The year 2020 has been so many experiences wrapped in one exceptionally long year, it feels as though the concept of time changed just for this year. None of us saw anything like this coming, the world pandemic, hate crimes and violence, the fight for justice, extreme weather patterns and the list goes on.
Do you remember when there was much chatter about starting a new decade? #Newness and #2020Vision
I have had the opportunity this year to be still, and while I thought I was being still all along, this year in particular opened up my awareness to a different kind of stillness, deep reflection, and gratitude. Each day I was reminded that I am a soul having a human experience and my human experience could come to an end at any time.
I partnered with my son, naturally to write inspirational holiday cards. This year, through work I was able to give back to those in the community by helping iGen Greater Washington to reach their goal. iGen Greater Washington is working with two local elderly care facilities to deliver at least one holiday card to each resident. Their goal is to have 350 cards to send to the residents of these facilities, many of whom have been self-quarantined and unable to visit their family this year.
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This article originally appeared on ESSENCE.com.
ESSENCE is celebrating the phenomenal artist that is Erykah Badu at our 8th Annual Black Women in Music event during Grammy week.
One of contemporary music’s most important artists, Badu has made her mark on the industry and inspired countless artists from the moment she stepped on the scene with her debut album, Baduizm, in 1997. From “On and On” to “Next Lifetime,” Baduizm was filled with hit after hit – which have now become classics. Badu won two Grammy’s for the classic album.
“From the time that she first hit the scene we all fell in love with the genius that is Erykah Badu,” said ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca. “It is only fitting that we honor the accomplishments of our neo-soul queen whose remarkable artistry still moves us twenty years later. We congratulate Erykah on her incredible career, as well as all of this year’s GRAMMY nominees who share their amazing gifts with the world.”
Established in 2010, ESSENCE ‘s Black Women in Music celebrates the achievements on Black women in the industry. Previous honorees include Jill Scott, Andra Day, Solange, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland and Janelle Monaé.
The event, held the week of the Grammys, will take place Thursday, February 9 in Los Angeles. The evening will also feature a performance from Roc Nation artist Tiwa Savage and salute this year’s Grammy nominees.
It’s a celebration of Black women and Black girl magic.