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What’s in her mind? (She Speaks Edition)

Thursday, 10 October 2019
Following my book release, I wanted you guys to understand the vibe for each poem, which is why I’ve created a small selection of songs, which reflect each poem.

Each poem was written at a different point in my life.

Swim Good - Frank Ocean 
Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson
Mirrors - Justin Timberlake

Broken Clocks-  SZA
Hurry Teyana Taylor

End of Time Beyoncé 

Nobody’s Perfect - JCole
Switch 6Lack
Stronger Than Ever - Raleigh Ritchie

Big When I was little - Eliza Doolittle
Brown Skin Girl - Beyoncé
Vry Black- Jamila Woods

Girl can’t be herself - Alicia Keys
Normal Girl - SZA
Someone Like You - Adele

Insecure - Jazmine Sullivan 
Make it Out - NAO
I believe in you - Jay Prince

Superwoman - Alicia Keys
As I Am - H. E. R 
Grown Woman - Beyonce

Crown Kelly Rowland
4 women - Nina Simone 
Thursday - Jess Glynne

King Kunta - Kendrick Lamar
Queen Tings - Masago
Family - Popcaan 

Video - India Arie
Miss Independant - Ne Yo
Sexy Lady - Jessie J

Girl - Destinys Child
Run the world - Beyoncé 
Go Gina - SZA

Say My Name - Destinys Child
It Girl - Pharrell
Spice Girl - Amine

Nubian Queen - Wyclef
Sam7a - Lil Freeny
Pearl of the Nile

Another Lifetime - Nao 
Bridge of Troubled Water - Aretha Franklin
Stole Kelly Rowland

Nao - Orbit
A Long Walk - Jill Scott
Meant to be - TLC

Boy does nothing - Alesha Dixon
Boyz - MIA
If I was a boy- Beyonce

Hard Place - HER
That’s why I still love you- Missy Elliott 
Complicated- NAO

Love Yourz - JCole
That’s Love - Oddisee
F you I love you, - Kyle

Special Delivery - Bridget 
Sorry - Beyoncé 
I wish I missed my ex - Mahalia

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She Speaks Book

Thursday, 3 October 2019

After 4years, I am so excited to share this moment with all of you.

I have been writing a poetry book full of my life experiences and I am so happy to say it's finally done and ready for you to read.

I have had so much fun developing this book from start to finish and the fact that I am self-publishing it, makes me feel truly invincible.

In the words of Maya Angelou; 

"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it..."

So without further ado, She Speaks is now available on Blurb! Link bellow.

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Treat Yourself

Friday, 27 September 2019

Why treat yourself?

I feel that every once in a while when you have worked and you need a break, treat yourself.

It can be something as small as having an in-home spa day of putting on a face mask and watching your favorite movie to uplift you, splurging out on a new piece of clothing or jewelry that you have once desired or even going to a new restaurant/cafe and stepping out of your comfort zone to experience new flavors that you would have never tried before.

If you don't celebrate yourself now, when will you be able to live life and fully enjoying it?

So with that being said, my birthday is only a few days away and I decided to treat myself to something special every day just to perk myself up and to celebrate my successes from the crazy year I've had, which started today with being pampered by Clifton Photographic Company

I applied for one of their deals about a month ago without any intention of getting called back, but to my surprise, they did and I decided with my book release, why not treat myself to a pampering session and photoshoot with them the week before my birthday?

So I set a theme of paying a tribute to some of my favorite females;

With my vision in mind, I arrived at the studio and I was treated like a queen. By that I mean they prepared me for the day and offered me tea/coffee/water..etc and then escorted me to my own personal hair and makeup stylist; Katrina Tuktareva, who did an amazing job of doing my make up for the day. To the point, where I didn't recognize myself.

Once that was completed, I have then whisked away to the photography studio, where Lenka Mikulova did a phenomenal job of capturing the right images based off my vision boards.

Here is a sneak peak of the complimentary image I received;

If you wish to have the same experience, check out their website!

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Self Love Trip

Friday, 30 August 2019

As we step into the last few months of 2019, this is when we need to sit down and reflect on how far we have come and look at what we need to do to finish with a bang.

For me, I've had a few bumps in the road with juggling work, health, religion, family and my social life and it wasn't easy. I had to take steps back in order to move forward, whether that be confronting my past mistakes in order to be happy mentally, press pause on certain situations and just say "NO" to opportunities that were not worth pursuing.
 I even had to transfer to a smaller store from working in a flagship store just to stay on top of the day to day operations. This did, in fact, cause me stress, which took a giant toll on my body and slowed me down and allowed me to fully focus on myself for the time being.

It's been a crazy journey being in a new city and managing all of these situations.
But what would life be without these difficult times allowing me to become a stronger person?

However, we also need to spend time to treat ourselves and just focus on us.
Celebrate us.
Heal Us.
Embrace us.
Love Us.

So for the previous bank holiday weekend, I decided to take a short trip to Marbella/Malaga to visit my family out there, as well have some quiet time for myself.

I have no regrets with this decision, as most of my friends and people I know were in London for the Nottinghill Carnival and since I've already experienced this before, I thought of having a "Self Love" Trip.  So nothing but me and my creative thoughts and having some self-reflection on what I would like to do next in life and how can I change to become a better person.

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The Kandake

Sunday, 4 August 2019

( Images from Tayeb Hijo, Eddy Omr, Boutique Denana, and various Sudanese artists/photographers.) 

The Kandake means "great woman", a royal term given to the leader of Meroe and the Kingdom of Kush, which we now know it as "Sudan". 

I never understood what it meant and I didn't understand that my name has great power of being named after the country of Azza (Sudan). 

As a creative, I have the power to uphold this meaning as well as being a Nubian queen in a new way. 

The Kandake

She keeps hold of her traditions, yet she remains herself.

She is the voice of the people.

A decent of leadership.

A symbol of greatness and what the future will become.

A superhero with a cape for purity, freedom and peace.

She fights for the her people and will not rest until the villains are caught and brought to justice.

She is a kandake

An African queen

A Nubian princess.

She is the star that people follow at night, when all hope is lost.

She is fearless.

She is a warrior

She is the kandake.

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The Pride Lands

Saturday, 27 July 2019

When I was younger, I felt like @lionking was the best movie ever created. There was something about the messages in the movie always stayed with me for life. For example; Simba's life journey of discovering who he really as a king, resonated with me heavily and inspired me to write an essay about it.

Lion King Effect Essay Link: https://azzaurbanista.blogspot.com/2017/01/lion-king-effect.html

Even with the second movie and understanding how Nala struggled to accept herself with her family were shielding her, as well as falling in love with someone who was outside of her circle and allowing them to see what she sees in them. 

These movies are worth watching at different aspects of your life to help you understand life in new ways. I've watched them when I was younger, as a teen and now as an adult and each time I understand myself more and more.

Now let's fast forward to 20 years later and I feel it’s my duty to watch the remake and hopefully it will inspire the new generation like it did for me.

Jungle Week

With that in mind, I set myself a creative challenge of dressing up in jungle inspired outfits for the whole week.

Here are the highlights of the best looks;

Remake Review

Film Rating: 6.5/10

 After watching the film last weekend, I've given it a 6.5/10 for the effort made to the film. I understand that no one can ever make a film like that. But I felt it came down to the casting wasn't quite right. Here are a few examples of what I mean;

  • Scar was voiced by Jeremy Irons in the 1994 original version. But in the remake Chiwetel Ejiofo made his character much darker and less Whitty and making him less "villian like". He was supposed to be the charcater that everyone dislikes at the end of the movie. But I didn't feel that way after watching it.

  • The Hyeenas (Shenzi, Banzai and Ed)  voiced by Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin and Jim Cummings in the original movie. These 3 were the jokers of the film and I still refer to their banter like comedy. Whereas in the new version,  Florence Kasumba, Eric Andre and Keegan Michael- Key didn't quite have the same energy, due to the lack of scenes they had in the movie. If they had more scenes, it would have worked out better.

  • Timon and Pumba voiced by Ernie Sabella and Billy Eichner in the original movie, now voiced by Seth Rogan and Nathan Lane, tried to bring the same energy as the original and I will give them credit for that, needed a bit more work. 

What I will say is JD Mcray as baby simba nailed it! I felt as though I went back in time to when I was a kid watching The Lion King for the very first time. His acting and vocals were on point, same with everyone else.

In conclusion, nothing will ever beat the remake of the lion king. But it's worth watching if you are a fan and drawing up your own conclusion from the film and understanding which parts of the film will stay with you forever.

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