Purpose: To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness

I’ve been very interested these last few years, in this cultural shift that is producing what some are calling a New Renaissance for creatives of color. In the past few years, there has been such a surge of new and exciting voices that reflect the experiences of black folks and people of color, as well.

There are some heavy hitters knocking down doors and making way and I’m inspired by them daily.

When one is focusing on their purpose, that focus on something that is outside of one’s self produces effects that are bigger than them.

Ava DuVernay says this most tactfully.

If your dream is just about you, it’s too small.

And this sense of collective purpose is the fuel for this new burning fire in the culture. I know the things that I want to do with this life are bigger than me. By extension, I understand that I am just a vessel and in the end, it’s not about me.

For some, pursuing purpose can be scary. But as Michelle Obama wrote in her memoire, Becoming, “Failure is a feeling long before it is a result.” That really stuck with me and I have found this to be true. When your dreams are bigger than you, all that you can do is “serve the story.”

Fortifying the spirit of Nia

Take a listen to some of these creators talking about their own senses of purpose and how that ties into a greater narrative.

Don’t @ Me with Justin Simien featuring Issa Rae

Listen here

“Sticks in a Bundle” Jesus & Jollof

Did you know the people you surround yourself with are integral to cultivating your sense of purpose? Listen to Luvvie & Yvonne discuss the ins and outs of their own friendships and how

A Sip with Issa Rae

While the A Sip conversations are only available to patrons, anyone can become a patron for just $2/month. So whether you pay for one month, or 6, there are some must-watch conversations with guests including Michael B. Jordan, Ava DuVernay, Diddy, Janelle Monae and so many more on topics like purpose, craft, intention, art, blackness, and more right at your finger tips.

Stride in Purpose in 2019.

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