Feeling inspired by Laura Mvula’s “Overcome”. The song and the visuals are amazing.

Overcome has beautiful afro-modern dance sequences. The rich brown and gold colors highlighted in the video are everything. The caged bird – free as metaphor both in lyrics and visuals is on point. Just beautiful. Laura’s voice is so amazing. The music behind it makes you want to dance. Really dance. Dust off the shoes; do the work to get my body ready to move and lift. Just lovely. The words of the song make you want to go and be everything no matter what’s trying to clip your wings. “When your heart is broken down
And your head don’t reach the sky/Take your broken wings and fly”.

Putting the Neighbor Back in the Hood: The Good and the Bad of a Changing Neighborhood

Usually in the United States, when an urban neighborhood experiences real business development and growth it usually means the displacement of the poorer families who lived in it before this investment or gentrification. These videos show different people’s views on what normally happens:

“Community is only relevant because of people” — Kai, There’s No Place Like Home

“Gentrification is not the same as Revitalization”–Stacey Sutton, “What What Don’t Understand about Gentrification” TEDX

Lord Jamar and Sadat X on Gentrification in NYC , “Where there is more money there is more care for the people.”

But is this what has to happen? The group Purpose Built Communities is trying a different approach using community health, mixed development and a holistic approach to education that focuses on pre-k to early college to revitalize whole communities.

We can do something like this in Baltimore. Watch: East Lake, Atlanta

Join us Saturday, February 21 at the Terra Café in a discussion about community development and putting the neighbor back in the hood.

#cohousebaltimore #GMGPSHOW #ShameekaDream2015 #beautifullbaltimore #PuttingtheNeighborBackintheHood #Terracafebaltimore

–Love Love

Where in the World is Shameeka Dream?

Here’s your first clue:

Here’s your second clue:

If you guessed Jacksonville, Florida you’re right. She’s continuing a tour that started earlier last year to make the Monument Quilt’s goal of blanketing one mile of the National Mall a reality while bringing hope and healing to countless survivors of rape and abuse. Read all about her journey through her own words here.

Help reach the goal of #1000quiltsby415.

Also join us as we continue Conversations Around Consent Saturday, April 4 at Terra Café. This conversation will be focused on helping young people navigate consent and make healthy relationship choices.

#GMGPSHOW #WhereintheworldisShameekaDream #ShameekaDream2015 #conversationsaroundconsent.

–Love Love