MusicMakers News: Week of July 16th, 2018
Story, Revenue, and Balance: This week we are proud to feature MusicMakers’ own Toni Blackman. Her recent article on hip-hop and meditation lays out her process of ‘electric relaxation’ and gives a look into how meditating evolved her life and career. Then, we’ll take a look at how she’s expanded her presence and revenue through projects such as her Rhyme like a Girl movement that empowers female hip-hop artists, and the Cypher Workshop, a freestyle rap circle held bi-weekly in NYC. Last, find out how Toni maintains balance in her own life and career while also offering advice on how others can do the same.
Recently, Toni authored an article for AmbrosiaForHeads diving into the connection between hip-hop and meditation. She notes the uprise in discussions about meditation and mindfulness in light of mental health and self-care becoming hot topics in many circles, and the hip-hop community is no exception. Many well-known rappers can be heard rhyming lyrics that are rooted in meditative practices and philosophies-- but what is all the fuss about?
Blackman sees meditation as a healing practice that not only boosts physical health and mental clarity but also brings a calming inner sense of peace that forges kindness. In treating one’s self with mindfulness and respect, it becomes second nature to act this way toward others. Click below to read her article on the practices she suggests for entering a state of meditation and listen to some of her tracks containing guided meditations and affirmations.
How do you typically relax and energize your mind? Are there ways that you can incorporate more mindfulness practices into your routine? What aspects of your lifestyle tend to come up in your music?