New dates and locations added to my shows! Check it at www.JamarRogers.com

New dates and locations added to my shows! Check it at www.JamarRogers.com

Imagine

Imagine

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#ResetBlog: The world is not out to get you.

#Reset

Life has a way of tossing things at you that you don’t think you’re  prepared for. It could be bad news or a major change in your life and so you grasp at what you know, the familiar ways you’ve become accustomed to handling stress.

For me, it was always drugs that brought me relief. It was a way to dull the senses so I just didn’t have to think about it. The problem is: it was only a temporary relief. Those problems and issues may subside momentarily, but they lay in wait, poised to remind you of how truly inadequate and ill prepared you are.

So, what to do now?

Forgive those that have done you wrong.

"Jamar, I’m about to get evicted. I just lost my job. And you’re telling me to forgive? Just how is that gonna change my situation?"

Good point. But that thinking stems from unforgiveness. Just hear me out:

Somewhere along the way, you’ve been inexplicably hurt. For me, it was being molested repeatedly as a child and never meeting my father and feeling as though my mother didn’t love me. Those hurts festered and turned into deep wounds. So I put up a shield. No one will ever hurt me again is what I reasoned.

However, my response to all of that pain (as natural as it may seem) was ruining my life. It was damaging relationships and even my career. My defenses were impenetrable and it was keeping me from fulfilling my destiny.

The world is not out to get you.

Because you’ve been hurt, your perspective doesn’t agree with this statement. Every “bad” thing that happens in your life is a result of people not respecting you or not seeing your true potential. At least, this is what you think.

But, here’s the truth: bad things happen to good people. And once you decide to forgive those that hurt you deeply, it changes your mentality from victim to fighter. Once you realize that holding onto all of that pain hurts no one but yourself, you begin to see that you’re still alive and here on this earth for a purpose.

You’re alive.

You’re breathing.

And there’s still a lot of world for you to see and experience.

Those “bad” things you’re so stressed about can actually be good things waiting to change your life for the better. It’s all about the way you see it. But, the first step is forgiving those that have wronged you. Not for their sake, but for yours. It’s time to reset. It’s time to forgive. It’s time to move on.

 

#Truth

#Truth

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Coming this summer.

Coming this summer.

Behind the scenes at today’s shoot.
Behind the scenes at today’s shoot.
Behind the scenes at today’s shoot.

Behind the scenes at today’s shoot.

Potential Track List?

Potential Track List?

via #BeFunky iPhone http://goo.gl/jy6LM

via #BeFunky iPhone http://goo.gl/jy6LM

Hear that?

Hear that?

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Thank You, Elizabeth Glaser

My heart has always been in music. Growing up, I loved singing – I loved the sensation of the notes in my throat, I loved the beat, and I loved how my voice could affect others. When I appeared on The Voice in Season 2, audiences could feel my love for music, helping me to reach the Top 8. I’ve had the opportunity to record with some of my favorite artists and travel around the world. Now, I have the unique opportunity to use my voice and my talent to bring much-needed attention to the challenges facing children living with HIV.

I’ve been living with HIV for almost a decade. I know its challenges and dangers, and I know just how scary it can be to live with the virus day in and day out. But for children living in resource-poor countries, the virus isn’t challenging, it’s deadly. Despite everything we know about preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, every day, over 900 children are born with HIV. Without care and treatment, half of those children will die before their second birthday. But that doesn’t have to happen.

For 25 years, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation has worked tirelessly on behalf of women, children, and families around the world in the battle to eliminate pediatric HIV. Working in 5,400 sites in 15 countries across sub-Saharan Africa and India, EGPAF is dedicated to keeping mothers and babies healthy, happy, and HIV-free. That’s why I’m proud to lend my voice to their efforts, and that’s why I’m so excited to perform at the 24th annual A Time For Heroes celebrity carnival in Los Angeles, CA on June 2.

I believe that if you are willing to live your best life, you can do it. If you want to do more for others, you can do it. For years, I’ve been using my music to help others live their best lives and achieve their dreams and goals. Now, I’m thrilled to be able to do so to benefit EGPAF’s important mission: to eliminate pediatric AIDS and create an AIDS-free generation.

Tidal

For loving you is like a disaster.
it’s a flood.
a tsunami
that tramples villages and conquers soil.
it rushes in like
something tidal
something virile
hovering over the face of the deep,
drowning giants
and resurrecting ghosts,
this tempest,
this love of yours.

The Lost and Found Poem

Somewhere between Gethsemane & New Orleans,
you littered a deluge of 
affection
& I found it complete 
& in tact.
How is it your hands turn fractions 
into whole pieces,
whispers into testimony?
How is it your arms are long enough
to reach me,
yet short enough to find me?
Somewhere on that road to Damascus,
you made me blind, 
just so I could see. 
snap.

snap.