Destiny's Child Reunites in Michelle Williams' New Video: "Say Yes"

By now you've probably heard Michelle Williams' reggae-inspired, gospel-infused record "Say Yes" featuring her former Destiny's Child group mates Beyoncé and Kelly. Michelle dropped the supporting visuals today and the streets is watching!

Bey took it back to her Fighting Temptations days rocking her Solange braids, an angelic off white poncho and...booty shorts:-/ It was tactful though.

I love how Kelly breaks it down in the end adding an R&B flavor to an island beat. Not sure if she was preggo when taping this vid but her cute maxi skirt and crop top show no bearings of a belly.

The three ladies wrap up the video with a dance selection led by Michelle. It's nice to see the lead singer"s" in the background for a change.

It took awhile for this record to grow on me. Upon first listen my thoughts were that "Say Yes" was a mediocre production considering the legendary female group that is Destiny's Child. But after about five listens over the weeks I'm ready to pon the river and signal the plane.

Take a look at the video below. What do you think, a Destiny's Child comeback? Maybe a compilation gospel album???

-Renée Nicole
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Mid-Week Inspiration: Leap of Faith

"You can fail at what you don't want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love." 

-Jim Carrey, Maharishi University Commencement Speech

Are any of us truly happy? 100%, no pain no gain, laugh in the face of adversity happy? It seems like for every smile you crack, a person cries. For every chuckle, someone feels grief. It always leads me to wonder "What have I done wrong?" But then I realize that heartache is a part of life. God does not stand around waiting to condemn us every time we make a mistake. We are bound to mess up. He knows it and expects it. God seeks to build our character which takes place through enduring the trying of our faith. 

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,a whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance." James 1: 2-3

We know that things will never be ALL good. God simply wants us to maintain the right attitude despite of our circumstances. He wants us to learn to accept hardship and make the best of it. He doesn't want us to compare ourselves to others or try to figure out how they got what they got. We must recognize our circumstances without letting them get the best of us.

"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." Philippians 4:12

We know when we are heading in the right path and we know when we are settling. Right now I feel God showing me in the midst of circumstances to stay true to the calling over my life. I've spent way too much time settling rather than accepting that God has my back even if I flat out fall. No matter how big my plump, He is there to pick me up off the ground, dust me off, and place me back in position.

I can take a leap of faith and know that he is the parachute that keeps me sailing above ground. Life is  short and we waste so much of it worrying and trying to figure it out. Instead of contemplating the matters of living, choose to allow Him to orchestrate your steps. Seek Him daily for guidance. Let His Word motivate you to sow into others. You will find yourself refreshed and renewed. When we cast our cares on the Lord, it is amazing how quickly He intervenes and turns the situation out for our good. Be patient and begin to walk into your destiny!

-Renée Nicole
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NEW MUSIC: Uncle Reece "I Can't Help Myself" ft. Jor'Dan Armstrong

Uncle Reece is back with new music and a video to complement. "I Can't Help Myself" ft. Jor'Dan Armstrong is sure to get you up on your feet and out of breath, then lifting holy hands by the end of the record. 

Uncle Reece is a young, contemporary gospel singer of Jacksonville, Florida. His fun, hip-hop/reggae/R&B infused vibe makes his music appeal to a younger audience looking to praise and worship in an extraordinary way.

He won the hearts of Christians with his first single "Until I Pass Out." His new record "I Can't Help Myself" is another banger with classic vocals and a turn up beat you can't help but move to. 

I saw Uncle Reece last year at Atlanta's Praise in the Park and when I tell you I was impressed, blessed, and amazed. He had a crowd full of hot and sweaty black people jumping like they were at a Jay-Z concert. But then a switch turned on for worship that brought attendees to tears as they reminisced on where God had brought them from. Not only is he a gifted singer but an anointed leader of worship. 

Check out "I Can't Help Myself" below!!!

-Renée Nicole
IG: ms_disclosednative

Words From the Editor/Mid-Week Inspiration

First of all, let me apologize for the lack of postings on lately. I've been so busy with a new job, new location, school, and trying to squeeze in a personal life that I haven't really had time for much else. That and I've been feeling led for the past few months to change the focus of the blog as my life has changed tremendously. But I've never given up my dedication to my first love, Disclosed:-)

This site started as a personal blog just to keep me writing and to release some of my inner thoughts, kind of like a journal; my way of saying what I couldn't vocally. It soon developed into an entertainment blog. Our team including JayGee (who helped Disclosed boost its views through the roof), Madelyn Monroe (who does a lot of everything for the site), and a few other volunteers, started to hit the entertainment scene in Atlanta, meeting so many of our favorite celebs, interviewing up and coming artists who are now doing big things. While I loved every moment of that incredible stretch, it was what I, Disclosed, and the team needed at that time. It was part of the process. Now, with my business partner Maddy holding it down in California and me in Virginia, both exploring our own new ventures, we have decided to restructure the format of Disclosed into inspiration and fashion.

We introduced Madelyn's jewelry line Fearless Femme to you guys and it has taken off like wildfire. Her eye for fashion is legit and for that reason she will be bringing us all of the latest news and trends in this area of her expertise. Of course I'll keep bringing you my words of encouragement because it not only feeds you but me as well. Writing for me is healing. It's my release. I don't like to talk to a lot of people about my problems because I don't believe in giving too much life to them and I don't trust everyone's opinion. But this channel allows me to open up without bias, without the direct backlash.

It's funny because in the midst of trying to figure out how to alter the site, I've had so many loyal readers come to me (that I didn't even know existed) requesting more, and the one thing they all wanted were the mid-week inspirations. I don't take it lightly when God tells me something. He gives people specific purposes in your life, maybe for a much needed pat on the back, or even a slap in the face to get yourself together, and sometimes it's just to inspire you to keep doing what you're doing. Because I have learned the importance of taking everything that God shows me very seriously, I have started to practice firm obedience. When God tells me to do something I do it, when He tells me not to, I don't. I know when it's Him because of the burning in my chest, the pressure in my temples, and the silent, still voice that is so real. You can be at ease when you know you have done what He wants you to because it guarantees your success.

So please be patient with us. We are still working out the kinks in our hectic but very fulfilling lives. More than anything I want to inspire you to be a better you. I want to be your outlet for anything attempting to hold you back. Life is about helping others first all while feeding your own soul. So my quick inspirational bit for you today is, when your hear God's voice, listen. I've made so many mistakes in life simply because I made the decision to do what I wanted to rather than doing what I knew was right. I gave into my flesh and satisfied it instead of of what will provide me eternal treasures. I now know that training my body, mind, and spirit to all align with God's purpose is where true happiness is found.

I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. I Corinthians 9:27 NLT

I've learned the importance of taking care of myself. I exercise regularly and I am very mindful about what I put into my body and into my spirit. All of these things work together like a machine. Just like your body needs food to operate, your spirit needs positive affirmations and discipline to maintain contentment and happiness. Allow me to let you in on a little secret, you control the outcome of every situation in your life. Whenever I am dealing with frustration I hear God ask me, "How are you going to respond to this Renee?" Actually I say that aloud to myself in many instances just as a reminder that I hold the keys to my own joy. Every obstacle is a test and I want to pass with flying colors. 

I challenge you today to be obedient and choose life. Choosing life means that you will beat your body to the point that it becomes your slave. You train your mind to think positive thoughts until they become positive realities. You put others before self. You find fulfillment in doing for others while still making time to refuel for self. Please continue to hold me accountable. I need it just like you do. In the words of Wendy Williams, I love you guys for reading;-) In all sincerity, I do. You keep me going.

-Renée Nicole
IG: ms_disclosednative           

Mid-Week Inspiration: Conquer Your Old Weaknesses

The likelihood of me making a mistake today is about 100/100. It's bound to happen. Nobody's perfect and our sins pile up by the minute. The importance of righteous living is learning from one's mistakes and making an effort not to commit them again. We all have something we struggle with; it could be cursing, arguing, fornicating, greed, gossiping, and so much more. We can choose to claim and accept our weaknesses or we can fight against them. 

I know that I, personally have the tendency to allow my mind to wander on unwholesome thoughts. These thoughts include but are not limited to lust, anger, finances. I can be driving along the highway and all of a sudden my mind drifts to something outlandish like ripping someone who angered me to shreds or obsessing over how much money I have in the bank and how it will pay off this and that.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4: 8-9

Whatever we think about doing will come into fruition if we are not careful. Stop thinking about hooking up with that person you know is no good. Stop thinking that you can't control your actions. Believe that you are strong enough to beat whatever you struggle with most. And for those now and thens that you mess up, realize you have a forgiving Father who has already washed away your sins. 

Pick your head up, stick your chest out and say I'm bigger than this. Nothing has a hold over me! I can put the cigarettes down. I can tell that fine, sexual chocolate No! Give yourself credit. You can conquer your sin. The decision is up to you.

-Renée Nicole
IG: ms_disclosednative

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