April 26th-June Koffee Therapy Cafe. 6 E. Franklin St.
May 19th- Artist Hanging Out Artists Reception XS 1307 N. Charles St. 6p-10p
June 1st- Who Said What at Impact Hub Baltimore 10 E. North Ave. 7p-9p
June 4th- Who Said What at Creative CityScape 2810 Shirley Ave.
June 11th- Who Said What at West Park Arts Fest 4021 Parkside Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
July 2nd-Sept 30th- Tribal Cafe 1651 W. Temple St.
As I mentioned last month, many of you were asking for a way to support me through purchasing a piece of art from my Who Said What collection. I know have a way! You can purchase select Who Said What pieces from myFacebook Shop. Thank you again for your support!
If you have a minute, check out this amazing piece by The Displaced Nation featuring yours truly. Thank you to the good folks over at The Displaced Nation. It was an honor to be featured on their amazing blog.
Finally, as I’m sure you’ve already notice, I’ve redesigned the site! While you’re still able to easily navigate the site, I’ve some slight design changes to give it a more modern look.
April was Terry Pratchett’s birthday. Learn more about this amazing individual here.
Just My Thoughts
Earlier this year, I spoke about my time in South Africa. I spoke about how it was a very transformative and enlightening experience. One of the biggest take aways from that experience is that social injustice is worldwide and it is often communities of color that suffer the worst at the hands of white oppressors.
April marks another transformative period not only in my life but in the city that I call home. Last year, thousands of Baltimore citizens, clergy and activists took to the streets to call for an end to the over-policing and police violence in communities of color. For much of 2014 and 2015, Baltimore was part of a massive outpouring of worldwide support for New York and Ferguson during their protests to combat police violence against people of color.
In April of last year, following the murder of Freddie Gray at the hands of 6 Baltimore City police officers, Baltimore, along with the world, would once again mobilize to protest change and an end to this social injustice. I found myself at the center of what has been called by many the #BaltimoreUprising. While the media (both local and national) descended upon Baltimore to tell stories about “thugs,” “riots” and “looting,” there was a completely different narrative told by those of us peacefully marching and demonstrating.
On the ground and in the center of it all, we understood that this uprising was about preventing the brutal treatment and over policing of people of color in cities like Baltimore. We understood that the so called “riots” were less about property damage and more about a people dismantling an unjust system. What started last year in Baltimore and continues today was a massive call for everyone to understand that #BlackLivesMatter.
I am very happy to have been apart of this historical movement. Since last year, I have made some great connections and have come to know some amazing activists who continue the fight for justice and equality for all.