1. What/Who are some of the influences and inspiration behind G.L.O.W. & Flow?
I designed G.L.O.W. & Flow as a mixture of Hip-Hop and scripture so, the two main inspirations are the bible and hip-hop culture. On a more specific level, I see the embodiment of that mixture in Lauryn Hill. Her music and the messages found therein were major inspirations. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill dropped my sophomore year of college and remains in heavy rotation to this day. On the third single released from that life altering and affirming album, Everything Is Everything, Lauryn says, "Now hear this mixture, where hip-hop meets scripture, develop a negative into a positive picture." This specific lyric sums up the idea behind G.L.O.W & Flow. When we lead with gratitude, love, optimism, and wisdom we (when we G.L.O.W.) can develop a negative into a positive picture. We can see positive messages in what may on its face appear to be a negative message in a hip-hop verse. When we G.L.O.W., everything else will flow.
2. There are a ton of positivity movements currently being pushed and a ton more waiting to sprout up at any given second. What makes what you're doing stand out among the crowd?
The thing about G.L.O.W. & Flow that stands out in the crowd of positivity movements is its authenticity. The acronym G.L.O.W. stands for Gratitude, Love, Optimism, and Wisdom. Even though my movement thrives on positivity, my blog posts, IG feed, and vlogs are transparent about life experiences that weren't positive. I discuss poor choices that I've made, foolish things I've done, how it hurt, backfired, how I felt stupid, but also how I learned and grew. Likewise, the women who are highlighted on my web-series, “The G.L.O.W. Up!" are open in talking about their life journeys and how faith factored into their glow up when it looked like they were down for the count. My hope is that other women in the G.L.O.W. & Flow community won't have to learn the hard way or feel alone if they are experiencing something similar. In short, the special thing about G.L.O.W. & Flow is the same thing that makes the hip-hop that we love, stand the test of time. We keep it real.
3. As a practicing attorney, does what you implement through G.L.O.W & Flow, cross over into that work? If so, how?
I currently practice in law enforcement oversight and police accountability. I administratively prosecute officers who have been accused of engaging in misconduct including acts of discourtesy, use of offensive language, unlawful searches, seizures and entries, and use of excessive force. I face high stress situations, frustrating bureaucracy, and victimized civilians who most often look like me, on a daily basis. I often have to go back and read my own insta-blog posts for encouragement and to find the light in what are often very dark circumstances. Glow and Flow inspires me to be a light in this world as much as I hope it inspires others.
4. Where do you see G.L.O.W & Flow 5 years from now?
I see G.L.O.W & Flow growing into a well-known, trusted, and respected brand that speaks to Black women who are walking by faith. G.L.O.W & Flow will be the go to source for content that caters to Believers and Baddies, women who can spit verses from the bible and B.I.G., women who possess courage and authenticity. It will serve as an international voice for Black women pursuing purpose; a platform where we celebrate ourselves and let our collective light shine. It will also be the praise break in pop culture. I see a service component developing that focuses on issues that affect Black women and girls. In addition to all of this, television, radio, and books are part of G.L.O.W & Flow’s future. Perhaps the best answer is by telling you what I don't see...limits.
5. How can people support and get involved with what you're doing?
There are a few ways that people can support the G.L.O.W & Flow movement. The easiest way is by following me on Twitter and Instagram and subscribing to the YouTube Channel. Also, don't keep the #GospelOfGlow to yourself...share us with your homegirls, nieces, sorority sisters etc. If you are a Black woman that identifies with being a #BlackGirlWhoGlows you can email me a glowing photo of yourself along with a short original quote giving your word of wisdom for women to be featured on the Instagram page as part of our #BlackGirlsGlow initiative. If you're an entrepreneur, creative, academic or mom with a glowing message for women that you'd like to share via the G.L.O.W & Flow blog, email me your information and a brief summary of what you'd like to share at email@example.com. If you'd like to contribute with financial support, you can purchase merchandise from our shop.
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