Diante Yarber; 26 gets shot and killed in Wal-Mart Parking Lot

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According to The Root, 26-year old Diante Yarber was shot about thirty times by California Police on April 5, 2018 who clearly was sitting in the parking lot of Wal-Mart not doing anything wrong.  He was driving his cousin and friends to Wal-mart where police claimed he was “wanted for questioning” about a stolen vehicle cased where he “accelerated” the car towards police when they were trying to stop him.  But how did a peaceful moment ended up deadly with a black father dead?

According to the attorney for the family, Lee Merrit, quoted “They saw a car full of black people sitting in front of a Walmart, and they decided that was suspicious,” said Merritt. “They just began pouring bullets … It’s irresponsible. It’s dangerous. It’s mind-boggling, the use of force.” (Source, The Guardian)

 

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First African American Headliner at Coachella: Beychella Makes History!

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Coachella had some very talented performers, but nothing topped what Queen Bey brought to the table.  With two hours of performing time and several outfit changes (including nail polish changes), her performance wasn’t just any regular performance at a Grammy Awards show or BET Awards show, but a lesson on cultural pop culture.  If you haven’t seen the performance, you are really missing out on history in the making. Let’s get started on her performance in different categories.  

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The Intro: Crazy in Love

Have you ever been to a homecoming at a HBCU and the everyone couldn’t wait for the bands to perform?  That’s how the intro felt like.  Beyonce came in wearing a very distinct black and gold long chic outfit that represented the leader.  It’s like a band director type of thing that left the crowd speechless walking in and the band wearing yellow shirts with her initials on it.  “BK” 

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While the band performed and the dancers were lit, Queen Bey had enough time to change into her second outfit which displayed the yellow and black sweat shirt and cut up jeans and make shorts with her white boots with fringes on them.  One thing I can honestly say about Beyonce is that she doesn’t need to go all out on her fashion wardrobe to prove a point.  Every outfit she puts together fits her and her taste in fashion.  Get ready for a work out because if you ever watched a step show with the ladies stepping, it is like a work out every time.  Beyonce’s dancers strutted their stuff showing off their potential and moves and long legs I may add stepping with power. Then when Beyonce joined in, it was a wrap!  You can tell that these ladies practiced the routine for about a year prior to the show because their legs almost touched their heads!  This was definitely a performance to see! 

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The Reunion:

 

If you are a true Beyonce fan, then you should already know that her career got started in the group Destiny’s Child that includes Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.  The reunion of Destiny’s Child on stage singing some of their hottest singles such as “Say My Name” and “Soldier” really took us back to the early 200’s! It is great to see the popular girl group come together as one and perform at Coachella.  What were some of your favorite songs by Destiny’s Child?  Mine are from The Writings on the Wall; first album: Say My Name, Bills, Bills, Bills, Bug-a-Boo, Jumpin, Jumpin and Sweet Sixteen.  

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Jay-Z and Bey: Stronger than Ever!

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I love this couple!! They bring so much life when performing and despite some personal issues between the two, they have bounced back stronger than ever and still are great!  On Beyonce’s album: B-Day, she performed one of her songs called “Deja-vu” where it features Jay-Z on the track. I always admire when the two of them performs together because it truly brings life!  They are a prime example of what real love is!  You bounce back from every difficult situation and stay true to the marriage and love.  With the parents of three beautiful children, I am definitely rooting for this couple!  Beyonce changes again to another sexy, but classy outfit with her name on the front.  It’s Bey’s world and we are living in it.  

 

I am my Sister’s Keeper!

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This picture is life and everything!  I thought it was very cool to have Solange performing with Beyonce the last few minutes of her set to the song “Get Me Bodied” also on the B-Day Album.  These sisters were really twerking it out giving you a work-out watching them perform.  Solange was looking very chic in her black two-piece and blonde wig.  

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They were definitely the talk of the show as a dancing duet together spreading that sisterly love.  

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Also on Solange’s performance, Beyonce danced with Solange.  This is one of the sweetest moments ever and will always be cherished in Beychella History!  And once again, you can see that Beyonce has changed up her wardrobe again and adding a black hat to complete her outfit.  

Bey giving us a Fashionista Show!

 Olivier Rousteing is the designer for Beyonce’s five outfit changes during this year’s Coachella performance.  

Which one was your favorite outfit?

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Author Spotlight: Bianca Lynnette

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  • How did your writing journey begin?

I started writing as a pre-teen. I was a quiet child growing up with a lot on my mind, so I resulted to writing poetry.

  • Was writing something you always wanted to accomplish as one of your goals?

Yes, most definitely.

  • What do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?

My number one message for my readers is for them to know that they have the power to speak lyfe no matter what’s going on around them.  I want them to be empowered and to know they have a voice.  It is very imperative that they know how much their voice matters.

  • How many books have you written?

I’ve written and published one book and co-authored on one book.

  • Do you plan to publish more in the future?

I sure do!

  • Have you had any book signings? If so, how did that go? If not, do you plan to have one to connect with new readers?

Yes I’ve had a few book signings and I’ve also sold my books at my events. I think book signings are an awesome opportunity for your readers and supporters to get to know you as both an Author and a person. They get to hear about your mission and I truly believe people support purpose. I do plan to have future book signings because I love connecting to new people and I also plan to add on to my current book.

  • What marketing strategies do you use for your books?

For my marketing strategies I use social media to promote my book, I host events that are centered or include my tagline to help promote my book and I’ve also added shirts to support my Speak Lyfe movement.

  • Are there any challenges getting people to support you?

Yes, unfortunately. I’m grateful for my stream of supporters, however, it definitely can be a challenge.

  • What is your writing style like? Any special places you like to go and write at?

It really depends on what I’m writing. Sometimes I like to write in an open space or outside. At times I like to write to music, it helps me to stay in my zone. My ideal writing location outside of Starbucks would be near water on a beautiful day.

  • How can readers connect with you and buy your books?

They can reach me on fb as Bianca Lynnette Speak Lyfe, IG: Speaklyfe_bianca, my books are available on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble as well as my website Iambiancalynnette.myshopify.com

  • Tell the readers more about the types of books you write? Are some of them based on real life experiences?

“Speak Lyfe: 31 Days to a New You!” will always be a personal favorite of mine. When I was going through a dark place in my life, I literally had to look myself in the mirror and say these exact affirmations everyday for 30 days. This along with daily prayer helped to save my life. In the “Walking in my Identity” book collab I shared on a very personal point in my life that stemmed from me learning to embrace my voice. Overall I prefer to write both about my life experiences and on empowerment but I won’t limit it to that because you never know what God has planned for you.

 

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Author Spotlight: Diane Guntrip

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How did your writing journey begin?

This is a difficult question for me to answer. From a young age I have always been actively involved in some creative pursuit. I trained as a teacher specialising in English and Textiles and taught Textiles for 6 years. Later I became a jewellery designer and also ran a business featuring designer pillows all whilst I continued with my teaching career. There has never been a time when I have not been busy with some form of creativity. So to return to your question, I decided to write short stories, perhaps 15 years ago. There was no idea of publishing. ‘Dear H’ began in a different format to the present diary. The writing was spasmodic and one day, the story had become longer and had transformed into a dairy.

My neighbor’s granddaughters read the manuscript and urged me to publish the book. After submitting it to a few publishers with no offers of a contract, I lost interest. It was not until my circumstances changed, a badly shattered wrist, that led me to re-edit the book and I made the decision to self publish.

Was writing something you always wanted to accomplish as one of your goals?

No, I can’t say it was. I was busy expressing myself creatively in other ways.

What do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?

‘Dear H’ is for young people of aged 10+ although a lot of adults have read and enjoyed the book. It was originally written just as a book to be enjoyed. However, once the book was completed, I saw it in another light. The book is a diary written by 12 year old Amanda who is constantly being bullied. I have been instrumental in presenting workshops in primary schools and the book has proved to be an excellent discussion tool where the students can speak freely on bullying, depression, self-esteem, diary writing and their dreams for the future etc. The book is motivational and inspiring.

‘The Daisy Chain’ is the sequel and is written for girls from 13+ years. Amanda is now a student at a prestigious music academy. She is determined to set up an anti-bullying support group called the Daisy Chain. The book introduces new characters who are experiencing problems of adolescence. Amongst them the reader sympathizes with mental health issues and an unplanned pregnancy. Again, the book is for enjoyment but is full of ‘tips’ and discussion points.

How many books have you written?

So far two, ‘Dear H’ and ‘The Daisy Chain’.

Do you plan to publish more in the future?

I have made a start on ‘Tilly’s Story’. This is the story of how Tilly, in ‘The Daisy Chain’ has to leave the college due to her pregnancy and give up her place at a music conservatorium.

Have you had any book signings? If so, how did that go?

For both of my books I arranged book launches which were held in my local Art Gallery. These were well advertised with guests of honor. Book signings were part of the events. I also sign books when I visit schools to do workshops.

What marketing strategies do you use for your books?

I have a website, www.dianeguntrip.com. Initially for the book launches, I was featured in the local paper and on community radio. I have also been featured in blogs and a recorded radio interview. I use Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. I approach schools and associations to offer to speak.

Are there any challenges getting people to support you?

Yes, especially as the books are self-published. A lot of institutions, some libraries and book fairs do not accept authors who are self-published.

What is your writing style like? Any special places you like to go to write at?

As both books are diaries, I would say they are chatty, easy to read, conversational. I can only write when I am in my study with the door closed!!

How can readers connect with you and buy your books?

I can be contacted via the Contacts Page on www.dianeguntrip.com or directly on dianeguntrip@hotmail.com

For Australian residents the books can be ordered from the website. For elsewhere they are available from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk. Barnes and Noble and the Book Depository.

Tell the readers more about the types of books you write.

My books are fiction and the characters are all from my imagination. However, the issues that are mentioned are all problems that young people can encounter in today’s world. I hope that my books will inspire others to have the strength to follow their dreams.

 

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Writing Tips for the Soul

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I started writing at the age of nine.  Not quite sure how I started though, but God had a plan and He surely blessed me with the gift at a very early age.  I started out writing short stories that embraced my imagination.  Honesty I can’t even remember what I was writing about, but all I knew, I had a real gift that everyone couldn’t have.  Some years later, I became an author publishing my first book in 2012 called A Collection of God’s Word and Motivation (collection of inspiration poetry)  Since then, I’ve published a total of six books.  

I wanted to do something different on my blog geared towards writers (new or old), authors and blogging and of course journalers (I just made that word up lol)  So I decided to do writing tips.  God knows I can still use the help on writing, because every writer isn’t perfect!  Always embrace learning more about writing.  So here we go!

 

Writing Tips to the Golden Soul

  1. Write Consistently– One way to get better at writing is if you are writing at least once a day.  All you need is your notebook, pen or pencil, some music and maybe a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and get to writing.  It doesn’t all have to be in complete sentences, but jotting down your thoughts helps to calm your mind.  Do you normally have various of topics to write on? That helps as well.pexels-photo-302440.jpeg
  2. Keep a Journal– Oh how I love a journal!  I would always journal in high school writing about my day.  I’m not sure why I stopped, but I definitely need to get back into the swing of journaling again.  If you don’t have one, now is the time to invest in a nice journal (preferably from Wal-mart or any bookstore) and write about your day. pexels-photo-261735.jpeg
  3. Read a good book– I think this is the most important thing for writers!  To gather great ideas for a short story or even a novel, reading helps a lot.  I started a good book earlier last month called “Lady Elect 4” which I haven’t finished yet, but is good for my writing skills.  Ask your friends or family for reading suggestions to add to your library and take notes.  pexels-photo-864938.png
  4. Research topics- I love the beauty of the internet because you can search anything if you have a question.  Sometimes if I want more insight and information on the topic I’m blogging on, I go to http://www.google.com and type in the topic.  Use the internet to the best of your ability especially when it comes to writing. pexels-photo-218717.jpeg
  5. Stay focused- Once we get into our very own writing pattern, the rest is history!  Try to at least spend 30 minutes writing about anything.  Never lose focus of your gift.  If you enjoy writing as much as I do, it will come very natural to you. coffee-cup-stack-break.jpg

 

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Can You Stand the Rain?

You are probably wondering about the title and I am currently watching the New Edition Movie and they were performing song.  Well the real question is Can you weather the storm when the Devil tries to knock you off your pedestal or when tests and trials blows your way?  Are you able to stand the storms of a Geo Storm when your mind seems to be confused with everything that comes your way?  It is hard at times and plenty times in my life I wanted to quit and give up everything I have done in my life, including writing thousands of poems and great books.  

Also things got so bad that I tried to commit suicide plenty of times.  When you think you got it bad, look at other’s situations because a lot of people are going through worst things  than you.  I try to remain patient and humble and also looking at the positive outcomes at things.  That’s what we should all do.  People are going to try to knock us off our game every once in awhile, but guess what? YOU GOT THIS! It’s a brand new year and a brand new season! Walk in it NOW! The time to move upward is NOW! 2018 is the year for the Supernatural Turnarounds! 

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