*Los Angeles, CA – To honor loved ones who’ve passed on, including the anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s death, the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation hosted a National memorial planting ceremony in Marin City, CA, Queens, NY, Trainer, PA and Fayetteville, NC on Sunday, September 13th.
TASF’s President and Tupac’s sister, Sekyiwa Shakur, expanded the Memorial Planting ceremony and made it available to the public so everyone could collectively take time to cherish those who are no longer here with us.
The Memorial Plantings Program is below:
- Introduction / Greeting led by Community Leader(s) included Sekyiwa ‘Set’ Shakur, Felecia Gaston, Pastor Keith Collins, Carolyn Dixon, Atisa Smith, Dr Fatima Hafiz, Jamilah Barnes and Paul Austin amongst others in various cities.
- Community Leader personal message or prayer offered by Councilwoman Adrienne Adams, Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, Commissioner Charles Evans, Calandra Hartwell, Donna Barrett, Larry Washington and Ty Shakur.
- Moment of Silence
- Calling of the Names: Legacy Recognition
- Calling of Afeni Shakur’s name
- Calling of Tupac Shakur’s name
- All Together: Everyone called out names of their loved ones at the same time
- All Together Memorial Planting: Everyone placed the flowers/seeds into the Earth together, to symbolize that we are all on solid ground together
- Drumming / Dance / Poetry / Words of Expression by Youth
- Ceremony Ends
In 2005, TASF founder, Afeni Shakur began this tradition at the TASF center in Stone Mountain, Georgia, to honor loved ones who’ve passed on, including her son Tupac Shakur. TASF President and Tupac’s sister, Sekyiwa Shakur, has expanded this Memorial Planting event and opened it up to the public nationwide so everyone can collectively take time to cherish those no longer with us.
Getty Images – Photographer (Steve Jennings)
TASF Event Gallery – (TASF Photographer Credit is listed in photo description)
If you would like to host your own planting memorial, details are provided at TASF.org/memorial. For additional details on the memorial plantings, please contact [email protected]. And to support with a donation please text SHAKUR to 44321.
ABOUT THE TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR FOUNDATION
The mission of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation is to address mental health conditions and to eradicate the effects of trauma on our community by providing access to therapeutic resources designed to support mental health, physical wellness and overall development. Founded in 1997 by Afeni Shakur, mother of the multi-talented Tupac Shakur and visionary daughter Sekyiwa Shakur, the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, Inc. (TASF) originally began as the Shakur Family Foundation. Afeni formed the Foundation to bring quality arts training to young people. Today, under the leadership of Sekyiwa Shakur, the Foundation has expanded its mission to leverage the arts as a healing tool to support mental health and wellness. With a core focus around addressing mental-health challenges caused by trauma, TASF has partnered with several organizations to bring resources to many underserved communities across the country, including rapper YoYo’s School Of Hip Hop; Safe Places International; Where Do We Go From Here; Marin City School District; PACs Kids; Performing Stars and Play Marin (Feeding Marin City).
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Making People Laugh About the Hardships of Teaching Keeps Eddie B. Going (EUR Exclusive!)
*Eddie B. hit the mark when his “Teachers Only Comedy Tour” in 2017 played to sold-out audiences. His later show “I’m Already Professionally Developed Tour” was also a huge success.
With funny and telling commentary about what teachers really think has made Eddie B. a hit with educators and comedy fans around the world. While the former teacher is excited about his success, he takes it all in stride.
“People ask me why am I so humble and I don’t know how to answer that,” Eddie B. told the EUR in a recent phone interview. “The only answer I came up with one time is that the more thankful you are you have no choice but to display humbleness. You have to be thankful for what you have. So being humble and thankful go hand in hand.”
With COVID-19 rendering comedy-tours practically non-existent, the Houston native keeps the jokes coming and his routines fresh by crashing virtual conferences held by, of course, teachers.
“I’m doing a lot of Zooms,” Eddie B. said. “I’m doing everybody’s meetings and convocations. I’ve been busy, busy, busy. Thank God.”
The consummate “class clown,” he was always the funny one in the room and began making serious moves as a comedian while attending Texas A&M University (Kingsville).
Although he was earning a local name for himself, Eddie B. was not making the kind of money he had hoped. Continuing the comedy club circuit after graduation and taking odd jobs, he began teaching because it was steady pay. He remained a teacher for 13 years while still doing comedy.
“A lot of teachers say, ‘I’ve been wanting to teach my whole life. I was born this way.’ No, you weren’t.” the single father laughed. “I’m a tell you right now 70% of all teachers didn’t want to teach. I guarantee you that. Teaching is a profession you get stuck in. The only reason you get stuck is because of the kids. You know the money’s not keeping us. It’s our relationships with the kids and other teachers too – the camaraderie of it all.”
Eddie B. retired from teaching for a short while during his tenure but soon had to return to pay the bills.
“I’m hearing Steve Harvey and ‘em say, ‘You gotta jump. Take the leap,’ That’s cute,” he added. “But what the hell do you do when you take the jump and you get pulled back? I jumped as high as I could and got snatched back down, which led me to believe that it’s got more to do with timing then jumping.”
Down but not out, Eddie B., who showed off his craft on YouTube, said a voice inside his head told him, “’Hey, why don’t you do a video about (teaching)?’ So, I shot it before the kids got in my (school) room and put it out by lunch time. But I was like I don’t even have teaching in my comedy.”
“A couple of days later on my Instagram I got about 100,000 views,” he continued. “I thought something was wrong. I thought it was a glitch. It was just teachers bouncing it off and that was the magic of it. It kept growing and growing. Millions of views and the video was only sixty seconds. It was called ‘What Teachers Really Want to Say’ and I was like man if they like this I’ve got 13 years of this.”
Now that he was getting traction, he had to figure out a way to keep the momentum going with the newer audience.
“What they (the teachers who liked his videos) didn’t know was that I’m a comedian,” Eddie B. said. “They just thought I’m a funny teacher. I had to take what I knew about teaching and put it in a (comedy) set now.”
But could he do that without alienating those who had supported his regular comedy for so long?
“My comedy wasn’t always clean. I used to curse with every other word. I’m from the neighborhood and a large percent of my audience is Caucasian (white women teachers). They don’t want to hear that language. But I’ve been on tour for almost 4 years now and I’ve toned it down. I had to grow with it and learn on the job. It was like teaching.”
For more on Eddie B., and to find out where he may be next virtually and otherwise, go to his official website here.
You can also buy his book, “I’m Already Professionally Developed: Straight from the Teacher’s Desk,” released last year.
Nigerian Cartoonists Go Viral on Independence Day
*60 years ago, Africa’s most populous nation gained independence from Great Britain.
A milestone of great magnitude for a nation that has against all odds carved a string of local and global successes and influences.
Courtesy of GOETHE INSTITUTE Cartoonists Association of Nigeria CARTAN is holding a virtual Cartoon Exhibition of cartoons by Nigerian editorial cartoonists, themed: Drawing the Line for Free Speech in Nigeria – A Reflection on Nigeria at 60 and which goes viral on 1st October.
CARTAN aims to promote healthy professional rivalry among members and provides an umbrella body for professional Cartoonists in various fields of practice. It also encourages members, as mirror of society, to be highly resourceful through periodical recognition of excellence and institution of Annual awards. It has Mike Asukwo of Business Day as its President.
Cartoons to be featured includes cartoons by TAYO Fatunla, Mustapha Bulama, Albert Ohams, Dada Adekola, Don Marvey, Jimoh Ganiyu Akinloye JIMGA, Victor Asowata, Femi Arowolo, Leke Moses, Azuka Nwokocha, Oladejo Akande. Paschal Anyaso, Uzoamaka Nnuji, Francis Odupute and Femi Adedeji and of course Mike Asukwo President of CARTAN. And more expected to feature.
TAYO Fatunla is an award-winning Nigerian Comic Artist, Editorial Cartoonist, Writer and Illustrator. He is a graduate of the prestigious Kubert School, in New Jersey, US. and recipient of the 2018 ECBACC Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrated OUR ROOTS creation and series – Famous people in Black History – He participated in the UNESCO’s Cartooning In Africa forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Cartooning Global Forum in Paris, France and took part in the Afropolitan Comics virtual comics exhibition arranged by the French Institute in South Africa coinciding with the National Arts Festival there – www.tayofatunla.com/[email protected]
Visit cartoon exhibition on www.cartan.org – on 1st October
Black Restaurant Week & Pepsi Hit The Road to Celebrate Black Culinary Tastemakers
*Foodies can raise their forks to events showcasing African-American, African and Caribbean cuisine as Black Restaurant Week embarks on a local market tour this fall with Pepsi as its first-ever national title sponsor since its founding in 2016. Through diverse menu selections and virtual events, Black Restaurant Week spotlights restaurateurs, bakers, chefs, caterers, food trucks and more to celebrate inspired flavors and generate social and economic support for the Black culinary community
Black Restaurant Week’s impact on the Black culinary community in 2019 included a 25-40% increase in revenue for participating restaurants during each local celebration.
Black Restaurant Week champions culinary tastemakers across the nation through a combination of enticing consumer offerings – including local events, prix fixe menus highlighting unique cultural fare and pop-up dinners – along with industry engagement designed to boost business owners, like interactive learning opportunities and resource sharing. As the first national title sponsor, Pepsi kicked off its collaboration with Black Restaurant Week in Greater Washington D.C. where the campaign is underway through Sept. 27, setting the table for upcoming Black Restaurant Week celebrations:
- New Orleans, LA: Oct. 2-11, 2020
- Philadelphia, PA: Oct. 16-25, 2020
- New York, NY: Nov. 13-22, 2020
- Florida: Nov. 27-Dec. 6, 2020*
- Alabama: Dec. 11-20, 2020*
*Taking place in all major cities of the state.
“We’re energized by the appetite we’ve seen for supporting Black-owned restaurants and celebrating the talented Black culinary professionals shaping the food and beverage scene,” said Warren Luckett, founder of Black Restaurant Week. “Pepsi shares our goal of increasing equality in the industry and this partnership allows us to have an even bigger impact by expanding Black Restaurant Week to reach more businesses, communities and diverse food lovers.”
The systemic barriers faced by Black-owned restaurants, such as disproportionate access to business loans, demonstrates the importance of Black Restaurant Week’s collaboration with Pepsi. These disparities have only grown with the COVID-19 pandemic; 41% of Black-owned businesses have shuttered since February compared to 17% of white-owned businesses.
In 2019, Black Restaurant Week collaborated with nearly 250 Black-owned restaurants and culinary businesses in cities across the U.S., generating $1.5 million in economic impact. Participating restaurants reported a 25-40% increase in revenue during each local celebration. Since kicking off its 2020 campaign in July, Black Restaurant Week has highlighted more than 340 Black-owned culinary businesses in Houston, Los Angeles, Oakland, St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago and Atlanta. With the exception of prix fixe menu ordering at participating restaurants, all event programming for the 2020 campaign will take place virtually to ensure a safe experience.
Visit blackrestaurantweeks.com to view the complete tour schedule and learn more about upcoming events and resources. Stay connected with @BlackRestaurantWeek and @Pepsi on social networks.
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