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Èpa Heyi Oyá! Hekua Heyi Yansa! - Oyá/Iansã, in Yoruba mithology is the goddess of wind and lightning. The spirit of tornadoes, lightning, fire, fertility and magic. She’s both the harbinger of destruction and the bringer of life. She represents change and transition. She’s also one of the reigning deities over this year of 2014, along with Xangô. Winds of change. :)

I’m feelin’ a bit nostalgic lately. I think it’s the old age. But as Aaliyah said: ‘Age ain’t nothing but a number’. :)

You know that Aaliyah is the feminine form of Ali? Her name means “The elevated one”. More than appropriate for her. She was one of a kind. They don’t make 'em like this no more.

And another tidbit is that her name written in the original arabic, kinda looks like 'Dilla’. :)

Shout out to ill camille, timbaland, missy and her family. Much, much luv. Her memory lives on.

Hope you’re in peace, baby girl. <3

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The Bubble Theory, by Tunde Panache

The theory goes that everyone nowadays, seems to be stuck in their own little bubble in terms of their way of life, routine and mundane activities. Things like social media, though benefitial in many ways, also trapped us and limited our vision, which has, in a way, given birth to “trends” that are usually championed by celebrities (no matter how ephemeral) and politicians, wether it’s on instagram, facebook or even traditional news outlets.

All of this blinds us, in a sense, from all the real and important things that are happening in the world right now. Nigeria, Congo, Nepal, Ferguson, Charleston, Corruption on sports, Police mass killings, the sistematic extermination of minorities and so on.

This orchestrated distractions prevents most of us from thinking for ourselves, which limits our creativity and freedom of thought, as a generation. Everyone is born unique and has something special they can bring to the table and the bubbles must be popped in order to makes us see beyond our own little world. Beyond our small screens and into life so that we can elevate ourselves in a way that we can all evolve and build something better, together.

Which leads me to this quote from the movie “Coach Carter”, which is, in turn, an excerpt from a poem called Our Deepest Fear, by Marianne Williamson. (http://bit.ly/1JojJSL)

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Let’s be fearless! Let’s enlighten ourselves and spread the love! <3

Thank you, brother Tunde, for the opportunity.

Peace.

But, we can’t and we wont forget. Please take note:

#DontForgetBeirut 43 dead and more than 200 wounded, during  suicide bombings on November 12

#DontForgetBentoRodrigues 15 confirmed dead, more than 45 missing, during a disastrous tailings dam failure, on November 6

#DontForgetKenya 147 dead during an attack at Garissa University College, on April 2nd.

Peace for all.