A self-absorbed Black American fashion model on a photo shoot in Africa is spiritually transported back to a plantation in the West Indies where she experiences first-hand the physical and psychic horrors of chattel slavery, and eventually the redemptive power of community and rebellion as she becomes a member of a freedom-seeking Maroon colony. Written by L. J. Allen-2
Nationally known author reflects on losing childhood home in Detroit
By Dream Hampton
…By the mid-’80s, my brother moved from the mowing crowd to the trespassing crew. Crack seemed to make its nationwide debut on the east side of Detroit, and unlike the boys his age who sold it, my brother, who’d taken to hanging with older boys, became a user.
Rudy Suggs, a former drug dealer in Brooklyn, now works as a “violence interrupter” for Save Our Streets Crown Heights.
On and around the street corner where one of his friends was once gunned down, Mr. Suggs now breaks up fights before people run home to get their weapons. The neighborhood kids who saw him selling and fighting when they were young are now teenagers whom he counsels not to go down the same path.
Mr. Suggs’s services as a “violence interrupter,’’ one of four who work for Save Our Streets Crown Heights, part of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, are in high demand, with shootings still prevalent in the neighborhood. » CONTINUE
Brooklyn artist Mickalene Thomas is best known for her elaborate, collage-inspired paintings, embellished with rhinestones, enamel, and colorful acrylics.
Her depictions of African American women explore a spectrum of black female beauty and sexual identity while constructing images of femininity and power.
Origin of the Universe, Thomas’s first solo museum exhibition, highlights recent bodies of work that examine interior and exterior environments in relation to the female figure. Their settings are often inspired by her 1970s childhood.
I highly recommend artists, lovers and art lovers get to the Brooklyn Museum to see this exhibit. I was so impressed I stayed at the exhibition and watched the full video that went along with the artwork.
You will love this. It is perfect for people who love 70s music and design. She even interviews her mom who was a drug dealer turned user turned recovering addict. Don’t miss this. xoxo , ~Chevy
Atlanta rapper J. Nolan releases his brand new album, entitled: The Upbringing. The new album is produced fully by in house producer, and fellow The Manifest Movement representative, Yung B Da Producer.
Kevin Powell’s Annual Holiday Party & Clothing Drive
Tonight, 12/7/2012 Admission is FREE to Kevin’s Party at LPR with donation of CLEAN, new or used coats, hats, scarves, gloves, boots, shoes, long underwear, tee shirt, pants, etc. in all sizes, including for children. These items will be given to the SAFE HORIZON STREETWORK PROJECT, which helps thousands of homeless young people in New York each year.
Monetary donations will benefit the CONEY ISLAND GENERATION GAP (tax-deductible), which is doing extensive Hurricane Sandy relief work.
Music by DJ HERBERT HOLLER with special guest, Grammy Award-winning trumpet player, MAURICE BROWN and featuring a musical selection by CHAZ SHEPHERD, actor/singer-songwriter (check his cd “Love & Truth” on iTunes)
PLUS: Live Art by AMY ISD and MARTHALICIA Live Comedy by ALEX CARABANO, STU LARGE, and KATE WOLFF Live Music in The Acoustic Lounge featuring some of NYC’s best indie artists (curated by MARITRI, and featuring house band THE SOULFOLK EXPERIENCE) Slide show courtesy of OCCUPY SANDY Free Massages by GRAE THERAPY, GO SPA, and THE KENKOU GROUP
Cash bar You must be 21 or over with I.D. Attire: Fashionably Chic or Business Casual