Happy Saturday, art lovers! Last night I attended an art exhibition at the Downtown Cultural Arts Center in Baltimore. The artist in showcase was a young brother by the name of Davon Carey. A good friend of mine put me on to the event, as I am somewhat of an artist myself but most of all…an art lover. The event had complimentary wine and food (right up my alley), and there was a rainbow of hues in attendance. I was blessed to see so many different shades of people, all for the support of a very talented Baltimore artist. I don’t know Davon personally, but I could tell that he is well loved by many. There was no riff raff present…all smiles and hugs, even in such a packed crowd. There were a few opening acts consisting of gifted singers and poets. Overall, I had a blast!
I was very impressed with Mr. Carey’s honesty, line work, subject matter and color schemes.
I didn’t get many pictures (the body painting was soooo dope) but I would just like to share a few.
I can see nothing but peace and prosperity for Mr. Davon Carey in the future. As always, show him your twitter love @DavonCarey and let me know your thoughts @DropaJewel. #DoItNow #Salute
Let me begin this post by asking “what the hell is going on in the world today?”
Check out the News Story Before Gray’s Death
As many of you are aware, or soon to be, another murder occurred at the hands of the police department. This time it happened in Baltimore City…again. Freddie Gray was chased down by the Baltimore City Police Department, arrested, and died days later with a spinal chord injury. How did that happen, you ask? Footage was released of Gray screaming while they dragged him to the Police patty wagon. We can assume he was already assaulted, but somewhere between the arrest and transportation, he magically ended up in the hospital in a coma. I’m no rocket scientist, nor am I a reporter, activist, or mortician, but my bet is riding on the cops fucking shit up…yet again.
For those of you who have been hiding under a rock, the police across America have been straight up killing Blacks for the past few years. Some cases have been publicly showcased while others have been kept on the hush. You can literally google a slew of names of people who have been killed by the police JUST THIS YEAR. I remember about a year ago, a young man by the name of Tyrone West was murdered in police custody and the case was overlooked…right here in Baltimore City. I would like to salute his family for protesting on what they call “West Wednesdays”, to occupy city hall as they were asking for a full autopsy report on their beloved deceased.
In any event, as people around the U.S. are getting fed up, please keep several things in mind:
The militarization of the Police is underway. What a great way to spark off a one world government!
Do not be deceived. Everything happens for a reason. Did anyone stop to ask how such hatred on Blacks can occur at the helm of America’s first Black President? Just drink that in for a moment…
One day it’ll all make sense. No matter who or what you believe in, your prayer should be for a brighter day…a better world…an end to the fuckery at some cost or another.
What are YOU going to do about injustice? Are we as a people still waiting for the next MLK to come out and spark a change?
I find my rants on this here blog leading me to the same conclusion each time I type. Love is the answer. I am SO proud of each and every activist, every protester, everyone who ever shed a tear at the thought of injustice.
I was cruising my way through Netflix when I ran across Russell Brand’s stand up comedic act Messiah Complex. As a fan of his work, I was eager to dive into the world of Russell and see what joys his randomness would bring my day. Alas, I was not disappointed. Messiah Complex chose to focus on four world leaders who Brand admired: Jesus Christ, Brother Malcolm X, Che Guevara, and Mahatma Gandhi.
Russell Brand appears to be one of those rare creatures who is comfortable in his own skin. He is blessed to have escaped the world of a drug addict and rise above and become the enlightened, amusing man we see today. In watching Messiah Complex, I was encouraged by some of the subject matter mentioned. In between Russell’s anecdotes and rants, he successfully compared himself to each of the four leaders mentioned. I was impressed, mostly because a lot of the stand up comedy that the masses encourage have no substance. I hadn’t heard many reviews on Messiah Complex, but I’m glad I gave it a watch. I feel like people often judge a book by its cover, and don’t expect to hear such gems from Brand. If you get the chance, check it out on Netflix and let me know your thoughts on it via twitter @DropaJewel.
Check out Russell dropping knowledge on Sway in the Morning about the misappropriation of black culture among other things