Documentary || Feel Rich

Sunday, September 24, 2017
Feel Rich is the next big thing. It is a documentary on the self-love/self-care movement that is emerging out of hip-hop. It is typical to think that people in hip-hop are living "in the fast lane." It is beautiful to see that so many artist are coming out and raving about a healthier way of life by promoting physical, spiritual and mental health. It is important that these artist realize their potential for positive influence on the community. This a really a must watch. 



Feel Rich is available to watch on Netflix.


Feel Rich is the next big thing. It is a documentary on the self-love/self-care movement that is emerging out of hip-hop. It is typical to think that people in hip-hop are living "in the fast lane." It is beautiful to see that so many artist are coming out and raving about a healthier way of life by promoting physical, spiritual and mental health. It is important that these artist realize their potential for positive influence on the community. This a really a must watch. 



Feel Rich is available to watch on Netflix.



Row Row Row Your Boat

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hey ya'll! I just wanted to share one of our family videos from our weekend at Chicot State Park. This one is of Luna's first time on a boat. Hope ya'll enjoy.




Hey ya'll! I just wanted to share one of our family videos from our weekend at Chicot State Park. This one is of Luna's first time on a boat. Hope ya'll enjoy.




9 Month Vegan Baby Update

Monday, September 11, 2017

Our little Luna is 9 months! She is a hoot and a half to say the least. I filmed a video talking all about what she is loving, not loving and on her health as a little vegan baby. 



Our little Luna is 9 months! She is a hoot and a half to say the least. I filmed a video talking all about what she is loving, not loving and on her health as a little vegan baby. 



Documentary || The Black Panthers Vanguard of the Revolution

Friday, September 8, 2017

Now more than ever it is extremely crucial for us to know our history. I, like I assume many out there, did not know much about the Black Panther Party. It took me watching The Black Panthers Vanguard of the Revolution to really know who they were as a social group. This is a must watch documentary that will open your eyes to a party that was truly revolutionary. 



This social group was form out of necessity. Out of need for change in their communities. The party was active in the United States from 1966 until 1982. They were associated with helping protect people from police brutality all the way to serving food to the children in the area.  Learning about the true history of our past can change the way we view our present. It can help us mold our future. I truly recommend this documentary to anyone who is wanting to learn more about this history changing party. 




Director's Statement 

Seven years ago, I set out to tell the story of the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, a little known history that hadn’t been told in its entirety. In particular, I wanted to offer a unique and engaging opportunity to examine a very complex moment in time that challenges the cold, oversimplified narrative of a Panther who is prone to violence and consumed with anger. Thoroughly examining the history of the Black Panther Party allowed me to sift through the fragmented perceptions and find the core driver of the movement: the Black Panther Party emerged out of a love for their people and a devotion to empowering them. This powerful display of the human spirit, rooted in heart, is what compelled me to communicate this story accurately.
It is essential to me as a filmmaker to try and give the viewer a sense of what it has meant to be black in America and consider this within our contemporary context. The legacy of the Black Panther Party had a lasting impact on the way black people think and see ourselves, and it is important that we look at and understand that. As a great lover of music, I wanted to capture this sentiment in the music we used to give audiences a sense of the time and the undercurrents of change and revolution.
I knew that archival footage would be just as important as interviews when telling this story. The Black Panther history cannot be encapsulated in sound bytes and stills; the movement continues to live and breathe in the hearts and minds of those who endured. I had to dig deeper for footage that captured an authentic portrayal of the Party and which was not distorted by mainstream media. What I found was a treasure of personal records from former members and allies across the globe. These rarely seen images became an important character in the film, telling the story of how the Black Panther Party impacted all communities. There is something incredibly powerful in seeing an array of faces - white, Asian, Latino, black, and native - together at a Black Panther Party rally calling for the reform of corrupt and unjust state institutions.
Nearly half a century later, we find our voices in a renewed chorus for justice and equality. We continue to witness a state apparatus that perpetuates a culture of fear and aggression with frequent and unwarranted displays of racial violence and oppression. As we consider the similarities between the injustices of yesterday and today, it is important to understand that the Panthers were energized largely by young people - 25 and under - who started as a small group of actively engaged individuals that collectively became an international human rights phenomenon. My hope is that the film reveals itself to be more than just thought-provoking observations of our past. The parallels between pivotal moments within the movement and events occurring in our communities today are undeniable. To better understand the Black Panther Party is to be able to better reflect on our own racial climate and collective responsibility to ensure basic rights are fulfilled, not diminished, and that voices of justice and dissent are celebrated, not silenced.

—Stanley Nelson, Director


Now more than ever it is extremely crucial for us to know our history. I, like I assume many out there, did not know much about the Black Panther Party. It took me watching The Black Panthers Vanguard of the Revolution to really know who they were as a social group. This is a must watch documentary that will open your eyes to a party that was truly revolutionary. 



This social group was form out of necessity. Out of need for change in their communities. The party was active in the United States from 1966 until 1982. They were associated with helping protect people from police brutality all the way to serving food to the children in the area.  Learning about the true history of our past can change the way we view our present. It can help us mold our future. I truly recommend this documentary to anyone who is wanting to learn more about this history changing party. 




Director's Statement 

Seven years ago, I set out to tell the story of the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, a little known history that hadn’t been told in its entirety. In particular, I wanted to offer a unique and engaging opportunity to examine a very complex moment in time that challenges the cold, oversimplified narrative of a Panther who is prone to violence and consumed with anger. Thoroughly examining the history of the Black Panther Party allowed me to sift through the fragmented perceptions and find the core driver of the movement: the Black Panther Party emerged out of a love for their people and a devotion to empowering them. This powerful display of the human spirit, rooted in heart, is what compelled me to communicate this story accurately.
It is essential to me as a filmmaker to try and give the viewer a sense of what it has meant to be black in America and consider this within our contemporary context. The legacy of the Black Panther Party had a lasting impact on the way black people think and see ourselves, and it is important that we look at and understand that. As a great lover of music, I wanted to capture this sentiment in the music we used to give audiences a sense of the time and the undercurrents of change and revolution.
I knew that archival footage would be just as important as interviews when telling this story. The Black Panther history cannot be encapsulated in sound bytes and stills; the movement continues to live and breathe in the hearts and minds of those who endured. I had to dig deeper for footage that captured an authentic portrayal of the Party and which was not distorted by mainstream media. What I found was a treasure of personal records from former members and allies across the globe. These rarely seen images became an important character in the film, telling the story of how the Black Panther Party impacted all communities. There is something incredibly powerful in seeing an array of faces - white, Asian, Latino, black, and native - together at a Black Panther Party rally calling for the reform of corrupt and unjust state institutions.
Nearly half a century later, we find our voices in a renewed chorus for justice and equality. We continue to witness a state apparatus that perpetuates a culture of fear and aggression with frequent and unwarranted displays of racial violence and oppression. As we consider the similarities between the injustices of yesterday and today, it is important to understand that the Panthers were energized largely by young people - 25 and under - who started as a small group of actively engaged individuals that collectively became an international human rights phenomenon. My hope is that the film reveals itself to be more than just thought-provoking observations of our past. The parallels between pivotal moments within the movement and events occurring in our communities today are undeniable. To better understand the Black Panther Party is to be able to better reflect on our own racial climate and collective responsibility to ensure basic rights are fulfilled, not diminished, and that voices of justice and dissent are celebrated, not silenced.

—Stanley Nelson, Director


Hilltop Arboretum

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Did a little adventuring around town and came upon the LSU hilltop Arboretum. Here is the little vlog that we made from our exploration 




Did a little adventuring around town and came upon the LSU hilltop Arboretum. Here is the little vlog that we made from our exploration 




Pregnancy Essentials and Tips

Monday, September 4, 2017


So you're pregnant. Congratulations! This moment is filled with both excitement and terror. Trust me I completely get it. There is no shame in not knowing what the hell to do next. I am here to assist. I have compiled some great items to keep by for the next upcoming months. I hope your journey into motherhood was as trilling as mine. 


Must Haves

Water bottle: I feel like every post I make has a "drink water" section. lol. But for all the right reasons! Water is crucial. You are growing a baby for goodness sake! Not only do you need water but you will seriously just feel better after you get a hang of drinking all of that water and you'll be peeing a lot anyways so why not help you body flush everything out. Haha. So keep a nice cool water bottle on you at all times. When you're out and about and when you are in bed. 

Pillows: There are all kinds of fancy pregnancy pillows out there and strongly enough I actually never bought one but I highly suggest getting something of the sort. Once you start getting large and in charge you will feel weight that you have never felt before and having some support in all of those new places is amazing. At home I had some extra firm pillows that I would set up around my back and between my legs. 
Lotion: Staying nice and moisturized is critical during pregnancy. Wanna hear something not so cute, you will be very itchy. Haha. Not a joke. You're skin will stretch so much further than it has ever been before and that means you will get super itchy. So having something to keep moisturized will be absolutely necessary. You don't have to go out and buy crazy expensive lotion, coconut oil will work just fine. (and again drink water)



Belly Band: This one took me too damn long to get my hand on. I thought to myself that I really didn't need it. Oh how wrong I was. As you guys know I am a bit of a minimalist (I try) and I really didn't want to buy a bunch of stuff that I would rarely get any use out of so I didn't buy it. But then to my surprise a friend of mine got me one and so I tried it out. AMAZING. I didn't have to buy maternity pants! (which can be kinda pricy) I would just wear my regular jeans and put the Belly Band over top and WAM no more belly popping out of my pants. Haha. And also on this note get your hand on some comfy shirts and shoes. I got two shirts that were maternity/breast feeding and they are nice and stretchy. Totally worth it. 



Tips

Sleep: I swear if you don't listen to me on this one you will regret it for the rest of your life. I may seem like I am being dramatic to be funny, well I am not. I am serious as hell. SLEEP. NAP. THEN SLEEP AGAIN. It will be a very long time before you can get a full, uninterrupted, peaceful night sleep so enjoy it while you can. 

Do what you like: I you like hiking, swimming, or shopping, whatever it may be go out and do those things. 

Be with your parter: Enjoy the last few months that you guys have alone. Go out date nights, Netflix and chill, haha







So you're pregnant. Congratulations! This moment is filled with both excitement and terror. Trust me I completely get it. There is no shame in not knowing what the hell to do next. I am here to assist. I have compiled some great items to keep by for the next upcoming months. I hope your journey into motherhood was as trilling as mine. 


Must Haves

Water bottle: I feel like every post I make has a "drink water" section. lol. But for all the right reasons! Water is crucial. You are growing a baby for goodness sake! Not only do you need water but you will seriously just feel better after you get a hang of drinking all of that water and you'll be peeing a lot anyways so why not help you body flush everything out. Haha. So keep a nice cool water bottle on you at all times. When you're out and about and when you are in bed. 

Pillows: There are all kinds of fancy pregnancy pillows out there and strongly enough I actually never bought one but I highly suggest getting something of the sort. Once you start getting large and in charge you will feel weight that you have never felt before and having some support in all of those new places is amazing. At home I had some extra firm pillows that I would set up around my back and between my legs. 
Lotion: Staying nice and moisturized is critical during pregnancy. Wanna hear something not so cute, you will be very itchy. Haha. Not a joke. You're skin will stretch so much further than it has ever been before and that means you will get super itchy. So having something to keep moisturized will be absolutely necessary. You don't have to go out and buy crazy expensive lotion, coconut oil will work just fine. (and again drink water)



Belly Band: This one took me too damn long to get my hand on. I thought to myself that I really didn't need it. Oh how wrong I was. As you guys know I am a bit of a minimalist (I try) and I really didn't want to buy a bunch of stuff that I would rarely get any use out of so I didn't buy it. But then to my surprise a friend of mine got me one and so I tried it out. AMAZING. I didn't have to buy maternity pants! (which can be kinda pricy) I would just wear my regular jeans and put the Belly Band over top and WAM no more belly popping out of my pants. Haha. And also on this note get your hand on some comfy shirts and shoes. I got two shirts that were maternity/breast feeding and they are nice and stretchy. Totally worth it. 



Tips

Sleep: I swear if you don't listen to me on this one you will regret it for the rest of your life. I may seem like I am being dramatic to be funny, well I am not. I am serious as hell. SLEEP. NAP. THEN SLEEP AGAIN. It will be a very long time before you can get a full, uninterrupted, peaceful night sleep so enjoy it while you can. 

Do what you like: I you like hiking, swimming, or shopping, whatever it may be go out and do those things. 

Be with your parter: Enjoy the last few months that you guys have alone. Go out date nights, Netflix and chill, haha






A to Z Candles || Halloween 🎃

Friday, September 1, 2017
Just in case you didn't know how insane I am about Halloween I wanna let you in on the secret that it's my favorite time of the year. For me Halloween officially begins the day after my birthday (August 19th) Haha. And yes it's still hot. Living in Southern Louisiana there is only so much my imagination can do to pretend it's fall, but either way. Halloween is here ya'll (at least for me)! And that means Halloween candles every where! So I had to head over to my favorite candle shop A to Z Candles and get my fix.  



How cute are these candles! I mean if this doesn't put you in the Halloween spirit then I don't know what will. These candles are seriously my favorite. I have raved about A to Z Candles before here. Amanda runs the shop and let's just say that lady knows a thing or two about candle making. The candles are vegan, cruelty free, made with no horrifying toxins and smell down right amazing.

 cinnamon bark, bergamot, cannabis flower, jasmine, rose, musk, black tea, and patchouli 


Fresh pumpkin + Macintosh apples + Hayrides
No further explanation here. It smells just like pumpkin. It screams fall goodness. All I wanna do it slice up a piece of pumpkin pie and drink apple cider in my cozy socks. Haha. 


candy corn + caramel apples + a hint of rich chocolate

Trick or treat indeed. This has some in your face candy vibes! I am usually not a fan of sweet candles but this one was too awesome to pass on. It just brings me back to my childhood looking at all the candy post trick or treating. Smells like gooey chocolate. 

Patchouli + Cedarwood + Oakmoss + Dirt

Head over to A to Z Candles to get in the spirit with me! 

Just in case you didn't know how insane I am about Halloween I wanna let you in on the secret that it's my favorite time of the year. For me Halloween officially begins the day after my birthday (August 19th) Haha. And yes it's still hot. Living in Southern Louisiana there is only so much my imagination can do to pretend it's fall, but either way. Halloween is here ya'll (at least for me)! And that means Halloween candles every where! So I had to head over to my favorite candle shop A to Z Candles and get my fix.  



How cute are these candles! I mean if this doesn't put you in the Halloween spirit then I don't know what will. These candles are seriously my favorite. I have raved about A to Z Candles before here. Amanda runs the shop and let's just say that lady knows a thing or two about candle making. The candles are vegan, cruelty free, made with no horrifying toxins and smell down right amazing.

 cinnamon bark, bergamot, cannabis flower, jasmine, rose, musk, black tea, and patchouli 


Fresh pumpkin + Macintosh apples + Hayrides
No further explanation here. It smells just like pumpkin. It screams fall goodness. All I wanna do it slice up a piece of pumpkin pie and drink apple cider in my cozy socks. Haha. 


candy corn + caramel apples + a hint of rich chocolate

Trick or treat indeed. This has some in your face candy vibes! I am usually not a fan of sweet candles but this one was too awesome to pass on. It just brings me back to my childhood looking at all the candy post trick or treating. Smells like gooey chocolate. 

Patchouli + Cedarwood + Oakmoss + Dirt

Head over to A to Z Candles to get in the spirit with me! 


@jenriverabell