Hi Readers,

We are well into the swing of October. This month is packed with so many events and new music releases coming out.

Let me just give you guys the update on Mabels concert. It was such a good look for her, I was surprised to see how much people actually like Mabel and knew every song word for word.  I was also so pleased to see Mahalia perform live, as you know I have been championing her music.

See the instagram page @inspiremysmile for footage.

Here are the lowdown of events coming up..






Spanning from segregated 1846 America right up to the death of Sarah Reid in the UK in 2016, Freeman features a mix of high-energy physical theatre, acappella singing, humour and powerful drama to create an extraordinarily moving and affecting experience.

Tickets from £10 (Fees may apply)

Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
Box office 0121 236 4455




Tickets £25+


Support acts Donae’o, Andrew Roachford, Gabrielle Aplin


SEE Ticket outlets for tickets


From TV presenter and co-founder of the Women: Inspiration and Enterprise Network, June Sarpong MBE, comes an intelligent and empowering polemic which argues the case for how limited we are by social division while inspiring us to make a change.

An evening with June Sarpong



FREE but you must book in advance

Waterstones Birmingham, 
24-26 High Street
Birmingham B4 7SL
Box office 0121 633 4353

To reserve a seat please call Waterstones Birmingham 0121 633 4353




More events and music will be up next week.


Keep updated with the Inspire Mysmile

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Twitter @funkynessa


Words by Vanessa Ryan









Hi Readers.

As we are coming to the end of summer.  Winter is coming upon us, this is also the season where see a lot of events such as concerts, awards & charity ceremonies and various other events. Also BLM (Black History Month) where we use the month of October to educate and celebrate Black history in the UK by expressing our creativity. Over the next coming weeks and months I will be posting various events that are taking place here in Birmingham and also in other cities in the UK.

This post is solely for events and performances that are coming up in Birmingham (UK).


Introducing Birmingham’s First Music Industry Mixer Event …
Inviting all Creatives to Promote, Network and Connect!

This is your opportunity to :

-Share, Connect and Promote your Services within the Music Industry

-Watch Live Performances


-Network and Interact with Like Minded People

-Showcase your Skills, Talents and Services on stage

-Listen to Inspirational Speakers

-Enjoy a Fantastic After Party with DJ Darny Ranx

-Win Studio Time, Radio Air Time + Many More Raffle Prizes

If you would like to showcase your skills/services on the night, please Contact Us –, this is on a first come first serve basis.

For tickets and more information about this event please click






WEDS 4th October Mabel will be performing in Birmingham @ 02 Institute2. Performing her the tracks from the ‘Bedroom EP’, including the new single “Finders Keepers”. Mabel is currently doing a mini UK Tour, supporting artist Mahalia.  Read my April post about Mabel NEW FAVOURITES

Purchase your tickets

Bedroom is out now on digital outlets


cadets tour

Cadet is finally doing a mini UK tour and will be in Birmingham Thursday 7th December  with special guests. Cadet is an artist that I have been excited about for ever since his letter to Krept COUSIN LOVE and his growth in the last 12+ months has been so inspiring. The freestyle, performances around the UK and recently the release of “The commitment 2” album are proof of how much hard work truly pays off.  Inspire is hoping to get an interview with Cadet ahead of his performance.  Check out his latest freestyle #forthep***ychallenge. For the bants and jokes its worth a watch and probably the best one so far that’s come from this challenge.

purchase your tickets

Commitment 2 is out now


I will be posting more events next week so keep a look out for them.


NEW FAVOURITES will be up next week too.

Thank you for reading.



Vanessa Ryan



Hello readers.

Over the past few months I have been apart of a meet up/project with the BBC where we have shared brilliant local and international news and looking at how to get positive news on to the BBC networks. I have met some amazing young women who are all passionate about media and  sharing great stories and one of them is a lady called Jeba Ali who recently did the “Big Chop”. Jeba donated all 17 inches of her hair to the Little Princess Charity which makes wigs for children experiencing hair loss.

“My hair is very personal to me and it’s part of my identity,”

Read more about Jeba’s hair story here courtesy of the BBC England


“History is being made”: the mum fronting an #afrovisibility campaign to encourage black females to embrace their natural hair. Via BBC London


After deciding they were not being represented in the magazines they read, a group of young Canadians decided to create their own.

Black Girl’s Magazine contains a collection of articles and cartoons written by the students, aged 9 to 13.


Watch as five girls who always straighten their natural hair get back to their curly roots with celeb hairstylist Vernon François


Inspire is very keen on sharing more creativity and positivity so please get in touch.

Stories courtesy of BBC England. Thank you Jeba and to the BBC for sharing these stories.


If you or know someone who would like to be featured in Womens Month please email




By Vanessa Ryan



Hi Readers

Today I am shining the spotlight on SBE Designs  who has your cd covers, flyers, cartoon artwork, banners, logos etc all covered. SBE Designs prides on being professional, fast and all reliable.
The set rates are affordable, at only £15 (per) design. 

He also designed my personal logo and for years he has supported me and my vision for Inspire Mysmile and I would personally like to say THANK YOU for your consistent support.





Words By Vanessa Ryan



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About a week ago I caught one of the most realist spoken word pieces on twitter by a creative called Mim Shaikh.  Some of you maybe familiar with Mim as he is also a radio broadcaster for BBC 1xtra Sat-Sun 6-10am and BBC Asian Network Thursday 9pm-12am. Mim Shaikh wrote an open letter to his mom who battles with depression from being in an abusive relationship.

I wrote this sincere and honest open ‘Letter To My Mother’ where I express my most honest thoughts and feelings towards our lacking relationship whilst growing up. This is dedicated to anyone who has or is still growing up in similar broken family situations and to every human being on this earth who seeks perfection in themselves by looking inwards – Mim Shaikh


“Letter to Mom” really resonates with me personally and you all know how fond I am of open letters as previously I featured my personal open letter  COUSIN LOVE  which was inspired by Cadet’s letter to his cousin Krept (rap duo Krept and Konan). Funny enough Cadet retweeted Mim Shaikh’s “Letter to mom” and I checked it out and it just instantly touched me because the story was so similar to my own. I  have family members who battle with psychological issues. Watching someone who I love and gave me life that lives with depression, anxiety or schizophrenia for most of their adult life is hard, as we almost become strangers because they don’t really acknowledge YOU sometimes because they are locked in their own world. I realised that these particular family members actually dont know the simplest things about me such as my favourite meal or colour.

Listening to Mim’s story, the part where he says ‘I don’t know your favourite colour and you dont know mine.’ I remember one day I asked my mom to tell me something that I like, and  she never really knew what my favourite colour was. I remember thinking about my other friends when their family used to mention somethings about them and nearly everyone knew their favourite colour. After listening to this spoken piece I really felt OK knowing that there are people who have similar stories like mine. It’s become the norm to share your stories not as a sob story but in a way that really touches home for a lot of people.

Thank You Mim Shaikh









It’s been a minute since I have heard Cherri V sweet vocals after such her fantastic EP “Athazgoraphobia”so I was very intrigued to hear Cherri’s new project “The Hard Drive Vol.1” which is a collection of 5 unreleased songs. What I like about Cherri V is that it doesn’t matter how long she hasn’t released new material for, I like that she maintains peoples interest and she brings that extra sparkle to music.  Cherri’s vocals is soft and so interesting that even if I may not like all of the songs, I know that I have to listen to every single song. Another thing that I like is that I can tell that by the way Cherri sings I know she has written her songs or just naturally puts her passion into every track.

My personal favourite is #1 as it’s a real womans track and lyrics reflect that  ‘I AM’ no 1.








Let know your thoughts on this weeks blog posts. Next blog will feature New Favourites so send me some of you suggestions.



Instagram: @funkynessa


Words by Vanessa Ryan





Good afternoon readers as you can probably tell we are now into July and english weather should get better right?  Also the deadline for the DJ ‘S Summer mix is now over.

As from today YOU the readers around the globe can vote for your favourite mix to hold the title of ‘Inspire’s Summer Mix 16’. 

Voting rules

You listen or download the mixes

Once you have decided which mix you LOVE

You can vote by either leaving a comment below stating the title of your favourite and the words ‘Summer mix 16’

Vote via  Twitter

Thank you to the DJ’s who took time out to send me their mixes and be apart of this fun competition.

Here are mixes

DJ Lomi 30 Minute mash-up mix (June edition)

Mixture of old and new RnB, hip-hop. This is a good commercial mix, perfect for house parties, special occasions and just general feel good summer tunes.



Twista DJ The Summer Pool Party 2016

This will 100% get you in the mood for summer BBQs, pool parties etc

It contains current tunes and the odd classic gems that makes it acceptable to still dance to.

DJ Demz (TG4U) Let Me Reintroduce Myself Old Skool RnB & hip-hop mix

If you love your old skool tunes and love to reminisce then this might be your favourite.


DJ JIGGA SUMMER SIXTEEN PT2 ( Grime, Garage &House)

Loving Grime at the minute? This perfect for those summer festivals and all day parties that you have planned for. If you are feeling this mix please vote.

Deadline for voting ends Sunday 10th July. The winner will announced Monday 11th July. Remember your votes are only valid by leaving comments stating the mix title saying’Summer mix 16′

OR Via Twitter Click on my PINNED Tweet where you can vote


Looking forward to announcing the winner.


Words By Vanessa Ryan



Hi readers


First of all thank you to all the readers and artists that have been emailing and sharing  Inspire Mysmile and continue to reguarly check the page for new features whilst inspire is taking a break so that we can provide new and fresh content for YOU!!


I wanted to share this new feature called Sister For Life which is led by a group of inspiring ladies that have set out to make a difference to those who maybe less unfortnate. Their aim was to raise £300 which would help pay for small useful materials such as pens, books, shoes etc for young children in Ghana. The funds were raised and the mission was completed by  a friend of the blog and artist Flavia who was also  featured on Inspire last month. This project is just so admirable and refreshing to see whilst so much is happening in the world today.

Inspire caught up with our girl Flavia to find out more about Sister For Life and how her goal was achieved.

What is  Sister For Life

Making a difference one step at a time. The aim is to supply, encourage and support children teachers and schools around the Globe.


Why the name Sister for Life?


 I thought how relatable would it be to describe the love of a sibling, I’m a sister myself  and the love I have for my younger sister is a nurturing caring one, I’m here to support and also to have a laugh with. This is exactly how I want my organization to come across, when people relate the experiences they’ve had with me and others involve I want the words Loving, Caring and Exciting to Echo.

I was born in Italy to Ghanaian parents. I’ve always been in tune with my roots.

Living in a challenging country that was still getting used to immigrants, I always warmed up to anything that helped my parent’s country as I identified myself more of an African.

I’ve always been sceptical of certain charity organizations that have raised money and gave promises that the receiving countries have never seen materialize. Cause of that I’ve always been reluctant to donate to TV ads or get fully involved.

They say if you don’t like how things are, do something about it. This is exactly what I decided to do. I thought I might not be this massive organization yet but how about I start small.  I love kids and I thik education is really imporant.  I love how positive teachers can be and the massive impact investing in the youth benefits society.

I decided to target my generosity towards schools, kids and teachers.


Go Fund Me campaign



In  January  I decided I wouldn’t delay anymore with my idea of helping children,  thanks to a group of ladies I associate myself with

I knew I couldn’t do it on my own and although the intentions wa there and all good the funds to do this mission wasn’t there. I set up which is a perfect platform for people to raise money for good personal cause and gets the word out easily and professionally.  All I really needed was £300, so there it was on a page explaining my mission and asking for friends and family help to achieve it.

the bible says “ there’s more happiness in giving than in receiving”- Acts 20:35

I also started a Instagram page that explained my goal

“my goal is to take a suitcase full of books pens colours anything a child would use and enjoy alongside funds to donate to schools for repairs or any activities needed “

Within  4 weeks over 33 individuals helped me raise the money, books where donated and money was the use to buy packs to give to individuals.

So amazing I will forever be grateful for every pound and kind word I’ve received.


March/April 2016 trip to Ghana 


First stop thanks to a friend’s suggestion I visited a nursery called TINY ANGELS in the capital ACCRA, The children were so cute in their pink uniforms, it really was adorable and the workers where very friendly, they welcomed me and praised me which was slightly embarrassing as I don’t do well with compliments.




They were surprised someone on holiday would randomly pop up with stuff to donate out the blue, no strings attached no contacts and emails was exchanged and we intend to keep in contact for future exciting projects.



On the way home I was regularly bumping into street kids some didn’t even have shoes, I had a bag full of packs as the school didn’t need all the ones I had so a spontaneous decision was made to just start giving them out to any kids I came across within the matter of 10 minutes I tiny crowd started to form around me all asking for pencils so they can use it to study and draw.
It was a very overwhelming moment as I realised how simple things can make such a massive impact on these little children, all I kept hearing was  “God bless you Miss” priceless moments I will cherish for life.

In a world where so many people are ungrateful this trip thought me a valuable lesson as to how we need to value what we currently have.


Few days later I manage to get a trip to the  Accra neighbouring town Koforidua, which also happens to be where my grandfather is from.

First stop was a basic school in mile 50. The head teacher Agnes was more than surprise yet again a grateful face welcomed and hugged me, commended me for the initiative and appreciated the donation and packs.



We manage to go in the classes and see the focus and seriousness of the students and how much they valued education.


Last stop was a Anglican primary school  , this school was the one that needed help the most. It was heart breaking for me by the time I reached them my resources where limited but I manage to give every book and pack I had left to them , and they was so thankful my promise to them is that I would return in future and I vow to keep it.

I shared all the pencils I had left  and distributed it amongst the classes the teacher was also explaining to me how much the students that attend are in need of help but highlighted how smart and creative they where.


Overall I had the most amazing time and plan to carry on with this journey, god has truly blessed my initiative and efforts to help one another, and I hope I’ve inspired others to do the same.

Our motto is:

“Making a difference one step at a time”

No matter how big or small your will to help someone else is and no matter how little or how much you can give we can all have a impact in someone else life.


What are  the future goals for ‘Sister For Life’ do you plan to take it to other countries in Africa and outside of Africa?


Flavia: I want it to be a nation wide organisation pushing other young ones to do the same  even help them so they can do so alongside sister for life . I’m trying to reach out to other Africans and young ones from different origin so I can take sister for life in more places Nigeria would be lovely , Jamaica is another one on my list .
 Whilst you were in Ghana what inspired your smile?

The kids faces literally the expression of another human being saying thank you and genuinely meaning It , I nearly cried cause it was so easy and simple to provide the school packs with pencils , definitely will be doing it again.

I know you as the singer-songwriter Flavia, is Sister for life one of many projects you are working on?
I’m currently working on releasing a new dance music video but I’ve had to humble myself and I’m now  trying to juggle one thing at a time so what I do is good enough
What advice would you give to someone who is planning on doing the same as what Sister for life did in Ghana?
Don’t be scared do it , you don’t know how a simple act of kindness can actually change someone’s life for he better , don’t be scared to ask for help and don’t be creative.



Keep up to date with Sister For Life


Instagram: @sisterforlifepage   #SSFLP




Words by Flavia- Sister For Life


Edited by Vanessa Ryan