By Tahira Brooks , Black Books and Reviews
Miguel Ruiz & Harriet Tubman, John F. Kennedy & Diana Ross,
Ruby Dee & Barak Obama…
What do these leaders, writers and entertainers have in common? They all wrote or said words that inspire singer, songwriter and, most recently, author, Ledisi Anibade Young.
Ledisi, a seven-time Grammy nominee, has inspired the masses with heartfelt, soulful and uplifting music for years. Her music is a soundtrack to the struggle for self-acceptance and self-love. Among other titles, her acclaimed releases of songs Pieces of Me and, more recently, Bravo, deliver lyrics that truly motivate the soul.
I got a new walk and a new point of view
A new purpose for everything I gotta do…
All I really want to see is the whole world stand up tonight.
Ledisi’s music has brought inspiration to many. But who inspires her courage, her peace and her overwhelming love? Readers can find rare insight to this question in her new book, Better Than Alright: Finding Peace Love and Power. The book, a collaboration with ESSENCE, gives us an intimate peek into the evolution of an artist and a woman determined to inspire the world. This collection of quotes, lyrics, stories and photos, proves to be as inspiring and her music. Her short narratives read like journal entries on her childhood, her family and her travels. There are even pages with blanks dedicated to helping readers telling their own stories.
So, maybe, your favorite neo-soul artist is on her way to being your favorite author. Or, perhaps she will inspire you to return to classic authors that inspire her such as: A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.; In Their Own Words: Harriet Tubman by George Sullivan; and In Love and Trouble: Stories of Black Women (1973) by Alice Walker.
Wherever you find inspiration this summer, Leidisi’s new work is bound to set you in the right direction.
About the Book Review Author
Tahira Love Brooks is a spoken word artist and international software trainer that has trained in over 16 countries. She is a recent recipient of the 2012 Prince George’s County Forty Under 40 Award, honoring leaders in the community under the age of 40.
Since 1996, she has written & performed poetry in Metro D.C. Since 2000, Brooks has hosted poetry events for all ages, after finding a void of venues that welcomed youth. She has 2 poems featured on Shades of Vision: Undercover The Album and she co-wrote Freedom, a song written & performed for Isaac Hayes, to honor his charity work in Africa.
In 2003, Brooks founded Creative Writing Alliance, to provide a platform for youth voices. CWA hosted the Prince George’s County Youth Slam, and, from 2005 to 2010, represented the county at Brave New Voices: The National Youth Slam, The Kennedy Center, The Clarice Smith Center, Atlas Theatre, Source Theatre, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Jose, Chicago, area schools and many other venues.