I’m broken, restless and tired of being sick of tired of black racism in the “land of the free”. Stop killing our black men!

I’ve been quiet, but as I sit here watching graphic content and reading these articles about Philando Castile, an innocent black man who was shot in front of his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter and died later, I can’t help but cry and pray for his family and for this anger I feel to go away.

Stop treating our black men like they are wild animals. Stop judging them like they are less than because their hustle to feed their family is selling CD’s and because they’re driving a car with a busted tail light. Stop! JUST STOP!

The 4-year-old daughter of Philando Castile’s girlfriend shattered my heart when she said to her mommy, “It’s okay mommy. It’s okay, I’m right here with you.” She saw her mommy’s boyfriend get shot, then watched her mommy scream a prayer asking God to please not let him be dead.

Let’s marinate on what this little girl will have to go through for the rest of her life….Does anyone care?

As you pray for the families of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, please pray for me too because this middle class, cum laude college graduate and raised-right black woman is mad as hell and am standing with my beYOUtiful black brothers with my fist lifted high to the sky shouting, “I’m Black and I’m Proud.”

Things must change and it starts with us joining hands for justice for our own. After all, one of those men could’ve easily been my father, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin or friend. Be a voice and stand up for what’s right! That’s it and that’s all.

One of these men could've been my father, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin or friend and I'm restless.

One of these men could’ve been my father, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin or friend and I’m restless.

Clearly, Philando Castile and his mom were close.

Clearly, Philando Castile and his mom were close.

Clearly, Alton Sterling was a family man.

Clearly, Alton Sterling was a family man.

#PhilandoCastile #AltonSterling #BlackLivesMatter #StayWoke #FedUpSister #PoliceThePolice #beYOUtiful #blackisbeautiful #ThingsChange #RealBlogTalk #ThursdayTalkBack #BlogWithMe

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Is your home cluttered? Is your computer cluttered with loads of old emails? Is your cell phone cluttered with tons of old texts and voicemails? Is your car cluttered with loads of junk in the trunk (no pun intended…lol) and/or backseat that’s yours and not your kids? Is your brain cluttered with past thoughts? Is your closet cluttered with clothes that you are hoping to fit in again? Is your storage cluttered with old everything? Are you still trying to save a dead relationship, be it platonic or intimate? Are you rolling with a crowd of naysayers? And lastly, do you have a job that you hate going to? Ponder on these questions for a few seconds and then proceed.

If you answered yes to one of these questions, you are in some way blocking your own blessings in life. I’m talking to myself too y’all, so this is not a judgement blog. It’s a self reminder and a let’s help each other do better blog. You see the more we hold on to people and things that no longer serve us, enhance us spiritually, physically, mentally and creatively and allow us to live in a positive space, the more cluttered and distracted we become from our true calling in life. We tend to live in “what could and should be” happening for us instead of just being. We must stop blaming others and take responsibility for our own clutter and flip the script to make a change. Really really start by looking at the Man and Woman In The Mirror. Be true to thine own self and watch how your life starts to change for the better. Strive to be the change you want to see. That’s it and that’s all. I hope this blog encourages someone, other than myself, to release the clutter and allow space for your greatness to shine.

Here’s my inspiration for this blog:

Clutter Free In Maui!

Clutter Free In Maui!


Prior to writing this blog, I deleted over seven thousand emails in one account alone. That’s a damn shame. The minute I released them, ten emails from “fans” over seas came pouring in welcoming me back to the music scene and one specifically from a fan showing that she preordered “Things Change” and then gifted it for five friends on iTunes. See, it’s the simple things in life that fuel my fire. I’m so grateful I listened to that inner voice that said, “LaTonya even though it’s 1:30am and you have a flight to catch to the Essence Festival in a few hours, you don’t need to buy more storage for your phone and computer, you need to delete all those old emails in your website account”. Lord knows all I wanted to do was go to sleep, but that inner voice knew I needed to delete those emails in order to write this blog. Change requires sacrifice and isn’t it funny how we jump to do the things we want to do, but procrastinate on the things we need to do? Mmmh…something else to think about.

I’m out y’all. Gotta get an hour of sleep before Uber arrives.

There will be no blog next week, but I’d love to hear your testimonies on one simple thing you uncluttered and how it blessed you and let’s keep the dialogue going. Share your comments here and let’s help each other do better at wearing our wisdom and not our woes. Sharing is caring. Love Y’all!

And remember, my new single “Things Change” is Available Now on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and Bandcamp. Click Here To Get Your Copy Today.

#WearItWednesday #WednesdayWisdom #ThingsChange #beYOUtiful #GreatnessIsInUsAll #SharingIsCaring #TheTruthShallSetYouFree #FoodForTheSoul #LaTonyaHolmes #BlogWithMe #LoveIsLove

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Today I woke up sad, depressed and angry because as an Indie Artist I have so much to say and share with the world starting with my new single “Things Change”, but most people would rather support a record talking about sex, violence and ignorance than one set out to empower, uplift and heal. I was sad over those who haven’t supported the single, depressed over the Indie Artist financial woes of not being able to fund this record to promote it the way I really want to promote it and just flat out angry with all the folks who took the time to write how much they “love the record” on my FB pages, but when I asked them to share these same reviews on iTunes and Amazon in hopes of helping the song be featured to spread this empowering message, only 22 of those folks to date have done so and many sent lame inbox excuses and some just ignored me all together. Very interesting and good to know, might I add. So today I woke up feeling some kind of way, but now I realize being sad, depressed and angry with those folks is the devil’s way of trying to distract and hinder me from my true calling and intent hands down.

Grateful!

Grateful!

I reminded myself that I didn’t write, record and release “Things Change” for a review, although they do help tremendously. I did all of the above to touch lives, save souls and prayerfully help this hurting world start loving themselves first again and to stop settling and taking innocent lives because someone hurt them, bullied them, ignored them or simply didn’t love them. Love yourself first…beYOUtiful! You are love, light, beYOUtiful and God’s child. Walk in that and the rest will come. So to all those who’ve previewed, bought and reviewed “Things Change”, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart and will only focus on you and the good. I know you love me and support me and that’s what matters most! And to all the Press who’ve shown me and this record love to date, YOU are a God-send. Thank YOU for understanding, believing in and supporting my honesty and “Things Change”.

I can’t and won’t worry about those who haven’t and won’t support this record. You see this song is bigger than me and you because God wrote it. I’m simply His messenger and passenger doing what He tells me to do as He coordinates His plan and steers the wheel. My prayer to Him before, during and after “Things Change” was recorded was “Lord, please take the wheel. Please guide me every step of the way and if ever you feel like this song shouldn’t be exposed to the world, stop it from happening.” His results have been just the opposite and then in the midst of my storm this morning, He sent these voices of angels on Earth to speak to me:

My Marketing Guru Thornell Jones said, “You’re BRILLIANT. You have extraordinary engagement with the people who are in your circle. It’s remarkable. Don’t be depressed. You’ve touched a chord with people!” Indie Artist and Actor Terron Brooks said, “Be encouraged. God sees you like a billboard and loves everything about you. He’s all that matters and His plans for you are Sure.” And my best Brother-Friend, Director and Actor Rufus Bonds Jr. said, “Thank God for the many blessings you have today. Rebuke this situation and claim that it ends now as you break through to the other side. You are unstoppable. You are a force and the universe has to honor that. I love you and you inspire me.” So right now, today, I claim the Victory and Glory over all the demons pulling at me and my mind. I am rich in all God has already done for me, the beYOUtiful people He’s put in my life and for my family who has supported me from day one and continues to encourage me even when I want to throw in the towel. I know that my honesty and obedience will make it’s way to those who are suppose to hear my message and THAT is priceless to me.

This morning I started out feeling mighty low, helpless and useless, but now I feel empowered, recharged and beYOUtiful. How can I be of service to you today? Thank you for Loving Me Just For Me and for sharing this journey with me. I Love Y’all! God is all the review I need and I’m rolling with Him until He says it’s over!

#WednesdayWisdom #WearItWednesday #ThingsChange #beYOUtiful #LoveIsLove #NeverQuit #Believe #FaithWithoutWorksIsDead

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This song is not a diss to any father out there.  It’s simply a tribute to my daddy and a plea asking all father’s to take responsibility and be a part of your child’s life no matter what your situation is with his or her mom.  I don’t have any kids, but I LOVE kids.  And at the end of the day, they are our future.  Even though producer, writer and arranger, Herschel Boone and I recorded this song back in 2008, I believe the message is timeless and will forever speak to the masses.  After all, it’s based on a true story of a close single mother friend of mine and the bar my daddy set for me growing up.  I hope it touches your soul.  And ya never know, it may just end up on my upcoming new EP with a new arrangement.

Click Here To Listen To “Daddy Is A Man”.

#FathersDay #tribute #FlashbackFriday #FamilyMatters #love #realtalk #empowerouryouth #daddyslittlegirl #latonyaholmesmusic

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Whatever obstacles you are going through, please know that in the end, everything will work out in your favor.  I know because doctors told me I should’ve been dead, I’d never regain vision in my left eye and that my chances of ever performing again were slim to none.  While under the care of four doctors a week for two consecutive years and tired of being sick and tired, a part of me gave up.  But once I put it all in God’s hands and really started to rebuild my confidence with the help of my incredible doctors, family and close friends, I began to change my mindset!!!

Sometimes when you’re going through hell, it’s hard to see and believe things will get better.  Trust me, I felt the same way! However, as soon as I made up my mind to HAVE FAITH, GET UP, FIGHT BACK and THROW AWAY the victim attitude, the positives began to outweigh the negatives.  As a result, I can truly say all those obstacles, I now call “TESTS”, have given me a TESTimony!!  Without the test, I wouldn’t have a testimony…and my testimony is I’M BACK and better than ever – physically, spiritually, mentally and creatively!  I hope I’ve encouraged someone and ask that you will Click Here to hear my story on how I overcame a life threatening obstacle and JOIN ME on my journey to making a dream come true.  Be Blessed!

 

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Never give up on your dreams!  And never let any obstacle, no matter how big or small, stop you from believing you can achieve anything your heart desires.

I am so grateful to be working Narada Michael Walden and Allee Willis!  I have dreamed of this moment coming to fruition for years and now it’s happening!!  It’s really happening y’all. Pinch me somebody!!!  Be Blessed!

 

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