Sunday, December 14, 2014

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Conscious Events



Bringing Conscious Back 
is a grassroots movement of artists that collaborate with their talents of spoken word, film & music to inspire communities to have open dialogue for social change.  We invite non-profit organizations every month to bring awareness to issues rarely heard in the media.  Non-Profit please contact filmstressfilmz@gmail.com to speak at our 
future engagements.


February 25th, 2015
5- 7 P.M.
Phillis Wheatley Library

33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way
Rochester, NY 14608
Free film screening, music, spoken word 
and community discussion.

February 28, 2015
6-8 P.M.
The Shrine

2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
New York, NY 10031
Free film screening, music, spoken word 
and community discussion.

March 25, 2015
5- 7 P.M.
Phillis Wheatley Library

33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way
Rochester, NY 14608
Free film screening, music, spoken word 
and community discussion.


National Poetry Month


Erin Johnson
"Dune Pledge"
excerpt


March 28, 2015
6-8 P.M.
The Shrine

2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
New York, NY 10031
Free film screening, music, spoken word 
and community discussion.

April 22, 2015
5- 7 P.M.
Phillis Wheatley Library

Journalist,
 Arthur Ryan Brooks


33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way
Rochester, NY 14608
Free film screening, music, spoken word 
and community discussion.


April 25th, 2015
The Shrine

6-8 P.M.
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
New York, NY 10031
Free film screening, music, spoken word 
and community discussion.

Sponsored by Filmstress Filmz




Thursday, November 20, 2014

Somebody Wake My Brother Up

So today I had a poetry workshop at the jail 
and read from my friend and mentor
Abiodun Oyewole book


The inmates enjoyed a few of the poems I selected.  As I was reading Dune pointed out Black Wall Street in one of his poems and one of the bruthas was curious to find out the name of the book so he can read it.  I am always happy to hear when individuals are excited about learning something new.  Dune has so much embodied in one poem that the inmates had to take time to digest what I read.  We had a good poetry session today hopefully we can get some donations before the holiday so I can print out some poems for them to read.  I go every week and need help with gas and printing so if your able please feel free to donate online.

Poems I read today:

The Cycle
For The Millions
A Picture
Party and Bullshit
When the Revolution Comes
Rain of Terror



*One of the inmates read his poem here it is below*

"Somebody Wake My Brother Up"
By Mike Holloman

"Somebody wake my brother up"
They tried but he just wouldn't go to school
Uneducated with no job, no skills, he played his self like a fool

"Somebody wake my brother up"
See you man sagging on the block with the crew, you told me you were a leader not a follower
Now you on the block with your pants down too.

"Somebody wake my brother up"
Cause you got a little cash in your pocket just like you wished it...
But you got it by pushin, posing on your own people...
Man have you got life twisted.

"Somebody wake my brother up"
Sitting on 20's, carrying quarter pound of weed, ain't seen baby momma, done forgot about your seed.

"Somebody wake my brother up"
Gold all in your mouth,  chains hanging like an Egyptian Pharoah, come time to help another brother out, you got the mentality of that crab in the barrell.

"Somebody wake my brother up"
They told you it was all love, But you've been hoodwinked, flimflamed & bamboozled now your in the county, crushing cheese crackers over a dry ass ramen noodle.

"Somebody wake my brother up"
Gloomy Sunday morning and we've seen these days many to often.. Ma Dukes and baby moms got their head down crying...Cause your ass lying in a coffin.

"Now nobody can wake that brother up"

We had a good day our group and look forward to building more with the woman in lock up when I return in two weeks.  If you have any inspiring poems or suggestions you would like to donate for me to read feel free to email me.


Nicholle La Vann
Blessingz...

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bringing Conscious Back 2 The Jailz




So, we finished up our public engagements and have partnered with Just Us Inc. a non-profit organization in Rochester, NY that has been helping incarcerated individuals in the system and upon release helping them with housing, employment and education.  James Caldwell has a had few people come in and out to help in the jails but from my observance most people who donate time are the church people trying to indoctrine their beliefs on individuals in a compromising position.

I didn't give up my events but I will be writing to get money from investors and online funding to keep doing what I have been doing and that's inspiring audiences artistically with a message.

So I have been working with the inmates for about a month.  We have had some technical issues as far as my DVD playing for the inmates. I have changed the format 2x and still to no avail they have the oldest DVd players it's not even funny. So we are still moving forward with our discussions and mentoring time. I look forward to the next DVD working this weel,

 

So please help donate if you can as we need to print some materials for the holidays for the inmates. We have raised $70 thusfar and still have a long way to go.

Have a great day and remember to keep a positive mind. Because a positive mind cannot be denied.



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Conscious Inmates...



We had our last joyous occasion at "The Shrine" last month it was fabulous. 

We screened "Living Legendz" that featured Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Jamal Joseph and Abiodun Oyewole. We had outrageous girl talent that rock the joint.  Marc Polite did his thing on the mic such a brilliant writer and humble gentleman. 
As we came to a close this year many folks kept asking when is the next event. To be honest it will be in the spring of 2015.  We have to revamp our mission and make it more health conscious.  
I am continuing the campaign through the winter months I have started screening my films at a jail nearby.  Which was my goal to reach individuals in the system so that I can inspire them and in some way stop recidivism.  Always wanted to work in the jails because it's such a depressed atmosphere that needs attention.  I feel that many of the individuals that are in lock up facilites wanted attention and used criminal activity to get that attention, but then again that is my opinion.  Recently I have made some strides with meeting men and women inmates introducing myself and who I am.  The women were a bit harder than the men from what I observed.  One lady who was very masculine came up to me and said "yo, you really touched my heart" that meant a lot to me.  That someone that looked that hard actually could relate to my story.  I shared with the ladies my life and how I came to be here.  I realized that "Bringing Conscious Back" had to keep going for the folks who are going to return back into our society.  The jail is not going to rehabilitate these individuals it's obvious.  That leaves programs from the community or the state which are doing the best they can on a shoe string budget.  Most programs are GED, or religious activity to keep the inmates mind of the mayheim I suppose.  While I was there some of the inmates spoke about wish they could get some college credit while they were sitting in there.  I tend to agree with them, why not let them read and educate their mind it's not like it's going to do any harm.  Most of the felons that return already have that stigma they have a felony record so with that strike agaunst them with no education society is forcing them to make another unconscious decision.  


I will be screening "110 Morningside" this weeks visit to the jail.  I am looking forward to feedback and inspiring individuals for change.  My goal is to make it to 2 prisons this holiday season so the campaign will touch more people.  It is my goal to also have MCC MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention) program graduates to assist me in this campaign.  My contact for the progam has been sick so looking to link up wth them the end of the month.

We will be putting an online fundraiser for gas and administrative expenses for our jail visits.  So if you would like to help us financially on our journey you will be able to be a part of the solution.

THE BEST 2014 Interns
Shamar & Flix 
I thank all of the artists that came out this year and showed love, you are deeply appreciated.