I was a dull speck of dust until we floated into the light and shimmered gloriously - Fonna Seidu
Grassroots Youth Collaborative Member Meeting at Studio Y
GYC has been a game-changer for over 10 years and continues to skyrocket. As the Outreach Worker of AVNU (GYC partner) and a volunteer of The People Project (GYC Member), I joined the table with other amazing youth leaders from organizations such as Spoke N' Heard, R.I.S.E Edutainment, Caveman Studios, The Battle Field Project, and Power to Girls Foundation. The session was a 4-hour strategic planning meeting where we planned 4 sections but got stuck in the first stage - it wasn't a bad stuck because we heard the stories that relate each organization/individual to their connection with GYC. I am also a person who has multiple ways of learning so I was glad there were materials (paper, markers, stickers, and pipe cleaners) for me to utilize. Some great insights/quotes that I pulled out of the session include:
"We are ancestors as well as predecessors" - Jordan Viera
"Like a house was only a frame." - Jasmine Ali
"This is a space our hears live in" - Nate Gerber
World Vision Artist Collective at Drake Underground
Context: CMG Freelance asked me to write an article to discuss the complexities of being a Black freelancer and I interviewed two wonderful Black queer women in my life, Kamilah Apong and Kim Katrin Milan. Instead of just submitting words, I filmed the interview and will have pictures accompanying the article so I had to get some images of Kam doin' her thing on stage.
DJ HustleGRL thoo?! Three songs in and fell into fangirl mode. She's been making press through Remix and working SO HARD in the industry. I recommend you to follow her on all social media platforms because she is a shooting star.
Kam's voice...glorious. I feel like she didn't get enough airtime but I heard her voice resonate throughout the performance. Whenever she has a chance to do a solo or an a capella piece, I think I will melt from the beauty in her voice.
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