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7 Inspirational Books to Get You Through The Winter

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2013 was definitely a tough year for most of us and 2014 will probably have even more in store for us. When life beats you down, there's nothing like a good book to lift your spirits. We did some research and created a list of inspirational books to not only uplift you through the new year, but more importantly, the cold winter!

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1. Acts of Faith 

Iyanla Vanzant is mostly known for her inspirational books and speeches. Although this book does say it is specific to people of color, there is definitely some wisdom that we all can take from it. The book starts in the new year beginning with January 1st as the first passage and ending with December 31st. The object is to read a passage a day.

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2. Hope on a Tight Rope by: Cornel West

Cornel West offers open-hearted wisdom, philosophy, and speech excerpts through a book of inspirational collections. West is arguably the most profound, courageous and brilliant black intellectual of the 21st century.

 

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3. The Tao of Wu by: The RZA

Unorthodox and unlike any other book of wisdom, Tao of Wu, is a read about the rapper RZA and his journey through the Wu Tang Clan. The book is written in a relatable yet clever language and is definitely a book of spiritual and mental growth.

 

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4. The Confident Woman Devotional by: Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer's only #1 New York Times Best Seller. Meyer taps into the issues and concerns facing women daily, while providing (much needed) encouragement.

 

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5. Letters to a Young Sister by: Hill Harper

Hill Harper is a man of many talents. His book, Letters to a Young Sister is an inspirational book for young women. In it Harper gives young women the chance to communicate with prominent, successful women on their experience. Although this book focuses on our younger women, this is definitely a read that all ages can relate to and appreciate.

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6. The Prophet by: Kahlil Gibran

Although this book is not new, it still holds the same values and issues that we face today. Kahlil Gibran is a famous Lebanese philosopher. His book is divided into chapters dealing with Love, giving, marriage, relationships and much more.

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7. Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving

Vanzant is giving us our daily dosage of inspiration. Yesterday I Cried is not only a book of inspiration, but it is also a book that celebrates life and loving the life you live. In this book she uses her own personal experiences to show that life's hardship's can become life lessons that enable us to grow, heal and learn more about ourselves.

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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