Monthly Archives: May 2015

[GEMINI INSPIRATION] Im a proud Gemini!


Im a proud Gemini!
Today I celebrate BIGGIE SMALLS born 5/21
Christopher George Latore Wallace
(SUNRISE May 21, 1972 – SUNSET March 9, 1997)
You can show your Gemini appreciation here:

[Mental Health Month] May is Mental Heal


[Mental Health Month]
May is Mental Health Month, I’m a healer but am no stranger to depression & anxiety. Im writing a book of my own ( focused on Body Positivity ,Yoga & Wellness) … I have two friends who are editing a book that focuses on WOMEN OF COLOR & Mental Wellbeing. I have contributed some of my writing to the book . Very Excited ! CLICK HERE to SUPPORT Vanessa & Iresha’s BOOK #womenofcolor #mentalwellness #thecolorofhope

[HUNGRY?] My friends @ Ocean Rich Commun


My friends @ Ocean Rich Communities of Alaska (ORCA) invite you to an evening of community: good food, good people, film screenings, Round Dance, and more. ( I tasted the Salmon from Alaska a few weeks ago and it was DELISH!)
Saturday, May 16
Doors at 6pm, Dinner at 7pm
Come celebrate the first Alaskan Sockeye Salmon of the year!
Join ORCA as we share the gift of Salmon with our community. The Copper River Reds will be the first catch of season, straight from the water to our tables in 48 hours.
We want to offer thanks to The Creator for blessing us with precious Salmon and to share the bounty, and grow our Bay Area community Potlatch styleNative style.
All are welcome to this evening of abundance celebrated by Indigenous Peoples, social entrepreneurs, food lovers and change artists from all over creation.
Reserve your seat ASAP!
$25 suggested donation to sustain future events – all are welcome.
6pm Doors Open
6:30pm Film Screening
7pm Community Dinner & Potlatch
Alaska Sockeye Salmon (Copper River Reds) from ORCA
Greens & veggies fresh from the garden thanks to Cultural Conservancy
Delicious fixings courtesy of Mandela Marketplace
9pm Round Dance
The Intertribal Friendship House is a drug and alcohol free venue.
Please be respectful of that policy.



SQUARE ONE YOGA ( emeryville location)
Click here to
TRY YOUR 1st CLASS FOR FREE ( inbox me for DEETS) + $1 per class after that..
We will have @squareoneyoga yoga teacher training graduate Jen Su assisting me in class tonight. She is not FULL FIGURED but wants to be knowledgeable about how to lead BODY POSITIVE class as a new yoga instructor.

“Paris is Burning” and the Social Determinants of Health


Social Justice & The Arts

When it comes to the film Paris is Burning, I’m divided. I saw the film about drag ball culture in Harlem shortly after its release in 1991. As a young gay man grappling with identity, the film was an affirmation in a cultural desert. Never had I seen effeminacy depicted so fearless and strong. I was thoroughly seduced by the celluloid spectacle.

Revisiting the film today, I’m struck by how much eluded me from “beyond the frame.” ( In particular, the troubling issue of a white, Yale-educated individual documenting the lives of mainly black and Latino, poverty stricken characters – with no artistic intent to rectify the injustice.  Filmmaker Jennie Livingston revealed a passivity to these dynamics when she said, “If [the documentary subjects] wanted to make a film about themselves, they would not be able….I wish that weren’t so, but that’s the way society is structured.” Oh…

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