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WMIII 🌪🧘🏾‍♂️  Artist x Advocate • LA

I love Sunday Brunch

I was privileged to spend a sunny LA morning with @humblesdesign for #FLEXDAY helping to furnish a home for a woman transitioning out of homelessness.
The team at @humbledesignsandiego with the help of @catfootwear do incredible work by taking your donated furniture and helping beautify homes for people of all backgrounds who need assistance. I was first introduced to them by my AMAZING friend @teamwoodnote who put together an all star team for this job!
So grateful for the opportunity to serve alongside my friends and to bring hope. I believe art & advocacy, worship & justice go together and to spend a few hours helping to take a barren space and turn it into something beautiful is the heart of God. I believe we become like our Father in Heaven when we put feet to our prayers

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Always the reluctant King 🤴🏾

Being a person of color, especially in social & political moments like these you simultaneously fluctuate between grief and hope. To be black, you are constantly dreaming of an alternative reality than the status quo yet cynical about the possibility for change. So many of us are thankful that gun reform is having a breakthrough moment, thankful that these Parkland teens are checking their privilege & highlighting communities & voices that have gone before them yet grieving the fact that they even have too. Grieving the reality that when black youth stood up against gun violence and police brutality they were mostly ignored then suddenly deemed terrorists.
While Parkland has its critics and has been attacked by those same machines it has been nowhere near what black youth received. Unlike Parkland, our communities like Baltimore, Ferguson, Chicago, DC, LA were not seen as resilient and reformational but demonized as hotbeds of deviant behavior and black on black crime.
This is why I as an advocate I purposely center the insight, intellect, opinions, feelings, wisdom and lived experiences of who pundits call “the woke ass black kids on twitter” above all others(Catholic liberation theology calls this “the preferential option of the poor”). It’s why I retweet the hell outta them, favorite their tweets, read their articles, etc.
I’m lucky enough to be a black kid from Detroit that people listen too and I’m willing to leverage my little platform because I grew up with kids like them. I went to church camps & public school, lived next too and played in public parks with the very people America deems are not worth paying attention too. I have too. Cause if I don’t take them seriously who will? The object lesson here being... we all should!
So while we celebrate the beauty and victory of the #MarchForOurLives moment and the breakthrough that is finally happening we still mourn it as bittersweet. We still grieve the lives of Black American youth whose bodies were decimated, whose activism was shut down, whose non profits were never funded, and whose ideas for education and economic development were silenced. It’s time we listen to the ones society says don’t matter!

I don't understand it any more than you do, but one thing I've learned is that you don't have to understand things for them to be. ~ A Wrinkle In Time; Madeleine L’Engle

Cooked dinner for family tonight 👑

No Name Street / dTLA

dTLA feels like gotham tonight

When it rains in SoCal, you sit and watch #home #LA #TheHills #CaliLife #SoCal

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