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Celebrating Aretha Franklin (Queen of Soul)


  The Queen of Soul succumb to pancreatic cancer at age 76 surrounded by family and friends. Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan where her father C. L. Franklin was a minister. Aretha was discovered by legendary A&R man John Hammond.  Franklin signed a 7 year deal at Columbia, with modest success.  She left Columbia and signed to Atlantic, where Franklin had her first hit “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You” selling 1 million copies, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Chain of Fools”, and “Think.” Franklin’s remake of Otis Redding respect reached number one on both the R&B and pop charts. “Respect” became her signature song and was later hailed as a civil rights and feminist anthem. Franklin is the first woman inducted into the Rock n roll Hall of Fame. Franklin was nominated 44 times, won 18 Grammys and sold 75 million records.

Aretha Franklin was laid to rest August the 31st at Greater Grace church in Detroit Michigan. More than 40 artists performed at a concert in her honor, including Gladys Knight, the Four Tops, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Raheem DeVaughn, Johnny Gill and Angie  Stone, accompanied by the Ralphe Armstrong Band and Kern Brantley Band.  Mrs. Franklin home going was also stream live for the world.  Mrs. Franklin was so much more that a singer, this queen was a pioneer for civil rights, a trendsetter for women issues and a true people person.


Editors Note

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8  

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.


Hello!!  Welcome to MyBeautifulBrownSelf.com, where we hope to inspire, encourage with love through our online website.  This month we are all about change, releasing dead weight, including people, negative thinking, bad habits, and unhealthy relationships, anything that does not showcase our GOD given talents.

 We are moving out of the summer into fall, a beautiful and perfect display of letting go. I have come to realize this is the best time for self-reflection, awareness, and mindfulness. Seasonal changes remind us the only thing constant is change and fall reminds us that our bodies and minds are always developing, that transitioning in life is necessary. The fall reminds us to reconnect with ourselves, by letting go of the old and allowing room for fresh thoughts and building a strong inner core, so that we may shine from the inside out.
I pray you use this change of season to let the old fall off and embrace your new beginnings by moving forward  in all areas of your  life  with an open mind, heart and spirit.


Love Always,


Tara Staples











We all have our bad days, days we are not feeling quite our positive self. Yesterday was one of those days for me. For some reason I was looking at the struggle, my mind began to speak negatively about everything I am working on. All of sudden, how and can’t  became my thoughts.  I began to feel anxious, and doubtful. When I get fearful, I like to look in the mirror to remind myself who I am. I am made in God’s image.  How can I lose? We are born winners.

Ephesian 5: 13-17

13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Whenever you begin to feel discourage and hopelessness rears it’s sneaky head. Take a look in a mirror, and say “I am a child of God. Shining is what I do.

Embrace,Love, Live



Believe in yourself “Above all else guard  your heart for every thing you do flows from it”- Proverbs 4:23

With that being said; find the best in every situation, remain positive and this too shall pass. I know sometimes we get lost in the sadness and troubles, but you can come back. Trouble times don’t last forever. One thing we can be sure of is change is on the way. Remember your mind will give you exactly what you put into it. Your thoughts flow through your heart and create your actions, watch your thoughts.

Believe in yourself and keep a positive mind.
Love Yourself!! 🙂


4 Ways To Take Care of Your Spirit, Body And Mind

Taking care of yourself should be a priority, as the saying goes “If your not taking care of yourself you can’t you take care of anyone else”. Finding ways to balance your spirit ,body and mind is easy, however implementing can be a challenge when you have so much going on.  For me personally  depending on how I feel or  where I”m at, I use these 4 things to give me balance and harmony.  If you’re feeling overwhelmed , depleted and stress maybe one of these techniques will help you achieve a peace of mind and balance.

  • Quiet Time~I  use this when I am at work. Sometimes I go into the restroom or sit at my desk and close my eyes for five minutes focusing on my breathing. It helps me refocus and relax.

  • Find A Healthy Hobby~ I love to read a good book, or go to a art show or museum. (What are your hobbies?)

  • Setting up an alter a physical space~  This is important your own personal space inside your home where you can meditate,  a place where you can surround yourself with things that are important to you and things you would like to manifest. A place where you feel empowered.

  • Take a walk~ I usually take a walk around the park or go for a bike ride. you can go by yourself or with someone, the goal is to get in touch with nature, and remind yourself to be grateful for all you have.