Motivation Monday – Karen McWatters (Boston Strong) Congrats to all the Runners of the Boston Marathon!!!


When the first bomb went off, Karen McWatters was only a few feet from the blast. That blast took a great deal from Karen, but what it gave her would help make a difference in the life of a person she had never met.

Poetry & Art – The Climb



Poetry & Art – Collateral Damages


Poetry & Art – Transformation



A Champion’s Philosophy – Rock Bottom



Artsy Fartsy – Artist Kashmir short Interview by Manic Instinct (BLW Contributor)



Have you seen these dope paintings around? Well Meet Kashmir “Kashius Clay”.  A 25 year old artist who’s creativity holds originally and perseverance. Popular in her home town of Cleveland Ohio and in ATL, I got the  chance to talk with the extraordinary artist about her beautiful art work and where her passion comes from. Some of her art captures some of our favorite television shows of all time, some showcase’s the world’s most talked about topics, her art speaks volumes, if you listen and  look very closely.  Kashmir’s style is one that can’t be defined, simply a great artist… who’s work is timeless.

Read as she tells her Love of “Art”:

Tell me a little about yourself, When did you discover your creativity for panting?
Well I’m a 25 year old artist originally from Cleveland but currently residing in ATL. I’ve always had a love for art and drawing but I didn’t  really get into painting until about two years ago. Before then I was mostly using pencil/charcoal for my creations. but even as young as4-5 I knew art was my passion. I attended the Cleveland school of Arts for middle school and high school. I Love all types of art but painting is fairly recent for me.


Where did you get your inspiration to paint these beautiful portraits from, When did the love and passion for art kick it?

 I get my inspiration from music and culture mostly. I’m influenced by my experiences as a black girl/woman, the music I listen to, the shows I watch, even clothes I wear. they all inspire me. Painting is a way for me to tell people what I like and what I go through in a visual way instead of a verbal way. So when  you  look at my art you see all the makings of me. My love and passion for art really kicked in at about 14 with graphic design. I got serious with drawing and traditional art around 17-18.

What makes your art work stand out amongst others? 

I think what makes my work stand out from others is  the fact that I don’t really have a specific style that I paint in. Some of my work is really detailed and realistic. Some of my paintings lack detail and use bold shaped and colors instead, and some of my art is very cartoonish and sketchy. I like being able to create different looks without being bound to a certain style and look.

Where  Can people purchase your Art work?

People can see my current available inventory and purchase at and can see more art(not necessarily for sale) at

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Happy National Water Day!!! – Save Water because California is in a Drought (Check out the Pictures)



World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 22 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world every year, shining the spotlight on a different issue.


Before: Here, the Green Bridge passes over Lake Oroville near the Bidwell Marina in 2011. Notice the trees and shrubs that grow right against the man-made lake’s edge
After: Fast forward to 2014 and even the massive pillars holding up the bridge can be completely seen at the lakes edge, where a wide swath of parched dirt spans between what’s left of the water and the tree line
Before: The marina at Oroville Lake, here in 2011, is the picture of serenity. Recent serious storms in Northern and Southern California have helped give the state a very small reprieve during the 3-year drought, but the effects have been described as a ‘drop in the bucket’
After: Much of what was once an engorged reservoir is now gone at Oroville. Shockingly, only a handful of Central Coast dams have fallen below the historically low 1977 levels
Before: Here, the Enterprise Bridge spans the Lake Oroville in Butte County, California in July 2011.
After: Here, the Enterprise Bridge spans the same reservoir, which has dwindled to a mere trickle in 2014 as California is forced to draw alarming amounts of water from its vanishing reservoirs