2015, brooklyn, friday, poem, poetry

Never Weaken 11/13/15

Picture is from http://www.timeforchocolate.com

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Dedicated to all who died in the recent terrorist attacks, as well as the survivors.

Find something sweet in the day
So that you may smile big and grand
We all have a mantra we say
That holds our feet to where we stand
And with that much discipline now
You must be as strong as a bull
Cuz you will never weaken or bow
With all of ur sweetness so full
~Dredbeauty

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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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2015, blacklivesmatter, brooklyn, children, community, events, google, newyork

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, community, Crown Heights, emergency, enlightenment, free, women

Who’s America is this?

“My Rights”

I’m raising my hand because I don’t understand. Please teacher I have a question.
You know whatever I have to say will tear away the fabric that you try to mask over our eyes.

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You don’t want to call on me I know
but everyone else is silent.
Everyone else is waiting for your instruction, hopelessly.
Wishing, hoping you’ll just give them the answer and feed them whatever version of the truth you can muster up!
I see through this ohhhh I see through this.

With a college education I am armed with  knowledge so I can stand up for myself.
I know for one that I have the freedom of speech and can assemble anywhere to converse with like minded people.
So Teach, if you don’t call on me its cool cuz I can start a club after school.

We have a right to protect ourselves people.
And we should do so by arming ourselves with information.
Build a militia around knowing our rights and protecting our youth.
Don’t allow them to be seized for stupid stuff.
Search their book bags and their memories.
Redirect them from being a statistic.
Don’t give the cops “probable cause”, we’re too smart for that.
And they like to issue warrants so be aware.

Don’t relish in jeopardizing your freedom because you feel as though someone is infringing on your God given right of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
No let’s get to the bottom of it Brooklyn.
Let’s hold our heads high cuz we say no to cruel and unusual punishment.
No to excessive Bails and fines
And all my right are coming with me even if they weren’t all listed here.
Because I am me and I stand firm for all of us.

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2015, art, brooklyn, Brownsville Heritage House, free, Green Earth Poets Cafe, poetry, saturday

The HeArt of Brooklyn

I wish to seek as much art out of Brooklyn as possible. And there’s so much here that even the Brooklyn Museum opens its doors for free every first Saturday of the month.

When the weekend comes, I’m sure everyone wants to just go to a happening club and party all night. But museums and open mics appeal to me more.

Jazz and Poetry at Brownsville Heritage House. Curated by Green Earth Poets Cafe

Jazz and Poetry at Brownsville Heritage House. Curated by Green Earth Poets Cafe

I enjoy being slapped with culture and overwhelmed with international deities. Learning about different histories intrigues me and that is why I’m releasing my poem entitled, A Ride.

When I read it’s like a ride, a roller coaster ride

That’s better with a friend but I’m my own best guide

I like to see the world. The past, present and future

It’s like learning about my mom, and all the moms before her

I can travel across the land, see beauty far away

To a time where Amber Rose earrings were in play

Take me there museum! I wana go there today

Give me something to remember when I’m old and grey

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2015, art, brooklyn, community, Crown Heights

The Lure of Fresh Groceries

In Brooklyn we are constantly tempted with the lure of fast foods and deli meats.

IMG_20150628_112218 (1)The occasional taco stand never goes out of style in the Big Apple. But honestly, little dietary adjustments can affect our whole lives.

And on the topic of eating healthy we should concentrate on the small farms in the tri state area that offer GMO, antibiotic and steroid free groceries.

I came across a chicken farm belonging to the Imani Community Garden on Schenectady Ave and Bergen Street in Crown Heights. The chickens greeted me at the gate, seemingly beckoning me to enter.100_0839

The Imani Community Garden sells the eggs from their very own chickens and grows herbs seasonally for their members. lydia Here, Lidia is holding a healthy chicken from the garden.

Recently, one Imani Garden representative, Salome Perry, registered the site as a co-op drop off location. So now you can enjoy the fresh herbs and groceries, not sold in stores. Salome (2)This garden can be found using the Farmigo.com website under Bed Heights Farm 2 U. All items from the farms on this website are locally grown to an impeccable healthy standard.

farmigo Trust me I’m a subscriber!

Ms. Salome Perry can be reached via email: SalomePerry@Hotmail.com or go ahead and order groceries at http://www.farmigo.com/bedheightsfarm2u .

You can contact me by checking out my blog at http://www.Dredbeauty.Wordpress.com or share something about your community on my group page at www.facebook.com/groups/socialcues01

Happy Eating everyone and remember to keep it Fresh!

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2015, adults, art, BedStuy, brooklyn, children, community, free, june, museum

Art is like a Box of Chocolates….

My Mocha Creations

   My Mocha Creations ~Breukelen Coffee House            764 Franklin Ave BK,NY

Art can be conceived in many ways, hell it’s always in our faces!!! And when I read about a possible museum being erected in Brooklyn based around African art, I jumped for joy. More influence is needed from the African culture, I believe, in Brooklyn.

Maybe having an institution like this right in town, can bring our community back to its roots.

musuemEric Edwards has been a collector for the past 44 years, and feels as though his life mission is to show off all these wonderful pieces of history. Mr Edwards keeps his 1,600 piece collection in his Brooklyn home along with antique clocks and baseball cards.

With such tight space, the vast collection of artifacts need a new home which is why Mr. Edwards is proposing to erect a museum in his hometown. He has started a KickStarter campaign to help fund his endeavors. The goal is to raise $35,000 and debut The Cultural Museum of African Art by the end of the year, in Bed-Stuy. The entire collection is estimated at a whopping $10 Million.

If the museum development goes as planned it will also house space for studio rentals, student programs, and will also offer free DNA testing for people seeking to trace their ancestry.

“Councilmember Robert Cornegy has suggested 375 Stuyvesant Avenue—a Renaissance Revival mansion on the corner of Decatur Street in Bed-Stuy—as a possible home for the future museum”, states the Gothamist. Im in high anticipation!!  

If you would like to Donate to the cause then go to the KickStarter page

If you want to read some more, head to our sister site at http://www.Facebook.com/groups/SocialCues01

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