Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Black Lives Matter Went To Make Music New York

And so I found myself at another one of those Black Lives Matter Art Show, well this time Black Lives Matter Show events just yesterday in that City of New York.  And this time it was Black Lives Matter went to Make Music New York @ Andrew Freedman Home, then @ Orchard Alley Community Garden, then to Prospect Place PlayHouse as part of that Black Lives Matter Show as part of Make Music New York on this day.  Well, it's sort of like there was an attempt to take a few posters and banners with those "Your Thoughts On Black Lives Matter" statements written all over them and those DecorForU #blacklivesmatter, #berniesanders, #occupywallstreet and #nopolicestate necklaces, magnets and key chains to vend for $1 each somewhere in between at this event.  And in between singing that No Police State song at these places I found myself at, the highlight, well one of the highlights of that day seemed to be Gbenga Akinnagbe who played the part of Chris Partlow, I think as a junkie, as I was told..., in that TV Series, The Wire, signing that Black Lives Matter banner to share those thoughts on Black Lives Matter to where I took that all things The Wire, Law and Order drama series spin offs and more opportunity to take a photo of this actor in front of one of those Your Thoughts On Black Lives Matter banners throughout my travels on this day.  And so that Black Lives Matter Facebook event invite read something like as follows:

Hi everyone,

I am looking forward to singing my No Police State song as part of my Black Lives Matter Show as part of this years Make Music New York. Please stop by if you happen to be in the neighborhood on Make Music New York day.

My schedule of performances are

The Andrew Freedman Home
1125 Grand Concourse
The Bronx's premiere nonprofit alternative art space focusing on artists and musicians. 
Canceled in case of rain

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Carla Cubit
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM Street Studio City
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM The NYChillharmonic

Orchard Alley Community Garden
350 E. 4th St East Village
A community garden on East 4th Street.
Rain or Shine

2:00 PM - 12:30 PM Allen Weiser
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Carla Cubit
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM The Legendary RT
03:00 PM - 04:45 PM Clarinet and Violin Duo
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM Domino


Prospect Place PlayHouse
22 Prospect Pl. Park Slope
22 Prospect Place PlayHouse is dab smack, in the middle of the 100 Block of Prospect Pl. Park Slope Brooklyn, NY bet. 5th & 6th Avenues.
If rain, will move to a sheltered place

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Jixi Fox
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Didi DLicious
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM VIIK
12:30 PM - 01:00 PM Square One
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM SØF
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM The Myth of Sisyphus
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM One Lucky Lady
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM Carla Cubit
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM The Dry States
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM Globular Cluster

The Black Lives Matter Show invites you to perform or sing your song about all things Black Lives Matter and more. I will be singing my songs and participants are encouraged to bring a drum or some type of musical instrument to perform at the Black Lives Matter open mic.
The Black Lives Matter Show is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement to discuss, expand scope, perspective and inspiration towards an ongoing series of future culture jams and events around this theme and time.

Make Music New York is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with over 1,200 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the five boroughs.

And Make Music New York and the musicians as Make Music New York Rock.  Have a great Make Music New York Day and more.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Black Lives Matter Went To Northside Festival

And so it's been a while since I last posted on this blog, probably because it's been a while since I last drummed up one of those Occupy Art or Black Lives Matter Art Shows to be found in that city of New York.  And on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day one thousand and something, I think.  And Occupy Wall Street and that all things police brutality and beyond movement Black Lives Matter are still moving fast. And so in between reading the headline news of the day, that Black Lives Matter Art Show went to Northside Festival, or should it be said that Black Lives Matter went to Northside Art or Williamsburg Walks.  Well, it was one of them that Black Lives Matter Show foiund itself at this past weekend, or should it be called that Black Lives Matter art installation that found itself at Williamsburg Walks to be found in that neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York on that street of Bedford Avenue.  And so what else is there that I can say about this Black Lives Matter Art Show that has not already been said in Black Lives Matter Art Show time, except to type some of the "Your Thoughts on Black Lives Matter" statements that have been shared on some of those banners that find themselves posted in those photos and video above.  And some of those thoughts on Black Lives Matter from a couple of those banners read like as follows:

1.  We all feel and feelings have no color.
2.  The color of my skin does not make me inferior; it makes me beautiful.
3.  All Lives Matter
4.  Muy lindo pais y mas con amigas.
5.  The skin I'm in is beautiful, bold plus black.
6.  I aint black!
5.  End police brutality
6.  I'm 17 years old, so young, black, male, and in America.  I don't always feel like an American but an "outkast."  I'm also afraid of these meant to protect me.  Why?
7.  People arent treated right and that matters.
8.  There's history, power and strength of my skin color.  Always love your black in all ways.
9.  No God.  No Peace.  Know God.  Know Peace.
10.  Jesus
11.  Together we can!!!
12.  Black Lives Matter
13.  Love me for my heart.  Not my skin.
14.  All people of color should be treated fairly
15.  Race Really Doesn't Exist
16.  We all do well when we do well
17.  Black lives doesn't mean:  Black ppl> white ppl.  It means:  Black ppl = white ppl
18.  Every plase where you set your foot will be yours. Deut 11:24  #blacklivesmatter
19.  Exude the energy you wish to breathe.  Love all, for it will always return.  Believe in your soul.
20.  Just bc someone is born a different color doesn't mean they shouldn't have the same opportunities.  Black is beautiful.
21.  Racists are assholes.
22.  LOVE, opportunity, respect for all people, equally + equitably!  DIGNITY for all, JOY for all, PEACE for all.
23.  All Lives Matter
24.  If this were true, then we wouldn't be having this conversation.  (see #23).  #workingtowardsit
26.  So much I can say... I'm a product of the 70's bus protests to allow black children to attend and intergrate all white schools.  It was an eye opening experience.  We were told "We don't want your kind here.  And so 40 years later we still must stand up and demand that :Black Lives Matter"!!!
27.  500 years later and we're still trying to make this point?!  We need to come together and heal now.  Educate about the true history.  Share stories.  Work for change.
28.  Just because blacks are blacks doesn't mean they have to be treated bad.

And the list of "Your Thoughts On Black Lives Matter" statements goes on and on....

And a description for that show that usually reads something like

The Black Lives Matter Art Show invites you to create your own art posters from art materials and supplies that will be available for everyone. Participants are encouraged to talk about the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the artwork they have created through the open mic. Black Lives Matter Art Show is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement to discuss, expand scope, perspective and inspiration towards an ongoing series of future culture jams and events around this theme and time

Only this Black Lives Matter Art Show didn't have one of those open mic's, and spent one day enduring the rain or the threat or rain, and the other day enduring the wind wanting to blow all those posters and banners away.  And there was an attempt to vend, or accept donations for that DecorForU #berniesanders, #blacklivesmatter, #occupywallstreet, #brooklyn and #williamsburg necklaces, magnets and key chains for a suggested donation of $1 each.  And if I must blogger say, this Northside Art part of that Northside Festival Rocks.  And that Northside Festival event describes itself as

For seven days every June, over 100,000 creative and cultural trendsetters converge in Brooklyn to uncover the future of music, innovation and content; with over 400 bands, 150 speakers and 100 content creators. The Northside Festival encompasses a constellation of venues – small clubs, outdoor spaces, boutique hotels, local movie theatres and more. A single day might include discovering your favorite band, the next big start up, or the best film you’ve seen all year.

And that Northside Art at Williamsburg Walks Facebook event invite  reads something like as follows:

Please join us at the walks! On June 11th and 12th, Williamsburg’s main drag Bedford Avenue will transform into a public park (from Metropolitan Avenue to N 12th Street). Art Activations and Community Organizations will bring the street to life with sculptures, live painting, performances and art installations. 

Superchief Gallery + Cinnamon Willis + Olivia Gossett + Seth Failla + Justin Whitkin & Liz Boileau + Christine Stoddard + Sam Kirk + Taezoo Park + Williamsburg Charter HS + Jang Soon Im + 
StickyMonger + Kelly Denato + Chad Turner + Uncutt + John Dessereau + Lil Kool + Natalie Lucre + James Orchard Hays + Michael Shannon + Ian Ferguson + Chinon Maria + Imani Shanklin Roberts + Peter Kato + Nyssa Frank + The Brooklyn Draw Jam + Jason Heuer + Brandon Doman + Olivia Huffman & Lady Art NYC +Frack Brooklyn + Lisa Levy + Veraalba Santa + Christina Garofalo + Francesca Maxime + Matt L Roar and the Recreation League Poets + Cleo Barnett + Maria De Victoria + Andressa Furletti+ Carla Cubit : Black Lives Matter Art Show+ Igor Gnedo & Kate Lala + Hosh Yoga + La Chamba Press + NAG + Fluent City + Henna by Natalia Zamparini + IncrediPole + HeadCount + Krrb + Lighthouse BK + Brooklyn Fox + twenty sided + Brooklyn Charm + Artists & Fleas + Dance Daily

Lyft Stage:
Saturday LineUp
2-2:30pm -- Petal
3-3:30 -- Benny Sings
4-4:30pm -- PWR BTTM
5-5:45pm -- Pity Sex

Sunday LineUp
2-2:30pm -- She-Devils
3-3:30 -- Yowler
4-4:30pm -- Malky
5-5:45pm -- Omni

Hope to see you all there!
Northside Art

Have a great Occupy Art, Black Lives Matter Art Show day and more.