It has been a little minute since eye’ve last written in this space… not neglecting my words. Although creating several drafts that just sits..
Almost as if that moment was not the one to take.
While eye scribe, eye listen to my mother’s voice which resonates over soft jazz music. Fortunately eye was able to capture her Journey and truth on film…. Recently her spirit has transitioned from the physical to the spiritual realm.
Noticing the unfamiliar territory eye physically reside – unfamiliar to me due to the beginning of my existence on this plane is no longer physically here
How does one cope, how does one pick up the pieces ? Re-balancing for the most part..
Not really mourning – but celebrating her life.
She is an Intelligent, Beautiful, Powerful Being. Wombman. whom believed & instilled Purpose.
Continuing the legacy she’s started…
Promising to watch over my siblings’, to be diligent as you taught, to walk in light, and to always do my research while spreading love & Peace!
Excited to see what this new chapter has in store for me. Appreciating all the experiences gained prior too;
A sweet farewell adieu….
Shedding of some old skin, and basking in the new.
Twenties we had a blast, bitter sweetly its time for you to become a thing of my past – you were just a pilot – Now Eye’m stretching for this next feature…
With you; my passion became my career, showcasing fear only exists if you allow it. so I buried ’em
May have been squandered out on love, bringing forth tremendous lessons, few which may have taken the second time to catch on — But shit eye got it! lol
Twenties you’ve also taught me even though a few friends may have been misplaced, do not stress because reigniting long time friendships that never failed or even down to acquiring some new ones, can prevail.
It has been spoken that at thirty life truly begins – Eye am all ready to win, again & more
Mistakes may still come.. However the approach will definitely not be reciprocated.
Standing stronger, wiser and ready for the universe.
….Head held high, always.
Here’s to the newest chapter in my autobiography. Thirty.
-noun 1. The doctrine or practice of vigorous action or involvement as a means of achieving political or other goals, sometimes by demonstrations, protests, etc.
Philosophy – a. A theory that the essence of reality is pure activity, especially spiritual activity, or process b. A theory that the relationship between the mind and the objects of perception depends upon the action of the mind
By definition activism is self-explanatory! It is my duty to acknowledge persons whom go above and beyond, making a personal duty to enact change for the better! This dedication gives a round of applause to a pioneer(s) whom is making strides throughout her community. Community 50/50’s Founder and CEO Zenobia Bey “ZBey tha Poet”, along with dedicated volunteers are single-handedly flipping the perception for the youth here in Richmond, Virginia! How you ask? Take a look:
I had the gracious opportunity joining in on the fun, during spring Lyrics & Beats sessions, which was held every fourth Friday of the month directly after school! Since the summer has kicked into full swing, Lyrics & Beats sessions have transitioned to every other Wednesday from 1p-3p; Seven sessions are scheduled to be held this summer! With three sessions already in the bag, the next will be Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 @ 1p. location: The Arts Center on Hull st. road
Lyrics & Beats:
Local Virginia Beach artists KEVNPHE came out to support, and showcased to the youth that you can follow your dreams and still be successful! This was the moment were our young Melaninated youth got to see positive male influences from outside the city of Richmond, Virginia.
Much Respect to these young brothers!! Shout out to the AWESOME volunteers! Without your dedication and time this would not be possible!
In addition to community activities and youth workshops during the regular school season, Community 50/50 joins forces with StreetlovinRVA’s Yvonne Libron and commits to Morning Motivation at the local Martin Luther King (MLK) Middle School every Tuesday and Thursdays approximately 8:15am- 8:40am, even though school is currently out for the summer. Love is still shown to those who attend summer school sessions! This practice positively motivates the children to have a great day and excites them to learn!
In Yvonne’s own words:
“Wow! What can I say? Z (as I call her) is somebody who is gifted with many talents. And not just talents like musical or artistic, but gifted with the ability to LISTEN and understand one’s needs especially when it come to the concerns of our youth! She is resourceful, connected, and more than anything….the type of “go to” player you would want on your team! She’s a caring, observant, and a “go hard or go home” woman. Not the kind of person that really tolerates bulls**t from anyone! She gives out to people nothing less than what she expects from herself, which is….dedication, hard-work, and resiliency. Personally, I don’t think she gets enough credit for all of her efforts that she puts out in the local Richmond non-profit community. Ohhh…she also has a spontaneous sense of humor! Like she can take a joke and crack right back at ya because of her witty personality. Lol.
I could on some more if you’d like, but real summed up: She’s that friend you can call on for any need, you know? Like she’s that type of person in your life! =) ” -Yvonne Libron (StreetlovinRVA)
The importance of capturing another’s perspective on one who everyone see’s, really gives you insight to that person’s character.. evidently Zenobia’s light shines very bright!
Winding down the 2016-2017 school year, as an incentive and further encouragement, Community 50/50 made a deal with the children who passed all their SOL tests. Upon successfully defeating examinations, a day trip would be awarded for perseverance towards the end of the school year. Destination: Norfolk, Virginia to visit the Spirit Of Norfolk! Needless to say, the challenge was accepted!! Shout out to MLK middle scholar’s, very much deserved!!
Shedding light on those who may walk in darkness (get it?)… To Zenobia and Community 50/50, continue to do the work so desperately needed in the city. We appreciate your spirit sistar. Looking forward to the future. Activ•ism at it’s finest! Peace, abundance and prosperity.
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Also Touching subjects of Cancer Survival (Alternative options), Depression (Mindsets) – to Natural foods as medicine – Eating to live – Research – Simply taking control over your life!
Self preservation was the motivating factor for Darlene’s overall survival.
Even though January 16th is recognized as Martin Luther King Jr Day, King was born January 15th 1929. Originally a federal holiday was first proposed just four days after his death in 1968 (Assassinated April 4, 1968). Finally two decades later the holiday was signed into law 1983, In 1986 is where the first observance actually had taken place. As you can see such time gaps indicate the fight within govt for this recognized holiday. Most states opposed the idea, some southern states even recognize Robert E. Lee on the exact same day as King’s designated holiday.
I had the privilege of being introduced to this subtle fire’s activism (works) at a young age. I may have not been sharing the same era, but it was something about the way he painted colorful pictures with words, made the vision reality. King fought for equal rights across the board, despite obstacles thrown his way, he is the definition of a true leader. I honor you for your courage, strength and fearlessness. Thank you a thousandtimes! The “I have a dream” Speech may be one of his most quoted deliveries, in retrospect I would like to share some quotes that I like most.
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.” — Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1964
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” — “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963
“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land . . . So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man.” — “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, April 3, 1968 (the day before his assassination)
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” — Strength to Love (1963)
Where to start? Back in 1994 when the release of “Age ain’t nothing but a number” had the music scene open.. Or could it be the release of “One in a million” in 1996, which FOREVER transformed R&B/Pop sounds PERIOD ..No..no.. It has to be when you graced the stage of the Apollo.. No matter the memory… Undoubtedly Aaliyah was just that bad! Wearing multiple hats as a Soultress, Dancer, Model, and Actress.. She had accomplished it all in such a short time, paving the way and becoming a musical inspiration for several different artist whom succeeded after.
Born January 16th 1979 – Untimely passing August 25th, 2001 – I will never forget, middle school age at the time, reading headlines of the stars transition. Not fully understanding life’s processes yet..
Aaliyah’s smooth tomboy lustrous appeal gave young girls, such as myself growing up, confidence. Also the courage to be who you are no matter how anyone else may perceive you. That aspect alone set her aside from the rest, while watching her evolve into a young woman. All I’m just saying is who didn’t want to immolate Aaliyah? Not to mention that her music was indeed “Hot Like Fire” 🔥 Including the features! It is hard trying to explain the connection I felt to a woman I barely even personally knew, Her spirit was definitely felt through sound…Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world!!!
“An unexplainable but unforgettable feeling you get when you hear good music that puts you in a particular mode” -Shaddai
Literally I can go on for pages about who she is and why she is just that important!! If you find yourself reading this piece and you are not too familiar with whom Aaliyah may be please I encourage you to do yourself a HUGE favor and get familiar.