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Geek Out in NOLA Events

Good Morrow & Happy Friday Beautiful People! I am currently on vakay (hope you all are enjoying your vacation time too) & recovering from #EssenceFest2018 ✨💜 (which was amazing, btw, photos to come soon!)
And so, in the meantime, I wanted to share with you, my good friend & favorite poet, 😎🎤FreeQuency’s events list for this weekend!
If you don’t follow or know FreeQuency, You #BettaGetYouLIfe & Follow EM!
(You can follow on Tumblr: FreeQthaMighty.Tumblr.com & IG: @MwendersInSuspenders) You’re welcome!
Anyway —👇here are some awesome events you should check out–😆🙃👇 #WeekendTurnUP #GeekOutinNOLA
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From: FreeQuency <freequencyspeaks@gmail.com>
Date: Friday, July 20, 2018
Subject: #IWillNotBeAHermitInNOLA Weekend Edition

Hey Hey good people,
Gonna keep this weekend edition until I keep a weekly routine back that allows for the full week one! Not trying have my life look like this ya dig?
FRIDAY Jul 20th
1-6pm | Community Book Center (2523 Bayou Road) | free.99 (bring $ to spend!)

ABOUT JUA KALI (This is my shop and we’ll be having a sale on old inventory!): Founded by artist, pattern enthusiast & patternmaster Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa, Jua Kali is a shapeshifting collection of Kenyan made clothing, jewelry and accessories for people of all genders and gender expressions. It is also one of many entrepreneurial effort to ensure Africans on the continent financially benefit from the recent resurgence of “African & African inspired”, and an effort to train young women in New Orleans in entrepreneurship through gig based employment and mentorship.
ABOUT NEGRIF:

Afro-Brazilian designer Madalena Silva is the owner and creator of Negrif, a clothing line which opened its first store in Salvador, Bahia nearly 7 years ago. Negrif, distinguished for the bold and colorful ways images of black women are featured on many of its designs, has established itself as one of the most popular brands in Bahia, and Madalena has become one of Brazil’s foremost black designers. This is her first time in the U.S.

SATURDAY Jul 21st

1-4pm | Ending the Incarceration of Women and Girls: How We Get There | 3401 Canal St | RSVP

National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, in collaboration with Women with a Vision, the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition, and Families & Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children proudly presents a national convening on ending the incarceration of women and girls.

We welcome community members, those who have been impacted by the Criminal Justice system and leaders who are engaging in gender-responsive, criminal justice reform efforts.

Light refreshments will be provided. Space is very limited. RSVP today!

Questions? Contact Sade Dumas at either 504-264-2189 or sdumas@opprcnola.org

11pm-3am | Ascendance presents The Temple: Cancer Season |

The purpose of this Cancer season edition of Ascendance—entitled The Temple—is to ennoble the divine providence of melanated femininity through the music of Missy Elliott and Solange Knowles. If that sounds like your jam, we’ll see you on July 21st at Cafe Istanbul NOLA. Stay tuned to this space for Sista Safi’s Astro Guide, more information on vendors, and more Cancer season content.

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For the uninitiated:

Ascendance is a monthly party for adults of all racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identities who love black and brown people as much as black and brown culture and wish to celebrate the zodiac through the electronic musical traditions of the African diaspora. On our dance floor you will hear hip hop, trap, R&B, soul, disco, house, reggaeton, afrobeats, salsa, merengue, baile funk, reggae, dancehall, soca, zouk, or whatever else feels most a propos during these witchingest of hours.

SUNDAY Jul 22nd

2-5pm | Walking Raddy–Book Launch | Xavier University (1 Drexel Drive)

Join scholars, artists and the New Orleans Baby Dolls as they celebrate the contemporary expression of a century-old tradition though the book launch of “Walking Raddy: the Baby Dolls of New Orleans,” edited by Dr. Kim Vaz-Deville and published by The University Press of Mississippi.

Come in costume or festive attire to meet the contributors, enjoy music, food, and dance. Baby Doll groups are offering memorabilia for raffle. Purchase work by visual artists who have captured this tradition.

Featuring the music of
Arséne DeLay
Margie Perez

Refreshments by Dianne Honore and the Black Storyville Baby Dolls

FreeQuency – New Orleans, LA
Poet/Teaching Artist | Black Youth Project 100-New Orleans (BYP100.org) | Member of Team Slam New Orleans (TeamSNO 2014-2016)
Social Media:
Twitter: @FreeQthaMighty
Instagram: @MwendersInSuspenders
“It does not matter
Who can read, if we are all
On different pages”
Hope Y’all Enjoyed FreeQuency’s weekend events!
See You Next Time

& Keep Supporting & Loving New Orleans!

Thank you for being awesome human beings & lovely geeky folk in this magical city with me!
Sincerely,
Your Geeky Friend,
🖖E #livelongandprosper

Native of New Orleans, who endured 20yrs cruel Minnesota Cold, I decided at 42yrs old it was time to pack up my then 6yr old and come back to my roots. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a preterm 2lb baby girl born with a disability. With the help of my mother who had her own struggles. We survived the obstacles laid before us. I'm the proud mother of three children with two failed adoptions, as well as a grandmother of three, two grandsons and a granddaughter. I survived two abusive marriages. I successfully ran a soulfood restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I started creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul.  He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute.  I put my all into my cake business over the years as House of Cakes was started right out of my house in honor of him. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, foster/adoptive mother at that, being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me in a sense; but most of it poisoned my heart and soul. I had a broken heart and I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home,  myself, my New Orleans. I'm here and I'm loving it. Even being in the so called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up! I'm down in the boot, but I know I have a nice floppy hat awaiting my destiny...

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