Erykah Badu & Wooden Floors

New Orleans is well known for colorful shotgun homes, but I don’t think I was in a shotgun house the first time Erykah Badu’s voice hit my ears. The house had to be a townhome of sorts. I lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, from about 1999 to 2001. The culture there is so captivating it still lingers in my mind ‘to this day. One of my most paramount memories is when I fell in love with Erykah Badu and the wooden floors. The wooden floor fascination may seem trivial but take a walk with me. Oklahoma has got to be one of the most affordable places in the United States to live but not for me! Give me my expensive rent and my wooden floors. My family and friends jokingly call me bourgeois. I assure you I am not. Let’s dig a little deeper. Imagine being five or six years old in a foreign place with no other children to play with. There’s no furniture in the house. It’s just you, a boombox playing Erykah Badu, and wooden floors. You would fall in love too if that was all you had. My initial attraction to Erykah Badu’s music started with her instrumentals. The beats moved me in a way I had never experienced. Her image yelled originality. I could relate to how she embraced our culture, from her clothes to her hair and the hints of jazz in her music. She made it okay to be different. I can vividly remember lying on the wooden floor staring at the boombox. The room was dark. The only light was the bathroom light on my left. I had no clue this experience would catalyst my love story with R&B, Neo Soul, Indie Soul, and expensive living spaces.

Golden Goddess Getaways

Costa Rica

Golden Goddess Getaways are the reset every woman craves. Created by expert travelers Shonna & Milan there is no detail left unattended. The getaway combines healing, yoga, dance, and meditation perfectly. To hear the two owners discuss how they worked together to create the GGG experience invokes inspiration for those around them to harvest the same inner magic ✨. The excursion begins with trips to local farmers’ markets and beaches. Those trips are often spontaneously accompanied by scenic walks around the nearest neighborhood. Moments spent at the resort are where real enjoyment takes place. With beautiful wooden bamboo floors to hold the heels adorned, sensual dancing takes place. The same floor serves as a meeting place for profound stretching to release & restore portions of the body & soul that were in great need. On the last night of the getaway, Shonna & Milan has everyone meet at a campfire to release anything into the fire that no longer serves them through their journey. The two powerhouse travelers have mentioned that they may be dropping new dates soon for the next Golden Goddess Getaway. Golden Goddess Getaways provide the tranquility your soul longs for.

Brief History of The Emergence of Media

Specifically, the internet emerged in the 1960s out of necessity for discrete military communications. After it’s invention for that purpose the use of the internet took on a snowball effect. Eleven years later emailing was born. Shortly after microprocessors bore smaller in home computers. This allowed the entrepreneurial stage to begin. When the Soviet Union was dismantled the primary reason for the invention of the internet was ending.  A large amount of people had already began to implement the internet into every day life. As the 2000s arrived the internet could be used to access news, social media, music and a plethora of other media. 

The Questions That Drive My Interest in Media

Primarily, the most intriguing question in media is how and why it dominates the narrative of many countries and the world.   Outside of an educational setting or scholarly conversation it seems taboo to acknowledge the hold that the media has on most people. From cable television, Instagram to radio there is a constant output contributing to the way society thinks. Secondly, where do I fit in this broad 🌎  of media and how would I like show up? It’s common for people to seek refuge behind a screen. Many use Facebook as therapy, a way to express themselves but what about creating change through social media? The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Highschool answered this question after their school fell victim to a mass shooting. They organized and admittedly advocated for stricter gun control laws, but where does conscious social media interaction start in every day life; without tragedy? Lastly, when doing absolutely anything we may as well be outstanding at it! What are the tools needed to excel in media? How is high engagement garnered while keeping high moral?