April Series: Writings, Writers & Musing

In the month of April The Inspirational Corner theme is “Writings, Writers & Musings”. In this series we will cover the duty of a writer, different places where you can get inspiration to write and how these places can become your muse. Also we will conduct an interview with a writer/author/poet to celebrate National Poetry Month. 

Recap of March Blog Post

 

In this month our theme was “The Three F’s: Feminism, Fitness & Fashion” as we discussed the definition of feminism & redefining the concept of feminism, we also discussed embracing your body at every stage during your fitness journey & we wrapped up this series with a dynamic interview with Abi Ishola for our fashion series. Below we have provided the links to give you a recap of March articles to inspire you to embrace feminism, love your body no matter what & get the scoop on women who are changing the world in their industry!

Feminism Is The New Black:
 http://www.theinspirationalcorner.net/2015/03/feminism-is-new-black.html  

Chasing The Ghost of Skinny: 
http://www.theinspirationalcorner.net/2015/03/chasing-ghost-of-skinny.html  

Fashion Interview with Abi Ishola: 
http://www.theinspirationalcorner.net/2015/03/interview-with-abi-ishola-creator-of.html  

Fashion Interview with Abi Ishola, Creator of Beyond Classically Beautiful

As we close out our series entitled the Three F’s: Feminism, Fitness & Fashion this week we will focus on Fashion. In this post I had the pleasure to interview Abi Ishola, the creator of Beyond Classically Beautiful. She is also the creator of  Script & Sightings and making big moves in her industry.


The Inspirational Corner: It is such a pleasure to interview you and connect with you. I was captivated by your movement when I stumbled upon your profile through Twitter. Thank You for being our Fashion feature.


Abi Ishola: Your Welcome!

The Inspirational Corner: For people who do not know who you are please give us an idea of who you are and your business?

Abi Ishola: My name is Abi Ishola.  I’m the creator of ScriptsandSightings.com, a style blog that covers people of color.  I’m also the creator of Beyond Classically Beautiful, a new beauty movement that started as a photo story to celebrate the diverse beauty of black women.  The idea for the project came to me after the New York Times referred to Viola Davis as “less classically beautiful” than lighter skinned black actresses.

The Inspirational Corner: This movement is powerful and truly needed for African American women of all shades. What was the concept behind your fashion brand and why was it important to convey this concept?

Abi Ishola: The concept behind my brand is capturing real people who own their unique style and beauty as they move about in the world.  Street style and my writing are the main focuses (hence the title, Scripts and Sightings). It’s also a space where I highlight style and art projects I produce, such as Beyond Classically Beautiful. It was important for me to convey that concept because it is the kind of blog I would want to visit.  I want it to be a source of inspiration and thought for people.  It’s not just about highlighting fierce style.  The goal is to celebrate black people in all of our glory.

The Inspirational Corner: We live in a world where fashion is consistently defined by outer appearance, how would you define fashion and why?


Abi Ishola:Fashion and style are a way of life.  The way we dress usually determines how we feel about ourselves on any given day.  It also gives the people around us an idea of who we feel we are.  It is truly an expression that speaks louder than words.


The Inspirational Corner: Where do you draw your inspiration from when it comes to fashion and beauty?


Abi Ishola: I draw inspiration from my friends.  I draw inspiration from my family. I draw inspiration from New York City and all its highs and lows.  I also draw inspiration from the beautiful brown women I encounter everyday.  There’s nothing like seeing a beautiful black woman moving about, looking confidant, and owning her style.


The Inspirational Corner: As a woman how important is fashion to you and how do you utilize your own personal fashion into your fashion business?


Abi Ishola: Before I started my blog I went through a period of not really following fashion.  A part of me thinks I lost myself in that sense. I maintained a cool and polished appearance, but I lost my passion to push the envelope when it comes to style. I moved to New York City to pursue a career in the fashion world and I worked in the industry years ago.  I left the fashion world with somewhat of a bitter taste in my mouth.  So I think as time went on, I also lost my passion for shopping, reading magazines, and following the who’s who in fashion.  But after I had my daughter, I rediscovered my love for expression through dress.  There’s something about becoming a mother that reignites you in every way. So now I use my brand as inspiration to reacquaint myself with the fashion world, but on my terms, and embrace a rebirth of my personal style.


The Inspirational Corner: Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?


Abi Ishola: I really don’t have a favorite fashion designer when it comes to what I choose to wear.  I wear what I like no matter who made it.  However, I do admire the work of Alexander McQueen.  He was a true artist.  His work was complicated, dark at times, yet beautiful.  He was a true visionary.


The Inspirational Corner: Do you believe your fashion brand has impacted the world around and why?


Abi Ishola: I’m so pleased with the response to ScriptsandSightings.com .  I also believe I’ve made an impact through my latest project, Beyond Classically Beautiful.  The response to the project has been awesome.  It was received well by the press.  But the best part is that so many women reached out to me and simply said thank you for representing us.  I treasure that.


The Inspirational Corner: What fashion legacy do you plan to build?


Abi Ishola: I want to build a legacy of being a champion for black women.


The Inspirational Corner: The Inspirational Corner slogan is Live Bold. Live Loud. Live Authentically. How are you living bold, loud & authentically?


Abi Ishola: I’m living bold, loud, and authentically because I’m living a purposeful life.  I’m also allowing myself to take risks and let the chips fall where they may.  Most importantly, I’m using my fears to push me closer to my goals.


The Inspirational Corner: What would be your advice for those who have a desire to have their own fashion business or brand?


Abi Ishola: Begin today, take risks, and have fun!


For more info on Abi Ishola go to :

Website: http://scriptsandsightings.com 

Instagramhttps://instagram.com/aishola 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aishola

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abiishola?ref=hl

Authentic Spotlight Interview: Rachel Walker, Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist

The Inspirational Corner always will do our best to bring you unique people, ideas and thoughts to bring inspiration to your life. In doing this we are working on providing you with interviews, articles and much more to keep you inspired. In order to keep the focus on being your authentic self I have created “Authentic Spotlight Interviews”. The following interviews will be on a monthly basis included with my bimonthly blog post.

Our first Authentic Spotlight Feature is none other than singer, songwriter and recording artist—Rachel Walker.

Let the “The Ra[E]volution” begin….

 
(Photo by: Ellen Stagg)
 
“Being authentic means knowing who you are and knowing that you have something of value to bring to the table”. ~Rachel Walker


Me: First of all, I would like to say it is such a pleasure to have you as our first Authentic Spotlight Interviewee. I would like to first inquiry about your artistry. What is your form of artistry?


Rachel: I am a singer, songwriter, recording artist, performer, and producer.

Me: I always find music to be inspiring for me. How do you use your artistry to inspire humanity?

Rachel: I write songs about love and life. The goal is to express myself through music, sound and words with honesty and creativity. I use my artistry to give people music that they can enjoy with a message and sound that inspires joy, happiness, movement/dancing, emotion, reflection, affirmation and love.

 

Me: Since you have a great love for what you do as an artist what are some valuable lessons you learned during the process of developing your artistry?

Rachel: I have learned so much but I would have to say that the most valuable lesson I have learned is that it okay to let go: let go of control both vocally and creatively, let go of insecurities, let go the fear of judgment, let go of trying to please everyone and let go of boundaries. So much of development starts with not being so restricted and your willingness to step outside of what is comfortable and familiar. It is so important to trust yourself and it is okay to make mistakes.

Me: I believe you just said a mouth full. This is such a profound statement. Since you have learned so much what word would you use to describe your journey as an artist?

Rachel: I would say that the best word to describe my journey is “evolving”. I started my journey with very little knowledge but a whole lot of desire and heart.  Now I feel extremely knowledgeable but I’m still I’m still learning and growing with my artistry. You can never really know enough.

Me: My blog is centered on being your authentic self, what does being authentic mean to you?

Rachel: Being authentic means being honest and not being afraid to speak your truth even if it’s not popular. Being authentic means knowing who you are and knowing that you have something of value to bring to the table.

Me: Since you talk about speaking your truth, The Inspirational Corner tagline is: “Live Bold, Live Loud & Live Authentically” in what ways has this concept been implied in your artistry form or became your truth in life?

Rachel: This tagline resonates so much with me. When I put out my first album “Walk With Me” in 2009, I didn’t know a lot about the business nor did I know a lot of people in the business. All I knew is that I had songs inspired by my life experiences that I wanted to put out into the world and the album gave me a specific goal to reach. It was a bold decision in itself simply because it was my first time sharing my music publicly

 

I continue to “Live Bold, Live Loud & Live Authentically” as I put the final touches on my sophomore project, “The Ra[E]volution”, due for release in Fall of 2013. This album is the soundtrack to many of my experiences over the last 2 years. Musically and lyrically, “The Ra[E]volution”, captures the evolution of my sound and creativity in a way that you have never heard from me before. As I said previously, letting go is the hardest thing to do in a world where people strive for acceptance and popularity. On this record, I am not holding anything back. I am fearless. More importantly, the purpose of this record is to identify with the listener, and to encourage the listener to also let go, embrace change, to be fearless and enjoy how that feels.

I am so incredibly proud of this project and my team and look forward to sharing it with the world very soon.

Me:Rachel, I believe as an artist you have so much to give because you are passionate about what you do. What would be your words of inspiration to inspire someone who endeavors to live their dream?

 

Rachel: I would have to say, love what you do with your whole heart; live it and breathe it. It is surely your genuine love for what you do, that will ultimately carry you through the challenges you will face along the way. I can’t tell you how much disappointment I have experienced in pursuit of my dreams, but it was my love for music that kept me going. I learned along the way to expect disappointments but never let anyone or anything steal my love for music and leave me stagnant. I would also add that you may not feel the support from people in your circle or even family members but that’s ok. People are going to convince you that your dreams are too far fetched. The key thing is for you to NEVER tell yourself that. If no one else encourages you, encourage yourself. Now go get ‘em!


You can find more information about Rachel Walker at:

www.facebook.com/rachelwalkeronline   
www.instagram.com/raemelrockswell
www.twitter.com/raemelrockswell 

To download both of her singles  on iTunes go to:

“Walk With Me” https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/walk-with-me/id330536127

“Falling” https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/falling-single/id389611406  collaborated with Spoken Word Artist, Tshombe Sekou, www.tshombeisms.com  


So Lovely-Rachel Walker