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biosbyjag:

Peace good folk and #IG fam..so most of you know I stay on my mission to #BEthechange I want to see and one of the ways I’m tryna do that is through supporting amazing #art and #music, #greatcauses, #HealthandWellness and much more. My weapon of choice is my website: www.TheRevolutionofFRESH.com..❤. I’m redesigning it so I can expand the support and #FRESHness and so I’m doing this gofundme, and I would ❤ your $upport! Please #RT #REPOST #SHARE this link: www.gofundme.com/GetFRESH or #DONATE, all support is appreciated! I must s/o some of those who have blessed me with $upport so far: @stilettoprdiva @yagirldy @tamarahood @plexplexplex @cellyblack @klrob88 and others, y’all rock and #ithanku from the bottom of my heart! I also have to s/o @goodwoodnyc for coming through with Rewards at the $30 and $40 levels, peep their site: www.goodwoodnyc.com to check the FRESHness available! #givethanks —————————- If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to hit me! There’s a link to email me on the donation page..and thank you again! ❤✨✌💋! #Namaste #BEthechange! #tROF #SSF (at my REALity. )

biosbyjag:

Peace good folk and #IG fam..so most of you know I stay on my mission to #BEthechange I want to see and one of the ways I’m tryna do that is through supporting amazing #art and #music, #greatcauses, #HealthandWellness and much more. My weapon of choice is my website: www.TheRevolutionofFRESH.com..❤. I’m redesigning it so I can expand the support and #FRESHness and so I’m doing this gofundme, and I would ❤ your $upport! Please #RT #REPOST #SHARE this link: www.gofundme.com/GetFRESH or #DONATE, all support is appreciated! I must s/o some of those who have blessed me with $upport so far: @stilettoprdiva @yagirldy @tamarahood @plexplexplex @cellyblack @klrob88 and others, y’all rock and #ithanku from the bottom of my heart! I also have to s/o @goodwoodnyc for coming through with Rewards at the $30 and $40 levels, peep their site: www.goodwoodnyc.com to check the FRESHness available! #givethanks
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If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to hit me! There’s a link to email me on the donation page..and thank you again! ❤✨✌💋! #Namaste #BEthechange! #tROF #SSF (at my REALity. )

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Bold. Incisive. Innovative. When S. WHITTAKER approaches a canvas, she brings an intense combination of talent and soul to every brushstroke. Her artistic vision resonates instantly with viewers and draws them deeply into her work. Often they find that it will not let them go. Born in Panama, Stephanie Whittaker was drawing regularly by age three. It was not, however, until she was eleven—six years after moving to Brooklyn, New York—that art began to change her life. That year, her grandfather gave Stephanie fabric paint along with some t-shirts and visors in hopes that she might make some money. “Ever since that day,” she reminiscences, “I have been an entrepreneur.” With her newly discovered love of design and strong support from her family, Stephanie spent much of her youth combining her talents for art and business. During high school, Stephanie discovered that she enjoyed painting. “I wasn’t afraid of it,” she says. “Transforming from pencil to oil paintings can be a bit intimidating. It’s a whole different form of applying art to a surface. My teacher was amazed.” Stephanie went on to attend classes at the Borough of Manhattan College for “Small Business Entrepreneurship” as well as studying at the School of Visual Arts. “I wasn’t able to finish at the School of Visual Arts because I couldn’t afford their tuition. Eventually, all my art skills became self-taught. I basically graduated from Self-Taught University.” When Stephanie met Robyn Willard, CEO of Reign Entertainment Co, she found a mentor who was not afraid to demand more from her artistically. “When I realized that all she wanted to do was help me and push me,” says Stephanie, “I learned to accept criticism and push myself.” Her efforts have paid off. By age 23, Stephanie was signed as a visual artist for Reign Entertainment Co. and named Creative Director for World Wide Reign Graphics. She incorporates her paintings with graphics to produce one-of-a-kind products for World Wide Reign Graphics. She frequently shows her paintings all over the United States, winning acclaim from celebrities and art-lovers alike.
http://www.reignentertainmentco.com

Bold. Incisive. Innovative. When S. WHITTAKER approaches a canvas, she brings an intense combination of talent and soul to every brushstroke. Her artistic vision resonates instantly with viewers and draws them deeply into her work. Often they find that it will not let them go. Born in Panama, Stephanie Whittaker was drawing regularly by age three. It was not, however, until she was eleven—six years after moving to Brooklyn, New York—that art began to change her life. That year, her grandfather gave Stephanie fabric paint along with some t-shirts and visors in hopes that she might make some money. “Ever since that day,” she reminiscences, “I have been an entrepreneur.” With her newly discovered love of design and strong support from her family, Stephanie spent much of her youth combining her talents for art and business. During high school, Stephanie discovered that she enjoyed painting. “I wasn’t afraid of it,” she says. “Transforming from pencil to oil paintings can be a bit intimidating. It’s a whole different form of applying art to a surface. My teacher was amazed.” Stephanie went on to attend classes at the Borough of Manhattan College for “Small Business Entrepreneurship” as well as studying at the School of Visual Arts. “I wasn’t able to finish at the School of Visual Arts because I couldn’t afford their tuition. Eventually, all my art skills became self-taught. I basically graduated from Self-Taught University.” When Stephanie met Robyn Willard, CEO of Reign Entertainment Co, she found a mentor who was not afraid to demand more from her artistically. “When I realized that all she wanted to do was help me and push me,” says Stephanie, “I learned to accept criticism and push myself.” Her efforts have paid off. By age 23, Stephanie was signed as a visual artist for Reign Entertainment Co. and named Creative Director for World Wide Reign Graphics. She incorporates her paintings with graphics to produce one-of-a-kind products for World Wide Reign Graphics. She frequently shows her paintings all over the United States, winning acclaim from celebrities and art-lovers alike.

http://www.reignentertainmentco.com

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As an archivist and librarian for human rights and Latin American Studies, T-KAY brings an eye and ear for the historical, unique, and transnational to her musical curation. The Afternoon Love-In features the sounds of everyday life and struggles across linguistic and geographic boundaries, gathered through personal and professional travels, serendipitous findings, and the kindness of friends and strangers. t-kay joined the dublab family as an intern in 2006 and hosted the first “The Afternoon Love-In” in early 2007. Prior to dublab, t-kay was the General Manager of KSPC 88.7 fm (Claremont, CA) and hosted the program “Hooray for Everything!” from 2001-2005. Currently, t-kay co-hosts “Hip Hop Hooray” on community radio station KOOP 91.7 fm and comprises one-third of the female DJ collective, Totally Consensual, in Austin, Texas.
http://totallyconsensual.tumblr.com

As an archivist and librarian for human rights and Latin American Studies, T-KAY brings an eye and ear for the historical, unique, and transnational to her musical curation. The Afternoon Love-In features the sounds of everyday life and struggles across linguistic and geographic boundaries, gathered through personal and professional travels, serendipitous findings, and the kindness of friends and strangers. t-kay joined the dublab family as an intern in 2006 and hosted the first “The Afternoon Love-In” in early 2007. Prior to dublab, t-kay was the General Manager of KSPC 88.7 fm (Claremont, CA) and hosted the program “Hooray for Everything!” from 2001-2005. Currently, t-kay co-hosts “Hip Hop Hooray” on community radio station KOOP 91.7 fm and comprises one-third of the female DJ collective, Totally Consensual, in Austin, Texas.

http://totallyconsensual.tumblr.com

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marthadiazis:

Eternia ft. pHoenix Pagliacci | FINAL OFFERING | A Tribute to Kendrick Lamar’s “Hii Power” | Directed by Alex Narvaez | 

Eternia returns after a two year ‘hiatus’ with an epic verse. Unloading a hailstorm of questions pointed at herself, God, her family, her friends, and her very purpose, ‘Final Offering’ tackles the lows of life, a topic most people avoid with repression and distractions. Eternia dives in, unafraid to reveal her insecurities and self doubt while challenging the very tenets of faith and foundation of family that she was raised on. She is joined by pHoenix Pagliacci, a burgeoning triple-threat in the Canadian music scene, who soars on this track with a poignant reminder to Eternia, and anyone else who is experiencing similar lows, of what “Hii Power” really is.

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MOIKGANTSI KGAMA is the founder of Imagenation. A former audience development specialist for independent films targeting communities of color, Moikgantsi built a reputation for excellence in her field. She has been credited with the successful launch of Raoul Peck’s independent epic “LUMUMBA” that appeared on HBO and was accepted for Academy Award nomination. Moikgantsi served as publicist for the groundbreaking documentary “LIFE & DEBT,” which appeared on PBS in August 2001, and was the New York City promotions coordinator for the independent film “FOLLOW ME HOME” starring Alfre Woodard and Benjamin Bratt. Moikgantsi also served as a filmmaker coordinator for 1998 The Sundance Film Festival. Moikgantsi’s experience has garnered many successful relationships and established Imagenation as a brand known for presenting quality programs that featured short films and performers from the African Diaspora. Her work has enabled her to develop invaluable contacts with performers, filmmakers, film distributors, and record labels like Motown Records and MCA Records; as well as numerous independent film establishments such as The Sundance Film Festival, HBO, 40 Acres and A Mule Filmworks, and The Urbanworld Film Festival to name a few. Moikgantsi was named as one of 25 women who are shaping the world in the October 2005 issue of Essence Magazine.  She currently serves at the Director of Communications and Development at Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. (HCCI) a community development organization founded by Black clergy in Harlem to revitalize the once blighted Bradhurst community where Imagenation is based.
http://imagenation.us

MOIKGANTSI KGAMA is the founder of Imagenation. A former audience development specialist for independent films targeting communities of color, Moikgantsi built a reputation for excellence in her field. She has been credited with the successful launch of Raoul Peck’s independent epic “LUMUMBA” that appeared on HBO and was accepted for Academy Award nomination. Moikgantsi served as publicist for the groundbreaking documentary “LIFE & DEBT,” which appeared on PBS in August 2001, and was the New York City promotions coordinator for the independent film “FOLLOW ME HOME” starring Alfre Woodard and Benjamin Bratt. Moikgantsi also served as a filmmaker coordinator for 1998 The Sundance Film Festival. Moikgantsi’s experience has garnered many successful relationships and established Imagenation as a brand known for presenting quality programs that featured short films and performers from the African Diaspora. Her work has enabled her to develop invaluable contacts with performers, filmmakers, film distributors, and record labels like Motown Records and MCA Records; as well as numerous independent film establishments such as The Sundance Film Festival, HBO, 40 Acres and A Mule Filmworks, and The Urbanworld Film Festival to name a few. Moikgantsi was named as one of 25 women who are shaping the world in the October 2005 issue of Essence Magazine.  She currently serves at the Director of Communications and Development at Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. (HCCI) a community development organization founded by Black clergy in Harlem to revitalize the once blighted Bradhurst community where Imagenation is based.

http://imagenation.us

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AliCè: Alice Pasquini is a visual artist from Rome who works as an illustrator, set designer, and painter. Alice’s preferred canvases are city walls and she’€™s traveled widely in the past few years to bring her artwork to life on the streets of different cities across the globe. Growing up in the culture of ’90s hip-hop, she was struck by the heroine of a comic named Sprayliz, which centered around a girl who created politically themed graffiti, and using this inspiration she began moving toward the world of street art. Through her art she strives to demonstration the small moments between people and their connections to one another. She wishes to represent human emotion and explore these emotions from a different point of view. Alice is particularly interested in the representation of women in art and the desire to show strong, independent women in a way that differs from the highly sexualized image of femininity that is typically seen in society. Born in 1980, Alice graduated from Rome’s Academy of Fine Arts and then lived and worked in Great Britain, France, and Spain. While in Madrid she completed coursework in animation at the well-respected Ars animación school and, in 2004, obtained an MA in critical art studies at the Universidad Computense. She then worked with the Spanish department store Il Corte Engles as a set designer for Cortylandia. Here she was able to use her design skills to design amusement parks for children. Alice has also worked with international clients (Nike, Range Rover, Toyota, Microsoft, Gazzetta dello Sport) on PR campaigns and has collaborated in a wide range of design projects, both as a graphic designer and illustrator. Some of these projects include work with the design magazine Experimenta, Il Venerdì della Repubblica, and as the art director of the satirical magazine Greenager. In 2011 the graphic novel Vertigine, illustrated by Alice and written by Melissa P, was released by Italian publisher Rizzoli. Alice’s works have been exhibited both in Italy and abroad (2000 Fine Art Foyer - Loughborought (UK), 2003 Centro Luigi Di Sarro - Rome, 2006 Atelier ESC - Rome, 2009 Mondopop Gallery - Rome, 2010 Centro arte giovane - Turin, 2011 & 2012 Espace Pierre Cardin - Paris, 2012 999Contemporary Gallery - Rome, 2012 Mutuo Centro de Arte - Barcelona). Forthcoming exhibitions in 2013, include solo exhibitions at the Tri-Mission Gallery inside the American Embassy in Rome and at 44309 Gallery in Dortmund, Germany. Her murals have appeared across the globe (Sydney, Oslo, Brest, Paris, and Rome to name a few) and she often participates in urban art events and festivals. In 2011 she was one of many International street artists to participate in Paris’ Underbelly Project.
http://www.alicepasquini.com/

AliCè: Alice Pasquini is a visual artist from Rome who works as an illustrator, set designer, and painter. Alice’s preferred canvases are city walls and she’€™s traveled widely in the past few years to bring her artwork to life on the streets of different cities across the globe. Growing up in the culture of ’90s hip-hop, she was struck by the heroine of a comic named Sprayliz, which centered around a girl who created politically themed graffiti, and using this inspiration she began moving toward the world of street art. Through her art she strives to demonstration the small moments between people and their connections to one another. She wishes to represent human emotion and explore these emotions from a different point of view. Alice is particularly interested in the representation of women in art and the desire to show strong, independent women in a way that differs from the highly sexualized image of femininity that is typically seen in society. Born in 1980, Alice graduated from Rome’s Academy of Fine Arts and then lived and worked in Great Britain, France, and Spain. While in Madrid she completed coursework in animation at the well-respected Ars animación school and, in 2004, obtained an MA in critical art studies at the Universidad Computense. She then worked with the Spanish department store Il Corte Engles as a set designer for Cortylandia. Here she was able to use her design skills to design amusement parks for children. Alice has also worked with international clients (Nike, Range Rover, Toyota, Microsoft, Gazzetta dello Sport) on PR campaigns and has collaborated in a wide range of design projects, both as a graphic designer and illustrator. Some of these projects include work with the design magazine Experimenta, Il Venerdì della Repubblica, and as the art director of the satirical magazine Greenager. In 2011 the graphic novel Vertigine, illustrated by Alice and written by Melissa P, was released by Italian publisher Rizzoli. Alice’s works have been exhibited both in Italy and abroad (2000 Fine Art Foyer - Loughborought (UK), 2003 Centro Luigi Di Sarro - Rome, 2006 Atelier ESC - Rome, 2009 Mondopop Gallery - Rome, 2010 Centro arte giovane - Turin, 2011 & 2012 Espace Pierre Cardin - Paris, 2012 999Contemporary Gallery - Rome, 2012 Mutuo Centro de Arte - Barcelona). Forthcoming exhibitions in 2013, include solo exhibitions at the Tri-Mission Gallery inside the American Embassy in Rome and at 44309 Gallery in Dortmund, Germany. Her murals have appeared across the globe (Sydney, Oslo, Brest, Paris, and Rome to name a few) and she often participates in urban art events and festivals. In 2011 she was one of many International street artists to participate in Paris’ Underbelly Project.

http://www.alicepasquini.com/

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NARUBI SELAH is a spoken word artist, vocalist, actress, and educator; born and raised in Trenton, NJ. Narubi is a one-woman show that has toured the globe recording and performing alongside such notables as the Poor Righteous Teachers, Lauryn Hill, Big Pun, Sista Soulja, Mos Def, and Mums, just to name a few. Nearly a decade ago, she was ranked the 11th poet in the nation, following her incredible performance at the 2001 Essence’s Music Festival in New Orleans. There, she shared the stage with Iylanya Vanzant and Tavis Smiley. Her poem entitled “Goodie Goodie” has gained national recognition and according to Susan Taylor of Essence Magazine, “…her words could save our nation”. In 2005, following the entitlement of ‘New Jersey Slam Queen”, she featured on the 5th season of the Peabody Award winning Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. This quadruple threat also demonstrated her acting prowess in the independent film “What Goes Around”, winning the film the Best Urban Feature Film Award at the 2004 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. In addition to starring in a number of off-off Broadway productions, she has also written and starred in her own ninety-minute play entitled “The Classifieds”, which premiered at the historical Nuyorican Poets Café, and was nothing short of breathtaking reviews. She has also written and co-directed the educational play entitled Free Your Rhyme, sponsored by the National Education Dance Institute, in conjunction with the Trenton Dance Institute Even. On 12/12/10 Narubi released her debut independent album, “IAM LivingMath, where she demonstrates her command to melodically and scientifically annihilate each and every track. With a mix of hip-hop, spoken word, and soulful singing, Narubi has truly shown her ability to create conscious music that crosses all barriers. Narubi currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where she teaches middle school math.
http://narubiselah.com

NARUBI SELAH is a spoken word artist, vocalist, actress, and educator; born and raised in Trenton, NJ. Narubi is a one-woman show that has toured the globe recording and performing alongside such notables as the Poor Righteous Teachers, Lauryn Hill, Big Pun, Sista Soulja, Mos Def, and Mums, just to name a few. Nearly a decade ago, she was ranked the 11th poet in the nation, following her incredible performance at the 2001 Essence’s Music Festival in New Orleans. There, she shared the stage with Iylanya Vanzant and Tavis Smiley. Her poem entitled “Goodie Goodie” has gained national recognition and according to Susan Taylor of Essence Magazine, “…her words could save our nation”. In 2005, following the entitlement of ‘New Jersey Slam Queen”, she featured on the 5th season of the Peabody Award winning Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. This quadruple threat also demonstrated her acting prowess in the independent film “What Goes Around”, winning the film the Best Urban Feature Film Award at the 2004 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. In addition to starring in a number of off-off Broadway productions, she has also written and starred in her own ninety-minute play entitled “The Classifieds”, which premiered at the historical Nuyorican Poets Café, and was nothing short of breathtaking reviews. She has also written and co-directed the educational play entitled Free Your Rhyme, sponsored by the National Education Dance Institute, in conjunction with the Trenton Dance Institute Even. On 12/12/10 Narubi released her debut independent album, “IAM LivingMath, where she demonstrates her command to melodically and scientifically annihilate each and every track. With a mix of hip-hop, spoken word, and soulful singing, Narubi has truly shown her ability to create conscious music that crosses all barriers. Narubi currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where she teaches middle school math.

http://narubiselah.com

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AJA MONET - AUTOHISTORIA TEORIA

a Camovement by Cam Be & Aja Monet

Music by 
Frank Van Leeuven - Opposite
Nico Segal - Winter In America

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Vanessa Asolo, also known as MC FLOWER, is an intelligent and gifted young woman who is making a tremendous impact through her hip hop practices. Her work is encouraging parents to support their childrenʼs activities of self- expression and inspiring both young and old to celebrate their creative talents. At the age of seven MC Flower joined the Bavubuka Foundation’s Music and Arts Creative Workshops and since then she has represented the future generation of Ugandaʼs burgeoning hip hop culture on numerous national stages with internationally and nationally celebrated artists such as Nneka, Kween G,
Babaluku, Sifa Kele, Atlas and Tshila. Now, at just 10 years of age, she has just been elected for her second term as Entertainment Minister at Makindye Junior School where she humbly celebrates celebrity status. Both in her community and nationally MC Flower is showcasing her critical thinking and passion for child advocacy through freestyling and her Luga Flow indigenous hip hop practices which are being highlighted across Uganda on both radio and television platforms.
MC Flower is a regular performer at International Womenʼs Day and Earth Day celebrations and has also performed at Power of Hope Mulago Pediatric Kids Camp and Uganda Youth Conference. She has been featured on NTV Celebrity Kids as the first and youngest hop hip woman to hit the media waves. She is an integral part of the young Phenomenal Womenʼs team and is always contributing to her community and her peers through creative outreach opportunities. She is the first student to be permitted by her school to run a series of hip hop creative work shops through Bavubukaʼs Kids for Kids Hip Hop Outreach Program; this is the fulfillment of a promise she made to her peers at the assembly announcing her election as Entertainment Minister. MC Flower is currently developing her web series called “Letʼs Chat”. We can add that to the list of “firsts” this creative, passionate youngster will have accomplished before her tenth birthday!

MARIPOSA is an award winning poet whose poetry has been featured on the critically acclaimed HBO Latino series, “Habla Ya” and the HBO documentary “Americanos: Latino Life in the US”, produced by Edward James Olmos, Nick Athas and Time Warner. Mariposa has also been seen on BET, Lifetime and PBS. A Native New Yorker born and raised in The Bronx, Mariposa is a 3rd generation Puerto Rican whose work demonstrates pride in her Nuyorican culture and heritage and a deep commitment to her community.  To the credit of her hard working parents and her mother’s vision, Mariposa is a 1st generation college graduate, overcoming many obstacles and barriers to earn a BA in Women’s Studies with a concentration in English Literature and a MA in Education from New York University. Mariposa is the author of Born Bronxeña: Poems on Identity, Love & Survival. She has published articles and poetry in numerous publications including the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, The Afro Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States,  El Centro Journal, The Hostos Review, Resistance in Paradise: 100 Years of U.S. Colonialism, Drum Voices Volume 23 and Def Poetry Jam’s Bumrush the Page. Over the years, Mariposa has worked as a teaching artist and and as a poet-in-residence at The Caribbean Cultural Center, Poets & Writers, Poets House, The Bronx Writers Center and Teachers & Writers Collaborative.  She has passionately taught poetry and creative writing to elementary, middle school and high school students throughout New York City, The New York Public Library, The Brooklyn Public Library and senior citizen centers and has edited numerous anthologies of her student’s work. A producer, as well as a performer, Mariposa produces shows and fundraisers on an ongoing basis. Mariposa’s current project is called Crysálida: Cry of the Chrysalis, an annual showcase which raises money to support programs that empower young women. Over the past decade Mariposa has produced numerous open mics and poetry/spoken word, performance art and music showcases with her twin sister, poet and artist melleSOL which include Sol in the Heights, Sol in El Barrio, Sol Sistahs from the Underground and BX Bohemia. Mariposa has been recognized by El Comite Noviembre in New York City with Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad Award for writing her famous poem Ode to the Diasporican where she passionately states, “No nací en Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico nació en mi. (I wasn’t born in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico was born in me.” Other awards include The Van Lier Fellowship for Artists Under 30 awarded by the New York Council of the Arts and an award presented to Mariposa by the non-profit organization El Maestro for her dedication, service and commitment to the Puerto Rican community.
http://www.universeofmariposa.com/index.html

MARIPOSA is an award winning poet whose poetry has been featured on the critically acclaimed HBO Latino series, “Habla Ya” and the HBO documentary “Americanos: Latino Life in the US”, produced by Edward James Olmos, Nick Athas and Time Warner. Mariposa has also been seen on BET, Lifetime and PBS. A Native New Yorker born and raised in The Bronx, Mariposa is a 3rd generation Puerto Rican whose work demonstrates pride in her Nuyorican culture and heritage and a deep commitment to her community.  To the credit of her hard working parents and her mother’s vision, Mariposa is a 1st generation college graduate, overcoming many obstacles and barriers to earn a BA in Women’s Studies with a concentration in English Literature and a MA in Education from New York University. Mariposa is the author of Born Bronxeña: Poems on Identity, Love & Survival. She has published articles and poetry in numerous publications including the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, The Afro Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States,  El Centro Journal, The Hostos Review, Resistance in Paradise: 100 Years of U.S. Colonialism, Drum Voices Volume 23 and Def Poetry Jam’s Bumrush the Page. Over the years, Mariposa has worked as a teaching artist and and as a poet-in-residence at The Caribbean Cultural Center, Poets & Writers, Poets House, The Bronx Writers Center and Teachers & Writers Collaborative.  She has passionately taught poetry and creative writing to elementary, middle school and high school students throughout New York City, The New York Public Library, The Brooklyn Public Library and senior citizen centers and has edited numerous anthologies of her student’s work. A producer, as well as a performer, Mariposa produces shows and fundraisers on an ongoing basis. Mariposa’s current project is called Crysálida: Cry of the Chrysalis, an annual showcase which raises money to support programs that empower young women. Over the past decade Mariposa has produced numerous open mics and poetry/spoken word, performance art and music showcases with her twin sister, poet and artist melleSOL which include Sol in the Heights, Sol in El Barrio, Sol Sistahs from the Underground and BX Bohemia. Mariposa has been recognized by El Comite Noviembre in New York City with Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad Award for writing her famous poem Ode to the Diasporican where she passionately states, “No nací en Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico nació en mi. (I wasn’t born in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico was born in me.” Other awards include The Van Lier Fellowship for Artists Under 30 awarded by the New York Council of the Arts and an award presented to Mariposa by the non-profit organization El Maestro for her dedication, service and commitment to the Puerto Rican community.

http://www.universeofmariposa.com/index.html

  
GIRLS ON TOP is Uk’s first all female aerosol crew EST. 2000. Girls On Top crew is made up of Chock, Luna, Claudia De Sabe, Syrup, Pixie, Lyns and Neonita. The Girls On Top host all-girl graffiti jams, which have gained popularity internationally. Building momentum within the scene and attracting interest from female talent, their popularity enabled them to build a wide contact base and travel plans (Europe, China, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa). As teachers of the art form in a plethora of settings to young and old alike, GOT spreads a positive message for graffiti artists across the globe.
http://www.girlsontopcrew.co.uk

GIRLS ON TOP is Uk’s first all female aerosol crew EST. 2000. Girls On Top crew is made up of Chock, Luna, Claudia De Sabe, Syrup, Pixie, Lyns and Neonita. The Girls On Top host all-girl graffiti jams, which have gained popularity internationally. Building momentum within the scene and attracting interest from female talent, their popularity enabled them to build a wide contact base and travel plans (Europe, China, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa). As teachers of the art form in a plethora of settings to young and old alike, GOT spreads a positive message for graffiti artists across the globe.

http://www.girlsontopcrew.co.uk

HIMANEE GUPTA-CARLSON was born in November, in the midst of a blizzard, in Iowa City, Iowa, to parents recently arrived from India to the United States. Hence, her name Himanee: born of snow, the princess of snows, a derivation of Himalaya, and of the name ascribed to Parvati in her guise as snowy consort to Shiva.
After studying journalism at Northwestern University, Himanee worked as a reporter at newspapers throughout the U.S., including The Idaho Statesman, The Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat, The Fort Worth Star Telegram, The Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Times Leader, The Kansas City Star, and The Seattle Times.
A mid-career fellowship for journalists interested in Asia brought her to Hawai’i in 1995, where she began studying the history, religions, politics, and society of India and other nations of South Asia, along with Hindi (the language her parents spoke but never passed on to her) and Hawaiian (the language of those indigenous to Hawai’i). Being in Hawai’i and experiencing the stories of oppression that Hawaiians shared caused Himanee to start looking more deeply at the legacy of British colonialism on her ancestral country of origin and the community of immigrants she was born into. Her probings led to a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Hawai’i as well as many scholarly and creative writings on the immigrant experience.
Himanee is completing a book manuscript, Muncie, India(na), and teaches a workshop on “Writing Immigrant Narratives.” She also is researching the teaching the roots and evolution of hip-hop as an American and global phenomenon, and probing what it means to be a Christian in a poly-cultural America. A 2011-2012 fellowship through the Wabash Center in Crawfordsville, Indiana, is supporting the latter project. Himanee also speaks extensively on hip-hop and is developing curricula for two future courses centered on the history and contemporary politics of hip-hop.
http://www.gupta-carlson.com

HIMANEE GUPTA-CARLSON was born in November, in the midst of a blizzard, in Iowa City, Iowa, to parents recently arrived from India to the United States. Hence, her name Himanee: born of snow, the princess of snows, a derivation of Himalaya, and of the name ascribed to Parvati in her guise as snowy consort to Shiva.

After studying journalism at Northwestern University, Himanee worked as a reporter at newspapers throughout the U.S., including The Idaho Statesman, The Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat, The Fort Worth Star Telegram, The Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Times Leader, The Kansas City Star, and The Seattle Times.

A mid-career fellowship for journalists interested in Asia brought her to Hawai’i in 1995, where she began studying the history, religions, politics, and society of India and other nations of South Asia, along with Hindi (the language her parents spoke but never passed on to her) and Hawaiian (the language of those indigenous to Hawai’i). Being in Hawai’i and experiencing the stories of oppression that Hawaiians shared caused Himanee to start looking more deeply at the legacy of British colonialism on her ancestral country of origin and the community of immigrants she was born into. Her probings led to a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Hawai’i as well as many scholarly and creative writings on the immigrant experience.

Himanee is completing a book manuscript, Muncie, India(na), and teaches a workshop on “Writing Immigrant Narratives.” She also is researching the teaching the roots and evolution of hip-hop as an American and global phenomenon, and probing what it means to be a Christian in a poly-cultural America. A 2011-2012 fellowship through the Wabash Center in Crawfordsville, Indiana, is supporting the latter project. Himanee also speaks extensively on hip-hop and is developing curricula for two future courses centered on the history and contemporary politics of hip-hop.

http://www.gupta-carlson.com

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Walking a tightrope can be risky business, especially if you happen to be sporting high heels and a pencil skirt in the process. Since its inception hip-hop has largely been considered a man’s world. Few women have attempted to claim the “emcee” moniker and even fewer have done so with a feminine touch. Armed with a writer’s wit, and a short list of hip hop foremothers, RITA J has critically wounded the notion that an intelligent woman can’t be heard over an 808.  Raised in the talent rich pockets of Chicago’s South Side, Rita J— Rita Jackson when not on stage—was born to entertain. A trained dancer, Rita J has spent much of her life on stage often showcasing her artistic prowess in competition. Her experiences as a dancer taught her at an early age the value of hard work and passion—characteristics beneficial to any artist, and essential to an emcee.
While her own musical talents lay dormant for much of her childhood, the seeds were planted early on. The offspring of avid music listeners, Rita was raised on a sonic diet of 70’s funk, soul, and R&B. Pilfering through her father’s record collection for fun, Rita found herself captivated by the soulful croons of Bobby Womack, the rhythmic musings of groups like Slave, Shalamar, and the Bar-Kays, and the vocal and artistic depth of artists like Stevie Wonder, Patrice Rushen, Prince, and Phylis Hyman. Already a seasoned entertainer, her rich musical indoctrination further fueled her desire to seek out new forms of artistic expression. It would only be a matter of time before Rita herself would carry the mic on her own personal foray into the music industry…..
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rita-J/187768712422

Walking a tightrope can be risky business, especially if you happen to be sporting high heels and a pencil skirt in the process. Since its inception hip-hop has largely been considered a man’s world. Few women have attempted to claim the “emcee” moniker and even fewer have done so with a feminine touch. Armed with a writer’s wit, and a short list of hip hop foremothers, RITA J has critically wounded the notion that an intelligent woman can’t be heard over an 808.  Raised in the talent rich pockets of Chicago’s South Side, Rita J— Rita Jackson when not on stage—was born to entertain. A trained dancer, Rita J has spent much of her life on stage often showcasing her artistic prowess in competition. Her experiences as a dancer taught her at an early age the value of hard work and passion—characteristics beneficial to any artist, and essential to an emcee.

While her own musical talents lay dormant for much of her childhood, the seeds were planted early on. The offspring of avid music listeners, Rita was raised on a sonic diet of 70’s funk, soul, and R&B. Pilfering through her father’s record collection for fun, Rita found herself captivated by the soulful croons of Bobby Womack, the rhythmic musings of groups like Slave, Shalamar, and the Bar-Kays, and the vocal and artistic depth of artists like Stevie Wonder, Patrice Rushen, Prince, and Phylis Hyman. Already a seasoned entertainer, her rich musical indoctrination further fueled her desire to seek out new forms of artistic expression. It would only be a matter of time before Rita herself would carry the mic on her own personal foray into the music industry…..

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rita-J/187768712422

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 ANDREANA CLAY is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at San Francisco State University. Her book, The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth Activism and Post-Civil Rights Politics (NYU Press, 2012) explores how youth of color organize and identify as activists in the post civil rights era. Her articles on hip-hop culture, queer sexuality, youth activism, and hip-hop feminism have appeared in several anthologies and academic journals, including Home Girls Make Some Noise!: A Hip-Hop Feminist Anthology, the American Behavioral Scientist, and Meridians: A Journal of Race, Feminism, and Transnationalism.
queerblackfeminist.blogspot.com/

 ANDREANA CLAY is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at San Francisco State University. Her book, The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth Activism and Post-Civil Rights Politics (NYU Press, 2012) explores how youth of color organize and identify as activists in the post civil rights era. Her articles on hip-hop culture, queer sexuality, youth activism, and hip-hop feminism have appeared in several anthologies and academic journals, including Home Girls Make Some Noise!: A Hip-Hop Feminist Anthology, the American Behavioral Scientist, and Meridians: A Journal of Race, Feminism, and Transnationalism.

queerblackfeminist.blogspot.com/

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RESPONSE TO RICK ROSS RAPE LYRIC by ROSA CLEMENTE

Peace everyone I want to thank your thoughts, your support of women, your humanity. For the very few that seem to just be nasty, mean, violent, I only wish that your heart will open. As for me I will fight on to stop this, and if anyone reading wants to do something more, please email me at clementerosa@gmail.com. For those who hide behind a computer spewing hate, I suggest you let me/us be. At the end of the day I am a Bronx born Puerto Rican woman, and I will push back. Peace.