This year I am in charge of FLOW. Its a true test of breath control, intentional breathing. Bringing life, connection. Highlighting vibrancy and people who generate positive things. Building on past learning, wisdom, gleaning.
Remembering that the only person I control really is my self - I'm only in charge of one person after all is said and done - and before it too. FLOWS have been a big part of my healing, my revealing, my unveiling of who I am, and what I want to do--what I am doing ; with my life, my relationships and in community and in MY community: NORTHSIDE.
A Convocation is a calling together of people, often to give out accolades and awards, except I'm Convocating Convocations so it's a Convocation of Juneteenths!
Juneteenth is commemorating a day in the past when a person said the words to other folks that declared a true thing to be true due to the actions of some other people on different days.
J. Otis Powell! is an ancestor who walks with me a lot and makes me laugh with their audacity so I learn my lessons well.
Dubious means sus, sketch, unreliable, flaky and not to be depended on. Mad questionable.
Holiday is a day of festivity and celebrating when no work is done. A vacation.
What exactly are you/am I celebrating?
Am I/are you not working? Especially if we are culture creators, culture bearers, emancipators, elaborators and abolitionists? Even if we are not?
The folks facilitating your/my Juneteenth are actually expecting your/my engagement. I'm expecting your/my engagement in my/our own liberation.
Join me as I CONVOCATE - yes CELEBRATE - INTONATE - INTIMATE - EDUCATE myself -AND REVELATE in my/our FREEDOM!
Hatha style- Vinyasa flows slowed down tho... with good music and my signature easygoing teaching style. Zoom classes available always. Come into the studio for a vibe with incense and stuff. 612jungle.com. Click the pic for a link to the sign up page. Jolene teaches R&B Restore after which is Yin and a perfect companion. Soul and R&B Sundays at the Jungle keep it real.....chillllllllll. #EPMD
#POWERFEST by Kenna Cottman
Jamez Staples went to North like me. He installed these solar panels on the roof of our high school and now I can subscribe to get some of my electricity from them. I was chopping it up with Jamez when my xcel cut off. "My powers on," he bragged "I'm over North."
I got excited about getting more folks involved and now im part of of #POWERFEST. What I want to offer is more ritual and respect than anything else, but if you live over North imma still get you signed up for Community Solar.
Come practice with me/us on June 12, 2021 at 10am in North Commons park we gonna set up some drums and move with intention, honoring the Native land we got ova North.
click the image to add songs to the playlist for my lil virtual house party tomorrow (Sunday 5/23 at 2pm)
Sunday Dinner with TruArtSpeaks
im having the sistet over and im hosting the music+dance breakout room at this virtual house party/family dinner/table talk. www.truartspeaks.org to sign up
Roll over in bed, grab your device and log into the Virtual Healing Space for a Sacred Morning practice to start your day. We will listen to soothing tones, hear affirmations to guide our thoughts, breathe together, ponder journal prompts and pull cards and read them together. Bring all your stuff or just bring yourself. Listen and zone or be a more active participant. Wake up early but slowly and remember your dream. Linger in the space between sleep and wake a little longer and stir that magic into your day. Come anytime during the hour, time is cyclical. A link to the zoom will be at www.voiceofculture.org on the calendar page too. Sacred Morning.
I am Hella Hella (ka.kemetic yoga 🧘🏾♂️) grateful for this opportunity that I have to do something that I’m passionate about; which is development of the Northside and increasing opportunities for youth, combined with making a few coins (as some may know I had an “income stream interruption”let’s call it ;) everything is truly connected (seed of wisdom YTT yoga training 612jungle baybee 🖤💛 ) because not only am I a former teacher of the current CEO of NAZ’s is now grown children, but I had a chance to share space with another person who works at NAZ who took my class when I used to teach at the U of M.
An-tea-whey...🙌🏾holla🙌🏾 with these opportunities. I feel like there are so many micro jewels not micro in their jewely-ness but micro in their size (but definitely full-scale joules) in terms of many tiny opportunities that I know are out there.
My respected family the Rakhu's are doing Better Family Life, MN. Ayanna let me know about this conference and I'm going to catch a few classes today (4/12 and tomorrow 4/13) and I'm going to watch some of these recorded conversations especially this one: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKTochsv4uU (historical footage of the gathering!)
35th Anniversary BLACK DANCE - USA: A Celebration In Movement
ORISHA, DANCES OF CUBA: Tuesday, April 13
10:00 am – 11:30 am
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Orisha dances of Cuba (ALL LEVELS)
Juan Carlos Blanco, Instructor
Instruction in the dances of Cuba that honor the Orishas (forces and energies within nature), such as Shango, Yemaya, Oshun. Click Here to Learn More About Juan Carlos Blanco
AFRO-DANCEHALL FUSION: Monday, April 12
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Afro-Dancehall Fusion (ALL LEVELS)
Stacy Letrice, Instructor
Afro-Dancehall Fusion integrates traditional West African, Dancehall, and African pop-culture dance styles, creating a colorful montage of dances of the African Diaspora.
Click to Learn More About Stacy Letrice
The North High School CSG is installed and scheduled to go live will in Fall 2021. The subscriber outreach will prioritize community members with low incomes, but all are welcome to apply. It is a collaboration with North Community High School, the City of Minneapolis, Renewable Energy Partners, and North Minneapolis community members like you! Check out https://www.mplsclimate.org/community-solar.html for more info on community solar.
Black, Bold & Brilliant is a North Minneapolis based nonprofit organization that builds a thriving and healthy community by engaging Black youth with civic, artistic & culturally relevant experiences/opportunities to tap into their passion, purpose and power.
The organization was birthed out of necessity during the George Floyd uprisings. Educator & founder, Wisdom Mawusi, understood the source of the frustration and the fires, but also the immediate impact that fires were having on residents and prayed that North Minneapolis would be spared and that no more blood would be shed.
The morning after the fires reached her community, Wisdom Mawusi, worked with other volunteers to help clean and provide resources for those need. It was during this time that she witnessed a large group of young people taking a sledge hammer to an ATM- eventually a police officer arrived on the scene and she feared what would happen next. Would the bodies or the futures of these young people be killed because they were Black, righteously angry, but misguided to the easiest outlet of that frustration- destruction? What about building? Given the opportunity, they would be just as invested in that. She wondered who could gather the youth and provide programming for self-actualization and community development. She agreed to accept her own challenge and called two powerful, art activists - Eshay Brantley and Namir Fearce, co-founders of Black, Bold and Brilliant.
Black, Bold and Brilliant will be holding a series of weekly virtual Black History Workshops on Saturdays (6, 13, 20, 27) through out February 2021. Workshops are 12:30-2:30 p.m. Each workshop will contain a Black History & artistic component. We will host a virtual Black history program on Sunday, Feb. 28th at 3 pm.
Black, Bold and Brilliant Books & Culture will provide literature & culturally enriching monthly experiences to participants. Books will be free of charge and there will be monthly incentives for participants that complete all assignments. Assignments include weekly journal responses and participating in meetings twice a month. Starting in March.
Sign up for both by scanning the QR code below or head to the google sign up page: BBB SIGN UP