AFROMATION

Last week was so busy! 

Not only did I do a turnaround trip to see my god-son in Fresno, but I also stopped by the Can't Stop, Won't Stop Event at the California African American Museum last Wednesday. The event was a really cool way to kick off the showing of a few Los Angeles art collections with great DJ's and yummy food trucks. 

What was really fulfilling was being apart of Afromation this Saturday. My wonderful, talented and loving friend Kayla Salisbury started a collaboration with her sweet friend Charmaine called Afroverse; to bring pride, appreciation and joy through community events. 

Their first event was a major success. Afromation was a free arts and crafts fair to celebrate black children and encourage creativity and affirm their magic; held at Century Community Charter School in Inglewood, CA. 

It was a blessing to be able to help out and witness the smiles these women worked so hard to bring to these little girls and boys faces. Face painting, free books, bracelet and flower crown making, coloring, personalized t-shirts and painting. Encouraging to see parents enjoy themselves and have local black women come out to be vendors. 

 

Check out @Afroverse for future events! They do it for the young queens. 

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SOEZ SUNDAYS @ COMFORT LA

Comfort LA.

So yesterday was my first time going to Comfort LA, a clean soul food restaurant near downtown. There was an event last night;  SOEZ Sundays. I didn't know what to expect! Obviously the first thing that I did was get some food (I'm trying to eat less meat, I'll try the wings next time).  I got the vegan collard greens and I and the mac & cheese, as well as the down-home corn bread. Fire. To drink I got their Ginger AIDE---that was bomb, it had ginger and citrus. After eating I to their backyard, nice lil set up with a DJ and a small bar set up to buy either a mixed drink or a little shot. Further back there were two live painters; one doing freestyle portrait work and then the other was an artist that does some of his work with spray paint. The music was amazing, it was a vibe. Everybody was super sweet stylish and lit. Follow SOEZ SUNDAYS, ComfortLA and check out THE pics! See y'all at the next one.

 

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Fellowship.

The weekend was amazing, check out these photos of the beautiful people I know; serving black girl magic and black boy joy. 

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Cake

I have never wanted myself more.

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For me, a periodic removal is necessary. Escapism? Maybe. But traveling is something that I am good at. It feels comfortable and it seems that I need it. I am hoping that this trip will do what it has done in the past. Energize; though I have been experimenting and staying up to meet the sunrise in Berlin—dancing all the while.

 

If you know me you know I always have room for sugar. My good friends know I have had a long time obsession with Oreos—and as a sort-of-adult I try to stay far away from them. But before that I used to love graham crackers. I distinctly remember pre-k, when you’re that small that don’t really give you things that are too sweet because, well, the day care aids aren’t really trying to have 20+ four year olds bouncing off the walls. It’s just not a good look. Graham crackers, in retrospect, seemed like a safe snack for a little one.

I realized during this trip that what my dear friend said to me a month ago was true. Without unnecessary context, I am cake.

These days I keep getting asked questions I don’t know the answer to. I ended up with a couple more days to be separate and think about them, and myself. I get very anxious when change is coming. I’m sure the build up will prove to be something different and kind of crazy this time. I slept a lot, so I am very awake.

Giving or wanting to help, or really maybe just wanting to please others, has always been in my nature. The list of examples is too long and it really has been to a fault. Too nice, too concerned, whatever it is, I have had it bad for a while. And though I have experienced plenty of things that have educated me to do otherwise, I still chose sharing myself as a form of love. I give away my cake, often.

Now. Cake here is not a metaphor for anything direct; it is not sex or even any tangible thing, really. It is me- perhaps my time, or energy and emotion. Me. But if everyone gets a slice of your cake, even it its small and sparingly, you may not have enough for yourself. You wont have…yourself. I really love cake. And there is one here, within me. And there is nothing wrong with keeping it all to myself. I won’t apologize for loving cake and saving the extra slices for later.

 

There is a lot to be done now. And I am excited to put my head down and DO. My trip alone was lovely.

 

I want everything, but mostly I want me.

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