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An Array of Flowers in the Garden

Rebekah Christie

Photographer Kat

 

Created by Elahni Ocean, the second year,An Array of Flowers is creating a safe platform for the original backbone,WOMEN. Together we will laugh, cry, eat, relax, learn and network. This is more than an event,but more like an outlet.An evening without fear, judgement, and just pure connection. This year we will be in the garden, there will be massges, food, light music, and REALNESS! Ani't it about time!

The way the love circulated in the community garden was thick enough to cut. The love and support was shared selflessly, it was quit overwhelming. 

It was the type of space that would make any woman grateful for their grandma, mother, sisters, and friends. It was intense. We enjoyed one another in the beautiful community garden, under harsh heat, but warm love. 

Charmed Feathers Beach Day

Rebekah Christie

Photography Shola Bashorun

 

It's been a fantastic summer, and it wouldn't be complete without the perfect beach day. Although we live in New York, there are a few clean and accessible beaches outside the city. 

We packed our cutest bikinis headed to Jacob Riis Park in Queens. 

On 8/12, we enjoyed a chill and quiet beach day with our family. It was well needed, as we discussed everything under the sun from politics, gentrification, the upcoming election, real estate, black joy, the black lives matter movement, and many other things. We added a new book to our book list called, "Men Ab: Kamitic Behavioral Transcendental Meditation".

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Thank you for organizing it, I had a lot of fun!! I hope to see ya soon:}
— Jasmine

On Saturday and Sunday, the Riis Beach Baazar is held. With vendors, live music, and plenty of food to choose from, we were in for a very exciting beach day. 

Thank you so muchhhhhhhhh. I had such a great time this weekend, and I can’t wait to hang more.
— Stephanie

Summers in New York will always be the best part of the year, this was sure a memorable one.

SoulPick Presents: Soulstice Speak Easy Potluck

Rebekah Christie

Photographer Monica Justesen

 

In response to recent events we are coming together to laugh, heal, and discuss a movement towards light through a curated group healing session <3. The session includes a group meditation, tarot readings and henna.

We collaborated with Nilly of SoulPick, @NeyonTree, Tatianna Tarot, Natalia, and Reign Apllm who hosted us at her place. 

We were asked to facilitate a guided meditation. 

Nilly had a line up from 2-5p of henna, a group tarot reading, and guided meditation. Little did we know the introductions alone would dominate the 3 hours, which was amazing actually.

The women were asked to give their names and who they are. But it actually took 3 hours to "introduce" everyone.

The women took that opportunity, during introductions, to share their stories, an experience that was burdening, express their yearning for connection with other women, and simply share themselves. 

The facilitators had one plan while the space demanded something else. And it was a beautiful realization, after the fact of-course. 

Eventually, we did conduct a group meditation, called "Preserving Your Light". The objective  is to Become clear on our role during social pain and how to preserve our light. through a guided meditation on the optimism and happiness of children. Then to apply that wisdom to become more clear on our roles during today’s social pain.  

We guided the women to visualize  a specific time in your childhood, which brought about its own emotions and thoughts, to proocess.

The best part about these spaces is connecting with someone's spirit. You meet them and you see one another's soul. No explanations needed, just an organic meeting. 

We'd like to thank Nilly of @SoulPick for creating a space for women to heal, love on one another, and purge. Especially at a time like this. A special thank you to Reign for opening and sharing your space. It set the perfect tone for the event. And lastly, thank you to all the women who bared their souls and trusted us with your story. You're the reason we all exist. 

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I Am My Brother's Keeper Recap

Rebekah Christie

Photographer Shola Bashorun

 

On Sunday, 45 brothers and sisters gathered at Prospect Park to experience a whole lot of love, healing, and joy. 

There was a hiccup in our schedule due to an untrustworthy drop pin (thanks google maps). When arriving participants were asked to answer on a piece of paper "what do you do to practice self-love". They were also asked to write how they were feeling on a name tag, instead of their names.

It was an interesting task for a few of the facilitators 

However, the beautiful weather coupled with being at the park made it the perfect day to open up and challenge ourselves. As everyone waited oh so patiently. We began around 4:30pm.

Brittany Josephina; writer and healer, opened the group with an icebreaker, "Compliment Him". Everyone excitedly exchanged compliments. One sister's beautiful smile was recognized, another brother's genuine eyes. Brittany lastly prompted everyone to share their vision with someone of the opposite sex. Everyone fell into place and you can witness the giddiness among these adults. How often do you get to share your vision to an eager stranger excited to listen. 

The shared enthusiasm was felt from person to person and you can see how everyone comfortably accepted the task.

It was beautiful.

And different.

My heart was full when I left. Being around young people of color who were open and engaged with each other was a fantastic feeling, and one that I don’t experience often enough. The event gave me the opportunity to be awkward/corny, but I truly had a great time and felt connected with the people there. THANK YOU!!
— Participant
I feel so energized and ready to tackle my dreams at full speed. In fact, I have been doing so. I’ve been jumping obstacles that once stood so high like pebbles on the sidewalk.
— Participant

The day was followed by too many hugs to count, an aching face from smiling, and a familiar spirit from your loving and nurturing grandparent's home. It was an ode to the black family reunion. Except, it was new, modern, and adjusted to today's generation.

Participants were asked earlier to share their self-love practices. Each facilitator read them out loud. During an exercise called, Moving Forward, participants linked arms and discussed if they had all practiced the shared practice. In the end we promised to drink more wine and meditate in a dark bathroom. If you're improving the way you take care of yourself, remember to invite your brothers and sisters to join you.

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I’ve met a group of people who not only inspired me but actually are interested in taking me higher. I’ve made friendships and will continue to share my lessons with them and others
— Participant
This event has brought me closer to myself. And has made me simply recognize myself more. “I am my brothers keeper” helped me recognize my brothers more too. I see all my brothers now. I am more delicate with my brothers now. I love and understand my brothers even more.
My eyes have been opened in the best way possible, because it brought me back to the human experience. It was based around self first, so it was us getting in tune with ourselves and our individual experience. “I am my brothers keeper” recognized HE and also SHE!
— Participant
I was happy I attended. It was something I needed. I feel our community needs something like this on the regular. I learn to be a little bit more happy with myself and who I am. Accepting my flaws and all. When I left I felt as if a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. This event was great for networking and meeting some amazing people I hope to keep in touch with. Awesomeness
— Participant
When I was leaving, I felt as if I was longing for more of what took place, more hugs, more smiles and authenticity, more urban vibes and perspective, more opportunity to self-love and freely love others because they’re sooo awesome. Ooh, of course I made connections. I made some of the best connects I’ve had in a long time. Thank you.
— Deanna

We want to thank Brittany Josephina, of Brittspiration, your transformative and affirming words was our Sunday sermon. Ausara-yah Kokayi, who helped us to not only acknowledge our murdered brothers and sisters but she also reminded us that they didn't die in vain. Shola Bashorun, of aQut, for capturing the day with your keen eye for stories with your photography. Marquelle Turner Gilchrist, the creator of #TheNewStereotype, thank you for sharing your beautiful testimony. Thank you Taylor for recording the essence of all that we did, with your videography. And lastly thank you to all the facilitators for believing in the vision and putting your energy and time into this project. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. 

We're excited to bring more of our family together. To be the first to know of "I Am My Brother's Keeper" Fall addition, subscribe to our newsletter. 

8 Books to Read next month

Rebekah Christie

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm takes a look at the external factors and the surrounding environment of successful people and how they've come to be successful. His theory is that it's not solely from their own merits and inmate talent. It's awesome. We love the stories and examples that he uses.

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Two sisters, Pearl and May, are beautiful, models, living a privileged life in Shanghai during the 1920's. Their life is turns upside down when their father sells them into arranged marriages to keep the family home, after he subsequently loses all his fortune. At this time there is a war going on in Shanghai, making it impossible to leave Shanghai and meet their husbands in America. It's the well written narrative of sister Pearl and the adventure that makes this an exciting summer read.

God Help The Child by Toni Morrison

At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride’s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.” -Amazon

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Me Before You by Jojo Myers

Louisa Clarke is a quirky, kind of clumsy, fashionista, with little work experience, finds herself taking care of Will, a paralyzed man. This love story is of two unlikely people coming together in an unlikely way in an inspiring, heartfelt, tearjerker. Me Before You was adapted into a motion picture in June of this year. We have to say they casted well :}

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

After a soul draining 2 year long divorce, Elizabeth sets on a 1 year journey in Italy, India, and Indonesia. The story is narrated by Elizabeth herself, and it's a treat to get inside the mind of a women who is as hopeful, insightful, and giving as Elizabeth. Adapted into a film, of-course the book is better. The book is alwayyyss better. 

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. -Junnot Diaz

Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho

After a failed attempt at suicide, Veronika, wakes up in a mental asylum, Villete. Veronika is young, beautiful, and appears to have the perfect life. The sleeping pills she took to kill herself, has ruined her heart permanently, leaving her only a few days to live. Veronika not only has another chance at life, but she has the opportunity to rethink her decision, and all the drama that comes with in, inside Villete. 

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Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It

We love self-help, activities, journaling, workbooks around these parts. So Henriette came through with Make it Happen, Write it Happen. She shares testimonies from people who used the power of writing to make things happen. At the end of each chapter there's great writing exercises. It's great for the summer, which is a half way point before the year ends. 

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