Happy Summer Vacation ~ What Now?
Happy Summer Babes!!
Did you know that July is National Picnic Month?
In my house, we didn’t really have picnics. We had some bomb a** cookouts.
I remember aunties and uncles fired up and jumping rope with us in the hot sun.
Bare feet imprinted with a dotted pattern from the sidewalk.
I remember my mom over the grill wearing a brightly colored cap holding a brush dipped in barbeque sauce over some ribs.
I remember our family dog Jack tied to the tree accepting whole pieces of chicken and hot dogs from cousins who hadn't seen him in a while.
Summer as a child was always amazing.
When I got older my parents split up and summer barbeques just became summers kicking it with my friends in the city.
Exploring different scenes and seeing what I liked.
Mainly, I liked the artist events.
Like open mics, and showcases, and expos.
I really enjoyed spaces where poets were performing.
Where artists were painting adjacent to the stage. They were able to mingle with the crowd and also be the show.
I enjoyed the dancers contorting their bodies underneath colorful flickering lights.
I loved it.
I loved these events where people expressed themselves in an unorthodox and genuine way.
These spaces made me feel at home. Surrounded by family.
These spaces reminded me of watching my family while I sat on a blanket at the barbeque.
I’m not sure what you have planned this July, but get outside! Eat some good food. Connect with those people who feel like home.
4th of July
Since it is July I feel like I have to acknowledge the Fourth of July. Immediately following that sentence, I want to say the fourth of July has not been a celebration of independence for all Americans.
Specifically, African Americans. When Americans gained freedom from the British, African Americans were still enslaved. We did not gain liberation until June 19, 1885, and still, the blatant discrimination and racism muddied the so-called liberation.
Still, when I was a girl Juneteenth wasn’t a federal holiday. It wasn’t until I was over 18 that I truly learned what Juneteenth was all about. Check out my Juneteenth posts here.
Now, it’s important to note that some African Americans will celebrate the fourth of July as a cultural tradition this year. The same way some non-Christians celebrate Christmas. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, and it’s a personal choice. However, it is important to be aware of the historical context behind such a major holiday.
Now that that’s out of the way, make sure you are safe this fourth of July!! Go have some fun at the beach, park, museum, zoo, etc! Summers in New York are short-especially with climate change- and it will be an icy city before you know it. So soak up that good ol’ vitamin D and make some new connections!
Speaking of New Connections, last month on June 9, Tag Up Studios hosted a sick Spin n Beats event in the Bronx. This event was to showcase producers who usually stay behind the scenes of the music production world-leaving vocalists to take center stage.
Organizer, Wawa-a producer from the Bronx- wanted to switch the narrative and emphasize the impact a talented producer makes in the world!
Check out some footage here.
If you are interested in local [NYC] music events make sure you follow their Instagram and stay connected!
I got on the mic for a minute and share a little something, haha! Maybe next time you can share something too!
SBE Networking Event
For all of you who also consider yourselves entrepreneurs, there was an amazing event that I attend in NYC last month. There was a small business networking mixer at the Hilton.
Hundreds of small business owners from different industries all gathered in Midtown to share information, space, and vibes!
I met countless amazing people from real estate moguls and event planners to independent artists and education experts!
Do you have a small business? Are you interested in Networking events?
Make sure you follow me on Instagram to stay looped into upcoming events for entrepreneurs.
June Also contained a local LGBTQ Open Mic hosted by the Uptown Melody. This event was located at the Bronx Art Space [Bronx art gallery] and the works on display highlighted the Fem Form.
It was amazing, and you can find some video footage from that night here.
Local organization Communitas America hosted a pitch night for social entrepreneurs with innovative and industry-busting ideas. After sharing pitches, a few lucky entrepreneurs acquired $10,000 for their businesses. This event was hosted at BMCC.
The Uptown Melody will be celebrating their 1 year anniversary this month. I will be there connecting with local artists and sharing original poetry. I'd love to see you in the building!
Click here for more details.
Local Black-Owned Business BBC Firm will be hosting a Network and Grow event in the heart of the city this month at Times Square. You can find me there.
Click here for more details.
Josue Caceres, founder of Bronx Writers is curating an Open Mic in the Bronx on July 8 at the Boogie Down Grind Cafe.
Work with me:
As an entrepreneur, I am always looking to connect with like-minded individuals in my niche. Arts and Education.
That's part of the reason I created this newsletter.
To connect with readers like you who are passionate about making a difference in the world using your talents.
Now, we are all unique and we all have very different talents.
For some, we may have always been super bright!
For others, we may have always been really good at communicating with others.
Others are extremely kind and helpful.
And there are those who have artistic gifts that may be visual, musical, physical, ad beyond.
We are all so uniquely gifted and valuable.
I love that for us!
Now is the time for us to combine those unique talents to make a big impact n the world that we leave behind.
It’s time for us to use our voices to talk about this wonky climate change.
It’s time to use our artistic gifts to make people feel at peace when they walk into our bubble.
It is our time!
Now, this is the part where I extend an invitation for us to work together at your organization.
Whether it is co-creating a creative workshop, a speaking engagement for an event, speaking on a panel, or connecting with your team, I want to let you know that I am just an email away.
Alright, I hope you have a lovely July!
Remember what I said. Be safe, and get outside!
Vitamin D is good for you!
P.S. Remember sunscreen, though.
See you next month!