Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Native Style Cookbook by Ayida Honor

A beautiful mother, a socially minded artist and a spiritual creative: Ayida Honor has blessed us again! Her new cookbook is amazing! For all of us who are healthy living & family minded, Ayida has offered us an invaluable resource.

Native Style Cookbook is not only practical, it is healthy and convenient. To order her cookbook please visit her website at . The cookbook is available on ebook and easy to download from where ever you are stationed.

The most unique aspect of her cookbook, is the inclusion of family in the process. All of her 32 recipes are enjoyable for all ages, so get your little ones involved! In a time, when our time is shortened due to jobs, responsibilities, meetings etc. this is the perfect opportunity to commune with your young ones and spend quality family time.

Not only is Mrs. Honor a vegan cook, she is a dynamic force in online community work. She hosts a regular radio show on blogtalk radio and leads an online trade and barter group.
Trade and Barter Community for Families, Artists, and Creative beings:

In the "real world" Honor is an experienced healer. She is trained in midwifery and naturopathy. She is also a certified masage therapist! Check her out on her website, facebook, etc.

Upcoming @ Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Siphne Sylve Artwork @ Urban Art Retreat

Siphne Sylve is one of the exhibiting artists in "Which Way is South?" on exhibition at Urban Art Retreat. Her portraiture is outstanding. The work will be up until January 2011.

To view the artists work, please visit her blog at:

In the exhibition, "Which Way is South?," women explore's history, reconnect with their heritage, or tackle an aspect of their community that is strongly related to it's southern roots. The curator's goal is to reveal the deep lineage of pride, culture and political struggle that originates from our southern past. Through photography, paintings and ceramic sculpture, the work will speak from a Womanist perspective with Community, Family, Women's rights and Earth at the forefront.

To learn more about Urban Art Retreat, please visit:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Artists Against Prop A

Artists Against Proposition A!

We ARE the city! • We HEART the city! • We ART the city!

Get educated and join our campaign!

● Our city is under siege by wealthy citizens protecting their own income! Proposition A on the statewide November ballot is a threat to the 1% earnings tax in St. Louis and Kansas City, and would prevent any other city in the state from choosing to create an earnings tax to raise revenue. Eliminating this tax would also eliminate one-third of the income of these cities, resulting in major cuts to after school programs, senior programs, homeless services, firefighters, police, street maintenance, and more. PROP A CUTS TO THE BONE!

● Cities would have no choice but to balance the budget on the backs of residents! St. Louis and Kansas City cannot sustain these budget cuts. Making up the lost revenue would mean tripling the sales tax, or raising property taxes by 400%. Increasing the sales tax would put an unfair burden on families with modest incomes by sharply increasing the price of necessities. Raising property taxes would put an unfair burden on citizens living on fixed or moderate incomes. We need to keep our city affordable for ALL citizens. And keep in mind that for many politicians funding for the arts is first to go. PUBLIC funding for arts is what keeps our culture democratic. If we only depend on wealthy elites to fund the arts, vibrant and diverse voices are silenced.

● Only the rich will benefit from eliminating the earnings tax. The earnings tax does not penalize the middle class. The earnings tax for a person making $50,000 amounts to only $500 a year. Remember, eliminate the earnings tax and the money will have to come from somewhere else. The campaign against the tax is funded by the very wealthy, who have blanketed prime-time television with misleading ads promoting Proposition A. Don’t be fooled by this false populism.

What can you do?

● EDUCATE! Tell your friends, family, and neighbors to VOTE against Prop A on November 2! This is a statewide initiative, so ALL Missourians will vote on how St. Louis and Kansas City will balance their budgets.

● CREATE! We are looking for artists to submit images to use in our campaign. Clean, sharp, clear images. Time is short but we can make an impact! Reply with your 300 dpi jpegs. The SOONER the BETTER! No later than October 18. (By sending, you are giving us the right to use this on materials and on the web. Please embed any credit you might want into the image.)

● GET INVOLVED! Want to be involved in our planning? We have all sorts of creative campaigns in the works and we need more people to make them work. Reply to this e-mail with your interest. And be sure to join our Facebook page: “Artists Against Proposition A”

For more detailed info on Proposition A, go to

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Educating For Change Curriculum Fair

6th Annual Educating for Change Curriculum Fair
"Educating for Community Empowerment"

Saturday, October 9th from 9:30 am - 1 pm
Roosevelt High School
3230 Hartford St. St. Louis, MO 63118
(Parking lot located at Arsenal and Compton. Enter through front of building)

Suggested donation - $5-$10 (K-12 students get in free!)
Register at the door.
See attached flyer and circulate this information....
Featured Speaker
Mia Henry and Asucena López, Chicago Freedom School
"Which Side Are You On?: The role of the adult ally in youth-led social change"
Table displays and exhibits featuring social justice education from educators (school and community based) in St. Louis including lesson plans, books, videos, resources, curricular guides and inspirational ideas for teaching and organizing for justice.
Hands on and interactive workshop sessions including:
Roosevelt High School Students Speak Out about their Experiences
Literacy Through Hip Hop: Educating Youth at St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center (Rachel Tibbets - JDC)
Educational Advocacy – Planning for a Positive Experience (Caroline Mitchell, ABC's of Literacy)
Empowering Youth Voices through Digital Literacy (Annie Reichardt)
White Anti-Racism for Collective Liberation (Justin Stein, The Justice Institute)
Grassroots Organizing for an Independent Immigrants Movement ( Alejandra Juárez and Luis Magaña)
Advocating for Communities Against the School to Prison Pipeline (Redditt Hudson, ACLU)

Free locally raised, produced and fair trade food and drink will be provided to all participants by Bailey's Chocolate Bar, Rooster and Bridge Wine Bar & Tap House.
Sponsors: Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research Group, The Literacy Roundtable, College of Education and Human Services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Dean's Committee on Social Justice, College of Education, UMSL, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Kappa Delta PI International Honor Society in Education, UMSL.

Visit our website at or call Kathryn Pole at (314) 977-7107 for more information

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

N'Namdi' Arts Center Opening in Detroit!

National artist Najjar is having a solo exhibition during the Grand Opening of the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art featuring his ten paintings created during his sabbatical in Detroit, MI. He will be on an artist's panel discussion, and conducting a workshop on his experimental drawing of charcoal as a wet/dry medium. Partially funded by Judge William Holmes Cook Professorship Endowment, SIUC School of Art and Design, and N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art.

To find out more about the work of Najjar contact him at:

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir
Associate Professor of Fine Arts
Head of Undergraduate Studies
Southern Illinois University
School of Art and Design
Carbondale, IL 62901- 4301
(618) 453-3019 Office

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Documentary + Panel Discussion on Nonviolence "From Selma to Soweto"

A Documentary + Panel Discussion on Nonviolence "From Selma to Soweto"

September 16 · 5:30pm - 8:30pm

YWCA, Phillis Wheatley Branch
2711 Locust St.
Saint Louis, MO

SEEKING ANSWERS to black-on-black violence in our urban core???

The Civil Rights Movement in the United States provided the footprint for change that brought down the South African Apartheid regime and can provide answers for the social change we seek today.

"From Selma to Soweto" is a new documentary by two-time Academy Award nominee Connie Field.
Join us after the documentary for a discussion on how nonviolence principles can play a big part in stopping violence in our communities today.

Youth will be introduced to The Young Ambassadors for Nonviolence Study Abroad Program that will visit South Africa in June 2011.

Panelists will be Charles L. Alphin Jr., Exec. Director of Building Life Foundations Nonviolence Center; Mark Albrecht, BLFNV-Certified Nonviolence Trainer, and Certified Youth from University City School District trained in peer-to-peer Kingian Nonviolence.

Building Life Foundations is a training center for the state of Missouri and surrounding states in Kingian Nonviolence. It is our intent to institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence. The center will also include or refer other programs such as job placement, G. E. D. preparation, substance abuse recovery assistance, HIV-AIDS education and awareness, transitional housing, job readiness, and life skills training for youth and adults.See More

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Memphis Music Women Part One: Phu'Cha & Butta

Weds. September 8, 2010


Time: 9 PM C/10 PM E/7 PM P

Call-in Number: 646-652-4593


topic: Memphis Music Women Part One: Phu'Cha & Butta

Featured & Honorable Guests...


About Phu'Cha (pronounced Future)
In her artistic prime, Phu'Cha's creative momentum has hit the ground running. Her sexy flow with her raspy southern twang, has birthed another signature voice that can be distinctly picked out by music lovers. Singing since she was a toddler, this saggitarius, seventy's baby, always had a genuine love for music. That era created timeless music that inspired her like The Isley Brothers, The O'Jays, Jeffrey Osborne, Commodores, Barry White and many more. Add a hint of Billie Holiday, Minnie Riperton, or Gladys Knight, you have formulated a neo soul, funky, but sultry movement with Phu'Cha's name written all over it

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About Butta
Artist Bio Hip hop artist and writer, "Butta", hails from Memphis, Tennessee. “She is a prolific rapper and spoken word artist.” -Tonya Denise Butler, Esq., LL.M. Her voice and flow have an inherent smoothness to them, thus the name: Butta. Her style of music is influenced by black power-house females like MC Lyte, Salt-n-Pepa, Lauryn Hill, and Queen Latifah to name a few. She has drawn on her many life experiences and lessons to create songs and lyrics that are empathetic to those who can relate. Not bashing on other female artists, but she brings a positive kind of realness and truth behind every word she “spits” no matter what the situation is.

She combines a fiery hip-hop flow and painfully genuine spoken word unlike what many artists have ever spoken.

As she is determined to strive for the best, she looks to her mother a Breast Cancer survivor as her inspiration through it all. Within the hooks of her songs, you’ll hear her with a soulful singing voice rooted in her gospel upbringing.

Butta has just completed her 1st EP, “Butta’s Permit,” which is currently making way around Memphis and surrounding cities. She’s currently performing at Open Mic’s and other similar venues to promote and distribute her CD. She has performed with group called, “Bread n Butta”, and written the theme song for The Professor Butler show, which should be airing soon. Butta has performed live with S. Poitier, upcoming R&B artist on his single “Living like a King”. She is currently working on the next album’s which will be her debut album.

In 2009 she received 1st place honors at the University of Memphis' Showtime at the Q-Apollo Talent Competition and the 2009 Blue TOM Records Idol Search Talent Competition. Those debuts led to a dramatic spike in her local awareness. “She has a strong kind of flavor and lyrical style that supersedes age, race, belief, or orientation”.

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I first became acquainted with the organization Community Voices Heard after a woman and I sparked a conversation one early morning of the US Social Forum in Detroit this past summer. I am excited about the work that they do and thought I'd share.

Social Forum link:

Check Community Voices Heard out and below is the mission:

Community Voices Heard (CVH) is an organization of low-income people, predominantly women with experience on welfare, working to build power in New York City and State to improve the lives of our families and communities. We are working to accomplish this through a multi-pronged strategy, including public education, grassroots organizing, leadership development, training low-income people about their rights, political education, civic engagement and direct-action issue campaigns. We are currently working on welfare reform, job creation, public housing and other economic justice issues that affect low-income people, particularly low-income women of color. While we focus on welfare reform, we broadly define welfare activism to be multi-issue, and thus must include issues such as education, training, jobs, housing, economic development and other community issues. We fill a crucial gap in that our organization connects public policy with grassroots organizing and leadership development.

Operating Principles:

Community Voices Heard subscribes to the following values and principles to help guide us as we move forward in implementing our strategic plan and in expanding our work:

CVH believes that membership must have meaningful decision-making and control of the organization and the work we do.
CVH believes that base building is the foundation of what we do – we actively work to increase the numbers of low-income people involved in social change.
CVH believes that leadership development of community leaders is core to our work.
CVH believes that affected constituencies must represent the organization to power and be the key decision makers in the organization.
CVH does not do for people what they can do for themselves; we motivate people to do what they can do for themselves.
CVH is about organizing, not service.
CVH values, nurtures and supports women’s leadership, while welcoming all.
CVH is a multi-racial, multi-cultural and diverse organization that integrates and respects different groups of people and actively seeks to promote and develop leadership of people of color.