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"A world where there is more love than not is a better world."
A native Washingtonian, author, playwright/director, graphic designer and entrepreneur with a passion and love for the arts and all things creative. Melanie loves to use her gifts and talents to inspire, create, and shine. One of her life's missions is to convey and spread the message of God's love.
To take advantage of Melanie's graphic design and virtual assistant services, visit her website at www.KingdomKreatives.com
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Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S2:E2
LOVE CHECK CONVERSATIONS (Valentine's Edition)
Matters of the Heart: What You Want Vs. What You Need
The heart wants what it wants, but God knows what you truly need. Listen in as Machelle Terry-Courtney shares her dramatic journey to Mr. Right, with the plot twist she wasn't expecting. Her testimony is another reminder of the healing and redemptive power of God's love.
Valentine's Edition. For singles and couples.
(Originally recorded on 2/5/21, Audio podcast airing on 2/12/21)
Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S2:E3
CICELY TYSON MEMOIRS
(and Black Love in Cinema)
Melanie touches briefly on Tyson's final memoir, "Just As I Am," and also offers her own personal thoughts on the deficiency and negativity of how Black love is often depicted in cinema and television - and the artistry that changes that narrative. Listen in.
(Originally recorded on 2/23/21, Audio podcast airing on 2/26/21)
Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S2:E4
WHO'S YOUR COMPETITION?
Tapping Into Your Power - Williamson & Bombeck
It's a competitive world out there, so who's your competition? Melanie offers a little window into her early days and her academic woes/(wows), in light of Marianne Williamson's and Erma Bombeck's powerful truths on tapping into the power within. Listen in.
(Originally recorded on 2/22/21, Audio podcast airing on 3/1/21)
Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S2:E5
MEGHAN MARKLE & HER PRINCE
The Little Mermaid Complex (Oprah Interview)
Melanie touches on one aspect of Oprah's March 7th interview with Prince Harry & Meghan Markle and the surprising behind-the-scenes lifestyle this lovely couple endured under the British monarchy. They described the downside to being in their shoes ("The Little Mermaid" complex) and how their love and determination brought them to a newfound freedom they enjoy. Listen in.
(Originally recorded on 3/7/21, Audio podcast airing on 3/8/21)
Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S2:E6
INSPIRE. CREATE. SHINE.
What's Your Why?
What's the "Inspire.Create.Shine." podcast and theme all about? If you've ever wondered why Melanie does what she does, what her primary podcast and life mission is, and what drives her, listen in. And then think about it: What's your why?
Originally recorded on 3/16/21, Audio podcast airing on 3/19/21.
Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S2:E7
Toni Morrison on Baggage
Food for thought: What are the baggage and weights in your life that could be holding you back and stopping you from soaring? These quotes from literature by acclaimed author Toni Morrison may lead you to evaluate the people, circumstances, and things in your life... Listen in.
Originally recorded on 3/12/21, Audio podcast airing on 3/19/21.
Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S3:E1
Your Beginning Is Not Your End
Melanie gives a brief window into the life of Malcolm X - as told in the bestseller, "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," and in comparison to the critically acclaimed film starring Denzel Washington, "Malcolm X." Malcolm is a prime example of evolution, how our beginnings don't always determine our endings, and how people, places and things that leave indelible marks on our lives change us... Listen in.
Originally recorded on 3/19/21, Audio podcast airing on 3/26/21.
Inspire. Create. Shine. Podcast - S3:E2
LOVE CHECK CONVERSATIONS (Easter Edition)
Sacrificial Love and the Resurrection
One of the more weighty characteristics of love is that it's sacrificial... Listen in as Melanie recounts her first take on a couple of films that have become mainstays in her family and are of particular importance during the Easter holiday - and hear another small excerpt from her book.
Originally recorded on 3/31/21, Audio podcast airing on 4/3/21.