Wednesday, May 28, 2008
In 2008, Muddy Lotus Primary was dedicated to the memory of Donda West and her love for education. In honor of this, Shine On Sierra Leone plans to break ground for the “Donda West Library & Literacy Center” (DWLC) this fall. The Donda West Literacy Center will answer the call to an 80% illiteracy rate in the community in the community of Bongema. Serving as a library for the students of Muddy Lotus, DWLC will extend its reach to the community offering free literacy classes to parents within the community.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
At first glance the heading above may seem crass (people fear BLACK when a black man uses the word) but see i am used to seeing the word "BLACK" HMMM i wonder why ? LOL . See i really even try to stay away from the topic. Even as i try to stay low key about all aspects of my life this one is one that would really be rediculous to try and hide. See the first thing that i have to write is an asspect of my mental personality . I live almost completely within logic . This is hard to consume by alot of people , as mystery and whatever tradition that society considers to be truth finds its way to the trash can in my pysche if it makes no sense. Sometimes when i am eating people see my plate and see that there is no meat on it . Then when i am asked about it and say " I AM VEGAN " i am usually greated with crazy questions like . "HOW DO YOU GET NUTRITION " ha ha ... answer ? i eat everything you eat minus the dead carcus and dairy...
I personally did not become vegan , IT BECAME ME . My parents come from Tennessee and left there in '61' well before my birth. My grandmother made everything herself and had two gardens one all greens and one mixed with variaties of vegetables. I used to go stay with her for two weeks every summer, and it was a requirement to get up at 8:00 am before it got real hot to aid in the garden work (this was a small seed in my own dietary evolution (fresh grown chemical free food just taste different) . Its was murder for me because i did not and could not fathom the beauty of nature at that age childhood - age 16 (read side bar i am a CITY BOY) . Everything we ate there came from that garden. She only went to the store for eggs,meat,milk,soda etc.. everything else came from there she had apple and peach trees in the yard as well. She made jam from scratch for toast or sandwichs. Those summer weeks had a heavy impact on my future love of nature...
Its incredible cause people think your experience is alot different but its not ! I still get followed when shopping in whole food markets. I get spoken to as if i must be new to this lifestyle. THe crazy thing is the condescending store attendants usally shrink once i engage in debate ( i have been this for years ) . I am not sensitive by any means i go to get what i gotta get. I am usually greeted with the " oh wow im suprised that you are here " look. When i am at my spot in New York i go all the way to Brooklyn from the bronx to prospect park just to go to Imhoteps Vegan Restaraunt/Store 734 Nostrand Ave (between prospect pl and park pl)Phone: 718-493-235
just to be amongst a more holistic shopping experience.I mean other black Vegans are glad to see you, this is still necessary and desired to be welcomed even though A Black Vegan may feel otherwise normally. When in the midwest i go to the biggest whole foods market as they really dont say much to you because of the size of the place. Persecution is regular until there are national publisized news coverage see my previous ENCINO CaLIFORNIA posting with video of on Downed Cow meat. click this link to it:
SAFARI-BLACK: CHINO CALIFORNIA MEAT RECALL- THE LARGEST IN US HISTORY - GO VEG!
It(persuction comes from all races) belongs to no one race. Veganism in the African community is just as ALIEN as any other place , the idea of dodging greezy pigs with worms throughout the entire body is harder to digest than someone partaking in cocaine Lines. Bad diets stem from slavery when slaves were fed scrapes and being a creative race of people they put them scraps in stews with greens and other stuff. This poor availabilty to healthy food became habit which became tradition. To be continued....
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
With the unfortunate circumstances having taken place in Darfur, the Mighty Mic group has taken it upon themselves to create a campaign surrounding the Darfur Genocide. For the upcoming Mighty Mic Human Rights Awareness Concert later this month, Twelve Bar and their “It’s All Love” approach to their trade were chosen to create a commemorative t-shirt for the event with 100% of all proceeds donated to mobile clinics set up in refugee camps for Darfurian refugees. The t-shirt features Twelve Bar’s iconic heart logo with pictures of Darfurian children seen inside. Mighty Mic represents a 9-day event which will take place at UCLA within the Westwood Campus. The event will be further filled with Genocide Awareness Week and a concert. The group itself was created on the basis of providing social justice and human rights. This year’s concert artists include Ok Go, Zion I, rock & Roll and Rhymefest while the t-shirts will be available for sale exclusively at the concert and through Mighty Mic. For any inquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NICE T-SHIRT - GOOD CAUSE - GREAT MUSIC SO IF YOU ARE IN LOS ANGELES COME THRU AND SUPPORT !
ALSO EVERYTIME YOU PURCHASE AN "OBEY PROPAGANDA-HOPE T-SHIRT"(THAT I AM WEARING BELOW) OR A WALL PRINT OF THE SILK SCREEN ON THE SHIRT SHEPARD FAIREY DONATES 100% OF THE PROCEEDS TO THE DARFURIAN REFUGEE RELIEF FUND .
Tuesday, May 13, 2008