Posted on September 18, 2013
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.
I arrived with my photographer for the day, My Mr.Minx 🙂 and got to work right away.I 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.This was my colorful palette, I couldn’t resist taking the camera from Q and snapping a quick pic.
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!
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.
↑ 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!
↑This baby right here will be made into a mural soon, I can’t wait to see the end result.Now, 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!
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.
↑ Photographs that were displayed.
↓These awesome fellas displayed their colorful work and were all smiles =]
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?
Posted on August 15, 2013
Last year 2012 there were 25 shooting and 6 deaths associated with summer basketball alone.
In May 2013 organizations came together to form a think tank to address this dimension of gun violence. Some organizations became involved because they were inspired by personnel stories others said enough was enough, and others said let’s be about doing something.
The XMENTAL way is to mentor through the power of art, and there’s no better host than Tatu himself.The mission is to empower the community with the tools to keep parks safe, incorporating games, positive hip hop, and the sharing of information.
A tribute and community project to raise awareness on violence.
Everyone involved donated their services and talent to make the week long event a success. Along with the live painting. There was a sound system set up , young performers and other org’s working with XMENTAL .
Tatu did such a great job getting everyone together, helping out and being involved.
Being surrounded by so many talented individuals who care about the children and the way they live their lives is such a great feeling.
Not only were there talented people of all different types of ares, singers, poets, dancers, painters..
For those who were having a hard time finding a job, for those who haven’t and still need to get their GED, for those who need help with childcare, for those who want to know more about their rights, especially what they should know if they ever get stopped by the police,
Q and I .
Once it hit 5:01pm the cops were already trying to shut us down. We had until 5pm.
Give us a little break..
I swear, I never have sketches…
I don’t even know how I end up saving myself half of the time. I surprise myself.
I’ll keep looking at it once it’s done like:
Sien Ide’s Trayvon Martin piece.
Live Performances by:
Black Rose Rebels
Hip Hop Catz
Black Angel the Poet
me, Minx Inx
Black Men Who Care
Silver Truck Music inspired by the death of Antoine Wilson
Feared Voices LLC,
You did good boo, Thank you.
Thank you Tatu, for including me in this great project.
Continue doing all the great things that you do to mold a better tomorrow.
Proud of you bro.