CELEBRATE WOMENS MONTH ON A HIGH

 

Womens Month has been quite humbling this year, I didn’t see too much hype but its great to see more well-known brands embracing women more and more. Inspire has touched on Nike  expanding their clothes for women which will include new a range of sports wear for Muslim women and also we will see more ranges for curvaceous women. GO NIKE!! Inspire has also touched on hair stories around the world as we see more young girls and women accepting their natural hair.

Mothers Day was embraced 26th March and as always I love seeing the pictures and videos of the moms from those I personally know and even celebrities.

Another interesting event which took place last week in Florida was the LWBET (Leading Women Defined conference). The event was hosted by BET Network from 21st March-24th March, where there was numerous of activities, discussions, music and attendees from the Erykah Badu, Kelis and Megan Good to name a few.

Leading Women Defined gathers the most prominent African American women in the country for poignant conversations on issues that matter to them most and their communities. Past LWD participants include luminaries such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Erykah Badu, Robin Roberts, Cicely Tyson, Kamala Harris, Jill Scott, Queen Latifah, Hillary Clinton, Venus Williams, Thelma Golden, Janelle Monae, Regina King, Gabrielle Union, Tracee Ellis Ross, and the late Dr. Dorothy Height.

 

Catch up on what happened herehttp://www.bet.com/shows/leading-women-defined.html

14 BLACK WOMEN WHO HAVE MADE IT IN FILM AND TV

http://www.centrictv.com/entertainment/articles/2015/03/05/14-black-women-who-ve-made-history-in-tv-and-film.html

 

You can also check the tweets https://twitter.com/hashtag/LWDBET?src=hash.

Hopefully Inspire wil be an attendee for the 9th Annual event.

 

 

Lets end Womens Month on a high with poetry from Jade. This a mothers day tribute  from her 52 Fridays segment.

SOCIALS:

IG: @jaderich18

FB: https://www.facebook.com/jade.richard

SnapChat: @jaderich18

Twitter:@JadeThePoet

 

 

 

 

Words By Vanessa Ryan

Links and images credited to BET and Centric TV

Feature Image by Kirsty Artz

WHATS NEW? NEW FAVOURITES/ UPCOMING EVENTS.

 

 

 

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What do you get when you mix snares, kicks and bass? (For those that don’t know a snare is the small double-headed drum that makes like a rattling sound. The kick sound is literally a kick in the beats, it usually breaks everything down).

In this case when you put  snare, kicks and bass you will get Roska and Champion productions. If you love funky house music then you should be familiar with those two names as both have worked across UK funky, house and various bass-heavy club music. Roska and Champion have earmarked themselves as one of the UK’s most accomplished underground exponents.

Read more about Roska here

Champion is best known for creating legendary and timeless beats and basslines that can only be described as the ‘Champion’ sound. Read more about Champion here

The legendary DJ’s/Producers have been cooking up some serious sounds that just sound BAD!!  They have recently uploaded 2 tracks entitled ‘Squiggle/Flame Grilled’. My personal favourite is Squiggle but I like how I  can hear their signature kicks, snares and bass in both tunes and I can identify who’s who in both tracks. Its genius how they have both fused their styles together and come up with Squiggle and Flame Grilled.

CHAMPION DJ

Record label: http://www.formularecords.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/championdj

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Champion_DJ

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Championdj

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Champion_DJ/

Make sure you download the compilation 2010-2016 www.championdj.co.uk

ROSKA

Website: http://www.roskaroskaroska.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoskaOfficial

Bandcamp:https://roska.bandcamp.com/

EVENTS- UPCOMING

DONAEO BIRTHDAY BASH & RECORD LABEL CELEBRATION

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Thursday 2nd February Donaeo is bringing in his birthday and wants YOU to come and celebrate with him!

Rolling out the black carpet at the newly refurbished, legendary Notting Hill Arts Club, Donae’O joins forces with Pardon My Blog & MVMNT SHFT to not only celebrate a great year, but in the process raise money for two fantastic causes close to D’s heart.

ALL proceeds will go to the ACLT charity (raising funds for bone marrow & blood donation & Road To Freedom (aiding refugees fleeing from war-stricken countries, with 50% of all money raised going to each charity.

Book tickets here

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Eric festival is a new type of career’s fair. Forget boring stalls, free pens and recruiters in suits… think  entertainment and relevant content on how to get your dream career in The Creative Industries (Fashion, Film & Media, Music, Publishing, Architecture, Advertising, Gaming, Arts & Culture, Design, Craft).

Inspire mysmile had the pleasure of attending the previous festival, which was very useful for future developments for this blog. This is a free event so get your tickets asap.  Book tickets

Check out the highlights from last years event https://vimeo.com/193352783

More info about Eric Festival http://ericfestival.com/#upcoming

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Words By Vanessa Ryan

ALL ABOUT THE CURVES

It’s back. The models will compete for the Title Ms Curvaceous UK Next Month! This will be a event with Fashion, Music and Entertainment to give you an evening you will never forget! Celebrating women from all different backgrounds and sizes is amazing and I love to see womens confidence and self esteem beam when they realise just how beautiful they actually are.

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For more information about Ms Curvaceous UK 2016 click here http://www.mscurvaceousuk.com

Get your earlybird tickets now before it’s too late http://www.mscurvaceousuk.com/tickets/

 

Follow Ms Curvaceous UK

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MsCurvaceousUK

Tumblr: http://mscurvaceousuk.tumblr.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MsCurvaceousUK

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mscurvaceousuk/

Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/mscurvaceousuk/

 

To keep curves relevent I and so many my friends thought that this catwalk by Addition Elle was brilliant, the models looked fierce. Curves on the catwalk is sexy, as demonstrated by these models for fashion week last month. They looked gorgeous and I hope the fashion industry really changes how plus size is represented and actually represent it more.

Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/superstarmagazine/videos/10154579191797552/

 

 

 

BRANDY SLAYANA TOUR REVIEW

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Last weekend Inspire mysmile had the pleasure of seeing the songress Brandy in concert at Birmingham O2  with performances from the rising star Rebecca James and a bad boy performance from Shakka. On the night was also entertainment from BBC 1xtra DJ Ace who got the audiences out of their seats and were dancing away to throwbacks from the 90’s era. What a night it was!!

Photo credit: Brandy Facebook page

As I was amongst the crowd I over heard quite a few people saying how “Brandy hasn’t aged at all’ she still looks as youthful like back in the Moesha days”.It was touching to hear the crowd sing every song, word for word back to the star. My personal highlight for me was the choreography, there were a few moves that just made me want to jump on the stage and join the dancers. I loved how Brandy and her two male dancers mostly stayed in a 3 formation throughout the night it was seriously entertaining.

Another moment that was very touching and emtional was the tribute the late Whitney Houston, as she took a moment to just reflect and sang parts of the  ‘Shoop shoop’ sound track from the film ‘Waiting To Exhale.’ Although Brandy has some real classics and took us 90’s babies back to when R&B was proper soul, emotional music; There were times where I felt the crowd didn’t connect with Brandy and I think that could be to do with the fact that she did openly say that she is shy and actually the shy, humble and calm vibe did reflect on the stage in the first half but when she came out of shell it was just amazing to watch. To end the concert nicely there was a encore to bring Brandy back on stage, and she came back out with ‘Beggin and Pleadin.’

On thing that I will personally say is that when an artist can sing and perform on the stage as if they are recording in the studio and you hear their true vocals it’s just flawless. Brandy is truly humble, flawless and authentic.

See Inspire’s highlights here.

 

 

 

 

Keep up to date with Musicalize concerts

Website: http://www.musicalize.co.uk

Twitter: @musicalize

Facebook: @musicalize

BRANDY

Website: thenextbrandylife.com

Twitter@4everbrandy

Facebook @4ever

 

 

 

EXCLUSIVE!! THE SLAYANA TOUR BRANDY

 

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Good afternoon readers

Inspire has some exciting news to share. The beautiful multi-talented singer, songwriter Brandy will be getting down @ The Birmingham O2 Academy Saturday 25th June with special guests such as Shakka and Rebecca James. One of the UK’s leading events Musicalize in assosication with MBK Entertainment are bringing the Slayana Tour to the UK. We can expect more than just entertainment as the princess herself will be slaying and giving us all kinds of sexiness.

Check out Brandy prepping for The Slayana Tour (In these streets)

 

Inspire Mysmile will also be covering the concert with a full review and footage. Also you can still buy your tickets from here

http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&aid=773991&user_input=brandy&q=Brandy

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

iTunes: Purchase   Beggin & Pleadin – Single by Brandy
https://itun.es/gb/vA7nab

Website: thenextbrandylife.com

Twitter: @4everBrandy

Facebook Page: @4everbrandy

MUSICALIZE

Website: http://www.musicalize.co.uk

Twitter: @muscialize

Facebook page:@musicalize

ROSA PARKS-THE HIDDEN JOURNEY CASTING CALL

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After the success of 2 sold out shows last year and with HIGH DEMAND!!  The casting auditions for Rosa Parks The Hidden Journey production are set to start this coming Saturday 21st May. This production will be showcased as apart of Black History month in October @ The MAC  (The Midlands Arts Centre).

 

Do you want to be in this  brilliant production?

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Here is what you need to know

 

URGENT CASTING CALL OUT FOR A COMMUNITY STAGE PRODUCTION

DO YOU WANT TO BE PART OF A THOUGHT-PROVOKING CIVIL RIGHTS PLAY DIRECTED BY LORNA LAIDLAW? IF YES, THIS COULD BE FOR YOU, READ ON……….

OPEN AUDITIONS FOR STAGE ACTORS & ACTRESSES, AGE 18 AND ABOVE, BLACK & WHITE, AMATEUR OR EXPERIENCED

SOUTHERN AMERICAN ACCENT ADVANTAGEOUS

MUST BE AVAILABLE FROM JUNE – OCTOBER, FULL COMMITMENT REQUIRED.

The Production will be shown as part of the Black History Month 2016 (October) launch at Midlands Arts Centre (MAC)

AUDITIONS TO BE HELD ON:

SATURDAY 21 MAY 2016, 3PM – 6PM.

PERRY BEECHES BAPTIST CHURCH, PERRY BEECHES ROAD, GREAT BARR, B42 2HF.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL AUDREY ON 07457 168 119

 

For more information you can also leave a comment.

 

Words By Vanessa Ryan

 

 

April & May Highlights- WHATS NEW?


Hi readers

Over the past month Inspire has been pretty quiet but busy behind scenes, hence why there has been lack of posts. Inspire took small break so that it can research and look for n great entertaining content and also be inspired by new features. I hope the regualar readers still continue to follow and support and if you are a new reader, Welcome to Inspire Mysmile :).

 

Last month Inspire went to watch the badass, firey and tipped for ‘Ones to watch 2016’ Ray Blk perform at her first headline show at the Hoxton Bar& Kitchen.  Supporting artists included Tiana Major who stunned the crowd with her young  vocals and I must say from start to end it was 100% great entertainment.  I kind of like how the show was a all female line up with Siobhan Bell  on the decks. We was also in for a treat with  performances from Avelino and Stormzy.

Ray Blk

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Ray has had great responses for 50/50 and is in progress of making her latest single ‘My hood’ which features Stormzy another hit. We can only hope that her album will follow sometime this year.

Check out the highlights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/RayBLK_

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/RayBlkMusic/

Purchase ‘My Hood’ on itunes here https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/my-hood-feat.-stormzy-single/id1110793262

 

 

 

MAY

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Couple weeks ago (2nd May) I attended the Natural Hair Week Event which was packed with good valuable nutritional information about afro hair. I went away with lots of GOODIES. I was very to purchase some Cantu products from the distributors as I find there is a massive difference in buying products from distributors to buying them in the ” Hair Beauty” shops.

There was great workshops, fantastic hair and fashion show where all the models were rocking african print designs. It was so beautiful to see a lot of the attendees were all embracing their natural hair,(except for me as I had weave unfortunately).

I was particualy inspired by Dr Lola Akingbola, I left with her book.

 

Dr Lola Akingbola is a Nigerian-born Medical Doctor based in London, UK with a special interest in hair and skin. Author of “8 Weeks to Longer Hair” and releasing her second book, “The Transitioning Handbook” this year. With her Masters in Clinical Dermatology from Cardiff University, she shares her knowledge of haircare online on www.lolascurls.com.

Unfortunately I didn’t get much photos as I was so engrossed and excited I actually FORGOT that this was going to be apart of the blog.. oops!!

However please feel free to check out some of the information here.

Workshops at Natural Hair Week UK 2016

 

I will also update this post with more images, please stay posted.

Words By Vanessa