Yuan Fin – The Documentary

I was blessed on my birthday last year to partner up with Colette Thompson, who, among other things, is the one who runs the Eastern branch of Harmony Sweeps, the national a cappella competition.  She has graciously taken up the position as my manager. Through her suggestion, we have set up a show on April 22nd to reintroduce me to the …

My Road to New York Comic Con 2014

As many of you already know, I was at New York Comic Con this year, and if you’ve been scouting out my facebook and twitter posts, you are aware that I won my passes, but some of you have asked me how that came to pass. Here’s the story. I went looking for events that would be up my speed …

In memoriam of Jeffrey Lee

I found out yesterday that a friend of mine, Jeff Lee, who was a regular in the New York karaoke circuit, passed away due to complications during heart surgery. Jeff was a good man, 45 year old, who I had met at my then karaoke regular spot on 55th street.  We were part of a group of regulars that would …

Year Of The Janifer

In the last few months I’ve been on a quest.  Changes were made and situations have happened, and a lot of my time has been dedicated to a new project called OnTheFelt.  That isn’t to say I haven’t been singing.  I have been singing and started recording again and I’m working on getting some originals together. If you have seen …

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! Saw this video today, and thought I’d share.  It’s a short vid of homeless folks being asked to dance to Pharell’s “Happy”.  The results are really healing. Happy (Homeless People Dance Video) -Music by Pharrell from Inhabitants of Burque on Vimeo. Kudos to The Luxury Spot for bringing it to my attention.

Changes coming up for 2014

2014 I say will be the #YearOfTheJanifer. I think many of you have started noticing it with the instagram photos showing up on my facebook fan page.  That’s just the beginning.  In 2014 I’m going to be making more posts on different interests in my life, which I’ve noted in the fringes, but never really delved into.  I’m also going …

Impossible

Right now a friend of mine, Joelle is battling stage 4 breast cancer.  Also, the son of my head pastor is battling an aggressive form of cancer, which had returned after he was listed as in remission.  Yesterday, not necessarily because of the cancer walk, the disease was highlighted as Joelle was rushed to the emergency room, while visiting her …

Taking Steps: A Week Out

It’s true, I haven’t blogged for a week.  Life found it’s way into my schedule.  I’d call that a good thing. Gigs are starting to line up, which is great. It’s most likely going to be a great help, since I was called to jury duty next month.  Not looking forward to serving.  However, these gigs will provide a good …

Taking Steps: Day 30 & 31- Anniversary

This weekend is the one year anniversary of the day I got baptized.  Last year I went to New York Comic Con on Saturday, then got baptized on Sunday.  I had been invited to go to watch the filming of Black Girls Rock by my company, but because of the baptism, I didn’t go. This year, I’m recovering from two …

Taking Steps: Day 29 – Not Going By What I See

I suspect this is going to sound pretty dumb for quite a few of you, but sometimes it’s the dumbest things that prove to be the most effective. I got a heath screening today.  Most of my numbers were fine for the exception of one.  Ok, three, but they all relate to the same thing, essentially. In any which case, …

Taking Steps: Day 28 – Faith Step 1

Had an impromtu call come in for a poker gig this evening.  I was nowhere near dressed for this.  It was happening in the city and I had to decide fast if I should do it. Now, I know by faith, that if God called me to go there, he’d make sure I get paid to be there, so by …

Taking Steps: Day 27 – Teaching Others

Tonight was my first night co-teaching a workshop for Actors InC.  Generally I run the online portion of Actors InC, making sure the videos were edited and posted, making sure articles were up, and adding stuff like a live google calendar, live streaming, and YouTube functionality for the site.  Basically, I generally run tech.  Tonight was the first time I …

Taking Steps: Day 26 – Righteous Anger

One of the books I’m presently reading is Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point”.  I just finished the part where the author talks about the Bernhard Goetz trial in New York.  I remember that case.  Being a lifelong New Yorker, it’s hard not to.  I remember what they used to say back in the day about Times Square.  You couldn’t walk …

Taking Steps: Day 25 – It’s All About Balance

Going to make this short and sweet right now, to keep with the title of this post. I have a headache right now.  It was most likely brought on by me not drinking enough water today while going for a 6.2 mile walk.  I bought myself a bottle of water to keep myself hydrated while I was out there, but …

Taking Steps: Day 24 – Direction

Dave Ramsey talks about budgeting as “telling your money what to do before you have it”.  It’s an interesting concept, and once, that up until recently, I didn’t quite understand.  Very much like the old theory “the universe abhors a vacuum”, very seldomly, if you don’t designate where your money is going, you’ll always have barely enough.  I have found …

Taking Steps: Day 23 – Creating Footsteps

One of the rules I live by is that, whatever I do in my life, for my children to be able to look back on my life and think “Mom was cool, and she didn’t have to get drunk or do drugs to do it.”  So often parents are pointed out as being hypocrites; “do as I say, not as …

Taking Steps: Day 22 – What Is Important?

This evening I was visited by a friend of mine who recently survived a serious car accident.  Only eight years before, a friend of his was in a similar accident, but died.  Because of this accident, my friend felt his life was jostled.  Being able to not only survive, but walk away from the wreckage, relatively unscathed, was a wake-up …

Taking Steps: Day 21 – What You Give, I Give To You

Something interesting happened during worship team practice today.  As we were singing one of the songs “You Are Worthy (of all the Honor)”, I watched as people were getting into it and losing themselves in the singing.  As I was actually hearing all of us in harmony singing this to God, I was mindful of the lyrics: You are worthy …

Taking Steps: Day 20 – Clarity Amidst Confusion

I will admit on occasion I still battle with negative thoughts and emotions.  The onset of these feelings are, at least in my mind, are from the past, and I have yet to completely disengage from those neural pathways.  They’re coming undone though, but in the meantime, they occasionally rear their ugly heads. Negative thoughts that have no basis on …

Taking Steps: Day 19 – Blinders

If you ever look at a racehorse on a track, they usually have blinders on.  The blinders are generally used to keep the horse focused solely on what’s ahead of it, rather than get distracted by what’s around the them.  Sometimes people need blinders as well.  It can get very easy to be distracted by that which is around you, …