VLOG 001: Peek Behind a 90,000+ Attended Event w/ @ShySpeaks (#Together2018) 

Ever wish you could just hang out backstage with an artist at a heavily attended gathering/conference/concert to see exactly what they're seeing and experiencing? 

In this episode, follow along as I breathe in the reality of being a performer at the Texas Motor Speedway alongside some of the most influential faith-based artist & speakers of our time, like Andy Mineo, Jonathan Traylor, KB, Samuel Rodriguez, Tedashii, Grant Skeldon...who all make a cameo appearance). I got to share an original Spoken Word poem entitled, 'Whatever it Takes' to evoke individual action and intentional cultural influence.I felt honored, challenged, and rewarded all at the same time.  The Together 2018 event was held in Dallas and garnered over 13K people viewing online and nearly 100K in attendance. 

Also as a bonus, I've included...the full length version of My Poetic Performance


Watch the full TBN - Special of 'Together Gathering'

Together Gathering Website

VLOG x #LSTS: A Convo on God's Direction w/ Grant Skeldon & Kandis Davis Reese   

There's always what He Said & She Said but what about what #GodSaid? Especially with regard to the Person/Position/Place that we align ourselves with. Watch -or- Listen as Kandis (former producer for Daystar Television Network) & Grant (Founder of the Initiative Network) speaks from their experience about leaving/entering relationships, cities, states, and career positions following God's direction. 

Tweet: When God tells me to do something, I've made it a habit to listen, because I have done the opposite + repercussions r no fun! -@kandiswrites

VLOG x #LSTS: A Convo on Women in Hip Hop w/ Lady Jade & J.Rhodes  

If you know anything about Hip Hop, you know that women have contributed a lot to the genre/culture.  However, in many ways, their presence is still taboo! WHY?  Well, ShySpeaks hosted a convo with Lady Jade (Radio Personality on DFW's leading Hip Hop/R&B Station) and J. Rhodes (Producer for Hip Hop acts, Lecrae, Game, Talib Kweli, Royce Da 5'9, Ab-Soul, to name a few) to answer that question.  The discussion spans from us witnessing an over emphasis on the #SexSymbolRapper to the lack of female affiliates among today's leading male artist.   

Dear #HipHop, there are several women's stories yet to be told in Hip Hop. Let's not accidentally silence the next powerful, inspirational voice before she arises!

Tweet: If you were to name your top 10 #CHH artist, could you find at least 5 females that they rock with, affiliate with, or endorse? - @ShySpeaks


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VLOG x #LSTS: A Convo on Cosigns with J.Bolin & Frank Cage  

When it comes to ART, it seems like every artist needs/wants a cosign in their industry! There's this unspoken rule that when a seemingly large group of people speak well of a creative's work -OR- a person of prominence says a work of art is good, it then becomes viable to the masses. But shouldn't the masses be able to decide for themselves, while taking what other's say as confirmation & not validation? This question called for a conversation, in my opinion. So, I sat down with J. Bolin and Frank Cage, a Celebrity Stylist who represents the Fashion Arts world and a Graphic Artist/Branding Consultant who represents the Digital Arts world, and we had a good Convo about Cosigns. There are tons of gems from every creative in this convo! Watch/Listen Below as J.Bolin, Frank Cage, and I, delve into our personal lives to answer that question & more!  

Creatives! Honestly, it doesn't matter what #TheySaid.  What matter's is that YOU stay the course on the path called your purpose! 

Tweet This: "It’s not good because they said. They said because it was good!" - @ShySpeaks

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BLOG: Why I "#WalkedTheStage for my M.B.A 23 Hrs Ago  

Prior to yesterday, I'd already graduated from college...twice!  Once with my Bachelors and the other for a Master's in Supply Chain Management. So when I decided to pursue my MBA (of which I was only a couple semester shy of considering I already had an MA), I didn't think that I would actually participate in the graduation ceremony.  This MBA was a personal endeavor for my development, growth, and future entrepreneurial & strategic leadership goals.  I didn't feel that I needed a public celebration for that.  BUT THEN I REMEMBERED.... 

1. Before I was born, the doctors saw that I would be born with a mental & physical disability due to being carried by a mother who was on drugs.   
NEWSFLASH - This milestone is a miracle.  I was not supposed to be able to learn on this level or probably even walk normally for that matter...let alone across a stage for learning! So yes I took the stroll!   

2. I wanted to afford my husband (of 6 months) the opportunity to see his wife graduate for all of the inspiration that is packed in him hearing, "Shy Amos-Powell" announced for an honorable reason.  Powell is his namesake. My hope is that he hearing it attached to a noble cause produces more faith in him for our journey & legacy.  

DISCLAIMER - I didn’t invite people because I was not intending on walking originally PLUS I was only given a couple of tickets.  It turned out that my husband was my only support system in the audience & that is just perfect in my book! He captured all of the footage below. Enjoy! :-) 

    As of yesterday, 5/12/17, I am officially, considered a Master of Business. I pursued the MBA through the University of Texas at Dallas with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship. If you are reading this now, you know me as a Hip Hop & Spoken Word artist, speaker, and host, so you are probably wondering how I plan to use my degree.  I could list out all the ways, but just know that I have a very strong business acumen & entrepreneurial I'll say...STAY TUNED! :-)