NOT my photography lol.