Brownsville Anti-Violence Project

b91b695fd3e210ca365b366edea6591d6ba00b5e7b24e4d721f0beeac7e874b63773ce21c467db0612560b034c0b4abf1The Arts against Violence: Changing the Narrative of Brownsville community-wide project
 at the Van Dyke Community Center on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 8pm, the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project (BAVP) and its’ advisory boards have planned a grand summer finale.
Tatu from Xmental inc invited me to join in on the opportunity to help.
Many kids now a days, don’t have an outlet to escape from their harsh surroundings,
Art is one of the ways you can express yourself in a positive manner.

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Xmental is a coalition of community organizers, artists, and teachers committed to mentoring and educating urban youth.

We are an organization devoted to creating a safe space for our youth to practice creative self-expression and develop positive mindsets, self confidence, and self awareness.

3I arrived with my photographer for the day, My Mr.Minx 🙂 and got to work right away.4I loved how all the staff and the kids of the community center were all representing wearing purple for anti violence.

It made me think of my cousin Jasmine, but for some reason, I smiled instead of getting all down on the dumps.

She would be proud of all the work that’s being into put into the awareness of anti-violence.

Anti-violence from not only a domestic standpoint, but from bullying, gang related incidents etc.5This was my colorful palette, I couldn’t resist taking the camera from Q and snapping a quick pic.6

There was speakers, raising awareness, poets, photographers. kids displaying work, dancers….

like these cute girls from a local church.

I loved how graceful they will spin, plus no vulgar dancing!!!

Just like girls their age should be dancing, no twerking please!

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This pretty lady here is also a talented poet, and though I failed to get her name( booooo me),  I made sure I complimented her on her great hair.

I thought she was simply beautiful.

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Patty Eljaiek ‘s canvas. She’s so talented. Her watercolors are on tissue, like bounty tissue paper! Who even thinks of that?

She also used picture clippings, markers and others…talk about mixed media.

Plus her faces turn out amazing!10

↑This baby right here will be made into a mural soon, I can’t wait to see the end result.11Now, this ↑ wall right here, what a story.

I had the pleasure of falling in awe with these works by an 8 year old talented little girl.

8 years old, can you imagine?

The use of space is on point, she covers everything, and has a great eye for color.

If her age isn’t enough for you, she is also diagnosed with autism.

I’ve never had the chance of meeting a future artist, let alone in her early years.

She seemed really shy, but I couldn’t help but give her compliments.

Her mother explained, they barely can afford art materials, but no worries because  Xmental inc. will make sure she has supplies to keep the art coming!

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This gorgeous little beauty, and noooo I’m not talking about Q…haha ( you cute too boo) blew my mind away.

This 11 year old mc by the name of Tayahna is waaaaaaay too talented for her own good.

Not only did she have bars, writing her own songs, she captivated the audience like I never expected.

The crowd was clapping to her beat, singing along with her, and to top it all off, she burst into some killer dance moves and had everybody on their feet.

I wouldn’t be surprised if I see her on t.v. or hear her in the radio in years to come.

I was lucky to meet her and I wish her nothing but success in her future endeavors.

You can find her on Youtube here.15

↑ Photographs that were displayed.

↓These awesome fellas displayed their colorful work and were all smiles =]

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It was a great event and I was so happy to be part of something good.

Not but not least, here is my canvas, which I had no idea on what I wanted to do, but then again, when is that new?

haha.

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