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#MustLoveBeards Profile: Nestlé Snipes

There is something eternally sexy about a Black man with a beard and a plan. The everlasting regality exhibited by today’s #MustLoveBeards king is my blessing to all of our Taji Mag readers. In his own words, “My lineage is rooted in greatness. The history of Africa is one of high achievement and excellence that has set the precedent for the rest of the modern world.” Entrepreneur Nestlé Snipes sat down with Taji Mag to share his story.

So who is this fine, chocolate brother? Let me tell you a bit about the debonair Mr. Nestlé.

Creator and lead photographer for Made For a King Photography, Nestlé Snipes is an emerging artist, photographer, and actor living in the New Jerusalem (better known as East Orange, Jersey). He is a well-traveled navy man with aspirations for greatness.

Nestlé credits his love and appreciation for Blackness for making him the man he is today. Through independent research, he grew to love the countless contributions made by the Pan African world. This dedication to celebrating our origins goes beyond the for-profit arena. He and a collective of dapper Black men organized a “Rebirth of Cool” charity event that showed us what a classic man is really about.

His images are a classy mix of traditional, modern, and futuristic looks that are simply breathtaking. Scroll through his IG for more than 5 seconds and you will fall in love with your Blackness all over again. With more than 3,000 followers, his work is undoubtedly the blues in many a left thigh, trying to become the funk in our right… and that’s alright.

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Whether it’s his gold medal beard, his Malcolm-X-turned-hippie appeal, or the sheer brilliance of his passion, Nestlé Snipes is an intriguing Black entrepreneur on the rise. We are excited to watch out for what he does next.

 

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Two Black Men Open Mobile Shower for the Homeless

mobile showerLive Fresh aims to provide Palm Beach County’s homeless individuals and families with a fresh shower, personal hygiene essentials and, the opportunity to Live FRESH via their mobile shower.

“Feeling Revitalized Encourages Sustainable Happiness”

“We will select service areas throughout Palm Beach based on critical need and community partnerships with local government, local faith based groups and non-profit organizations that assist the homeless. We will use our premiere mobile shower /personal hygiene facility, to make sure everyone in Palm Beach County has the ability to take a Fresh Shower. We will provide access to personal hygiene essentials including: Towel Soap · Shampoo · Conditioner · Toothbrush · Toothpaste · Dental Floss · Mouthwash · Lotion · Sunscreen · Sanitary Napkins (for women) · Condoms. We will provide support and assistance where possible. In doing this, we create a platform for refreshed communities, who generate fresh ideas, and begin embodying the notion that Feeling Revitalized Encourages Sustainable Happiness. By means of Genesis Community Health’s “outreach/ visiting clinics”, we will provide healthcare that brings services to the homeless. These clinics offer various health screenings, HIV Counseling and Testing, and referral services, linking the individual to a primary care facility and overall care with other supporting and partner organizations.”

Interested in Helping?

Almost 2.5 million youth, under the age of 18, experience homelessness in America each year. This historic high represents one in every 30 children in the U.S. Palm Beach County ranks #2 in Florida for children living in spaces not designed for human habitation. The average age of a homeless child in Palm Beach County is 7…

Help them make an IMPACT by contributing today! With your support, they can make sure our homeless brother sisters and children in Palm Beach County can live fresh.

Want to help out in a different way? Click here to check out the Live Fresh Wishlist!

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Sehiii is a Must Attend Event in Brooklyn

SehiiiWe could go on with a bunch of dope adjectives to describe Sehiii, but the energy you’ll feel in the videos below pretty much sums it up! Ok, maybe we’ll gush a little. Sehiii, pronounced Say-Hi (don’t forget your 3rd eye), elevates the positive vibes of your life. At it’s core, it’s an artist showcase – singers, lyricists, poets, dancers, photographers, comedians, painters, illustrators, on and on and on on and on and… Generally hosted at For My Sweet Gallery & Event Space (which got dubbed Sehiii Gallery by some blogger and is now the name that shows when you google the address), Sehiii has grown to be a Brooklyn staple, a safe space for budding artists, a space for seasoned artists to test “new shit,” and an all around good time for those who attend. There are also artisans vending all of the good goods, as well as food and drinks for the low low. On top of all of this, the founder Kqwon is one of the coolest dudes you’ll ever come across. The rest you will just have to experience for yourself, or at least live vicariously via my horrible camera phone vids 😉

For more information on dates and locations, visit Sehiii’s website and follow them on the gram and everywhere else @sehiiinyc!

@iloveyoufun Hosted the night and blessed us with one of her pieces.

@Chanese Blowing Crowns off… No one was ready…

@TribeNYC Serving lyrics and flows as the featured artists.

 

 

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Dr. Sebi, His Nutritional Guide, & Why It’s Been Shunned

image23On August 6, 2016, a nutritional icon transitioned from this world. Dr. Sebi was announced deceased and the holistic food community felt the toll of the loss. Dr. Sebi was widely know for his healing guides through alkaline diets, including the most horrific of ailments. From AIDS, to cancer, to herpes, to lupus, Dr. Sebi was sought after to reverse and prevent diseases using his “African Bio Mineral Balance.” He returned bodies to their natural state of homeostasis via his natural alkaline plant food diet and herbs. This diet consists of only natural alkaline vegetables, fruits, nuts, alkaline grains, and legumes, which alkalize and remove mucus from the body, as well as natural alkaline herbs to clean the body’s cells on the cellular and intra-cellular levels.
The “health care” industry, aka Big Pharma, does not benefit from us curing and preventing diseases through our diet. They would rather try to discredit the holistic teachings of Dr. Sebi and other holistic practitioners because there is zero profit in us being healthy. Think of the tens to hundreds of the thousands of dollars per family spent to cure cancer and then the number of families affected by cancer. The more ailed we are, the more profitable the industry is.
I’ve personally experienced this. I have chronic eczema that reacts immediately to anything my body does not want. I don’t have the simple-rash-here-and-there type eczema. I have the bed-ridden, joints swollen, skin scaly and flaky, discoloration, hair falling out, type of eczema. I haven’t fully transitioned into an alkaline diet, but I’m 85% there. I’ve seen a significant change in something that’s been ailing me all of my life. From a child, I was on oral and topical steroids. They tried allergy shots (because I suffered from allergies all year round), every skin ointment and creme under the labs lights, and even UV treatments. They were all temporary surface solutions, and I didn’t realize all of the other damage being done to my body.
My boyfriend suggested I change my diet. He aimed to be vegan and I looked at him like he had 3 heads, but we slowly transitioned. We shopped for organic groceries and cut out frying all of our food. Then we removed meat and gluten. Then fish, and eventually dairy for an organic vegan, gluten free, soy free diet. I saw massive changes in my skin. My hair and eyebrows grew back stronger and fuller. My nails are healthy. My energy levels are higher, I am more attentive. When I went to my GYN for a regular checkup, she saw my skin discoloration (which at the time was a major improvement from where it was, but still had a ways to go), and she suggested I go towards the diet I was already on. Then she started suggesting medicines and I quickly informed her that I no longer take any medicine. Not even aspirin. I can relieve my pains through my diet and holistic care. As soon as she heard me say holistic, she flipped out and started going on about how they aren’t all natural and contain damaging properties. I responded that all of my food is plant-based with no additives, but that went in one ear and out of the other. I didn’t even waste my breath on reminding her of ALL of the damaging properties of medicine that lead to the situation where I currently was. It was eye-opening to see how someone I’m supposed to trust with the care of my body, knew that I needed to change my diet, but still wanted to pump me with pharmaceuticals that opposed my genetic makeup.
It’s this reason why we need to continue the legacy of Dr. Sebi and other nutritionists. An alkaline vegan raw food diet is best. The less heat brought to food, the more nutrients are retained and thus distributed throughout your body. Juicing is also a great way to gain nutrients faster because liquid immediately flows into your blood stream while solids need to be broken down via your intestines first. I am not a doctor or nutritionist, but I can speak on my testimony and those of others who have changed their diet in similar fashion.
The following information is via http://www.naturallifeenergy.com/alkaline-producing-mucus-reducing-nutrional-guide

Dr. Sebi’s approach to disease is disease:

“finds it genesis when and where the mucous membrane has been compromised. For example, if there is excess mucous in the bronchial tubes, the disease is Bronchitis; if it is in the lungs, the disease is Pneumonia; in the pancreatic duct, it is Diabetes; in the joints Arthritis.”

Dr. Sebi’s Approach To Eating

Spring Water!

Drinking plenty of spring water a day is essential to making this alkaline diet work. Dr. Sebi suggests drinking a  gallon of spring water a day, and health organizations suggest around the same amount.

The adult body consists of 70% water. All of the body’s metabolic functions need adequate amounts of water to function properly. Water removes waste from the body, cushions the joints and organs, and assists in the absorption of nutrients.

Many of herbs Dr. Sebi uses are diuretics and increase urination to remove toxins from the body. You must replace the water to support the healthy functioning of  the body.

Spring water is a natural alkaline water and it  best supports the hydration and natural ratio of electrolytes in the body.

Dr. Sebi’s nutritional guide doesn’t recommend microwaving because it damages the nutrients in food

I rather heat my food on the stove or in the oven, but I eat most of my food raw because raw food contains more nutrients than heated food whether microwaved or heated on the stove.

Dr. Sebi doesn’t recommend eating any foods not on the Dr. Sebi food list.

As I stated earlier, the Dr Sebi food list is very specific and excludes many whole-food plant-based foods.

Dr. Sebi recommends avoiding hybrid foods (plants and their fruits made by unnaturally cross-pollinating two or more plants) because they change the genetic structure, electrical composition, and pH balance to its detriment.

One such food is garlic, a plant food we are accustomed to eating but is not the best food to consume.

Dr. Sebi Food List

Vegetables

  • Amaranth greens – same as Callaloo
  • Avocado
  • Bell Peppers
  • Chayote (Mexican Squash)
  • Cucumber
  • Dandelion greens
  • Garbanzo beans (chick peas)
  • Green Banana –
  • Izote – cactus flower/ cactus leaf- grows naturally in California
  • Kale
  • Lettuce (all, except Iceberg)
  • Mushrooms (all, except Shitake)
  • Nopales – Mexican Cactus
  • Okra (removed)
  • Olives (and olive oil)
  • Onions
  • Purslane (Verdolaga)
  • Poke salad -greens
  • Sea Vegetables (wakame/dulse/arame/hijiki/nori)
  • Squash
  • Tomato – cherry and plum only
  • Tomatillo
  • Turnip greens
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini

Fruits

(No canned fruits or Seedless fruits)

  • Apples
  • Bananas – the smallest one or the Burro/mid-size (original banana)
  • Berries – all varieties- Elderberries in any form – no cranberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Currants
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapes -seeded
  • Limes (key limes preferred with seeds)
  • Mango
  • Melons -seeded
  • Orange (Seville or sour preferred, difficult to find )
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Prickly Pear (Cactus Fruit)
  • Prunes
  • Raisins -seeded
  • Soft Jelly Coconuts (and coconut oil)
  • Soursops – (Latin or West Indian markets)
  • Tamarind

Nuts & Seeds

(Includes nut & seed butters)

  • Brazil Nuts
  • Hemp Seed
  • Pine Nuts
  • Raw Sesame Seeds
  • Raw Sesame “Tahini” Butter
  • Walnuts

Oils

(New Section added by Dr. Sebi) Minimize the use of oils.

  • Olive Oil (Do not cook)
  • Coconut Oil (Do not cook)
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Hempseed Oil
  • Avocado Oil

Spices – Seasonings

  • Achiote
  • Basil
  • Bay leaf
  • Cayenne – African Bird Pepper
  • Cilantro
  • Coriander
  • Dill
  • Habanero
  • Onion Powder
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Powdered Granulated Seaweed (Kelp/Dulce/Nori – has “sea taste”)
  • Pure Sea Salt
  • Sage
  • Savory
  • Sweet Basil
  • Sweet Basil
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme

Sugars

  • 100% Pure Agave Syrup – (from cactus)
  • Date “Sugar – (from dried dates)

Alkaline Grains

  • Amaranth
  • Fonio
  • Kamut
  • Quinoa
  • Rye
  • Spelt
  • Tef
  • Wild Rice

Nutritional Guide | All Natural Herbal Teas

  • Alvaca
  • Anise
  • Chamomile
  • Cloves
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Lemon grass
  • Red Raspberry
  • Sea Moss Tea

Dr. Sebi Organ Cleansing Herbs

The herbs listed above are only a few of the herbs Dr. Sebi uses in his products. I used them and a few more during my transition to an alkaline and mucus reducing diet, and now use for periodic maintenance.

Dr. Sebi’s office offers individual products to address specific conditions and therapeutic packages to address complex health issues. You should contact Dr. Sebi’s office (California: 310-838-2490) if you are not familiar with herbs and buying quality herbs.

Purchase Dr. Sebi’s products here.

Check here for a list of Dr. Sebi’s products and a description of the herbs they contain.

Check here for a list of Dr. Sebi’s therapeutic packages and a description of the herbs they contain.

The Dr. Sebi food list and nutritional guide is a roadmap to healing and reversing disease.

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Why We NEED a Black Witch Convention

Don’t believe the hype despite what you read in a pagan blog. I have spoken to the organizers of the Dawtas of the Moon: Black Witch Convention, and their statement is as follows:   

My exact answer that I submitted in writing was as follows: “Since we are having the event in a public space, I cannot say that they cannot come. However, they need to understand that if they make a choice to come they need to recognize that they are in OUR sacred space.” When I hosted the Enter the Womb event, we were on private property which gave me the opening to say no non-women of color and with me renting a public venue, I was not quite sure of how I would be able to carry that for legal reasons. So I used the wording I felt would cover that. However, after doing further research and realizing that we are an organization with specific memberships I am in my full right to say that if you are not a women of color, do not waste your money because I will not refund it.”

So to reiterate…..If you are not a Women of Color, do not come. If you buy a ticket we will dismiss you without refunds because you were told in advance that this event is not for you. If you are a brother…wish us well and send us your love. Make sure your wife, sister, dawta, mother have all their needs met so they can attend this event. ~ Mama Omi of Dawtas of the Moon

You see, I don’t want to spend time trying to explain to non-POC women the intricacies of my life. When the topic of this conference came up, I had to take the time to explain things to them that were exasperating, and ones that I really think they should know.

Part of the lesson I had to teach was that Black Witches/Workers/Healers get it from BOTH ends. Our own people shun us because they have been brainwashed by the church. Even though our practices and beliefs are thousands of years older than theirs (and well documented), they believe and judge us based on a book that was written 300 years after Christ died, and they only believe it because someone told them that they were going to hell of they didn’t.

Incidentally, I keep looking for the physical evidence of my former religion, but I can’t find any. If you can, let me know because I can find plenty of evidence of the religions I follow.

I had to take the time to exaplain how disappointing it is that I’ve been told by Black people that those who practice the ways of our Ancestors are savage devil worshipers. I’ve had family and friends (who I believed had better sense) tell me that they were not comfortable staying in my home anymore, much less having a conversation about my religious beliefs. They change the conversation, walk away, hang up on you, and leave Facebook group conversations without so much as a goodbye.

Now ain’t that a bitch considering I’ve spent my life having theirs shoved down my throat whether I wanted to hear it or not?

This is not to say whites don’t experience that as well, but because of our culture’s deep entrenchment in Abrahamic religions, and our values of keeping families intact that have been ripped apart for so long, these things add extra pain to this kind of ostracization.

So do you think I want a whole day of that shit when what I really want is to be around women who get me?

In my Bey voice, “HELL NAW.”

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When I began to study Vodou, other ATRs, and aspects of the Occult (which by definition means “hidden” for nothing more than the above stated reasons), I thought I was entering a place where people had open minds and were welcomed. I found out very quickly how wrong I was. There were few places where I felt welcome, and often I was asked questions like I was the only Black occultist on this planet.

The funny thing is, life is the same for Black people in the occult as it is anywhere else in the world. You get to be the spokesperson for all Black people. Racism doesn’t disappear because someone no longer worships an Abrahamic religion. The venue of this treatment simply changes. It doesn’t go away.

To say I was disappointed is a massive understatement.

There is still a portion of the Pagan population who are racist as the day as long, and, to add insult to injury, we have cultural appropriators running roughshod through our religions and traditions trying to change things about them that make them uncomfortable.

When the writer of the blog referenced above was uncomfortable with Mama Omi’s words, she CHANGED THEM.

“When we call them on it, we are accused of being segregationists, and even racists. It only shows me than many don’t even KNOW what the sociological definition of racist is. You do know you have to have the ability to systematically oppress people, don’t you? Ask any Black person the last time we were able to do that.

Please, I’ll wait.”

We have not been able (or really tried that hard for that matter) to keep non-POCs out of ATRs, so please, please, please tell me how we have oppressed whites by simply saying, “you can’t sit with us” for ONE FUCKING DAY???  Oh, I know what is at play here.

They realize that we might actually like it and start doing it MORE OFTEN.

(You do know that is why there are loitering laws that are always directed at Black people. If you cannot gather, you cannot plan anything.)

Can non-POC still sit “other” places? Yes. Isn’t that what we were always told? How is that “separate but equal” sitting with you now that the shoe is on the other foot? It hurts like your ass has bunions, doesn’t it?

And no, men of ANY COLOR  will be in attendance at the conference. I don’t care if you are Black, Brown, and down. The fact that a brother has to point out the fact how we are continuously ignored in the movement on national TV is shameful.

We want, no we FUCKING NEED, a safe place to go to be with women who experience the same things and face the same struggles. And it is not because Black women are not diverse, it is because our oppressors treat us THE SAME!

We have a need to gather, to love, to commune, to bemoan our condition, to find SOLUTIONS, and just to fucking BE!

No, I don’t need “Becky with the Good Hair” or “Mister/Hotep” looking over my shoulder and writing everything down/recording it on an iPhone while I do it.

It just ain’t gonna happen.

So now, I am delighted to see that there is a place for US where we can discuss the strange dualities of the church and Paganism. Where we can be Black and Brown women of all types. Where we can see our diversity even if no one else can. Where we can share, love, support, and grow. I hope that all sista witches support this. To register, please purchase your tickets here:

Dawtas of the Moon: Black Witch Convention

Eventbrite.com/e/dawtas-of-the-moon-black-witch-convention-tickets-25518355087

I’ll see you in October.

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via Big Liz’s Conjure Corner

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Lindi Roaming the Streets Celebrates Lebo Mathosa

Lebo Mathosa enthralled our nation with her chart-topping and internationally acclaimed Kwaito hits. One of Africa’s leading and most electrifying music performers, she was certainly gone too soon, but her legacy continues to move African music forward. 2016 marks 10 years since her passing.

10 Years of Lebo Mathosa Honoured

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In her memory, The Lebo Mathosa Foundation was launched July 28th at Hard Rock Cafe, Mandela Square. The founders, Lebo’s family and friends, introduced The Lebo Mathosa Foundation to the guests, explaining their vision to celebrate Lebo’s life, music, and inspiration.

The Mathosa family expressed how proud they were to celebrate Lebo’s lasting influence. Solly Mathosa, Chairman, shared their desire to motivate young people to be tenacious & bold in their pursuits. The Foundation is based in Daveyton, Gauteng, where Mathosa was raised from her teenage years.

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The Mathosa Family (Founders)

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Soul and pop singer and actor Moneoa Moshesh, was also there to honour Lebo. She recounted how Mathosa inspired her and looked forward to the motivation the young musicians would receive from the work of the Foundation.

@MONEOA

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An array of new talent currently pushing their way towards their dreams, entertained the guests & supporters of the Foundation, many incorporating a tribute to the queen legend. The depth and variation of the rising musical talent the Foundation aims to nurture, was showcased by guitar and vocal duo TOES, Hip Hop artists K9, GovenderzEmpire, SbuMathosa, Magzin, as well as solo artist Lynol. Hard Rock Cafe, Nelson Mandela Square, was a fitting venue with memorabilia displayed from various musical legends, giving some of these new artists a first taste of performing in an upmarket venue.

@LOVE TOES SESSIONS

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@LYNOL BROWN

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In October, a musical experience concert will take place to commemorate the day the nation mourned Lebo Mathosa’s loss. The Mathosa family and Showbizafrika (the creative agency supporting the Foundation) promise to celebrate “The Madonna of the Townships” in style.

Thulani Mbatha, Co-Founder

Director @SHOWBIZAFRICA

Ambassador @CLASSICMANSTYLE

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@EVO CANIVO

SHOWBIZAFRICA PRODUCER

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@AFRIDRUM CREW

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Many thanks to: Anna-Marie, Kasi FM, HardRock Café and everyone who came to support this initiative.

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@KARA8O

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Lindi Roaming the Streets Highlights Kearabetswe Setlhare

Evaluate, Educate and Express the dynamic lineage of Ancient African Royalty!!! Who is Kearabetswe Setlhare?

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She refers to herself as the girl next door, who loved dressing her dolls and playing in her mom’s closet. Staying true to that today, “I am an accessible, affordable, qualified fashion designer.”

After completing her fashion design studies at LISOF, she decided to go straight into creating “House of Khalid” which is a family brand founded by herself, co-owned by her sister and mother. They focus mostly on the administrative photography and sales side of the business, while she manages the creative direction as the head designer.

“When I initially started, the brand only had one label, Khalid Couture, that was in 2011, and today, House of Khalid is a fashion brand that houses three labels namely Khalid Couture, Bow & Arrow Accessories, and Khalid Kids.”

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The name House of Khalid means House of “Eternity” in Ancient Egyptian.

The concept behind the label is to promote everything that distinguishes us as Africans be it textured fabrics, loud print, bold and bright colours and the beautiful lushness of the African continent, and its people. “We intend to bring uniqueness and individuality to a world otherwise ruled by fashion clones.”

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FB:@Rabi Setlhare

IG:@house_of_khalid

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The Diary of An Afro Goddess is a Must See 1-Woman Show

Afro GoddessThe 12 performance run of The Diary of An Afro Goddess, a fresh, new unapologetic, dynamic one-woman show in NYC, started July 21 and runs until August 5, 2016.  Cherie Danielle created and stars in a cutting edge play.

Synopsis:
Isis, the Afro Goddess is not only a Goddess, but she is also the main source of entertainment at “The Goddess Lounge”, a special place between heaven and earth, for those who need an extra boost of self-transitioning to the next dimension. But the only person who seems to need an extra boost is Isis herself, which leaves her audience questioning, how did she become an Afro Goddess? Experience her journey from her hair to her career as an artist; from her beginnings of being born in 1950s Birmingham, Alabama to falling in love; to self love. Witness her transformation as it unfolds through text, humor, drama, poetry, song and multiple characters.

10% of all ticket sales and contributions will be donated to Blackdiaries.org

Written & Performed by Cherie Danielle
Directed by Mariska Phillips

 

Shows & times:
Sunday July 24th @3pm
Weds July 27th @8pm
Thurs July 28th @8pm
Friday July 29th @8pm
Saturday July 30th @8pm
Sunday July 31st @3pm
Weds August 3rd @8pm
Thurs August 4th @8pm
Friday August 5th @8pm

Note that a limited amount of tickets are available online. Tickets are also available at the door.

Get your tickets now here!

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Art 2 Activism Brings Creatives Together for Awareness

Art 2 ActivismArt 2 Activism, hosted by Nasir and Sassy of Art 2 Ink and presented by Art 2 Ink & The Shade Room, cultivated awareness of the problems plaguing our community. Art 2 Ink, a tattoo studio at it’s core, covered its walls with art from featured artists such as @TheOneWillFocus and @CocaineandCaviar. Live Performances were given by the powerful @Mal.Mero of @NYCUnity and energetic @_AlexPhoenix. Donations were collected at the door for the International Youth Leadership Institute. Throughout the evening, video clips of controversial, yet pertinent, discussions looped on the tv, including a special message from The Shade Room.

When we’re being slain in the the streets, it’s important for us to commune and heal. The energy was felt. We look forward to the next installment.

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Flip through the photos for a glimpse of the magic that occurs when our people are in one space emitting positivity. Photos by NayMarie for Taji Mag and budding 11 year old artist, Sean Jaiden.

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Lindi Roaming the Streets Highlights South African Band “African Rhythm”

In this edition of Lindi Roaming the Streets, Lindi highlights South African Band “African Rhythm.”

Celebrating our Youth

“When you hit a wrong note, it’s the next note that makes it good or bad.”

Miles Davis.

 

African Rhythm is a percussion band that performs a combination of Afro Soul and Tribal House music. This young band chose to make a good note…

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“We are from Krugersdorp, South Africa and a fresh approach to the healing properties of African Music”

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African Rhythm

They find this very appropriate as their main aim is to Unite and Heal through music. This team has been friends for 10 years, and decided at some point to start a group that fused music, fashion and dance. “Music was not always readily available, so we started playing African instruments to make our own rhythms to dance to. This led to the formation of our band.”

Music unites”

African Rhythm

*Bongane “Bongs” Vuso

*Thabang “Nikki Nak” Motsoahae (Shakers)

*Kamogelo “Youngman” Tshabangu (Percussionist)

*Tebogo “T.B.Z” Mabe (Percussionist)

*Katlego “K.Tee” Mathakeng (Xylophone)

* Vusi “Mavara” Mathule (Percussionist)

*Letlhogonolo “Mafa” Motshetshedi (Percussionist)

*Nthabiseng ”Nthabie” Sentso(Vocalist)

*Kutlwano ”Kaytee” Lubeko(Dj&Fashion

*Tshepo “Jozi” Mokgosi (Percussionist, Leader)

Their achievements include being featured in big music festivals such as:

  • Go West Festival in the Westrand
  • Jazz on the Lake at Zoo Lake
  • 99% Local Music in Randfontein
  • Donaldson Dam Annual Picnic Explosion in Westonaria

“We spent Earth Hour 2016 performing for the mayor of Pretoria, Kgosientso Ramokgopa and various other dignitaries.

We have also been featured on “Skyroom Live” on SABC1 and won Brenda Fassie’s 10year Legacy Competition in 2014.

Thus far our biggest highlight has been performing at Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital in Krugersdorp, for World AIDS Day in 2014 and 2015. These performances solidified our belief in the healing power of our music as even the bedridden patients at the hospital got up to dance.

We have always believed in our talent but this became more apparent when our Facebook video went viral on 3 April 2016. Having achieved more than 900,000 views in 1 week, we have decided to dedicate the next few months to satisfying the overwhelming local demand for our live performances.

We are currently based in Pretoria and have been booked for events in Gauteng and the surrounding provinces, namely North West, Free State and Limpopo (MP, we are ready for you).”

“In the future, we want to elevate South African music by touring abroad and establishing fashion, music, and dance schools in under privileged areas in South Africa.”

 

This man is a living testament of what a father is.

African Rhythm

“When I met African Rhythm they had been staying with Katlego’s Uncle for about 2 weeks.

About a week later they called that they needed to see me. Jozi, Nik Nak and Katlego came to see me and explained that their families were not too happy about them leaving home. Their Uncle approved and was willing to continue accommodating them but they didn’t want to be the cause of a rift between the Uncle and the rest of the families. So they asked if they could stay with me.

It was nearly month end and I thought we would be able to find a place for them before the end of the month but that proved to be a very difficult task.

No agency would allow 10 people to move into one place so we had to find a place being rented directly by the owner. We eventually managed to find a place 2 months later.

Finances come from multiple sources:

– Some of their parents send them a little money monthly.

– The money they get from performing and sometimes busking (when things get really bad)

– I handle the shortfalls

African Rhythm

“I have an agreement with them to get a certain percentage of their performance fees but I haven’t taken a single cent yet. They just can’t afford it. Feeding, housing, and transporting 11 people is very costly.

What we need to resolve this is more gigs. They have been getting a lot of publicity and requests but very few gigs (averaging a gig a week).”

To book them or for more information visit @african_rhythm!

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