So I have these moods right?

Devoya Mood Board Take 1 | Source Devoya


This isn’t a mood board.  Wait…on second thought, it kinda is. It’s currently hanging on my bedroom wall, just to the right of the door. Sometimes, when I’m not in a good space and I lay in bed for hours feeling sorry for myself, I look over at it and think about the various pieces of myself I’ve placed there and I will myself to get up.

Other times, while in a rush to get to work or wherever, I give it a quick glance on my way out. In other words, it helps to dictate the many moods I travel with through the course of a day, week, month.

Here’s what some of the things currently placed on it mean.

Top (L to R) 

  • Live Your Best Life (Clipped from the pages of O Magazine). Oprah knows!
  • C.R.E.A.M Bumper Sticker. One of the last things Fplus gave me before he bounced to the city of angels.
  • My favorite picture of me and Starr. Taken at Audies Olympic during her first appearance as a DJ.
  • A postcard of a young woman writing in her journal on the steps of a church
  • Card I made of my favorite Howard Zinn quote

Another view of my many moods


Howard Zinn Quote Card


Middle (L to R)

  • Something I made years ago. I used to work for various Faith Based Organizations. We’d always get magazines that catered to the word. I clipped a photo from one of men praying in front of a brick wall where water seeps through. Then I clipped a bible scripture I found in the same magazine and glued it to the photo. I read it aloud at least once a week. I’m not sure why, but I enjoy the way I sound when I read it. There is something in the vibration of words once I speak them, that makes me feel good too.

Though it tarries, wait for it

  • Frida Khalo Magnet. I think Kim Baca may have given this to me. I know she gave me the one next to it. Oh and that dope lightening bolt necklace hanging there too.
  • Ronald Reagan postage stamps. Because I never want to forget that I survived my adolescence w/ my self esteem firmly intact, despite all the black woman (and man) shaming that came out of that administration. One day I’ll make something out of them. But for now, they stay.
  • Free Tickets to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.

Bottom (L to R)

Argyle Sweater Comic Strip

  • I have a thing about circles. My friend Christine made this for me when I used to write a newsletter called Jambalaya. I keep it to remind me that everything that was, will be once again.
  • A card from the Judge for my half birthday. Because it’s beautiful yo.


  • Once when we were in our early teens my grandma took all us grandkids to pick grapes. We’d all been complaining about not having name brand clothes or something simple like that so she suggested we all go to work that summer and earn extra money. We all loaded up in that car and cut grapes for an entire morning ( notice I said morning).  When we finished they paid everyone out in cash. Most of us got a shiny new $2 bill and some change. To this day my brothers can’t stand the word centavos. Too many memories of working hard for little. The lesson never left me. I found me a job the very next week at a fast food place. I kept that $2 bill though. I worked too hard for that one to ever spend it.
  • Lastly I have a photo of two of my nephews (Aaron and David). They were the first kids I ever spent quality time with while they were growing up. This photo reminds me that family is important. Plus they’re super handsome, dontcha think?

We’re pleased to announce that the HBG will host a workshop on how to make real Mood Boards on November 16th 2013 here in Fresno California. We’re contracted with a Licensed Art Therapist and everythang y’all. Check back with us next week for all the details on when, where, and how you can join us! Until then I’ll just leave this web definition right here for y’all.

Mood Board

A  mood board is a type of collage that may consist of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition of the choice of the mood board creator. Designers and others use mood boards to develop their design concepts and to communicate to other members of the design team.




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