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This Creative Indoor Skydiving Proposal Is Black Love Goals

When it comes to taking a leap of faith in love, the sky's the limit.

She Said Yes!

When it comes to taking a leap of faith in love, the sky's the limit. Quinton Morris Jr., 30, and Ashley “AG" Grace, 30, proved that recently when the couple's creative indoor skydiving proposal made its rounds on social media. Thanks to iFly and an untapped bucket list goal, Quinton devised the ultimate master plan to propose to the woman of his dreams and take their love to new heights while doing it.

The two's love story began years ago when they attended the same college at Sam Houston State University. But it didn't take flight until this year, when they reconnected via Instagram after playing a game of “a like for a like" on each other's pictures. AG went after what was hers in their game of cat and mouse and slid in his DMs after her girlfriends encouraged her to do so.

From there it was love at first sight, but according to the bride-to-be, love wasn't too far behind for either her or Quinton. And after 10 months together, AG had a slight feeling that a proposal was coming, she just didn't know the how or when.

On the morning of November 18, the couple had breakfast at her favorite brunch restaurant, went to the mall to buy a new outfit for him, and by 3:30, they arrived for their standing appointment to go to iFly. IFly holds sentimental value to AG because it was included on her list of 30 things to do before she turned 30. She missed the opportunity to do it twice before, so Quinton making up for it spoke volumes.

Little did she know, what he would choose to do next would make November 18 one of the most memorable days of her life.

“We began the process of the indoor skydiving experience. We geared up to head into the chamber and the instructor oddly separated us. He had Q go first and me go last. I did think it was strange, but I still followed instructions," she said. “We each took a turn for the first round of the skydiving experience and everything went smoothly. The second round started and again, Q went first. After his turn, he left the chamber. I thought he left to grab his cell phone to record me when it was my turn to skydive."

But Quinton had other plans up his sleeves. While AG was waiting her turn again to skydive, Quinton was setting up her proposal surprise outside of the chamber with her friends, including her best friend who traveled from out of town to be there. As the instructor took her up in the chamber and then back down, she saw all of her friends entering in single file line holding signs that read, “AG Will You Marry Me?"

“I was so overjoyed, I started to kick and mess up my form because I was ready to get down. When my minute was over, I left the chamber and walked to him in awe as everyone watched. I don't remember what he said word for word, it all happened so fast," AG recalled. “I just saw him get down on his knee and open that Helzberg Diamonds ring box that held my dream engagement ring and yelled, 'Yessssss.' It was just awesome."

Afterwards, Quinton took AG to dinner reservations he made for the two of them to celebrate their engagement. They went home to change their clothes and he suggested that they drop by her parents' house to share the videos and photos that were captured during the proposal with her parents and her son. “As we turned on my parents' street, I see tons of cars. Q had also thrown me a surprise engagement party with all of our family and friends. The best day ever! I've never had someone so loving and thoughtful as him."

What's next for the newly engaged couple?

“Wedding! We are in the early stages of planning a wedding, setting a date, choosing a venue, and choosing family and friends to be a part of our big day."

Congrats AG and Q!

Before she was Amira Unplugged, rapper, singer, and a Becoming a Popstar contestant on MTV, she was Amira Daughtery, a twenty-five year-old Georgian, with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. “I thought my career path was going to lead me to law because that’s the way I thought I would help people,” Amira tells xoNecole. “[But] I always came back to music.”

A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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