2015, april, art, enlightenment, Fun, Party, Toast

New Heights

Flutes of champagne

Take the road less traveled n b sure to take in the sights
Cuz ur on the road to greatness n wonderous new heights
U may wander off the deep end but dont get caught up in the breeze
You are right here for a reason so dont make like a tree and leave
I wish you another year in the snuggly arms of who love u most
May they be here, same place, next year for another blissful toast.

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april, art, children, festival, Fun

Listen to the Children

Taken from Afropunk.com

Taken from Afropunk.com

There are many young people these days who want to make a name for themselves. One such little girl is 7 year old Natalie McGriff.

She has started a comic book entitled “The Adventures of Moxie Girl” in her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. The comic is about a little girl, much like Natalie, who doesn’t like her kinky hair, until one day a magical shampoo gives her super powers. The lead character then uses her new found abilities to save her hometown Florida library from being eaten by monsters.

Natalie entered her first comic book into the One Spark contest and won over $16,000 from the fundraiser. I am so delighted to hear the little girl going places. And if you know any little children with big ideas, please forward me a link where I find out more about them. I would love to write an article about inspiring kids.

To learn about an Atlanta summit, scheduled in May, check out the BlackEnterprise as they reach out to Entrepreneurs looking for funding. I found this out on their site.

~Dredbeauty

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2015, art, blacklivesmatter, brooklyn, events, festival, saturday, sunday

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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2015, art, brooklyn, dred, loc, newyork

Beauty with Kelly

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Locs of Royalty is a fresh new hair salon operated by a gorgeous mother of two, Kelly King. Kelly is a licensed loctition out of Brooklyn with roots stretching back from St. Anns, Jamaica. Recently I went to get my locs washed and twisted by her and experienced the most liberating moment of my life. Kelly is so sensitive on people’s hair I almost fell asleep. She scrubbed my scalp, moisturized my hair and locked me up in about an hour.

Do yourself a favor, especially, if you’re a locked brother or sister and get your locs treated by Kelly King. She even installs faux dredlocs on those not looking for the permanent style but want to try the look temporarily.
Kelly King is skilled in all areas of locology, and wants you to sit in her chair!

Check her out on facebook.com/kdaloctition to make an appointment. Also visit her shop at 295 Livingston Ave.

See ya in two weeks!

~Andrea Barriffe

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2015, adults, children, donations, Earth, emergency, enlightenment, hope, newyork

Help is on the Way

If you find yourself living in a shoe box of an apartment in the city, chances are you may have experienced maintenance issues in your building. Usually a result of the supers’ lack of care. But  sometimes, without provocation an emergency can change a person’s living situation forever. Sadly, enough the story doesn’t end there.

If a person experiences a fire, flood or other natural disaster and are rendered homeless a donation based program known as the Red Cross comes in to pick up the shattered pieces. They are limited in what they can do but offer many resources for those who have lost everything. Registration upon arrival allows a survivor to receive medical treatment, housing for a few days, and a small stipend which is placed on a prepaid debit card.

The Red Cross is volunteer based and works completely off of the graciousness of others. From the outreach team that are dispatched as soon as they are alerted about the disaster to the  advisor  who helps contact legal offices on behalf of the survivors are all volunteer participants. Even the money used in order to operate this program is donated and granted.

The Red Cross is a not for profit organization that has several locations, including one in Brooklyn at 4th Avenue in Park Slope. redcross

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