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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Hold the Ball

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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. 2

The XMENTAL way is to mentor through the power of art, and there’s no better host than Tatu himself.3The 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.

Keep the kids focused on the arts, not the crimes.4

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 . 5

Other org’s had stations set up and spent their time community outreaching.. There was also a  DJ playing music in between acts.6

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.

It just makes you want to do more, reach out and help 7

Not only were there talented people of all different types of ares, singers, poets, dancers, painters..

there were different organizations who wanted to help in many different ways.8

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,

What you should carry, what to say, what not to say, what to expect.9 1012 13

Q and I .

14 15This station was set up for the kids so they were able to design their own t shirts, using black tees,q-tips and bleach…

under adult supervision of course. 16

The Dj’s mixing it up.17 18 19Kyle rocking out the guitar.21Patty at work.22 23Rep Davinci going in on a Trayvon Martin piece.24 25Zulu Nation in the house!26 27 28 29

Poet.30

I really like the comic style of this piece.31 32Black Angel the Poet33

Face painting for the kids34 35 36 37 38OBT. Opportunities for a better tomorrow.39

The talented Marthalicia.40

Once it hit 5:01pm the cops were already trying to shut us down. We had until 5pm.

Give us a little break..

which they did. We wrapped up around 6pm.41 42 43

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:

I did this?44 45

Sien Ide’s Trayvon Martin piece.

He actually left it tied up to the tree, We all wonder how long it’s gonna last.4648 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59

I joined in on the fun with the kids and made my own t- shirt design.1

Live Performances by:

Black Rose Rebels

Nene Ali

Ceddy Jay

Hip Hop Catz

Black Angel the Poet

and Starski the Poet 60Live art by:

Marthalicia Matarrita

Sienide

me, Minx Inx

Rep Davinci

Tori Harris

Patty Eljaiek61Think Tank Organizations:

Black Men Who Care

Silver Truck Music inspired by the death of Antoine Wilson

Mothers Empowered.

XMental,

Feared Voices LLC,

National Action Network63Photographs by Q… which you all should know by now.

You did good boo, Thank you.

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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.

Come and Support the Cause Against Violence

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“Hold The Ball”

 7Days of Peace and empowerment

at Potomac Park in Brooklyn

The mission is to show other basketball park programs how to implement a plan to keep your parks safe and empower the community.

The event will feature ongoing basketball games , positive rap, arts, fitness demonstration and sharing of information.

On August 11th from 2pm-5pm, 

XMENTAL INC. will be hosting a community out reach day at Potomac park

that’s Halsey st. between Tompkins and Marcy ave.

The theme of the day is anti violence. This is just one day of a week long event.

There has been a lot of violence lately in the parks. Quite a few people have been shot and a few died.

The XMENTAL way is to mentor through the power of art.

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I will be out  there on the 11th painting live, along with other artists while the event is going on will be inspiring and empowering.

We’ll be literally working with no budget. Everyone involved is donating their services and talent to make the week long event a success.

Along with the live painting. They will have a sound system set up , young performers and other org’s working with XMENTAL that day will be on the mic talking to the people at hand.

Other org’s will have stations set up and doing community outreach. We will have a DJ playing music in between acts and speakers.

There will be a memorial for  Trayvon Martin and other who died due to unwarranted violence.

 I hope to see you that day blessing the park with your love and support.