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The Top Five Featuring Jamila Woods

The Top Five Featuring Jamila Woods

Welcome to the Top Five. We know it's Monday and you may be looking for inspiration, and we are here to help! Every Monday, we will be inviting some of our favorite artists to share five links that inspire them. Tune in to find some new music, poems, and more. 

Today's Top Five comes from Jamila Woods

This interview with Esperanza Spaulding:

I loved reading this interview because I love learning about the rituals of artist's I admire. She mentions doing Buddhist meditative chanting as part of her daily ritual, which is something my student & #LTAB Indy champ Antwon Funches recently put me on to.


Black Feminist Breathing Chorus:

This is a collection of audio meditations drawing on the wisdom of Black feminist ancestors by Alexis Pauline Gubbs. Every meditation features an original collage and an affirmation quote by a powerful Black ancestor.


Tatianna Tarot

I love following Tatianna Tarot on instagram because she pulls a daily meditation Tarot card that helps me set my intention for the day. Her card deck is also really beautiful!


Desmoney's photos:

Des is a local artist who designs clothes and also takes really dope photos. I love his portraits and shots of Chicago


Mystic Mamma

I love this astrology site because they post a theme for every month that reminds me to get my life together. The theme for the month of June is "reality check"


Jamila Woods is a poet, singer, and teaching artist from Chicago, IL. She the Associate Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors and a founding member of YCA’s Teaching Artist Corps. A Pushcart Prize winner, her poetry has been published by Poetry Magazine, Haymarket Books and Third World Press. Jamila was a 2015 recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship awarded by the Poetry Foundation. She is also a member of the Dark Noise Collective of poets & educators of color. Jamila recently released her debut solo album HEAVN to rave reviews by Pitchfork & the Chicago Tribune.