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YOUNITY YOUTH FRESHER WORKSHOP 2009

23 Jul

YOUNG WOMENS LEADERSHIP x YOUNTY x BIG CITY WALL PRODUCTION

All of July the YOUNITY crew has been involved in painting at THE SECRET GARDEN in Bushwick. MAMA from BIG CITY WALLS organized the production, in addition she organized 3 youth workshops with 3 different artists who got down on the wall. TOOFLY, EROTICA, and myself had different schools we were teamed up with to create art with the kids using a FRESHER theme we incorporated on our production at THE SECRET GARDEN. 40 girls from the YOUNG WOMENS LEADERSHIP SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM came on a bus from Jamaica Queens to get down and create some art. IT WAS A BLAST!

DAY 1- All the girls got the tour of the wall and we spoke about what YOUNITY does. They were given their task to each create a sketch incorporating what the FRESHER theme means to them. They were then asked to take the best of each sketch and compile it into 1 sketch for that group.

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brainstorming ideas and sketching

brainstorming ideas and sketching

brainstorming ideas and sketching

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TEAM 1

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TEAM 1- HEAL THE WORLD

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TEAM 2- BEAUTY COMES FROM WITHIN

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TEAM 3

TEAM 4

TEAM 4

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TEAM 5

TEAM 5

DAY 2- We all worked in the same teams and transferred our sketch to canvas. Each team used spray paint, paint markers, acrylic and latex paint. The final product looked great! GOOD JOB LADIES:)

SPRAY MADNESS:)

SPRAY MADNESS:)

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GIRLZ RULE!!!

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GO GREEN!

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Counselors got to rock a piece too:)

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me and the whole crew:)

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YOU DONT HAVE TO GO INSANE TO GO GREEN JUST BE CLEAN!

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GIRLZ RULE!!!

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GO GREEN!

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HEAL THE WORLD:)

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BYE GIRLS:)

Thanks to Emilia and her crew from Big City Walls, Joseph and his crew from The Secret Garden and of course the great counselors from YOUNG WOMENS LEADERSHIP program.

FRESHer camping retreat

23 Jul

Last weekend we spontaneously took a much needed trip to the woods- CAMPING style. It was so great to get out the city and breath some fresh green air.

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my loving crew...

my loving crew...

the buddhist monastery that we couldnt go in because they were having their own personal retreat:( Next time!

the buddhist monastery that we couldnt go in because they were having their own personal retreat:( Next time!

i love the way things grow out in the woods- all windy and NATURAL

i love the way things grow out in the woods- all windy and NATURAL

YOUNITY FRESHER TEES ROCK!

YOUNITY FRESHER TEES ROCK!

EVERYONE KNOWS i love trees!

EVERYONE KNOWS i love trees!

Taking a break on our hike by beaver pond- the frogs were talking to us:)

Taking a break on our hike by beaver pond- the frogs were talking to us:)

BAD ASSES!!!

BAD ASSES!!!

Toofly surprised us with the new 2009 FRESHER shirts- love them!!!

Toofly surprised us with the new 2009 FRESHER shirts she designed which we rocked all day-got so many compliments on them in town- love them!!!

we went to the art center by Phoenicia and they had a beautiful garden- our next fall YOUNITY retreat will be there:)

we went to the art center by Phoenicia and they had a beautiful garden- our next fall YOUNITY retreat will be there:)

this was the first time any of us had seen a real lotus flower- SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

this was the first time any of us had seen a real lotus flower- SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

The campgrounds we stayed at was upstate by the town of Phoenicia. Kenneth Wilson Campgrounds. On our way home we stopped thru Woodstock which was nice. Loved the crew we were with- we pitched a tent at night, we trooped it in the rain and all with lots of laughs and love. Cant wait to do it again with ALL of our crew:)

STICK ‘EM UP

23 Jul

So for the past few weeks I been in a sticker mood. Stickin’ em up all over the place. Have you seen them?

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4th of JULY

23 Jul

Been so busy these past few weeks, I havent had a chance to update… 4th of July was dope! I painted at Afro-Punk and then went to a party with the ladies in BK. We wanted to watch the fireworks but we were so tired from painting that we couldnt deal with finding a good location to peep them. As we went home from BK party we got to pull over on the BQE like all the rest and watch them while taking great flicks. Great way to end the night

rememRemembering MJ

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Toofly n vee

Toofly n vee

Yvette getting her BBQ on...

Yvette getting her BBQ on...

new camera has all these options- i love the light beams from cars in this pic

new camera has all these options- i love the light beams from cars in this pic

YES!!! Perfect location to peep the fireworks- we pulled over on the BQE

YES!!! Perfect location to peep the fireworks- we pulled over on the BQE

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AFRO PUNK FESTIVAL

6 Jul
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AFRO-PUNK FESTIVAL JULY 4,2009

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ROB FOKUSED

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CRYSTAL CLARITY

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RIMIX

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CEKIS

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ok girlz.. i think we done

ok girlz.. i think we done

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time to watch some performances

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AM, TF n SHAUN -our team captain:)

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Thanks to Rasu from Coup D'etat for organizing this wall.

Thanks to Rasu from Coup D'etat for organizing this wall.

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YAY:) done

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THE LADIES, the ladies

BMX n skaterz- pop upskate park- DOPE!

BMX n skaterz- pop upskate park- DOPE!

AFRO PUNK

AFRO PUNK

RIP MICHAEL JACKSON (1958-2009]

27 Jun

So yesterday I got in my car and my dress strap snapped, Toofly was in the car so I ran back up to the crib and grabbed some safety pins. When I came back down Toofly says- kid youre not gonna believe this… AND thats when I heard about Michael Jacksons death. Our moods immediately changed and as we drove to the H2A fundraiser we stayed tuned to hot 97 listening for any news that we can get. Like most New Yorkers we were blasting his classics as a tribute to him. There are really no words to describe how I felt… I still cant believe it. It made both of us realize how we all must live our life to the fullest with no regrets- tomorrow is not promised.

RIP MICHAEL JACKSON (1958-2009]

THURSDAZE…

1 Jun

So yeah we usually roll around on Thursday to check out out our peoples shows. Last Thursday Isolde Brielmaier (YOUNITY board member & friend) curated a show at Jack Shainman Gallery 513 west 20th street. If you werent at the opening make sure to check it out. Definitely a beautifully curated show!!!

Diana, Isolde n crew

Diana, Isolde n crew

After that we wend to check out a show LEE and a bunch of other dope graff writers were in on 35th street. DOPE SPACE AND DOPE SHOW! check out the flicks:

LEE really taking it to the next level- DOPENESS

LEE really taking it to the next level- DOPENESS

Diana (cultureserve.net) Marko (calmyoureyes.com)

Diana (cultureserve.net) Marko (calmyoureyes.com)

never seen this cats work b4 but i likes it- Jonone

never seen this cats work b4 but i likes it- Jonone

Charlie Ahearn and Martha Cooper both had pieces in the show

Charlie Ahearn and Martha Cooper both had pieces in the show

CRASH/ DAZE Recap

22 May

If u weren’t there you missed it! Great event:)

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Crash/ Daze collabo

AM, Doze and Yvette

AM, Doze and Yvette

me n my girlz

me n my girlz: Diana McClure (cultureserve.net) and Shanaloves PR- best publicist ever!!!

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Lady Pink reppin'

ok last photo guys... soul n fam, pen, me, jamel, n shanalovesPR- good job on event gurl:)

ok last photo guys... soul n fam, pen (thablackrayon.blogspot.com) , me, jamel (101nine.blogspot.com) , n shanalovesPR- good job on event gurl:)

MIAMI GETAWAY

22 May

I had a chance to go out to Florida during May- I really needed some sun. These past few weeks in NY with gray skies has really drained my energy. I needed to refuel. I went out there with my awesome sister and her best freind. We stayed at this beautiful house where our gracious hosts Nissim and Tali provided us with EVERYTHING we needed to have a blast. Check the flicks:

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nelly, my sis, me n tali chillin in backyard by lake

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nelly n ariel in the pool bonding

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catching some rays in the pool, damn i got burnt from that day

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my sis n nelly hanging in the pool

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sun is shining, weather is sweet!

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group shot; all the ladies in the house!!!

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droptop mercedes to south beach, here we come ELLE:)

HAD A BLAST!!!

8th grade rocks!

1 May

My 8th grade art students at St. Aloysius were given disposable cameras to take pics for their yearbook. Im gonna miss them soooooo much:(

8th grade rocks!

8th grade rocks!