i’ve heard different people call it by different names. many of the elders say they’re coming back and call it “regentrification”. some of my young bols call it “genni” screwing up their faces as the word leaves their lips like they’re talking about a girl that dissed them on the schoolyard. you might know it as “gentrification” and whatever that means to you. call it what you want. for me it just feels like “the takeover” that nobody’s coming up with and “ether” for.
In 1966 at the age of 12 meserete came in to the light of rastafari while living in vineyard town in kingston, jamaica. predictably her parent’s reaction was one of total rejection and condemnation. rasta at that time were considered the worst and the least. they shipped her off to a strict all girls boarding school in brown’s town, st. ann with the hope that the nuns would rinse any thoughts of rasta from her heart and mind. .
“throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”
h.i.m. haile selassie i . #haileselassiei#rastafari#westphilly#streetportrait#malcomxpark
“find something that you really enjoy doing and just go for that and you will find a way to succeed.” -zaki hagins .
zaki hagins has been playing the viola for more than half of his young life. he started in the fourth grade in the philadelphia school district and now at 21 years of age it is as if his viola has become a part of him. listing music and social justice as his two passions in life he is focused on using the former to bring attention to the latter. his hard work and dedication has been rewarded with an opportunity to study music composition at the maastricht academy of music in the netherlands. .
my history with zaki goes back to before he was born. i met his father ogbonna outside a music venue in 1995, a week later we were jam packed in a minivan heading to washington dc to fight for social justice. i took a leap of faith on a stranger and all these years later the link remains strong. .
today i ask that you click the link in my bio, look, read, listen, share and support zaki in reaching his dream. no contribution is too small and every gesture of encouragement is highly appreciated. .
“and we will know him then for what he was and is a prince, our own black shining prince! who didn't hesitate to die, because he loved us so.” -ossie davis
in honor of the 93rd birthday of
el-hajj malik el-shabazz (malcolm x) born on may 19, 1925. #malcolmxday#malcolmx .
carlo cambell photographed for the #theatreinthex production of “the meeting” in #malcomxpark#westphiladelphia#westphilly