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Good morning New York, 

Happy hump day! This is a reminder to steer your life in your favor no matter where you are. Someone, somewhere is working towards the future, and so should you. Today is the day after midterm elections, and we have received news of elected officials who will make decisions for the rest of our country. The inspiring story of Alexandria Cortez-Ocasio stands out to us, and that is because she just made history. Ocasio, is the youngest elected crongresswoman who will be representing New York under the democratic socialist party.

Her story stems from a humbling beginning as  bartender working to pay the bills, and evolves to running for candidacy in her home state of New York to a win in 2018. Everyday we wake we have the opportunity to create the script for what is we wish to create for the world. Ocasio is a prime advocate and example of how we can thing in progress. Did you vote yesterday? If so great! If not, why? Don’t know how? Then not to worry, you can find it how here: https://www.usa.gov/how-to-vote

share with us your votin story una comment below. 

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'The truth has changed' and we are responsible.

Josh Fox, The Truth Has Changed

How do you make a difference? I often ponder on the idea of how my presence, and every day actions can make an impact in my lifetime, and for the generations to come. Sometimes I feel like I can start a revolution and others I feel defeated by the constant blows that puncture our society’s progress. Last night, I felt the latter. Listening to “The Truth Has Changed” performance and book by Josh Fox made me want to keep pushing towards a positive change. 17 years after September 11, 2001 there are so many conversations that are still taking place in regards to our political, and environmental climate, Josh Fox, addresses both.

In a large theatre seating about 150 eager listeners, Josh brought life to his book. His passion radiated through the auditorium and made you hungry to learn more about the tragic state of our country and what we can do to help. From his volunteer work in feeding the first responders of 9/11 to the research which gave birth to, “GASLAND”. His words make you want to strike back. They bring attention to the horrific acts that are stabbing into the depths of mother earth’s core, making her bleed fumes of harmful gases slowly killing those inhabiting her bleeding path.

“The Truth Has Changed” is separated into a long journey of journalism, and documenting on the political spectrum which just so happens to coincide with how the rest of the world acts towards our environments. With the bad guys hard at work trying to feed their greed, the planet takes a toll in response to it. Josh Fox brings attention to the acts of, Rex Tillerson (former ExxonMobile CEO), BP, Cambridge Analytica, The Clintons, Vladimir Putin, and of course Donald Trump. They call this act, ‘Fracking: the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, boreholes, etc., so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas’. This is what catalyzes the drop in temperature of our planet, which leads to glaciers melting, species dying off, and toxicity in water areas nearest the contamination.

So how do I become involved? How do I bring awareness to the issue? How can we stop these multi billionaires from investing fear to our causes? My conclusion is education, EDUCATE YOURSELF. We live in a technology based society that gives us access to information. Find reliable sources, don’t fall trap to fast marketing, or senseless programming. We can be and do better. Wake up. Call your representatives, show up to a rally, and make your voice count.

The Truth Has Changed, Josh Fox

SOYYO Magazine x Camp Brooklyn A Creative Affair

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 Soyyo Magazine curated a special fundraiser in support of Camp Brooklyn Fund! 

Seven spectacular artists showed their work, alongside recycled fashion pieces to benefit Camp Brooklyn Fund. The day consisted of networking, with a dose of music, fashion, and art!

Individuals near and far gathered as ALLIE CNTRS mixed the tuned that brough the good vibes and
Art by NY's finest was shown:

Shei Phan, showing her One of One piece from her 'Forget Me Not' series

BK THE ARTIST, showed some intimate pieces showing the beauty of love and diversity with his 'Breaking Brea' piece.

Dirt Cobain, with his notable "You get me so high" artworks.

TURTLECAPS, giving us a dose of his imaginary creatures.

Aamenasaurusrex, showing us the greatness of the outdoors through her lense.

WORM, showing us his exceptional robots to remind us that we are all interconnected and 

Tiffany showing some abstract, and tasteful pieces inspired by the outdoors. 

With surprise performance by Brooklyn natives MR. Monk and BLK ZEN! 

A huge thank you to all who came to support we sold art and clothes all for charity. A big shout out to Kombrewcha which gave us tasteful drinks to sip on, LipstickandLogic for curating the fashion, and all the creatives who joined us as we set off to send children to camp! 


"Many children from low-income families seldom get a chance to leave their urban environment. The Camp Brooklyn Fund was created to give these children an opportunity to attend sleep-away camp and have an experience of a lifetime! Just $750 will send a child to camp for two weeks in the summer."

To learn more, please visit Campbrooklyn.org

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"Camp Brooklyn Fund provides access to life-changing camp experiences
for Brooklyn children from low-income families, equipping children with
critical growth and leadership skills and broadening their world.
Our vision is to positively transform children, families and our community."

Art Thursday at Frieze

Art fairs are like love affairs, they take you on elaborate labyrinths of artist from all over the world! Every gallery you stumble upon is like a coffee date in a new environment world with a new friend. You can meet greats like David Hockney in London, Kaws in Brooklyn, and Kehinde Wiley in New York City. Today's journey around Frieze took me worldwide to the corners of London and the rivers of Java.


Each canvas, sculpture or sound is an artist’s depiction in response to influence of their time and space. Each medium shares a different story from heavy brush stroke to detailed sketch. For collectors worldwide Frieze Art Fair has a piece of art, and a date with an artis of choice in any corner of our planet which we can be relived in the comforts of your home to inspire daily. 

 

This year I was in awe by the scale of the tent that is propped up right beside the Icahn Stadium at Randall's Island. Hundreds of galleries, and thousands of artist all convened for the weekend of art and culture. Check out the art work below. Tell us what you though of your experience. Was there a favorite work of art that you most enjoyed?

 

 

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Robert Therrien

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Kehinde Wiley


Downtown for Democracy 

Downtown for Democracy 

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Subodh Gupta 

Wellness Wednesday:

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World famous, DJ and philanthropist dies too young, but 

his legacy lives on through his music, and action towards the betterment of humanity. Swedish DJ, Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, died at 28 on April 20th.  

Avicii's Long list of chart topping Music goes to show that true mastery can lead to greatness. In the recently released statement, placed in the public eye by his family, they share that his legacy was truly created for his love of music. More recently, the Global Goals revealed that he also donated millions to end world hunger. 

"In 2012, he went on a 27-date tour called “House for Hunger ” around America — and donated his entire income from the tour to the US charity Feeding America, according to the New York Post".

It is truly important to promote the progressive actions that public figures and each global citizen makes as an effort for a better tomorrow. You don't have to be a multi millionaire to make a difference. Take small actions today. Visit, https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/take-action/ to begin! And if you are having thoughts of suicide or depression please seek help. #YouAreNotAlone

 

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Wellness Wednesday: Is the alligator pear a fruit or a veggie?

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The alligator pear aka the avocado can always lead to a conversation no matter the room you are in. One of the best convo starters is the debate of whether the avocado is a vegetable or a fruit. 

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I am writing here for you today to let you know that it is indeed a fruit and you no longer need to have this argument. End of story. Not only is it a fruit but it is the Super Fruit of the mighty food kingdom. According to Healthline, avocados have the "most abundant nutrients, in a single 3.5 ounce (100 gram) serving" 

  • Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA.
  • Folate: 20% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA.
  • Potassium: 14% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA.
  • Then it contains small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).

The avocados versatility allows for many possibilities of enjoying it. You can enjoy it alone as a meal or as a beauty product. 

Comment below with your favorite avocado recipe ! 

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This was my breakfast this morning - ripe avocado with lemon pepper, Himalayan salt, garlic, and Tajin!

 

 

SXSW 2018: A Netflix Documentary Series Worth Watching

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Hip Hop culture stems from various influences, but it has been the current beaming light that has brought new mainstream attention to the music and its tastemakers.

Rapture, the new Netflix documentary series is launching an 8 episode season featuring greats such as, Nas and Dave East, T.I., Rapsody, Logic, G-Eazy, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, 2 Chainz and Just Blaze. 

"Rapture dives into the artists’ lives with their families and friends, to sitting front row in the studio and grinding on tour, to experiencing the ecstatic power of moving the crowd."

Episodes include exclusive, behind the scenes, and uplifting stories such as those of, Nas and Dave East: "Commonly referred to as one of the greatest rappers alive, and selling over 25 million records since Illmatic's debut in 1994, Nas' career has seen heights that few peers in hip-hop or entertainment can rival. Rapture follows Nas through his day to day life and introduces viewers to his family, friends, and work life." With this open insight into these artists' lives, we get the raw and gritty feel of what it really takes to succeed in the industry, 

As fans, we will discover the struggles and hustle behind staying on top through Nas, while also being able to enjoy the journey of a new generation of music from artist like Dave East and Rapsody. These new influences bring a new perspective and possibility to new generations. Watch the trailer and tell us waht you thing in a comment below.