SF Carnaval 2016




Final Thoughts: Teach the Youth

My teenager and her generation are witnessing a lot of firsts …a Black President, the occupy movement where white folk finally got fed up with their gov’t, same sex marriage being passed by the Senate and soon the legalization of marijuana on top of the gentrification currently happening in numerous Cities …this may actually be the catalyst for unification among POC to seriously fight police brutality and the numerous isms that plague amerikkka. Interesting times indeed…



Teach the Youth: Spirituality

Both of my parents were raised by the Bible, one Catholic and the other Lutheran. But neither thought it appropriate to place their man made religion onto their children so my sister and I grew up studying many religions and choosing our own personal path. I hug trees and believe in Mermaids. I also know that a visit to the Ocean, a good dance class and time spent with my daughter is my “church”. And now that my child is of an age to explore, I empower her to find her own spiritual path….



Teach the Youth: “Oral Lessons”

Beware of self-entitled Royalty claiming knowledge thru headwraps, quick to pass judgment, all the while color struck by their own rhetoric; Pay attention to those who actually walk regal with no adornment, collecting extensive libraries along the less glamorous path of historical Truths.

Beware of the white liberal yearning to teach us how to create the art WE invented, hands digging deep into the pockets of post affirmative action; but Pay attention to those that push out creativity in the form of melodic melodies using paint from the collective consciousness.

Beware of those lurking behind the safety of anonymous Internet, starting drama with quick strokes & a mean spirit, seemingly unaware that their bad karma is showing; do Pay attention to those who deal with confrontation directly, expressing by example what all healers instinctively know, that it’s better to expose the underbelly.

Beware of the noncustodial parent who plays games as if they are the child still in need of suckling, time outs and a stern spanking; Pay attention to those who pitch in to help raise the Tribe, overstanding that it takes a Village as they confidently walk their talk.

Beware of the vultures that love to consume POC identity by speaking pidgen, sporting bindis, matty locks and/or Frida beads, appropriating yet another culture; but Pay attention to those who never try to be anything they’re not because they understand that we are all Indigenous to our own personal ancestral land.

Beware of those in power embracing our children too intimately and then pimping them out for profit while labeling them deviant, ambivalent, dangerous as excuses to kill them; do Pay attention to the urgency of our Youth, forever in need of soft handed guidance that gives wiggle room for mistakes as WE grown ups repeat to THEM ‘you’re so talented’ ‘good job’ ‘I love you’ and witness them circle in tighter to us.

These are the progressions

the daily lessons behind the break beats

The How to’s so that our youth may recognize their elders

hidden in the drum circles that surround this movement while inventing yet another rhythmic possibilities through the ancient alchemy of oral lessons…