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Intriguing Poetry and Professionals
She Walks With Confidence
She walks with confidence and no man has to wonder why
She radiates beauty and intuitive women grasp the natural appeal
Children flock to her presence because they know she has her own
The confidence does not mean her days are without trials that produce the sad emotion of making her cry
The beauty is charged by being more than skin deep where the heart says I want to know God’s Will
The presence of her is a nurturer because she was nurtured The man and children who possess her are happy to say she is bone of my bone
Who is this person of all these things? It is Mom
— James L. Jr.
Shakira Articles Volume at the Product of Culture website.
Songstress, Musician, and Entrepreneur
Shakira is known on the world’s stage for being a singer, songwriter, dance choreographer, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and entrepreneur. She founded the Barefoot Foundation (Pies Descalzos Foundation) with this mission: “The Barefoot Foundation works to ensure that every Colombian child can exercise their right to a quality education. Our model targets displaced and vulnerable communities by addressing their unique needs.”
Shakira is a phenomenal entertainer! Her songwriting ability and singing is also impressive. When it comes to Shakira, this writer loves to joke; no red-blooded man can say her name once when she is performing publicly or on the television screen, except me… This is why some writers may cover their mouth to speak the second Shakira under the breath. Wait a minute; this is supposed to be a non-fiction book, please excuse my dry humor. It is probably just best to exclaim, SHAKIRA, SHAKIRA with no shame, and say “That’s right, she is like my daughter, or sister, or cousin.” Though young men from their twenties on up probably won’t believe your explanation.
Did I digress again?
In all seriousness, there are qualities Shakira shares with us on the world stage that shows she is capable of carrying on a conversation with just about anybody, and we have not even talked about all the languages she speaks. This chapter is to give you a view of Shakira from an English speaking/writer person’s perspective.
Introduction to this Commentary on Shakira the Woman.
Often, when a person makes it in the “big time” as they say, then it is not highlighted or forgotten, such persons still have a common ground with humanity. The treatment of such persons at times can even be mean-spirited. To ignore that these are still people who laugh, cry, live life, and love their families, as they may also like you if you give them a chance, is something merciful people never do on purpose.
Starting Point A) Shakira Shares her Motherly and Scientific thoughts for little Children.
Shakira Shares her Motherly and Scientific thoughts for little Children.
Shakira is known on the world’s stage for being a singer, songwriter, dance choreographer, and entrepreneur. She has been recognized with esteem by her musician peers. Shakira’s love and desire to help financially poor children moved her to bring a dream of hers into reality. She saw children living in poverty missing out on receiving a quality education. When the opportunity materialized through hard work, she founded the Barefoot Foundation (Pies Descalzos Foundation) with this mission:
“The Barefoot Foundation works to ensure that every Colombian child can exercise their right to a quality education. Our model targets displaced and vulnerable communities by addressing their unique needs.”
Presently there are five schools across Colombia that provide education and meals for several thousand children.
Shakira is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
For this article, we are highlighting the side that few get to see. It is understandable because it involves her children and family. Family time is family time.
By Shakira sharing her thoughts on what children need and her experience in the article, “What motherhood taught me about a child’s developing brain,” it reveals another facet of this (Said with all due respect), passionate woman.
Hence, let’s view some of the statements from this mom. Like moms around the world raising their children with love and insight, she possesses a concern to know about how her child’s mind/brain is growing, so to speak.
Specific Thoughts From the article Shakira: What motherhood taught me about a child’s developing brain | World Economic Forum
Here are the expressions Shakira made from this linked article.
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/01/shakira-mother-child-development-education Specific Thoughts From the article Shakira: What motherhood taught me about a child’s developing brain | World Economic Forum
Points A, B, and C are considered in the next heading as to the effect of this article on one writer’s personal feelings on this subject of a child’s developing brain.
A) Millions of children spend their earliest moments starved of the protection and play they need.
B) Advances in neuroscience teach us that parents and caregivers, health care and early learning professionals, governments and societies can shape the brain structure of every child for the better by enriching and protecting their environment, from the moment they are conceived until they reach five years old.
C) Being a mother of two children who are currently in the midst of their peak brain-development periods, I definitely feel the weight of this immense opportunity and responsibility, which I’m sure is true for many parents and caregivers across the world. As I look at my children, I ask myself — am I doing everything I can to help their brains grow strong? Am I giving them enough love, protection, and nutrition for optimal development? Are my actions positively contributing to their experiences and ultimately their cognitive, social and emotional development? I believe I am, and I am fortunate enough to be in a position to give them these critical elements of early childhood development.
Personal Feelings and Observations
My feelings were stirred for probably the same reasons yours were in reading the whole article.
Shakira: What motherhood taught me about a child’s developing brain
A child is meek, trusting, and vulnerable by design in the early stages of life. When a baby needs something that child is not going to “be tough; you will hear about it. And the strong, yet tenderly affection parent is able to exercise the feelings of endearment and protection for the child’s welfare. If the children are our future, as one songwriter states, then parents go to great lengths to safeguard this precious future. The child is a gift.
When I see the motherly side of Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll express concern for all children, you know this is another common ground that shows the human race is interconnected.
When Shakira asked, “Are my actions positively contributing to their experiences and ultimately their cognitive, social and emotional development?”
Then when she answered, “I believe I am, and I am fortunate enough to be in a position to give them these critical elements of early childhood development.”
It caused my mind to recall a few things about Shakira as to her present child-nurturing environment. Shakira has and continues to work hard for her children to have the nourishment needed to grow up with thinking ability. And her love of humanity desire is for many others to be in the frame of mind where they also feel, “I believe I am” helping my children to grow up bright and strong. — I will relate thinking ability once more.
Yes, my mind referenced additional items I read about Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll.
*Shakira has shown a real go-get-’em personality all her life. When she has a passion for something, then she takes the time to learn what is needed and gives it her best go at it.
*Shakira speaks five languages. Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, and Italian.
Would you say Shakira has benefited from receiving the required nutrients to develop her brain?
2.a Children need the proper nutrition daily.
2.b Children need to feel loved and secure. There should be no doubt in their little hearts and brains the parents or caregivers are doing the best for them, as in the best way they are able to do it.
2.c If you will, a child needs daily nutrition or nourishment in these following areas: physical, emotional, and spiritual.
It all works together to develop the brain. Even as adults, we continue to take in the nourishment in these three areas. Parents pass on thoughts or education to their children.
In some lands, as Shakira observed, some parents are unable to pass on the basic nutrition needed for their developing children no matter how much they want it to be so. Hence, in a personal way and a mother’s tender affections for children, she has done what she could to help.
Shakira Articles Volume Topic B) Comme moi-Black M and Shakira Collaboration
Before sharing information on Black M’s bio, I have to relate something about Shakira, Shakira! Yes, when experiencing a brief fanboy moment you may reflexively say the name twice as a response. -As you readers know, I don’t have fanboy moments.
Now, where was I (Putting back on the professor’s voice mode)? Ah yes, Shakira put on a dance routine that shows why I say IMHO she is one of the best Hispanic dancers in the world. And Shakira’s singing this song, Comme moi, in English is on point. Would you agree?
Due to Black M residing overseas, I knew nothing about him or his music. Here is some information that gives the audience more insight into this talented rapper’s culture and background. You can also see why Shakira enjoyed collaborating with him. And what a display of this man’s singing and dancing prowess we received!
Alpha Diallo aka Black M.’s Culture
“Alpha Diallo better known by his stage name Black Mesrimes or more commonly Black M (born 27 December 1984), is a French rapper and singer-songwriter of Guinean descent. He grew up in the 7th and 13th arrondissements of Paris. He is famous for his membership in the French rap and hip-hop collective Sexion d’Assaut in addition to his solo work and collaborations with various artists…In 2006, he had a joint released Bakry & Black Mesrimes presente Le Pact. In 2013, he released “Ailleurs” as an early release from his solo album titled Les yeux plus gros que le monde that followed in 2014, becoming his first official studio album.” — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_M
Shakira Articles Volume Topic C) Prince Royce and Shakira in their hit duet DEJA VU
What do you get when you match these components in the art of music?
- Intelligence/Experience In Writing and Video
- The Exquisiteness Of Voice And Song
- Hearts Of Fire
- Bachata Dance
The answer is a collaboration with Prince Royce and Shakira in their hit duet “Deja vu.”
Shakira is (IMHO) one of the best dancers in the world of the Hispanic culture. But you can ascertain that she is also a quick learner in other forms of the dance culture globally.
Prince Royce, this crooner, whose voice is like silk. In Deja vu, his smooth tone and Shakira’s reserved coloratura range tells a story of two lovers who have moved on (healed) from their past relationship, but are drawn back to one another while considering it is to their detriment. The music video makes me think about a time when the two met in the beginning stages. It was chemistry; there were openness and vulnerability.
Still, even though that time plays in their mind, neither can forget the pain that cut deep scars into their hearts, which they experienced time and time again; like Deja Vu. Will they fall back into the same routine?
Now the flipside of analyzing this video and looking at the ending, it could also mean that both of them have gone through this ordeal with their last love, but now in this new environment, they have found one another and ready to start a new adventure. — These are just my thoughts; you may experience the song and official video in a different way.
Feel free to let me know your take on the Deja Vu video in the comments.
Enough of my thoughts, I would now like to share with you the silky smooth song and dance presentation of Prince Royce & Shakira — Deja vu (Official Video)
Prince Royce and Shakira (Bachata Dance)
Listen Here VIDEO
Shakira Articles Volume Topic C) The El Dorado meaning for Shakira
The excerpt is taken from “Shakira Finds Liberation, One Song at a Time” by Jon Pareles
It’s an album sung mostly in Spanish, Shakira’s original language — though she is now fluent in English — and it’s full of love songs carried by tropical rhythms. The album is named after a mythical golden city sought in the Americas by Europeans. “Finding inspiration itself and realizing it had always been there all along — that was my El Dorado,” she said. “That was a perfect state of mind.” — Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Shakira Articles Volume Topic D) Shakira’s Merchandise — Best tour stuff I ever had!
“Best tour stuff I ever had!” This was the very happy response Shakira exclaimed when she displayed all her new merchandise!
Shakira is right, her seasonal attire and the El Dorado Tour has a variety of cool hats, clothing, etc… SHAKIRA’s OFFICIAL STORE
Shakira Articles Volume Topic E) Shakira Congratulations to Dayana Marcela & Ricardo Andres
Shakira & the Fund Pies Descalzos gave well deserved commendation for two special achievements at the South American Skating Championship. See her Twitter status update for Dayana Marcela & Ricardo Andres! The Product of Culture website also sends congratulations! We know it was a lot of hard work but you made it through for the gold. Keep growing in wisdom and doing your best. Again Congratulations!
Shakira Articles Volume Topic F) Carpool Karaoke -Trevor Noah with Shakira!
This had me rolling! Carpool Karaoke -Trevor Noah with Shakira! I really appreciated the way Trevor sent all his adoring fans over to say hi to Shakira in this clip. Trevor is so gracious.
Hey, just be ready for this carpool Karaoke you do not want to miss! Just click on Shakira’s twitter status link.
Topic G) Product of Culture Shakira and Maluma. Latin Musicians Special Edition
A Writer’s Thoughts
Shakira. You will find after reading the Shakira and Maluma article, by Billboard’s Contributor Rebecca Schiller, why music lovers cannot say the performing facet of Shakira’s name in a low tone or even once. E.g., Shakira, Shakira!
Maluma is really, to use an appropriate idiom, in the same boat. At concerts, his name could officially be said and spelled as Maluma!! Just ask the women, and some of the men, who have attended his performances.
Rebecca Schiller talks about these personalities appealing qualities in not only physical attraction but also their views on soccer, family, along with the importance of green juice and being prudent.
This writer has recognized for sometime Shakira is a woman of intelligence and depth.
I’ve also referenced in times past the benefits of reading. When it comes to news today, especially on people in the spotlight, you may agree with this one reference here:
Analytical thinking is not only essential but let’s emphasis necessary today.
There is an abundance of information around today. How does a person decipher whether the data presented to them should be ignored negative slander, stored away, or acted upon?
Reading helps us to not judge a book by its cover.
Reading has helped many to hold the perspective that “where there is a question, there is also an answer.” Analytical thinking facilitates a person’s power to recognize if the answer is factual, or not; if the answer is practical, or not.
Reading books bestows upon an individual confidence that he or she has made a good decision on a subject.
The interview setting that Shakira and Maluma have enjoyed is in a relaxed environment. Though both these personalities are no strangers to speaking in public with bright lights shining on every word out of their mouths; according to many writer’s tastes, a catered environment like the one in the article is more conducive for the inner person of the one being interviewed to express themselves. What makes the person being interviewed feel comfortable? What would make you feel comfortable in a conversation like this one?
Just one more thought the owner of this website feels moved to share with you before I share one paragraph insert from the Shakira and Maluma article and the video with the English subtitle.
As mentioned to the Perceptive Readers, Shakira is someone featured at this Product of Culture website several times throughout the year. People have heard the owner of this website talk about Shakira’s writing and language speaking skills that would make her an excellent secretary. Well by reading the chosen insert below, it helped me to appreciate that I can no longer in my mind’s beautiful world of possibilities call her a secretary; I may just have to call her Reina Secretary instead. (Chuckle)
The owner of this website has a tendency to view her as a Princess; he stands corrected. There’s no shame in my game (Cultural idiom). See how reading helps us to get the facts straight? (Chuckle 2 times)
This excerpt originally appeared in the April 21 issue of Billboard.
Maluma, what do you do to make her so happy?
Shakira: First of all, he calls me reina [queen] all the time. Reina here, reina there.
Maluma: [Laughs.] That’s the truth.
Shakira: When he called me reina the first time, I said, “We’re off to a good start.”
Maluma: I’ve always said that there’s one thing that differentiates us Colombians on a global scale: berraquera [loosely translated: grit, or guts]. Even if we’re not great musicians, we find the people who know how to make the songs great.
Shakira: When a Colombian gets obsessed with something, watch out. Our history and the social factors we’ve been submitted to have turned us into resourceful people who had to survive and find their way in life.
Have you encountered barriers in the industry as Latin artists?
Shakira: The path to success has been longer, steeper, with more obstacles than if I had been born in Florida or New York City. To be born in Barranquilla and start a career at a time when the pop music scene was almost nonexistent in Colombia … When I began with my ballads and my rock songs, it was a very hostile environment. And there was no social media back then. I had to travel the entire length of Latin America to make my music known in the beginning, going from radio station to radio station. Sometimes we were in three countries in the same day.” — Billboard.com
Shakira Articles Volume Topic H) The Zootophia Movie Memories
Zootopia Movie Memories was originally posted in the Year March 2016 as “The World of Zootopia”
It is my pleasure to share this article once again during the Shakira El Dorado World Tour! See the Shakira 2018 in El Dorado Play list.
Zootopia “This film is about diversity; about avoiding prejudice; about the value of true friendship. And friendship with yourself- Having the will, commitment, and determination to accomplish your dream.” Shakira (Cast as Gazelle)
Views and Observations
You will be entertained in ways that are considered fresh for the Disney movie Zootopia. The consensus for many who watched the film is positive.
Before you ask if I was standing outside the movie theater asking survey questions as people came out, the answer is “no.”
After watching the movie, I interviewed people who sat in my vicinity.
Note: They probably were wondering why I was writing in the dark, even during the hilarious scenes in the movie!
Professor’s voice: As an adult, I watched the cartoon, I mean the animated movie, for professional reasons; of course.
The purpose of this review will not give away spoilers; however, the first five to eight minutes of the movie catches the attention by presenting the premise for the motives throughout the animated film. You see and understand Judy Hopps’ heart.
Bullying often has long-range effects on a person. In this movie, one of the takeaways is to still stand up not just for yourself, but for your friends. — You must use thinking ability and have the courage to do this.
In being aware of her surroundings throughout the movie, you see Judy Hopps use brain power, in a manner of speaking, to more than compensate for what some teased as her smaller stature.
Can we talk? The directors/technical animation crew implemented effects at times that made you feel the same height as the characters. The environment made You feel like you were looking up at giants. Then at other times, the perception senses had you looking down at the smaller creatures driving by you.
The youngin side of you may say, “Wheee!”
While the older side could remind you, “I’m here for the children.”
Nevermind you borrowed the neighbor’s children in order to attend the cartoon, I mean animation movie with your head held high!
No, in all seriousness, this movie addressed social issues of the day in a way that while the children are being entertained, the adults will say:
“I get where you are going with this.”
Opening Weekend Gross — Zootopia Movie Memories
The opening weekend gross for Zootopia is over 73 million dollars. This is a new opening weekend gross record for Disney’s animated films.
Challenges in the World of Zootopia
At this point, there must be untold numbers of comments and reviews on this Disney blockbuster opening weekend movie.
So is there anything I can share with you that you have not already heard without giving away spoilers?
The story’s narrative (as in the trailers) involves Judy Hopps (Bunny cop) and Nick Wilde (Fox) efforts to solve a crime which unexpectedly exposes them to something bigger that will affect the world.
Since animation can use anthropomorphic type characters, it allows Disney to address live social and cultural situations in ways that attract and keep a child’s attention.
This movie also covers challenges people face today in getting along with one another. You will experience just how fragile relationships can be when words are blown out of proportion or context. — Words really do mean something. Use them wisely to give the desired perception.
In the world of Zootopia, you see everyday situations you may have poked fun at yourself . Since the DMV scene is in the trailer, I will also highlight these points. The children will laugh, but some of the adults will rattle their popcorn containers by hysterical laughter. You know how slow some of these lines can be in specific departments. Be prepared, in Zootopia, you have the sloths running these departments. — Need I say more?
Hear real Zootopia movie theater laughter from the audience. SEE VIDEO
From predators to prey; from characters who hustle others to moments of direct honesty; this world of Zootopia shows these characteristics in different ways. — The audience noticed the efforts.
Interview with a three-year-old — Zootopia Movie Memories
Me: What did you like most about the movie Zootopia?
Three-year-old: The bunny
Me: Is there anything else you want to say?
Three-year-old: Looks at the mother.
Interview with the Mother of the three-year-old
Interviewer: What did you like most about the movie Zootopia?
The Mother: It was a cute movie. It resonates with me because (pointing to the three-year-old) her dad is a cop. I see what he goes through and know how he feels about matters.
Interviewer: Is there anything you didn’t like about the movie or would change? You don’t have to answer this question. (NOTE: I sometimes provide options to not answer questions so the person will not feel the need that they have to overly critique.)
The Mother: “No, like I said, it had me with the bunny being a cop. And my daughter liked it.”
Interview with an Adult Male
Interviewer: What did you like most about the movie Zootopia?
Male (23): It is a cute movie with a good message.
Interviewer: Is there anything you didn’t like about the movie or would change? You don’t have to answer this question.
Male (23): Honestly, I can’t think of anything. I never saw a Disney movie like this.
Interview with a lady (Careful not to ask age in some cases.)
Interviewer: What did you like most about the movie Zootopia?
The lady: It is a cute movie.
Interviewer: Is there anything you didn’t like about the movie or would change? You don’t have to answer this question.
The lady: (Nodding head from left to right) I can’t think of anything. It is interesting.
The World of Zootopia and Your Choice
This movie will make you laugh and feel other emotions. The cerebral content moves you to ask:
“How often do people stand up for one another of different backgrounds and cultures?”
“How is the oppression (bullying) affecting people to different degrees?”
Yes, though light-hearted jokes were made at the beginning of this article, this animated movie’s message is not directed just at children but also adults.
This article now concludes with what is shown through the motive and actions throughout the movie.
See Try Everything (Official video song by Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll)
* Be mindful of the movie ratings and their meaning. Your conscience and decisions are your own. These are my observations in viewing Zootopia as an author and professional.
Ultimate Getaway! Costa Crociere and Shakira in feeling Happiness
Do you have a picture in mind a fabulous vacation spot that would help you to enjoy yourself thoroughly? Think about the food, the fun, excursions, and relaxation.
Shakira has a clear picture in mind of her ultimate break from the hustling activities in life that bring moments of happiness and tranquility to her. Some of these events involve Costa Cruceros!
Listen Here VIDEO
Do you feel this was a nice walk down memory lane park with Shakira? It is hoped happiness will always reside in your heart.