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Thank you to a very special individual, Kylah Glenn for nominating Project F.L.O.W. Write & Life, Inc. to receive the 2013 Community Service and Assault on Literacy award. The Ladies of Distinction (TLOD) is a national organization that has been in existence and making a difference in the community for over 50 years. The Hub City chapter has been up and running for 24 years and has honored women from all different walks of life (i.e. judges, teachers, principals, mothers, etc.). It was such a great honor and blessing to be nominated and chosen to receive this award because it is Project FLOW's first award/recognition of ANY sort. We want to thank the TLOD for showing us that this is only the beginning and we hope that other organizations in the community will take the time to support their organization as well as up and coming organizations like Project FLOW. It only takes a couple individuals to make a difference in the life of others. It is vital that we become the change we want to see because if we do not take the first step, who will???
"These are the pioneers of the poetry scene. Young and old alike they know how to rock a mic!"
On Dec 16th, the night was filled with the usual "Verses on Sunset" family. It was a very special night because we had our first annual Christmas Gift Drive for Teens! The point of the gift drive was to target teens who often get overlooked. The turn out was amazing because everyone that came, supported the drive by either buying a ticket or bringing a gift. We were able to provide gifts for the youth of Dixon Recovery Institute and see them as their faces lit up with excitement. Thank you to all of you who supported the movement.
PoetRonigirl and Louis Conphliction definitely rocked the mic! It was a night to remember because PoetRonigirl has been on the scene for some years now. She has won countless awards and a fun fact about her is that she was the screen play writer for the poetry selections in the hit sitcom "Moesha". If you didn't believe me when I said she had skills, you should now. She taught us the importance of embracing a crowd of 10 or 100 and we vibed with her through the night! Louis Conphliction from St. Louis, came across the states to bless our venue! He is a young man of powerful and enlightening words. If I' never knew a young man that has the potential to move a crowd, I do now! He taught us the importance of being ourselves and marching to our own beat and he taught us the importance of self-empowerment! Needless to say, the night was amazing and we look forward to crossing paths with these poets again in the near future!
Almost a week ago today, Sunday, Aug. 19th, Project FLOW hosted “Verses on Sunset” at the beautiful Naya Fusion Loung in Silverlake, CA. Teamed up with Michelle Levy of Michelle xXx Project FLOW was able to put together an amazing benefit that brought out lots of locally and nationally known poets. This month’s features where Alice Mae Thomas host of One-Mic Wednesdays at R-I-P Boutique in Hollywood, CA, and Urban Voodoo, host of Da Inkwell in Culver City, but before they ripped the stage, the open mic portion of the benefit offered lots of raw talent. Akoldpiece hit us with a haiku that had everyone wanting to “high five” their neighbor's face, Barbara Joas put love in the air by simply stating “I want to love you”, then we all fell in love with Ayodele when he told the story of his still childhood crush that crushed his heart. Last but not least, Erin Stacks told us the truth about loving an artist in her piece “Chasing Tumbleweeds”. There where lots of artists on the mic that did their thing; some new comers and some returning to the mic after a long break. Before the features did their things we had a very special guest by the name of Poetri the poet who hit us with the unforgettable poem about Krispy Kreme doughnuts then a favorite piece of ours titled Waka Flocka. Poetri is a Tony award winner and one of Los Angeles' founding fathers of the spoken word scene. Finally Urban took us back to our roots with his inspiring words of living life in the shoes of a black man, and if you had no previous incite on the struggles of a minority male in the United States, Urban educated an audience that was willing to listen. Alice Mae Thomas brought the house down and stood up for the ladies when she said “us black women are angry and unloved”. This benefit was definitely a success but this is not the end “Verses on Sunset” will be returning next month on September 30th; SAME PLACE AND SAME TIME! Don’t miss out on some great poetic vibes and most of all, a great cause, Project FLOW is saving the world one word at a time. (Photos coming soon)
FEATURES: Alice Mae Thomas of One Mic Wednesday& Urban Voodoo of Da Inkwell
Ticket link: www.projectflow.weebly.com
After having an amazing event on June 29, 2012, Project F.L.O.W. will be hosting its 3rd Open Mic & Talent Showcase: "Verses on Sunset" at the Naya Lounge (3705 West Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026). Last event we had 3 BIG names in the spoken word game...Simply Kat, Treesje Powers and Poetri!!! THEN WE HAD SPECIAL GUEST MALCOLM JAMAL WARNER!
Project FLOW will be teaming up with one of the most well-known figures and youth mentors in the LGBT community, Michelle XXX, to make this event possible.
- Doors open at 5:00pm
- Open mic starts at 6:00pm
- Featured acts Alice Mae Thomas of One Mic Wednesday & Urban Voodoo of Da Inkwell will go on at 7:00pm
Please purchase your pre-sale tickets by using the button on the website or by CONTACTING Project FLOW (Stephisha Walton/Viveca Ycoy)! Ticket sales will go up at the door ($10 FLAT). All proceeds go back to Project FLOW Write & Life Inc., non-profit youth organization founded in Los Angeles, CA in March of 2012.
Come out and support positivity! HAPPY HOUR PRICES ($5) ON DRINKS! Get your $7 presale tickets now...$12 for a couple, because admission is $10 at the door PER PERSON! SEE YOU THERE!!!
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Ticket link: www.projectflow.weebly.com
DONATION LINK: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1708419485/project-flow-one-voice-one-nation?ref=users
"One Nation One Voice" will be a documentary that is centered around the art of spoken word. We will to start in Los Angeles, CA at Los Angeles International Airport (the wings of a plane) then on to Seattle (Space Needle), Atlanta (Olympic Flame Tower), Washington D.C. (the White House), New York (Time Square), Miami (The Holocaust Memorial), Dallas (JFK Memorial Plaza) and Philadelphia (Liberty Bell). We will finish in San Francisco on the Golden Gate Bridge. A different group of inner-city youth will be used for each location, beginning with our immediate students at Dixon Recovery Institute (a drug and alcohol recovery center for under-aged individuals) in Los Angeles, CA, and they will perform ORIGINAL spoken word pieces along with a group piece that they have taken the time to write. The youth will be in charge of 50% of the filming, they will serve as creative directors, and they will also be in charge of content.
All of the money raised will go towards buying and renting equipment (camera lenses, cameras, lighting, memory cards, etc.) We will also use funds for traveling to the major cities to film with different youth groups. A small portion will go towards food and lodging for the cast and crew during the weeks of filming, and we will also need to pay for the use of a venue for the screening of the movie once it is complete. Our donor and sponsor gifts will also be paid for out of the money we raise!
DOCUMENTARY SUMMARY: The documentary will focus on youth that ARE AT RISK for drug and alcohol abuse, have no family, no home, school materials, support system, sense of direction in life, or morals and values. Most importantly,the ones that have no voice, no hope, and no reason to believe that life can be better if they try. The youth in the documentary are wards of the state. They are gang members. The are juvenile offenders, and they are voiceless.
EDIT, PACKAGE, SALE: After filming the youth in action we will hire an editor to edit the entire film and a marketing team to package it up so that it can be sold online and in stores. The royalties from the short film will be divided among the youth and Project F.L.O.W. Write & Life Inc. so that this project can be done for countless groups of youth.
IN CLOSING: Powerful individuals such as Maya Angelou, Emily Dickerson, Edgar Allan Poe, and William Shakespeare has been able to shape the minds of the American society over the course of the last 200 years and now it is time for the youth of Project F.L.O.W. to join the ranks. As we travel across the country recording this film, we will touch the lives of all youth; we will touch the lives of the parents; we will touch the lives of everyone we come across simply from sharing our truth! Help us take a trip around the continental U.S. so that we can film the realest, rawest documentary ever filmed in the realm of spoken word!!!
The P.O.E.T.s Open Mic & Talent Showcase was definitely one to remember. Having been Project F.L.O.W.'s first community benefit, we were able to bring members of the community together to share positive vibes and to have a great time. We housed featured artists Judah 1 (of Lionlike Mindstate venue in Chino), Pat's Justice (of Def Poetry Jam), and LA locals Mike the Poet, Diondre Jermaine, Le'Owens, and Frei Thursday all come out and grace the stage with their presence. The open mic list was amazing and featured some great talent. Please feel free take a look at all of the many photos and relive the night! The photos you see below are only a couple... see photos
Project F.L.O.W. has just secured a 12-week creative writing course contract with Dixon Recovery Institute. DRI is an Alcohol and Drug Recovery facility located at 4715 Crenshaw Avenue in Los Angeles, CA. DRI is ran by executive director, Ronda R. Dixon, JD and her belief is to "Recover your dreams; Rebuild your life." At DRI, the emphasis is to focus on the youth and and to provide them with the necessary resources and life skills needed for survival and progression. Client services at DRI include youth and adult counseling, parenting, relapse prevention groups, drug education groups, education assessment and tutoring, anger management, individual and family therapy, transportation, and legal referrals and help with DCFS cases, probation, and parole.
Project F.L.O.W. will begin the 12-week writing course on June 5, 2012 and continue through the month of August. During this time, youth will have the opportunity to engage in different forms of creative writing with the emphasis being on spoken word. At the end of the 12-week course a showcase will be held for the youth of the program to allow them the opportunity of performing for family and friends of the community. The youth will also have the opportunity to become published authors. Completion of the 12-week course grants them the opportunity to submit one original, polished piece to be published in a volume of literature along with their piers of the program. Project F.L.O.W. is pleased to announce its partnership with Dixon recovery and we look forward to the many great things that will come of this opportunity. (contact information for DRI can be found under our "About Us" tab by clicking on "Sponsorships"
As a writer or artist, we should all consider ourselves P.O.E.T.s, or Pioneers Of Every Thought, because we are the reason that others feel the need to expand their literary knowledge and gain something more than what they already have. We are inviting everyone to F.L.O.W. (Feel and Love Our Words) on Wednesday, May 16, 2012. The lineup goes as follows:
Open Mic performances
Featured poets that will rock the mic include:
Vee & Y0uRs [TRU]ly, Co-founders of Project F.L.O.W.
Pats Justice of Def Poetry Jam
Cory Besskepp Cofer of A Mic and Dim Lights
Judah 1 of Lionlike Mindstate
...to name a few
Featured artists will include:
Deandre Jermaine of the Jermainiacs
The LIVE ON SUNSET family.
...and many more!!
The aim of this benefit is to increase awareness of the struggles of our youth and lend a helping hand so they can beome productive citizens of society. Project F.L.O.W. is a newly founded organization that will use creative writing and life skills courses to better the lives of our youth and give them an outlet to express how they feel. Please come out and support the event!
$10 pre-sale and $12 tickets at the door, with all proceeds going to the Project FLOW Write & Life Inc. founded in in Los Angeles, CA.
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For more information please contact Project FLOW staff via email firstname.lastname@example.org
or via telephone at (916)595-1825/(310)956-7710.
SUPPORT the youth. SUPPORT the movement. SUPPORT change.
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There will be a cd/book of spoken word being put together by two of your very own, Vee and Poe[TRU]. the cd and book combo pack will focus on the ups and downs of life and love. There may also be a couple featured pieces from local artists that are up and coming. The time and effort being put into the project will definitely show in the end, and this will be a grand finale that you won't want to miss...stay tuned for the latest updates and sneak previews.