Do you realize that who you are at this moment is enough? You ARE enough right now and no conforming is necessary.
According to singer/actress Malina Moye and other artists, like gospel singer Yolanda Adams, Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge and Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockton, participants in the #IAMENOUGH campaign, spearheaded by Malina Moye, they are also enough.
What is all this #IAMENOUGH business about, you might ask? Well I will tell you.
In Malina’s #IAMENOUGH campaign, on April 23, 2019, she had people post a picture of themselves to their social media, tagging it #IAMENOUGH. According to Malina, it was a day to celebrate “YOU” and everything you are. The campaign was well received and included the above-mentioned celebrity participants, among others.
Malina Moye’s recently released video, “Enough” from her Billboard Number One album, “Bad As I Wanna Be” speaks to the differences in people. It shows the different colors, demographics and socioeconomic statuses that makes us all unique, different, special and yes, enough.
“Enough” is about accepting and loving who you are right now and knowing you are enough. Black, white, brown, yellow, purple or blue, we are all enough and nobody should make us feel less than and if they do, then the problem is with them and not us. That is the message delivered in “Enough.”
The video uses the backdrop of Los Angeles to showcase the beautiful differences of the people who are the heart and melting pot of America. The video was directed by Marc Fusco, who said, “Diversity is really the soul of the video. Malina’s lyrics speak about our dreams and hopes of what we want for our lives, but then come to terms with the DNA of America and the healing that it needs to do.” Like I said, it’s not YOU, it’s THEM.
“Enough” is an old rock/soul styled song with a relevant message. The song culminates with a pretty hot and emotional guitar solo by the left-handed guitarist. According to Malina’s press release, “One of my jobs as an artist is to start uncomfortable conversations. For instance, I experienced firsthand what it’s like for me and folks who look like me, to not be represented in the music industry on certain platforms—those that are supposed to celebrate the musician and their instrument. Then I finally realized something. It had nothing to do with skill or sound, but rather that some of us would never fit into the stereotypical image of what the old industry guard thinks certain genres of music should look like. So as a black female songwriter-guitarist, I started writing about it.” Malinda added, “I realized that this experience is a common denominator with anyone who’s been told time and again ‘you don’t fit in’ or ‘you’re not good enough.’ And I decided to take back my power and launch the #IAMENOUGH campaign to remind myself that I am young, I am black, I am a woman, and I am somebody. So, I am encouraging everyone to celebrate who you are right now in this moment—not who you’re trying to be, but exactly who you are now. You are enough.”
If you would like to check out a Malina performance and just happen to be in one of these areas, here is your chance.
June1 – GRRRL Live 2019, Palms Casino, Las Vegas, NV
June 29 – Buddy Guy’s Legend, Chicago, IL
June 30 – Levitt AMP Concert Music Series, Wiley Park, Galva, IL
August 7 – Bansko Jazz Fest, Premier Luxury Mountain Resort, Belogradchik, Bulgaria
August 9 – Nisville Jazz Festival, Fotress of Nis, NI, Serbia
August 10 – Rock and Soul Steinbruch Haardt Open Air, Neustadt An Der Weinstrabe, Germany
From Las Vegas to Germany. Talk about a jetsetter. YOU GO MALINA. You are enough.
#IAMENOUGH and so are YOU.
Marilyn Smith is a Los Angeles based writer/reviewer. Contact her via [email protected]l.com