Holistic Event: Recharged and Loving It!

A few weeks ago, I went to a Holistic event in the Bronx called Let’s Get it Twisted: The Eclectic Bronx Natural Hair and ART Fest. It was hosted by the Bronx Holistic, Natural Healing and Wellness Center. I usually do not venture into the Bronx, but I kept seeing the ad for it on Facebook and I had to go. The world of holistic healing has been calling my name for years. I have dabbled in crystals, learned about chakras and meditate or do yoga whenever I can. But there is this world waiting for me to explore. Here comes this event that introduces this space to me a bit more. The first thing I did was buy this incredible painting by a beautiful spirit because as soon as I saw it, I knew it belonged in my room. After meeting the artist who made it Katya, I walked into a room that embraced me with it’s inviting energy. Another artist named Evan Bishop asked me how I could use my passions to help people. I had engaging conversations with a crystal jeweler and another fellow writer. I met amazing women who were entrepreneurs dedicated on working together on bringing more harmony and knowledge of self into the world. It was so refreshing. Not to mention, I also could not stop buying soaps and hair accessories. There was also a great workshop by an incredible sista named Katori Walker who spoke about the reality of natural hair in the workplace. I most definitely will continue this journey into holistic healing and natural health. My body is my temple and I strive to take care of it. Meeting so many energizing people is also a wonderful recharge to my spirit. If there is anyone else out there who is engaged in this world, feel free to reach out. I would love to here from you.

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Spread Love, It’s The AMG Way (Thanksgiving Day Give Back)

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Creativity meets giving back in more ways than one

A day of giving thanks…. do we take it for granted? For the fortunate of us, we have families who however dysfunction they may be, still love and care for us immensely. We get one day to sit surrounded by loved ones and get to fill our bellies with delicious food (Tell me why we do not do this everyday. At least the food part). However, there are so many people out there that do not have a single family member around them. Some have to question when their next meal is coming or how long it will take until the grumbling in their food pits stop. It is terrible that we can not all get to enjoy this family oriented holiday.

Thankfully, there are kind-hearted souls out there who aspire to help those persons in any way that they can. On November 25 (Thanksgiving) in the core of Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, AMG (Avenue Music Group) hosted an event to give back. In front of TD bank, volunteers gave their time to distribute clothes, canned and fresh food and toiletries for those of the needy. Creative professionals also donated their talent to the event through poetry, singing, guitar playing, art and more. Collaborations happened, networking happened and smiles formed to all who were able to come through. As one of the volunteers, it put so much joy in my heart to help those less fortunate. I hope we were able to make their lives just a little bit brighter even if for just one day.

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Madison Square (Video) – by Mike Wilson featuring Rye

This beautiful track finally has some moving pictures added to it. The video “Madison Square” by the dope, multifaceted MC Mike Wilson has dropped onto this crazy planet bringing in it’s own state of musical bliss. Hearing the very first few intricate creations of the beat will lead one to a place of immediate peace. Combining it with the graceful moves of the lovely Erica Ortiz was a masterful decision in making this beautiful package of tranquility.

The background of the urban jungle that is New York City plays well with the black and white filter in how it sets a chill, but slightly hype mood. Ortiz’s movements tell a story of a woman who’s focused on what she’s doing. But as the video plays out, the gentle variations of her arms and legs blossom into a vibrant, hip show of joy. It matches the inspirational tale Wilson portrays through his bars of fluidity and honesty. Do yourself a favor and take a visit to “Madison Square;” let it bring a little calm to your day.

If you’re ever in an NYC bar and you happen to see Deli Mag, scan the pages to find Wilson himself in their creative pages. He’ll also be streaming on Live 365 so give your ears some joy and listen in.

 

Richard Hearns – Crucible

I’ve never really talked about art here on the Heartbeat Life, but it is most definitely an important form of creative expression. If you think about it, all artists have their own unique sense of creation. It’s incredible how they can use a blank canvas and make something come to life. They give it meaning, use, emphasis, power all from the buzzing elements waiting to emerge from the creative space in their minds. Looking at a painting is like looking at a visual story – a tale curated out in intricate details all outlined in anything from uniformity to multifariousness. It’s a beauty and a spectacle all tied into one.

Take a look at the insightful paintings of Irish artist Richard Hearns. In his piece “Crucible,” it becomes something to sink into and the depth of it will embrace you. Each piece has it’s own story, but the story can be told by the viewer. Abstraction and profundity is the first nouns that metaphorically pop out from a glance upon looking at his work. But from what I see, there is a message hidden in each piece. One must take more than just a look to truly understand what’s going on. His work is definitely not a shallow stroll into the deep sea of oil painting. The word Crucible means “a ceramic or metal container in which metals or other substances may be melted or subjected to very high temperatures” according to Google. However it also can mean “a place or situation in which different elements interact to produce something new.” This perfectly describes what’s going on in this series. Different colors and tones mingle together to create something else. Please take some time and watch this video from the artist himself as he creates his art while setting an atmosphere of peace.

RICHARD HEARNS – CRUCIBLE from Richard Hearns on Vimeo.

‘To build your first house well is in fact to be nudged beyond its doors’. – R. Rohr

Artist Richard Hearns creates ‘Primordial – Crucible’.

For more information visit http://www.richardhearns.com

La Chocolate’s “Bag Lady” Exhibit Embraces Creativity & Female Empowerment

Chocolatier La Shawn Lukes of La Chocolate Lukes mixed in a blend of art, delicious cuisine, and female empowerment in the “Bag Lady” Photo Exhibit on Saturday night, March 28. I was able to attend this delightful event at the 739 Bar & Grill restaurant in Brooklyn during Women’s History Month. The vibe was cool and eclectic as a diverge sprinkle of attendees chatted, sipped on complementary wine, and immersed themselves in the creative energy emanating the place. This event was all due to a partnership between photography company La Delarosa. The entities merged to highlight the many struggles women face like being a single mother, sexuality, eating disorders, domestic abuse and greed. Delarosa said the series is a “Metamorphosis Through Photos” that shows women through their changes.

“Our goal is to bring awareness to everyday hurt that gets covered up by makeup, excuses, and vices like drugs and alcohol,” said Lukes in a press release. “What we don’t realize is those issues become baggage if they are not properly dealt with, and we all know excess baggage makes the journey difficult! This event will teach women how to give themselves permission to heal.”

All the photography featured at the event were on sale to attendees. Part of the proceeds go to a non-profit organization in NYC called Expecting Relief, a company dedicated to “ensuring providence for families in need.” This all started four years ago when Vanessa Bracetti and her sister were helping out a friend in dire need. Their friend ended up stealing from them after they showed her compassion. Understanding what she was going through, they decided to turn it into something positive. Bracetti said she always enjoyed helping others; she enjoys watching the reactions of people she’s given aid to.

This hybrid of creativity, philanthropy, and women empowerment was a marvelous thing to be a witness of. Entrepreneur La Shawn Lukes, who’s also a radio show host of Riddims & Views on PNC Radio, used her love for female growth to create one dynamic spectacle. I’m excited to see what else she has in store for us in the future.

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Vanessa Bracetti, Founder of Expecting Relief

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Nady Delarosa, Photographer for the Bag Lady Photo Series

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La Shawn Lukes, the lovely lady who put this whole event together

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Delicious treats from La Chocolate Lukes

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Shauna, PR personnel for the event and I

Western Esotericism by The Flaming Lips featuring Erykah Badu

She did it again. Only this time, I’m left a lot more confused than before. Known for her unconventional antics, Erykah Badu shows us her bodacious body in her new peculiar video, “Western Esotericism.” She joins forces with Flaming Lips to create a work of art that’s befuddling to the masses, but enlightening to the curious. Many are stuck trying to figure out the message of this enigmatic video. The trippy, other worldly drawls of Ms. Badu is like a Frankenstein creation of this Roberta Flack remake “The First Time Ever I  Saw Your Face.” You wouldn’t know whether it’s her sister’s or her boobs, butt and vag shots seen in during the video. She’s sitting in a tub for most of it, but her sister is entirely nude. Scenes of her sister drenched in what looks like gold dust at first, blood next and then semen later is seen throughout.

I think it could be a symbolization for how African American women are portrayed in esoteric societies: beauty represents the gold, pain is the blood and sex is the semen. The western world could have their own strange society that we pretend doesn’t really exist and this is one of the most symbolic and blunt ways to show it. Or it could be a symbolization for child birth. Then again, I don’t really know; one can only guess or literally ask her or the Flaming Lips themselves and hope they’ll give an easy to understand answer.

This is definitely an obscure piece of artistic expression, but it keeps the mind growing for understanding and knowledge. I definitely commend Ms. Badu for her effortless reach to think outside the box and create her own forms of shapes for her mind to be free in. The machines of our brains are definitely back in action due to this rebellious work.  Maybe we’re all a bit perplexed as to what this musical fusion was trying to say, but the true beauty in this is how a semi-world of ideas can be brought about from this mysterious message.

You can check it out for yourself here. (Children need not click)