Sunday, December 29, 2013

Bringing Conscious Back for 2014...

We are super excited we have great goals for this year and we are on our way to a great start. Our movement started this year on May 19th,  Malcolm X's birthday.  It happens to be the same day the "Last Poets" were born.  Started with three of us, at the end of the day folks excused themselves and I kept on pushing what I believed in which was to bring art to communities by using art, spoken word and media.  I came out of my pocket for dinners, transportation and food for the events just to make each event special along the way.  I can't help to say I felt frustrated because with all I was doing folks just wanted to get paid then to see the  movement succeed.

I now know that this movement will have to be taught to our youth so that they can carry the torch. Sometimes when we work with adults there are to many egos or agendas in the way.  Though I still look up to the creator for guidance that the right individuals will come on board this journey with the rest of us that stayed on board. So I started at home and grabbed my own children and the kids I mentor.

Our first event we had spoken word, a performance by IMPACT Repetory, a discussion on how Malcolm effected our lives with Jamal Joseph, Abiodun Oyewole and myself.   The Shabazz Center allowed me to show my trailer "Living Legendz" which featured both men and Dr. Leonard Jeffries.  Because we collaborated made the flyers and organized our talent, the executive director Mark agreed there was no overhead.  Most of you are aware to have any type of function in NYC there is great price to pay when it comes to a venue. I went to folks I knew and to the public library asking for space to keep inspiring communities. Monique (manager) from Nicholas Brooklyn offered space but I had to charge so I could pay for the space. 

Still looking for venues a Harlem writer, Marc Polite invited me to an event at the Countee Cullen Library to be a speaker at his event.   While I was at the Countee Cullen I spoke with an employee and they guided me on how to rent a room at the library. Since then I have had events at the Countee Cullen Library. 

The rest of the year we had events in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Rochester, New York.   We have made our events free though we do ask for donations so we can keep doing what we do which is inspiring communities.  

BCB Musician
Matthew Corey

BCB Spoken Word Poet
Shana King
Our last events for the year have been inspiring and motivating. We rapped up our last event for the year at the M.K. Gandhi Institute for NonViolence where youth came out to support and watch a free film. 

It was snowing like crazy and bitter cold but we packed the room at the Gandhi Institute.  The Gandhi Institute was awesome they had refreshments and allowed us time to discuss the films we watched.  My intern Shamar asked me to play 110 Morningside,  I did and the youth loved it. 

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We also released four episodes on youtube that highlight the positive actions of what folks in the community are doing to make it better.  So much negative everyday we rarely hear about the good in the world, that is what prompted us to make a channel and dedicate it to positive energy.

We are looking forward to a great New Year and the opportunities are limitless.

Upcoming Engagements

January 11, 2014
3-5 P.M.
Countee Cullen Library

January 14, 2014
6-9 P.M.

February 22, 2014
3-5 P.M.
Phillis Wheatley Library

If you can't make any of our events please feel free to support us via internet and make a conscious donation here. Thank you for your support.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bringing Conscious Back Episode 3

We are truly excited to have our last "Bringing Conscious Back" event for the year this evening at the Gandhi Institute we start at 6 pm the film  "Millennium Slave" will be screened at 7 p.m.
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

BCB Seeking Volunteers

Are you a high school student or college student and need some community hours? Are you neither and just tired of the violence in Rochester? Than we want you!

Bringing Conscious Back movement is looking for conscious individulas that don't talk about change but are part of the change. We are looking for volunteers to assist us canvass the Southwest neighborhood to give out flyers for our upcoming event next Thursday.

Our events inspire communities by using the arts such as film, music and spoken word. Your welcome to download our flyer for the event and pass it out of you can't make the canvassing over the weekend.

Thank you we look forward to making a difference with you.