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PEPATIAN #TooflyWorkshop @Bronx Works

I had an opportunity to go to NY right after Mexico and rock a mural workshop with the Pepatian Hip Hop Academy. I haven’t been back to Bronx Works in about two years because the program is usually in March. It’s very cold in NY during that time so I try to avoid it. This time I decided to make the stop, and troop it like the native New Yorker I used to be. It was nice to see some of the students I worked with a few years ago, they are all grown up! Wow, time just keeps flying. I was happy that Jane Gabriel’s made it happen, and that Bronx Works approved a wall for us. In the past the kids and I had worked on the “My Name Is” workshop, as well as the “Hip Hop” canvas/stencil workshop. It was time for a mural! Hip Hop Culture has changed over the years, it is important for many of the educators to teach it’s roots. We have to know where we are from in order to know where we are going. ¬†The “Hip Hop Don’t Stop” mural workshop sprung from this idea, and students got a chance to learn about the four elements + pioneers in the process. It became a large story book they can use to talk with others about, especially new students joining the program. They are proud of their work and want to share what they created. It was really fun to see some of the kids zone out and forget time and space when they were painting. I know what that feels like — I live for that! Thank you students! thank you Pepatian team! Thank you Bronx Works staff! and everyone that was involved. Shout out to Marisol Diaz for the beautiful photography and all the wonderful educators of this program. For more information visit www.pepatian.org

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HI my name is, and I learned that Hip Hop Don’t Stop!

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Back in June! for more ya’ll see ya soon.

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QUITO TRANSIT GRAFF!

New York is always  hectic for me year after year, and now the projects in Quito are growing too. SO much so that I am short on time to catch up on my blog posts as you can see. As soon as I get a chance to relax I will get to them:) The easiest way for me to share at this time is via INSTAGRAM @TOOFLY_NYC or on my Facebook Page. In the meantime check out the Quito Transit Bus Project we had this past weekend. A first for Ecuador, happy to have been part of it.

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DETONARTE ” LA PREVIA” QUITO, ECUADOR 2014

Construction on my first home has officially started! I have to be focused on that project for the next 2-3 months but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to support our friend’s mural project in Quito this past weekend. Over 150 artist from Ecuador signed up to paint a very large wall at the parque Bicentenario. A huge park that was once Quito’s main airport. The city has grown so much that the airport had to move elsewhere and now there’s a large space in the middle of the city open for a new park design. In the meantime artists, food vendors, and locals are enjoying the open space to ride bikes, skateboard, run, play, and rock out events. The 1st ever Metallica concert was held there a few months ago and it was massssssive! It’s a great space for almost anything, and our organizer friend Luis, from NEURAL INDUSTRIAS CREATIVAS ¬†hooked up with the city parks dept in Quito to rock a large mural in support of the growing demand for urban artists to have legal spaces to paint. When I first arrived to the motherland everything was chill here. You can paint walls in peace and rock a wall almost anywhere with the owners permission. In the last year however the last mayor put that shit on lock and now many street artists are getting fined over $300 and getting thrown in jail for a day for not having their permission given directly from the city. It’s has become more and more difficult to paint walls here. Making it harder for street artists to paint is bad move, because the urban arts culture in Ecuador will suffer, and the craft will not evolve properly. Without an urban arts culture to represent the country many young people will turn their energy elsewhere, most likely negative. It is very important for all artists in Ecuador at this time to come together now and attend these events, as well as city meetings. “LA PREVIA” held on Saturday August 30th is part of DETONARTE’S message to the new city officials of Quito to help support a large arts and culture movement happening all over the world. The new mayor (forget his name) came through to give a speech at the event, which showed us he’s in support. City meetings will be held in the next few weeks let’s see what happens. Till then we will make our voices heard! Gracias LUIS!!! <3

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Free Spirit Sketch

“FREE SPIRIT” Not enough equipment or paint or time to make this happen but one day I’ll rock it out in full detail..

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teamed up with Splash from ALM crew…

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Collaboration among artists helps us grow…

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Young people have open places to enjoy live urban art they can relate to, music, and sunshine. The opportunity to “hang out” creates a space where they can build and be inspired to create.

Cotopaxi Detonarte HTM

hommie HTM with the graphic skillz + he’s an awesome “good vibes” soul.

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“building” with folks from CUENCA – fun projects ahead…

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EME ESE Ecuador

EME ESE, finally met the artist that paints these graphic cows everywhere in Ecuador:)

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Quito peeps! The best part about painting with all these guys is that they are all so nice and chill. Love that!

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Finally met Apitatan, he paints everywhere! His stuff is pretty prominent, and he looks like his characters! We all do:)

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It was a beautiful day to paint, ride bikes, stroll, and eat ceviche de chochos!

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TOOFLY X SPLASH Collabo 2014 – gracias amigo! Letras y Characters always look good together:)

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I¬†forgot to smile…*smirk

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OK Ecuador…get your shit together so we can take it to the next level. We need paint, we need ladders, scaffolds, and most of all spaces to create beautiful murals to bring our people and barrios together to enjoy life. We work hard for it, and YES we are part of the solution for your “EL BUEN VIVIR” campaign.

Quito Municipio Letter

Nos vemos el Jueves! Septiembre 4, 2014 Apuntesen! Si quieren ver cambios…

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TOOFLY GRAFFITI WORKSHOP @BRONX WORKS

June 24th, 2014 | Category: Community,Hip Hop Culture,Workshops

As soon as I landed in NY, I took a long power nap and then it was off to the Bronx! I had to rock the “Toofly Graffiti Workshop” at Bronx Works with 15+ afterschool students. This year the budget for the Pepatian “Bronx Hip Hop Academy” was enough to extend it from 2 weeks to 4 weeks which gave my class the opportunity to learn a lot more, and put a little more effort on their graffiti project. We got some bigger canvases, and acrylic paint to fill up big areas of eye poppin’ color. Their goal to collaborate and work together as a team on a backdrop for their final presentation alongside Rokafella’s dance crew, DP One’s Dj crew, and La Bruja’s MC/Poetry crew. The “Toofly Crew’ had a lot of fun spraying and stenciling their pieces, and working with Reph on the outlining of their letters with big fat sharpies. Shout out to our hommie Reph for subbing on a day I could not attend workshop. Everything worked out great and the kids had fun. It’s always nice to see it all come together. ¬†Next year we hope to get a nice long wall to re-create their 2014 piece:) A big thanks to Jane Gabriels for making this project happen and getting the “true school” crew together to educate young men and women the art of Hip Hop’s Culture. Big thanks to Shanika and the youth at Bronx Works for rockin’ out with us again this year! Have a wonderful summer.

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Bronx Hip-Hop Academy was Produced by Pepatian for more infromation visit their site: www.pepatian.org

In a collaboration with BronxWorks Teen Program, Pepatian’s Bronx Hip-Hop Academy offered a series of workshops in all four disciplines of Hip-Hop in April 2013, culminating in a final informal showing. Held at BronxWorks, the Hip Hop Academy gives youth in the Bronx a similar opportunity: to feel and experience hip hop in its birthplace. The youth learn the history of the genre and its connection to our borough but also to personally connect. Inspired by their lives and the culture they develop tools for creative expression. From stirring poetry to fresh art work to fly steps, Bronx Hip Hop Academy is a program that connects youth to the spirit of the music and to learn more about themselves. My hope is that the youth take inspiration from hip hop and continue to express themselves and tell their story. By telling their story, they are hip hop!

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NYC TRUE SCHOOL! —> ¬†TOOFLY, LA BRUJA, DJ DP ONE, ROKAFELLA
proud to be part of this wonderful teaching artist team. Thanks Jane for linking us all up!

 

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Ladies Love Project SP/14 Pop-Up Shop Re-Cap!

Back from New York and ready to get these blog updates started! It was a busy busy trip this year. The NYC grind was in full effect. Shout out to everyone that came through to support the LLP crew this spring. It was a rainy windy day to start, but by the afternoon when most folks roll thru, the sunshine blessed us with a beautiful day. Just in time for the performances, and all our big supporters. This year the LLP team invited a few new vendors to join the creative art and designer crew. Check them out, they do beautiful handmade works! We love LOCAL, HANDMADE, and ORIGINAL CREATIONS. These guys fit right in. Aurora Barnes and Rhyme Factory did their thing, and DJ Enigma had us dancing for a bit to close out event. It was FUN!!! Besides the morning showers the Ladies Love Project Spring Pop-Up Shop this year was a success once more <3 Love to the crew and everyone who participated to the very end. We will be taking a break for Holiday this year, ( sad face ) but be sure to check our updates for 2015 as we revamp and prepare for something bigger! YOU KNOW HOW WE DO:)

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RAIN OR SHINE!!! Ladies Love Project Spring Pop-Up Shop 2014 – Shout out to Samantha Morales for the beautiful flicks:)

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LLP Crew fun every spring in the heart of the Lower East Side <3

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The Toofly booth of new goodies was a success! THANK YOU TF supporters.

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Hoodies sold out, but new ones coming this fall stay tuned.

Yoav Outdoor Gallery NYC Book Toofly

Shout out to publisher Yoav from OUTDOOR GALLERY NYC Book. I finally got to sign his copy:)

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Toofly / Love Warrior steez ” Staying True”

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LIL EGO Fly as ever! Fashion and Lil Kids gear.

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Vanilla Medallions Rock’n it! Her new handmade caps are dope!

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Besos Not Bombs – gotta love the name!

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Molly Hein with some new handmade cards:)

Wonder Lee LLP

Wonder Lee the life of the party! Good Times:) We must hang more…

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Shout out to my hommie Yvey for holding down the TF booth! and for all the peeps tweeting away event flicks. Go team!

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We have lot’s more flicks of our vendors be sure to check out our facebook page here —> LLP SP/2014

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Circa 95, Aurora Barnes and Rhyme Factory did their thing!

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FUN IN THE SUN NOW AND FOREVER with my bestie <3

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Beautiful People, Beauitful families

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THANK YOU NEW YORK!!! We’ll be back bigger and doper than ever in 2015!

 

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LADIES LOVE PROJECT SPRING 14′ POP-UP SHOP!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

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LADIES LOVE PROJECT‚ĄĘ SPRING 2014 POP UP SHOP!
Saturday, May 31st, 2014 // ( Rain Date Sunday, June 1st )
Time:12PM-8PM
Location: Houston Street Center // 273 Bowery, New York , NY // 2 trains to 2nd Ave or Delancey

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LADIES LOVE PROJECT HOLIDAY 2013! RE-CAP

November 26th, 2013 | Category: Community,Events,Hip Hop Culture,Younity

The Ladies Love Project Holiday Pop-Up Shop Re-Cap flicks are still in the works, but here are a few of my faves! I snuck in a few flicks in between vending, building, and making sure we did not blow out any more outlets. Ah!  Samantha Morales will have her images up soon. I know they are gonna be AWESOME. Our photobooth rocked this year, happy we have Sam on board, and thankful Karla came thru as well to give us a hand. Thank you all for supporting the LLP Holiday Pop-Up Shop!!! The event and the crew is growing and getting tight. YAY!!!

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Lady Fancy Nails

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LLP Crew 2013 Holiday

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Jenny Kinsn Cupcakes

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Gear and Goods Pop Up

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Tha Machine

 

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Ladies Love Project Holiday 2013

 

 

 

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C.U.P SAN ANTONIO, TX! May 17th-19th

May 08th, 2013 | Category: Events,Graffiti / Street Art,Hip Hop Culture,Travel

Check out website for event info! —– > www.contentunderpressure.net

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Back from San Antonio and ready to rock these blog posts!

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Welcome to the PAINT YARD! Shout out to the entire TPY team who took very good care of us:) XOXO

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Ready to rock this wall under the HOT TEXAS sun! Ouch heat…

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Thank you IRONLAK! Few& Far Paint Sponsor…
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MERLOT! Love this pic chica:)

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MEME – Our Few & Far mamasita! Thank you for rounding us up for some hot fun under the sun:) Had a lot of fun on this trip, looking fwd to the next one!
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Houston Peeps showing the ladies love <3

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HOPS! Keeping us in check, on time, and organized <3 <3 <3

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Shout out to the fellas who stopped by wall the and chilled with us under the hot sun. LOGEK, POSE2, MUSE, HEX. Good Times:) XOXO

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Gotta love the kids:) Little Rocket and little girls inspired by the ladies painting their neighborhood.

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The Amazing REDS! She goes hard wow!
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HELLO MY NAME IS:

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TOOFLY – Free as free can be…

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More wall flicks coming soon!
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Content Under Pressure 2013! #thepaintyard San Antonio, TX

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It’s a wrap! Time to get home , rest up, and do it all over again. Hello Summer!!! Painting season has begun…

 

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MERES X TOOFLY 5POINTZ, QUEENS NY 2013

May 08th, 2013 | Category: Graffiti / Street Art,Hip Hop Culture

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Love throwies by Clef…

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Oh snap look who rolled by…taking it back to Corona COOL C dayz!
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Shout out to my cousin Clef for taking flicks:) Looking good kid!
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LOVE WARRIOR

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“Sticky Stuff” and “Swoosh” LOL!!! XOXO MERES <3 #hommies

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SAVE 5POINTZ!!!! —- >¬†https://www.facebook.com/Save5Pointz

 

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LADIES LOVE PROJECT RE-CAP!

Our Ladies Love Project photos by Samantha Morales are ready! Unfortunately I’m super swamped in New York and wont have a chance ot rock my blog posts for a few weeks. In the meantime check out flicks on the link below —->

Ladies Love Project 2013 Spring

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The Peeps LLP 2013

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GoodWood NYC LLP 2013

Circa 95 LLP SP 2013

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MEETING OF STYLES, ECUADOR! Nov 23-25, 2012

Meeting of Styles Ecuador 2012!

MEETING OF STYLES 2012 ECUADOR!
Opening Launch Party ( vendors, performances, and more )
FRIDAY Nov 23 // $5 cover 12pm-5pm //Party 5pm-till
- Neural Industrias Creativas -
Av 6. de Diciembre y Av. Colon // Quito Ecuador

LIVE ART SATURDAY NOV 24th and 25th from 12pm- till
Av. Occidental y Rumiorco

DAY 2 Meeting of Styles Ecuador, 2012

BRAZIL!

MARIA, ECUADOR

MEXICO!

DAY 1 Meeting of Styles Ecuador, 2012

This wall stretches for a good 10+ blocks!

This was a hard wall for me mainly because of the shaky $5 scaffold. There’s lot’s to fix, but Im getting a tall ladder next time! F that…

Collabo partners:)

Lot’s of talent n South America…

Shout out to Enaone for organzing the 1st ever Meeting of Styles in Ecuador event along with his crew, and moms!

Tag tee’s…

Peru is off the chain!

Latex paint, and Aerosol looks really goooooood!

Guayaquil represent.

Folks will be painting wall for days, it’s so huge it will need weeks and even months to complete. Quito has the best walls!!! They stretch for miles and miles…there’s nothing like this back home…crazy.

Dope weekend in the motherland, thank you MEETING OF STYLES! ¬†Shout out to all the artists who pulled through, your work is amazing!!! Peru, Chile, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and more. I’ve been playing it low key for a while, mainly because I needed the rest but this was gooooood for the soul. Especially since I finally got a chance to meet a lot more women artists this time.¬†We are excited to chat in 2013 about an all female event down the road. I think there’s no plan of return just yet NY! Having a lot fo fun here, there’s lot’s to do still, and my spirt feels freeeeeeeeeee:) Dipping in and out will continue, next stop Miami Art Basel! See ya there…

 

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MEETING OF STYLES – ECUADOR 2012

Oh snap. Lot’s popping off this coming November. Excited to be part of the Meeting of Styles Ecuador event on November 24th in the motherland!!! Super proud, gonna represent like never before. More details coming soon…

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SAVE THE DATE! Ladies Love Project Holiday 2012 POP-UP Shop! 11.17.12

October 20th, 2012 | Category: Community,Events,Hip Hop Culture,Younity

MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT 2! ATX 2012

October 17th, 2012 | Category: Community,Events,Hip Hop Culture,Travel

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 Zola

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RETHINKING POWER & RESISTANCE ATX 2012

October 16th, 2012 | Category: Community,Events,Hip Hop Culture

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.

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