Push it.

 It was honestly, while listening to Anthony Bourdain describe how in the 1960s, Deep South Records in Miami, FL was a “A doo-wop all their own”, that I sat down to share these words. I had been watching CNN most the day, watching their live coverage and reporting on the fire at Ghostship in Oakland, CA. It got me thinking about all the musicians, artists and places I’ve been all over Vallejo and East and West Oakland over the last couple decades. So many inspiring, real, honest, beautiful people. So many bright beautiful abundant lights. I was beyond compelled to use the power of my life to write this and allow all of this wash over me. All of the pain, all of the sorrow, all the confusion, anger. Connect with it. Allow the control to let go and let it move you the way you need to be. 

  I just read on LaShanda Green of Higher Purpose Healing‘s, Instagram today a quote of Gabrial Roth, “The fastest, cleanest, most joyful way to break out of your own box is by dancing. I’m not talking about doing the stand-and-sway. I’m talking about dancing so deep, so hard, so full of the beat that you are nothing but the dance and the beat and the sweat and the heat.” So much healing I have done dancing in the heart of East Bay, so much healing that is happening in the thriving artist communities in these spaces. Places that provide resources, community, and economy. Rent creeps going up in these areas. I am forever thankful beyond these, the holidays, to be safe and sound living with family and humbled by so much reality unfolding. 

  To hear them announce on CNN Live initial number of lives that were lost in the Oakland fire and then in the same sentence hear their breaking news of the U.S. Government denying a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to dig it’s oil pipes under Standing Rock Sioux Sacred Land that has been under Native protection for much of this year was astounding. Anytime I now hear or see the word “protest”, I utter sounds of detest. Defense is not a protest. Empowerment and enlightenment are no protest. Where is the outrage? It is here. These are some divine times to be living. Live it. Revolutions are not as they say, born overnight. Seeds have longer been cyclical, everything, we all. Round and bound to bare a soul.

  I have so many things to say. So many things amiss, everything changes. Life happens. Live it. I promise to do my best to make mine happen with we in mind. Give and take, on the backs of many break. This internet, this remarkable tool. Find your power and lets all give a good push in a revolutionary direction.


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