Category Archives: MY WORLD — JAN. 2010

FEATURED FLICKS … LIVE MUSIC … TALENT … GOOD TIMES!

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Ms. Monica & Timothy Bloom

PJ & JR & ME ... Good times :)

PJ & JR & ME ... Good times 🙂

MR. TIMOTHY BLOOM!

It went down at the Kress in Hollywood!  Grammy nominated singers were in the house – blessin’ the stage. Song for song.  Good times!

FEATURED FLICK … Legs, Franboogie, Mona + Friends

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Legs, Mona, Fran Boogie + Friends

This is one of my favorite photos with some majorly dope peoples!  Franboogie, Ms. Mona and Legs + some of their cool ass friends!  This was at Yes We Can Can 2010 San Francisco.  This is how I began my year!  111 Minna it was going down!   Cocktails were flowin’, people were dancing and let’s just say  we had wayyyy to much fun.  I had my signature puckered lip peace sign pose LOL and peoples were just relaxin’, posing, dancing, laughing … livin’ life in the sunshine!

THE HONEY COLLECTIVE … BRINGS YOU THE SUITE!

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Hello Honey Family!
Come dance the night away with us.
Join us for a cocktail and good music all night long.

In effort to raise funds for the devastation occurring in Haiti-
We will be taking donations at the door.
All proceeds will go to Partners in Health – a dedicated organization providing relief in Haiti.
www.pih.org

Also, in the month of February, the Honey Collective will be teaming up with other organizations and promotional groups to continue to raise money for this cause. Stay tuned for more information.

THE SUITE
JANUARY 21, 2010

Celebrating our HONEY “Peacock’s” Bornday!

PURPLE LOUNGE
AT THE STANDARD HOLLYWOOD
8300 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA. 90069

9pm-2am

DJS
DJ EQUE
&
SPECIAL GUEST DJS

PRODUCED BY:
Shelley Oto & Monica Payne

RSVP
honeycollective@yahoo.com

UPDATE ON GOALS + LIFE

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It’s been a insanely crazy week of preparation for me.  It’s the first time I’ve really put a significant amount of time, thought and energy into everything that I do.  In the past I would sometimes feel rushed and find myself making careless mistakes.  I’m making a conscious effort to be less reactive, more pro-active and be accountable for my deadlines.  It feels good to slow down a bit and pay more attention; not just to my work but also my relationships and day to day activities.

I had the chance to reconnect with some old friends and I made some really awesome new friends.  I’ve made some really hard decisions mentally that I plan on carrying out, and I’ve been stern with things that in the past I had a hard time sticking to my guns.  I’m growing and I can feel it everyday in the decisions I choose to make, in my newfound responsibility to myself personally and professionally and in the way I’m beginning to look at people and things around me.  My perspective is certainly changing.

I’ve made some traction towards some of my goals this year and I’m going to rise to the occasion when opportunity rings and just see what happens … why not?

UNITED WE BOUNCE- ROLLER SKATING EVENT COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU!

I will soon be launching a series of Roller Skating events titled, United We Bounce. Hosted by Doug E. Fresh.  This event will launch in February 2010 in Los Angeles.  I met with the owner of the venue this week and it looks like we’re going to be able to get the first event off the ground very soon. We’ve been working on this event for the past 6 months and it felt really good to meet the owner and have a productive and positive meeting.  Booking the venue is always a good start in the right direction.

Styles Upon Styles is set to still launch in San Francisco at the end of February 2010.  We are steadily preparing for the celebration. Again, I have a super important phone meeting on Friday that I’ve been preparing for and I’m crossing my fingers for the opportunity to work with this company.  They would be an amazing addition to the concept and growth.  I’ll definitely keep everyone posted on this.  We are working on solidifying  the logo, budget and promotional partners, t shirt company etc.  I went with Faye Boogie to go scope out the venue that we’re going to use for the Los Angeles Styles Upon Styles.  It’s fresh. I can’t wait!

Rock Your Sole-We hit a little challenge in the road with this event because the venue we’d like to use is completely booked through September 2010.  Every single day.  I couldn’t believe it.  It’s crazy. So we’re going to have to re-think and brainstorm other venue options.  Obstacles like this make everything more worthwhile when everything comes together.  This is the nature of the game.

Non Profit Organization Supporting Haiti Relief

Angels for Haiti — I think we’ve confirmed the date for January 27th 2010 at the Avalon in Hollywood, Ca.  We are currently awaiting confirmation on talent.  Drake Muse – creator of A Taste of Chicago in Los Angeles has signed on to co promote this event as well.  All proceeds will be given to Wyclef’s foundation Yele Haiti. More details to come tomorrow.

United We Bounce will be done in conjunction with the Honey Collective.  I’m very excited to launch our Honey Collective events in 2010. We have so many exciting things planned for our supporters. Our calendar is absolutely amazing and we’re ready to get this year started.  We will be sending out a calendar very soon.  🙂

As for ME! I’m loving and learning more with each day that passes.  I thank god everyday for those special moments that pass  when I feel at peace in my mind and my heart.  I’ve been smiling and laughing, enjoying old friends and making a lot of new ones.  It’s a significant time in my life and it’s my time to SHOW UP … for me.

GOAL: TO CREATE HAITI BENEFIT CONCERT/EVENT IN LOS ANGELES in 10 DAYS

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Since the devasting news of the deadly earthquake that hit Haiti spread – text messages, facebook front page messages, myspace news, twitter feeds, blogs to name just a few have been streaming with information about how to  get involved with raising awareness and providing relief for the victims of the deadly earthquake.  It’s been heart stopping to watch this footage.  Hundreds of thousands of victims have been effected and are dying everyday.  Rescueres are still working day and night trying to uncover survivers still buried in the rubble.

Peep this article: Interviewing Wyclef  in Haiti
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100115/en_afp/haitiquakemusicpeoplejean_20100115023310

I received a text message from my friend Mayda and she brought up the idea of creating a live concert benefit for the people of Haiti.  I thought it was a great idea.  We don’t know whose going to perform, where to do it, whose going to get down and support … but you got to start somewhere right?

I talked to Monica (my business partner) about it she immediately signed on.  Together Mayda, Monica and myself are going to figure out a way to make this happen. Too many people are suffering.  The Haitian community really needs ALL the support possible. When things like this happen it truly humanizes us all.  Donate. Send Clothing. HELP ANYWAY POSSIBLE!  Stay tuned for more updates regarding this event….

See the below article: This is some real ish.

Aid slowly reaching Haitians as desperation grows

By ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU and MIKE MELIA, Associated Press Writers Alfred De Montesquiou And Mike Melia, Associated Press Writers 1 hr 19 mins ago

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Pushed to the far edge of desperation, earthquake-ravaged Haitians dumped decaying bodies into mass graves and begged for water and food Friday amid fear that time is running out to avoid chaos and to rescue anyone still alive in the wreckage.

The U.S. military brought some relief, taking control of the airport, helping coordinate flights bringing in aid and evacuating foreigners and the injured. Medical teams, meanwhile, set up makeshift hospitals, workers started to clear the streets of corpses and water was being distributed in pockets of the city.

But the task was enormous.

Aid workers and authorities warned that unless they can quickly get aid to the people, Port-au-Prince will degenerate into lawlessness.

There were reports of isolated looting as young men walked through downtown with machetes, and robbers reportedly shot one man whose body was left on the street. Survivors also fought each other for food pulled from the debris.

“I’m getting the sense that if the situation doesn’t get sorted (out) real soon, it will devolve into chaos,” said Steve Matthews, a veteran relief worker with the Christian aid organization World Vision.

Time also was running out to rescue anyone who may still be trapped alive in the many buildings in Port-au-Prince that collapsed in Tuesday’s magnitude-7.0 quake.

“Beyond three or four days without water, they’ll be pretty ill,” said Dr. Michael VanRooyen of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in Boston. “Around three days would be where you would see people start to succumb.”

An Australian TV crew pulled a healthy 16-month-old girl from the wreckage of her house Friday — about 68 hours after the earthquake struck. In a collapsed house, neighbors and reporters heard a cry and found an air pocket: part of the top floor had been held up by a cabinet.

“I could see a dead body that was there, sort of on top of the cabinet; I could hear the baby on the left side of the body screaming,” said David Celestino of the Dominican Republic, who had been working with the TV crew.

Although her parents were dead, Winnie Tilin survived with only scratches and soon was in the arms of her uncle, whose pregnant wife also was killed.

“I have to consider her like my baby because mine is passed,” Frantz Tilin told The Associated Press.

As temperatures rose into the high 80s (upper 20s Celsius), the sickly smell of the dead lingered over Port-au-Prince, where countless bodies remained unclaimed in the streets. Hundreds of bloated corpses were stacked outside the city morgue, and limbs of the dead protruded from crushed schools and homes.

At a cemetery outside the city, trucks dumped bodies by the dozens into a mass grave. Elsewhere, people pulled a box filled with bodies along a road, then used a mechanical front-loader to lift the box and tip it into a large metal trash bin. South of the capital, workers burned more than 2,000 bodies in a trash dump.

The Red Cross estimates 45,000 to 50,000 people were killed. A third of Haiti’s 9 million people may be in need of aid. As many as half of the buildings in the capital and other hard-hit areas were damaged or destroyed, according to the United Nations.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the World Food Program was providing high-energy biscuits and ready-to-eat meals to around 8,000 people “several times a day.”

“Obviously, that is only a drop in the bucket in the face of the massive need, but the agency will be scaling up to feed approximately 1 million people within 15 days and 2 million people within a month,” he said.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she would go to Haiti on Saturday to to inspect the damage and meet with President Rene Preval and other officials. Clinton, who will travel with USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, said she wants to convey “our long-term, unwavering support, solidarity and sympathies.”

“There are going to be many difficult days ahead,” said President Barack Obama, speaking for the fourth time on the disaster in three days.

The effort to get aid to the victims has been stymied by blocked roads, congestion at the airport, limited equipment and other obstacles. U.N. peacekeepers patrolling the capital said popular anger was rising, warning aid convoys to add security to guard against looting.

“People who have not been eating or drinking for almost 50 hours and are already in a very poor situation — if they see a truck with something, or if they see a supermarket which has collapsed, they just rush to get something to eat,” U.N. humanitarian spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said in Geneva.

Tom Osbeck, an Indiana missionary whose Protestant-run Jesus in Haiti Ministry operates a school north of Port-au-Prince, said nerves were becoming increasingly frayed.

“Even distributing food or water is very dangerous. People are desperate and will fight to death for a cup of water,” Osbeck said.

Tempers flared at one of the capital’s functioning gas stations as drivers tried to jockey their dusty cars into line. An armed guard brandishing a shotgun intervened to keep motorists from coming to blows.

Grocery stores were looted clean soon after the quake, according to Emilia Casella of the U.N. World Food Program. She said the WFP would start handing out 6,000 tons of food aid recovered from a damaged warehouse in the city’s Cite Soleil slum and was preparing shipments of enough ready-to-eat meals to feed 2 million Haitians for a month.

Asked about the concern of frustration spilling into violence, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said his peacekeepers, working with Haitian police, “are now taking charge of law and order in the city.”

“I suspect there will be some frustrations felt by the general population,” he added. “We are very much concerned about that kind of possibility and are taking all possible precautionary measures. Until now, I think we have so far not seen major problems.”

The U.S. military has several hundred personnel on the ground, including more than 100 troops from the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division. Hundreds of sailors, meanwhile, pulled into Port-au-Prince harbor on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.

Within hours, an 82nd Airborne rapid response unit was handing out food, water and medical supplies from two cargo pallets outside the airport, a helicopter lifted off with water to distribute, and a reconnaissance chopper went searching for drop zones around the capital to move out more aid. Soldiers said they expected more supplies later in the day.

At the airport, foreigners waved their passports to guards as they scrambled to escape the chaos by boarding the departing flights.

“We’ve had people crying, people passing out,” said Muriel Sinai, 38, a nurse from Orlando, Fla.

Some 250 Americans were flown to New Jersey’s McGuire Air Force Base on three military planes. U.S. forces in control of the airport initially blocked French and Canadians from boarding planes, even though a French military aircraft stood by. They lifted their cordon after protests from French and Canadian officials.

The State Department said the U.S. death toll was six and predicted it will rise.

The Cuban government said Friday it had allowed U.S. airplanes to fly through its airspace as it evacuated wounded from Haiti, a move which shaves 90 minutes off flights to Miami.

With hospitals devastated, more than 3,000 injured have been treated in the Dominican Republic, including Haitian Senate President Kelly Bastien. A border hospital in Jimani is overflowing, while a trauma center in Santo Domingo requested blood donations to keep up with demand.

In Port-au-Prince, some 100 people have died while waiting for treatment at the offices of Doctors Without Borders, mission director Stefano Zannini said by phone. Open fractures are the most common injury, he said.

“I can see thousands of them walking in the streets, lost, asking for help, asking for everything,” he said.

There was good news too: surgeons performed a complicated cesarean birth, Zannini said. “I am very proud to share with you that we were able to save both the lives of the baby and the mother.”

An El Al Boeing 777 landed Friday with 250 Israeli medical officers and nurses ready to set up a military field hospital. A reconnaissance team set out to find a site for the 90-bed facility, which will have a full surgical unit and the capacity to treat 100 patients at a time.

In front of the collapsed National Palace, thousands of homeless in makeshift camps pleaded for help. Marimartha Syrel, a nurse, said nobody had provided even water since Tuesday. “We can’t cook food. We can’t do anything.” The sidewalks were littered with excrement left on paper plates.

“They are very hungry,” said Rivia Alce, a 21-year-old street vendor selling gum, cigarettes and rum. If no help comes, she said, “we will die.”

Nearby, a woman with a bowl of water on the sidewalk bathed a naked girl without soap. Then she washed an elderly woman, naked but for a sagging pair of white panties.

A block away, a dozen bodies lay bloated and uncovered on the sidewalk — one of them with arms reaching out, as if begging for release.

Rubble spilling over from collapsed buildings blocked downtown traffic to all but pedestrians. People covered their faces with scarves to shield themselves from dust and the stench of decay. Small bands of young men and boys carrying machetes roamed the streets.

“They are scavenging everything. What can you do?” said 53-year-old Michel Legros, who was waiting for heavy equipment to excavate his house, where he added that seven relatives were buried. “I know some of them died.”

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Associated Press writers contributing to this story included Jonathan M. Katz, Paul Haven, Tamara Lush and Jennifer Kay in Port-au-Prince; Ramon Almanzar in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Bradley S. Klapper in Geneva; Edith M. Lederer at the United Nations; Danica Coto and David McFadden in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

ROCK YOUR SOLE = WE ALMOST HAVE OUR VENUE…

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Remember It! It's coming to Los Angeles 2010!

So we’re really trying to seal the deal on the venue. The obstacle is that college campus’ only allow student groups to use their facilities. Luckily, we wanted to team up with a very special student organization and it looks at though they’d like to work with us as well. So it’s looking good so far! My amazing assistant Winnie worked long and hard to create the one sheet for the event and sent out her one sheet to the organizations we wanted to support this event.  The organization that we wanted the most happened to be the organization that got back to us.  We are currently waiting to hear back from the president of the organization regarding attending a walk through. I personally saw the space last week and it’s perfect!  I want to take Harry (LXD) and Faye (Super Cr3w) on a walk through this week as well.  We are eagerly awaiting some updates.  Which campus you ask?  Wouldn’t you like to know! We hope to announce very soon!

PHOTOS THAT MAKE ME SMILE…

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As I was sorting through some of these photos and I realized how lucky I am.  These photos bring back so many beautiful memories.  These photos make me smile.  I’m so happy that I captured these moments in my life. LOVE LOVE LOVE Heals All Things.

Styles Upon Styles = BABY STEPS = PROGRESS EVERYDAY!

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LEGS!!! - GET READY FOR STYLES UPON STYLES ... IT'S COMING!

Legs, Dennis and I are workin’ away at bringing the grand launch to Styles Upon Styles!  I’ve been really pushing to a get a certain 2 sponsors (who shall remain nameless) on board, because it could possibly be the PERFECT synergy for this specific event.  We are all so passionate and I really appreciate this partnership and opportunity.  My enthusiasm towards towards this event has increased substantially in the last month.  I’ve fully dedicated myself towards working on things that bring happiness into my life and this is one of them. We’ve been talking about re-launching One Cypher driven events for a long time and I’ve missed doing these events with Dennis and the dance/fashion community.  It’s time … that’s all I have to say.  This event is set to launch in February or possibly early March 2010.  Mark your calendars. I have a really important phone call set up for January 22nd 2010.  We believe.  Cross your fingers because this event could be coming to a city near you! My next step is to prepare all the materials for my phone meeting set for the 22nd in the meantime.  Legs and I are working to confirm the venues for the other cities and Dennis is working on confirming talent for the grand launch.  Stay tuned…until next time. (tomorrow) LOL.

LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE…

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Crazy Legs of the Rock Steady Crew throws an annual Canned Food Drive called Yes We Can Can-calling out the hip hop community to come out and enjoy some good music, drinks & get your dance on! … but don’t forget to bring your canned foods!  The event took place at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco and I had way too much fun.  It was much needed.

Legs and the Rock Steady Crew raised tons of canned for the San Francisco Food Bank and a hundreds of people rolled out to party with a purpose. It was a good look and refreshing to see my community of folks.  At exactly this same time last year I rolled to this event I was in such a different space personally. The timing of coming to this event was interesting and coincidence … I think not.  The circumstance last year at this exact time was so different.  Whoooosh. It’s a new year with new circumstances.  Just breathe…through it right?

Back to what I was sharing.  I had a great time. Lots of good people, with beautiful energy, fashion and flava + I met some really awesome new people.  The cocktails were flowing, people were rockin’ circles in one room and gettin’ their freak on in another.  Interesting dynamic.  I disappeared around 1:30 to escape to my car before everyone made a b-line for their vehicles!  What a night.

Franboogie and I! Shot #? Aww Damn! lol


This is good peoples right here!.... Legs!

RJ YOU'RE CRAZY! :)

Miguel!...the King of Catching those SUPER candid moments! lol

Soooo Yeah...this is how the night began!

FRESH!

LEGS ROCKIN' THE MIC!