Sisters March Washington

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us - immigrants of all statuses. Native people, Black people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault - and our communities are hurting and scared.
The streets of Washington looked vastly different the day after Donald J. Trump's inauguration than they did the day-of. Instead of the largely white crowds that lined Pennsylvania Avenue on Inauguration Day, people of all colors, classes and ages filled the streets for what's being called the most diverse march for women's rights ever.

The Women's March On Washington drew tens of thousands to the nation's capital to press for protection of women's rights, including reproductive health care, LGBT issues and equal pay. There was some 673 SISTERS MARCH happened in more than 75 countries around the world this weekend.

We  marched in Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas The, Belarus, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Caribbean Netherlands, Cayman Island, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Indonesia, Iraq, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, kenya, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Lithuania, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi,, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vietnam, Zambia, U.S, Virgin Islands There was 4, 797, 500 million people who participated.

 It is around the world , and proof that PEOPLE are not going accept the agenda of the Trump administration without a serious fight. 

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Sacred Art Of The Ori At Brooklyn Museum

The Sacred Art of the Ori is a Spiritually Intimate Experience.

It’s Cathartic for both me and my Muse.

We Connect Our Minds, Bodies, and Souls on Higher Level. I paint their Spirit and Soul from that Connection. It Breathes Life into Us Both. ”

 — Laolu

 

@laolunyc  making at ART at the Brooklyn Museum. 

@laolunyc  making at ART at the Brooklyn Museum. 

Queen Mum of Nigeria at Brooklyn Museum. #SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc .

Queen Mum of Nigeria at Brooklyn Museum. #SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc .

Sacred Art Of the Ori by @laolunyc / Live Performance Art at the Brooklyn Museum

Sacred Art Of the Ori by @laolunyc / Live Performance Art at the Brooklyn Museum

 @skiinnyminnieproject performing at Brooklyn Museum #SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc .

 @skiinnyminnieproject performing at Brooklyn Museum #SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc .

@jasminenicholeart at the Brooklyn Museum. #SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc

@jasminenicholeart at the Brooklyn Museum. #SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc

Mariesa Louis at Brooklyn Museum. #SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnycQ

Mariesa Louis at Brooklyn Museum. #SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnycQ

Queens at the Brooklyn Museum. #SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc

Queens at the Brooklyn Museum. #SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc

Sacred Art Of the Ori by @laolunyc / Live Performance Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Sacred Art Of the Ori by @laolunyc / Live Performance Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

@skiinnyminnieproject performing at Brooklyn Museum #SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc .

@skiinnyminnieproject performing at Brooklyn Museum #SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc .

#SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc .

#SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc .

#SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc .

#SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc .

#SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc .

#SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc .

@trinidadjamesgg at Brooklyn Museum. #SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc .#SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc .

@trinidadjamesgg at Brooklyn Museum. #SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc .#SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc .

@caxmee at Brooklyn Museum. #SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc .

@caxmee at Brooklyn Museum. #SacredArtOftheOri by @laolnyc .

Sacred Art Of the Ori by @laolunyc / Live Performance Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Sacred Art Of the Ori by @laolunyc / Live Performance Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Sacred Art Of the Ori by @laolunyc / Live Performance Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Sacred Art Of the Ori by @laolunyc / Live Performance Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Sacred Art Of the Ori by @laolunyc / Live Performance Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Sacred Art Of the Ori by @laolunyc / Live Performance Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

EVERYDAY AFRIQUE

When I entered the Labor Day Party I was struck by two questions:

"Do we ask ourselves what is the true meaning of this day?"
"Do we know the Black History behind Labor Day?"


 Maybe we should ask Pullman Porters, the black men hired to work as porters on the railroad sleeping cars, attending mostly white passengers, shining shoes, carrying bags, and doing janitorial services.
Until 1894 (the year Labor Day was established as a federal public holiday), this professional area, the porters, was the largest employer of black people in the country. But this working class was not allowed to take strike actions and was also denied access to the Labor Union.
So if you are a worker and you are denied access to something that is your basic right, what can you do?
Well, you create an organization, like A. Philip Randolph, the first president of the Brotherhood of the Sleeping Car Porters did, and fight for equality for Black workers in the workforce.
So Monday's event – put together by #everydaypplnyc & #okayafrica – was not just a moment to listen to the sound of our historic music and to hear today's voices in harmony.

It was also the celebration of a mark in our history! It was the sound of joined forces paying homage to those who fought for our working rights, as well as a moment of free enjoyment with our brothers and sisters.

"A picture is worth a thousand words."

So enjoy the moments I captured behind my lens and allow them to speak.
I am sure you will find that they have a lot to say.

The AfroPunk

Afropunk Festival 2016 Brooklyn !

I wish I could share the majestic energy that this festival embodies, to all of the world. To describe the feeling of waking up this morning only to realize the dream is over, disappointment. The plethora or individuality is like an explosion of multiple rainbows, so many beautiful colors. As I looked around I saw ray of smiles across the festival land. Oh, and I can't forget to tell you about the live performances and crasftsmanship ! From poetics lyrics ,hand made jewelry to beautiful furniture, what a dream! Although, hearing my experience second hand is certainly imaginative. You must see and feel the energy for your self. I'm looking forward to this dream again for 2017 APF.

Crowd at #afropunkfest during @djmoma set.

Crowd at #afropunkfest during @djmoma set.

@azizalaziza at the golden stage during @djmoma set at #afropunkfest .

@azizalaziza at the golden stage during @djmoma set at #afropunkfest .

@caxmee & friend at #afropunkfest .

@caxmee & friend at #afropunkfest .

Beautiful people at #Afropunkfest .

Beautiful people at #Afropunkfest .

@youngparis & @itsmissjessica at @enitan_vintage / @liberatedpeople stand at #afropunk

@youngparis & @itsmissjessica at @enitan_vintage / @liberatedpeople stand at #afropunk

Sir the Baptist at #afropunkfest

Sir the Baptist at #afropunkfest

Beautiful people at #Afropunkfest .

Beautiful people at #Afropunkfest .

Andre D. Singleton creator of #veryblackproject at #afropunkfest .

Andre D. Singleton creator of #veryblackproject at #afropunkfest .

@djmoma during his set at #Afropunkfest .

@djmoma during his set at #Afropunkfest .

@gbengaakinnagbe at his @liberatedpeole / @enitan_vintage stand at #afropunkfest .

@gbengaakinnagbe at his @liberatedpeole / @enitan_vintage stand at #afropunkfest .

Crowd dancing at #afropunkfest .

Crowd dancing at #afropunkfest .

@abiolaoke ( @okayafrica Ceo) & Farrah Desir Oke  at #afropunkfest , Golden Stage

@abiolaoke ( @okayafrica Ceo) & Farrah Desir Oke  at #afropunkfest , Golden Stage

The @djandaj twins at #afropunkfest .

The @djandaj twins at #afropunkfest .

@skye at #afropunkfest .

@skye at #afropunkfest .

The dancing crowd at the golden stage during @djmoma set at #afropunkfest .

The dancing crowd at the golden stage during @djmoma set at #afropunkfest .

Idil Ibrahim ( in the middle) & friends  at #afropunkfest .

Idil Ibrahim ( in the middle) & friends  at #afropunkfest .

@_hellima ( Hellina Tadesse)  & @abiolaoke at #afropunkfest.

@_hellima ( Hellina Tadesse)  & @abiolaoke at #afropunkfest.

Beautiful people at #Afropunkfest .

Beautiful people at #Afropunkfest .

Beautiful people at #Afropunkfest .

Beautiful people at #Afropunkfest .

Beautiful people at #Afropunkfest .

Beautiful people at #Afropunkfest .

@diandraforrest at #afropunkfest .

@diandraforrest at #afropunkfest .

@meganbethi & friends at #afropunkfest .

@meganbethi & friends at #afropunkfest .

@tk_wonder & @ciprianaquann at #afropunk festival

@tk_wonder & @ciprianaquann at #afropunk festival

@azizalaziza & @liteuponlite at golden stage during @djmoma set at #afropunkfest .

@azizalaziza & @liteuponlite at golden stage during @djmoma set at #afropunkfest .

@cocoandbreezy at #afropunkfest .

@cocoandbreezy at #afropunkfest .

@meganbethi , @oohsoofreshmo & friends at #afropunkfest .

@meganbethi , @oohsoofreshmo & friends at #afropunkfest .

The smiles at the Golden Stage at #afropunkfest during @djmoma set .

The smiles at the Golden Stage at #afropunkfest during @djmoma set .