Archive for October, 2012
Lot’s happenng in the month of November, which is all good because I will be back in NY for most of it ready to rock! On November 10th you can view new Toofly works in person at the group exhibition entitled FEAR NO ART 4 curated by our friend Marka27. The showcase will take place at a really dope gallery space called¬†FourthWall Projects¬†in Boston, Ma. Check out the site to view some of the artists work. Ive bnever been to Boston so this is greta excuse for me to take a weekend road trip with my friends to check out the show, and scope out the neighborhood. Looking forward to it, see ya soon BOSTON!
FEAR NO ART 4
Opening Reception November 10th 7-9PM.
- through December 3rd -
132 Brookline Ave, Boston Ma
Getting a chance to exhibit my Love Warrior series at last! They look lovely on black frames…check em’ out if your in BOSTON! Show will be up until DEC 3rd, 2012.
Nice Turnout Boston!
Our AIRBNB.COM Crew:) Glad we made it happen and took the troop. Special shout out to Sheetal who hooked us up with her place and rooftop access for them late night ciphers.
MARKA 27 Curator, Artist and hella good hommie right here….
Shout out to all the artsits and new peeps we met. Loved the gallery, loved the art. Hope to return one day! XOXO
THE GOOD LIFE – jam sessionz, and universal convos! Let’s not forget the Chicken and Waffles. YUM!!! Thanks guys for making our weekend trip a great time:) Love and hugs to you both!
NYC and Beyond ¬†*wink
THANK YOU BOSTON!!!Share No comments
Before my trip back to the motherland, I volunteered my time to rock the The Mamas of Color Rising community mural¬†on 12Street and Chicon. This would be the Mamas big day to get the word out to the entire community especially neighborhoods that need it the most. Shout out to UNIVISION who came through to show the Mamas some nationwide love about the opening of their clinic, free pregnancy tests, and their mission to help spread love and care for women and children. Big ups to Urban Market who gave permission to rock the wall, and to everyone who volunteered their time to support this cause. Mamas of Color Rising wants birth justice! ¬†Watch this wonderful VIDEO made by UT student,¬†Andrea Zarate¬†to learn more about this organization.¬†If you would like to support these wonderful women and their free pre-natal clinic in Austin click HERE. ¬†Mamas of Color Rising is staffed by volunteer midwives and birth companions (doulas)! Sending love to my hommie Paula X. Rojas who made it possible for me to get down with the project. You are an inspiration to us all, we love you, and miss you back in the rotten apple! big love to all you ladies it was wonderful to build with each one of you:) XOXO
Great wall colors to start with…
Start time: 12PM…
Revised sketch, and free pregnancy tests!
Fun in the Sun…
Great day for the kiddies…
Mamas of Color Rising 2012!
Vibrant Woman Pregnancy Clinic/ Mama Sana Clinica Prenatal was developed to address some longstanding health disparities within the Latino and Black low income communities of Austin. Paula Rojas, program coordinator for the clinic says that ‚Äúthe abundance of pregnancy¬†¬†and birth support services available in Austin is not accessible to all mothers and babies‚ÄĚ.¬† Over 25.9% of Latina women in Austin receive no prenatal care vs. 7.8% of white women. Travis County‚Äôs infant mortality rate was recorded as 5.8 per 1,000 live births for white women and 20.5 ‚Äď or more than 150% higher ‚Äď for Black women. Rojas continues “the United States ranks 50th in the world when it comes to safety in birth, and Travis County rates are worse than the national averages, particularly for African American and Latina women”. Kellee Coleman, outreach coordinator for the clinic says that ‚Äúthe goal of project is to connect with low-income Black and Latina mothers in Austin, to foster personal and collective empowerment while providing free prenatal care and education‚ÄĚ. There are economic, cultural and language barriers for many women. Vibrant Woman/Mama Sana women‚Äôs clinic will address these barriers.¬† This project will provide free group prenantal care appointments with individual physical exams by doctors from Blackstock Family Health Center and community midwives. This innovative approach will include on-site Mama Baila prenatal dance classes, individualized nutrition support, and an emotional support group, one for African American mothers and one for Latina mothers run in Spanish.
Finito! 5PM Not bad for 5 hours right?!
Shout out to NiZ, and Kristen who stopped by to show some love. Great hanging with ya’ll:)
MAMA SANA, VIBRANT WOMAN Austin Texas 2012. Corner of 12 St and Chicon.
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Mama Said Knock You Out 2! with some of the dopest WOMEN IN HIP HOP artists today. REAL HIP HOP! The event was held at the community space called ¬†THE COLLECTIVE in Austin, Texas, Saturday October 6th. Event was on point. The ladies did their thang. Line up was ill, best performance by women in Hip Hop I have seen in a very long time. So happy I got to experience it. Flava, raw verses, and¬†conscious¬†messages were delivered on stage with passion and heart. Big ups to Invincible, Lah Tere, Las Krudas, Wanda, Tru Bloo, Yoli, Tiger Lily, DJ Trinity, T-Kay, T-Fly, and more WOW! I’m proud of Hip Hop! It’s been a minute. Sharing the creative space as a live artist was awesome. The piece came out beautiful , and it will now have a wonderful home at the Mamas of Color clinic opening up soon for ATX to enjoy. Coming together for a great cause fills our spirit, and this wonderful night could not have been possible without the hard work of the mamas crew. Word up, great job ladies!!!
Tru Bloo poster signings….
DJ Trinity on the 1 & 2′s!
INVINCIBLE – Detroit
Lah Tere – Chicago
Tiger Lily – ATX
LAs Krudas- Cuba
Love you guys!
MAMA SANA, VIBRANT WOMAN
‚ÄúThe artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.‚ÄĚ -¬†Emile ZolaShare No comments
Our first call of duty once in Austin, TX was to come together for the ALL WOMEN IN HIP HOP ROUND TABLE. A panel discussion at the Mexican American Cultural Arts Center on October 5th 2012. We opened up and created a space to share our stories, thoughts, and ideas about what ¬†“Rethinking Power & Resistance Gender & Human Rights” is all about. It was a big topic to cover but we rocked it! It got pretty emotional at times because we shared a personal part of how we came to be who we are. From our ancestry, our mothers, our womanhood, and the relationship we each have with the world. In order to connect with folks we had to get raw,¬†regardless¬†of the academic setting we were in. If we were going to reach people with our powerful voices we had to speak from the heart about the ills of our journey here. It was DOPE panel discussion. (((Inspired))) ¬†and honored to have shared the space with such wonderful human beings. I feel empowered to continue my journey, and down with all of you to do “the work” that is necessary in our communities. THANK YOU #DOPE WOMEN.Share No comments
Whew! Back from Austin and with a load of flicks to go through. Working on my blog takes hours, and days at times. Something I actually enjoy doing! Yes I’m a blog geek. Ya’ll are lucky cuz I’m one of a few artists who likes to go all out and hook it up so it looks good. SOooo here we go with the first post—–>TOOFLY X NIX Wall Collaboration. Austin, TX 2012. Happy Niz saw my FB post about my trip to her city because she was able to lock down a wall for us just in time! Last time we painted together was in 2008 at the Younity Heart & Soul event in Brooklyn. It’s been years! Glad we got to link up, paint, and chat it up:) Love ya Niz! thank you for making it happen hommie:)
Worked a little backwards this time, threw me off a bit when I had to get to the face…uff…live and learn.
MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT! That’s right a little LL COOL J love for the event going down…
((( Boombox Lover )))
Funky Fresh NIZ! #stencilartist for RUN DMC, and LL COOL J
Shout out to Mamas Cupcakes for letting us rock their wall:)
TOOFLY X NIZ, Austin TX 2012Share No comments
Excited for my trip to Austin, TX tomorrow!!! Looking forward to paint live at the MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT 2 event on Saturday, rocking a wall with stencil artist NIZ on Sunday, and creating a beautiful mural for the MAMAS of COLOR organization during the week. The best part of it all is that I get to spend time with hommies I haven’t seen in a while like Paula and Eric, Charles and Kristen, Invincible, Lah Tere, Niz, and many more. See you all soon!
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Wednesday Oct 10th 5:30-8:30PM
The New York Times Company¬†//¬†620 Eighth Avenue
On Wednesday, October 10th VOCES; The Latino Heritage Network of the New York Times Company is hosting a celebration of Latino Poetry, Music, and Art entitled “Palabras, Ritmo y Arte” Spoken Word Artists; Taina, Ana Rosado, Rafael Rosado, Liliana Almendarez, Francis Metro, and Cyrus. Musical performances by Hecho en Brooklyn, and Pa’ Lo Monte. Artist gallery will feature TOOFLY, Shirley Rodriguez, Victoria Febrer, Alvaro Montagna, Nelson Santiago, and more. A special thank you to Michelle for getting in touch to display one of my works during this special event. RSVP LINKShare No comments