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Slam finals …and the winner is….

I tear myself apart with the regret of not uploading this earlier. Hopefully i am not too late, uploading my new video onto the internet weeks later. This video is of an open mic hosted by the Green Earth Poets Cafe.

Click here to watch –> Open Mic Slam Finals

There are so many people in the footage who are not given their credit. If u recognize anyone please leave a comment and how I can link them to their poems.

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2015, brooklyn, bruh, dred, events, friday, newyork, November

Black Friday approacheth

If Black Friday is important to you, so should be the element of logic. Most want to run to the nearest mall with the Best Buy and the Bath and Body works. But what if I told you that you can shop your heart out on Black Friday AND help the community? Logically, this seems to be more economically sound with the way overseas shipping is set up.

Why not shop locally and get super creative gifts? This helps the mom and pop stores in your community and you will definitely buy something no one else has.

It was hard to get my list together of small businesses because there were so many. My real interest was natural body oils, lotions, soaps and fragrances (spoiler alert). But then I was introduced to stylish clothes sites, handcrafted picture frames, and coloring books. I have narrowed down my Black Friday list to a couple natural sistas who run Black owned Businesses. Most are in my immediate area but some are online, too.

http://www.cult47.bigcartel.com for crotchet hats, shirts and bags

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Friend of mine @ Facebook.com/pariis.williams

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Ebonessence for candles that are just right

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Also @ Facebook.com/Shatavia.Green.7

I will be compiling more lists as the day gets closer. Also, check out BlackEtsy.com if u want to have a leg up on me (that’s not what she said).
See you here, same time, same channel!
~Dredbeauty

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101 Independent Black-Owned Businesses to Support for #BlackoutBlackFriday

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Shout out to the blog with the list! Been looking for a complete list for black owned shops for black friday. Thanx, buddy!

GOOD BLACK NEWS

From afrobella.com:

Things weren’t supposed to go this way. This was supposed to be a buildup to Thanksgiving week, with fun, lighthearted posts about recipes and Black Friday deals. Yay! Shopping!  And now, none of that seems right anymore. Not after Ferguson. On Monday November 24th, in an evening announcement that seemed poorly planned to say the least, it was announced that the grand jury did not indict Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. What does that mean? That means that Darren Wilson gets to walk free, after all of the protests and righteous anger and calls for justice.

CNN predicts there will most likely be a more stringent federal probe and a wrongful death lawsuit – click here to read their predictions. For the black community on the ground in Ferguson as well as in major US cities like NYC, Los Angeles, Washington DC and Chicago…

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2015, brooklyn, Chaka Khan, community, events, june, music

The Launch is Upon Us

Yellow Submarines and Grapevines spread feverishly through my mind. Today is when I release them out of me and into the World! I’ll be writing full fledged articles about the goings ons as told to me through the Grapevine. Hopefully, I can release these demons.           The first order up for business is Dom Dom Dommmmmm

chakakChaka Khan’s appearance in Prospect Park 6/3!

Its going to be big, you guys. And best of all, the cover price is negotiable!

Yes, the Celebrate Brooklyn! Summer Concert Series works off of        donations, so the entry fee is whatever you have in your pocket.         I suggest bringing $3 for entrance at least. And yes, there will              be food. For an all over fun filled day bring about $30 for food, merchandise and cover charge.

I have included some rules of the event just so that no one is disappointed upon entry. Flip flops are appropriate, but there’ll be a lot of people so beware and be aware.

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Check out my Facebook page, too. Thanx… Until next time!

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2015, art, brooklyn, enlightenment, events, health, May, newyork, poem, women

Writing God

Recently I had a concept about this magazine that I definitely want to publish. Now this current issue is set to go out in June and if you would like a copy just like this post or comment that you do want a copy and I’ll get that to you in it PDF version. Thank you

P.s. Stay tuned for articles written, by me, to appear on my blog. Thanx

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At a Book Festival??

Just recently read an article about a woman who showed resilience at her job after facing censorship. Jordan Alam is a New
York City based writer who worked with the Brooklyn Zine Festival that is coming up on April 25th and 26th. When Jordan proposed a Black Lives Matter panel to be present at the Festival they refused. They alluded to the topic of police brutality and oppression as being too political of a topic at such a fun-loving event.

It is no surprise to me that a group whose sole purpose is to give the people a voice would discriminate against the black race. I completely felt Jordan’s outrage over the situation. From her trying to explain how having this group at the panel will not promote apprehension, to her being chastised in work related emails, to her finally sending in her resignation. This woman is a true activist in my eyes, because she stood up and put her foot down. Sometimes you gotta get in these peoples’ faces!

I respect her decision to leave the job because if she stayed she might have been forced to further sugar coat her views and philosophies. Since Jordan’s resignation, the Zine Fest has decided to add the Black Lives Matter group to the panel. A representative will be answering questions about their prospects for the community and its relation to education.

Anyone who has the free time this Sat and Sun should definitely check out all the creative talent in Downtown Brooklyn at the Zine Fest. I leave you with that information and the link to  Jordan’s website so you can read her first hand experience of the face of Prejudice.

Jordan’s Story

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