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Naomi photographed by Hao Zeng , Harper’s Bazaar Mexico and Latin America September 2014
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When you realize that someone is only being nice to you because they want something
So, back in May, I was on the Anthony McCarthy show on WEAA 88.9 FM. I had a great time during that interview. But little did I know, that a listener involved with such a great community day event, would select me to be a performer.
Day of Hope takes place a few times during the year, in East Baltimore. This event is dedicated, strictly to the residents of the area. There are churches, government officials, and non-profit organizations that make this day possible. The day is filled with free groceries for the invited residents, plenty of sponsored vending booths, live entertainment and tons of moon bouncers for the children.
I no longer reside in Bmore, but it was great to be back. I feared the weather, just a little bit. LOL! It pretty much rained all day. I arrived really early. I forgot to check in “correctly,” so I was just walking around with my guitar without a badge. The host, Mike Guess, asked me how I got in without a badge. I simply said, “My Guitar got me in”. And we laughed.So, Then I had to go follow directions.
I checked my facebook messages, had a message from another artist by the name of Femi The DriFish, saying he was coming to see what this #1WomanBand business was about. LOL! Then I missed a few texts from artist/photographer, Jinxxx. I thought she had vanished. Then I look down and she is right there taking photos of me! We all have a mutual fan/supporter that makes sure he supports DMV Artists (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia) , when his schedule permits. (He is pictured in the group photo to the far left.)
Me and the sound crew were going back and forth about me performing at the front of the stage (uncovered), and being center stage (covered). Yes, I had a an issue with singing in the rain. But guess what?! I got out there, after realizing the babies were dancing in the rain, so what’s the big deal?? Then the rain gets heavier as I performed. The young man you seen in the photos, volunteered to hold an umbrella over me. It took all I had not to laugh during my first song, because I suddenly felt protected, and could only see the tip of the umbrella in my view. You can see me singing in the rain, below.
Thank your for reading my Acoustic Adventures. Stay tuned for September.
- Chaquis Maliq 08.28.14
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Police brutality in Ferguson costs taxpayers millions.
CINEMATIC MILES MORALES COSPLAY
Yo! My name is Nikolas A. Draper-Ivey…This is cosplay as Cinematic Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider Man. This suit was made by Jesse Covington ( Writer and Costume Designer) and sewn by Sasha Williams ( Fashion Major graduate). Photos were taken by Pierre BL Brevard I specifically would like to thank Marvel Comics Artist Sara Pichelli for designing this character. I’m also very excited to see Olivier Coipel's work on Spider-Verse!
(Full shoot will be shot in New York itself just in time for NYCC)
Dope as hell!! I want this costume!
I am so here for this!
FestAfrica - USA
This was my first time performing in an African Diaspora Festival. It was an unexpected experience. LOL! First of all it was HOT as the devils toe nails. I am not supposed to be in the extreme heat, because of health reasons.
FestAfrica took place in Silver Spring, MD, August 9th & 10th. I performed August 10th. I was greeted very well, by the team, so that was a good start. Until…lol. Other staff member of the event kept hounding me about the chair I was sitting in. I swear like 4 people attacked me about the dang chair. But the lovely staff member that greeted and assisted upon arrival, apologized for their actions.
Then finally, a lovely sister that remembered me from my performance, ALL THE WAY IN COLUMBUS, OH, spoke to me. She transformed my facial expression, instantly. She said, “I bought your cd, you signed it and gave me a hug!” I couldn’t help but to hug her again! Turns out this sister is a poet and was scheduled to perform after me. How cool was that!? Her name is Naki Akrobettoe. And yes we took a selfie and have been interacting with one another every since.
So, finally we get a breeze and it’s my turn to perform. I wasn’t sure, how I would be accepted by the audience, because I do not speak any Native African Languages. But then, I started playing my songs, got them to clap, they were moving, kids came up to the stage tapping and staring at my 1 Woman Band instruments, and asked for an encore! I sold CD’s, signed autographs, and took photos with new supporters.
Beta Hi-Fi Festival @ World Cafe Live Philly (UpStairs)
I was so happy to selected by the Beta Hi-Fi Festival. Originally I was supposed to have a drummer back me, but that didn’t happen. Ya’ll know me. The Show must go on. And thus I am the 1 Woman Band. LOL!
Long Story short. My car broke down on a full tank of gas, in DC. I made it back home to get my brother’s car. We got to the festival on time. The back-line was terrible. The host was rude. The crowd was great! They responded to me well, laughed at my goofy jokes, and once again…the kids were in the front dancing to some soul music. I only witnessed the band before me. And they were the most perfect sounding duo I have ever heard. I was asked if I was Ruthie Foster. Very flattering.
I kept getting requests to come to Philly. So, I went. Here’s a little clip :-)
The next entry will be about the Day of Hope in Bmore!
- Chaquis Maliq 08.26.14
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High School Reading List
Back in May, the #weneeddiversebooks campaign lit a fire to fulfill the desperate need for diverse books in children’s literature. Behind the Book has always championed efforts to find diverse authors and protagonists that will appeal to students since we serve communities of color. For your enjoyment (and enrichment), we’ve created an epic list of diverse books to reflect the diversity in our city; here’s our list for high school students.
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They know what you are capable of. You are not devalued. They still fear. You created every useful thing that is used til this day. Think about what you write out your thoughts with, how you are able to communicate with people all over the world, why there is a government, why music exists, why the mother land doesn’t need imported goods, why you had faith B.C., why you can build anything from scratch or scraps, why we have electricity before Ben Franklin, why the first successful Siamese twins separation exists, why you can get blood transfusions, why you have street lights, why you have gas masks….
Do the math…oh arithmetic that’s all you too.
If you have an issue with crime in “your” community…stop complaining and do something. All these “what about” post solves absolutely nothing. Agreeing with segregated crime is a blindfold in your slumber. Ferguson is leading by example, not by complaints. Now go and make a difference, period. This is about the Uprise of the oppressed, the abolishment of a second attempt of genocide, the “minorities” who make up the world joining together to stop the evil torment of Supremacy, and the change that needs to happen within everyone.
Stop promoting Goon and Trap musik-and maybe that can be your start to stopping the psychological “Divide and Conquer” and Suicidal Genocide. I have had way too many that want to talk about the violence, drugs, exploitation among their own, when they have been a main contributor in the past. But, yet and still are just still talking and not doing anything. Your memes mean nothing if you have no knowledge of the truth.
The fact that a lot of people believe the media, and then say, “That’s what he gets,” you are a perfect example of what “They” are creating and have created…Self-hating individuals.
Until you build up the courage to change yourself, and instill that change within your children and your community, History will continue to repeat itself. And yes, I mentor youth so that we will have a future of better humans.