About Marielle Smith

Marielle Smith is a Buffalo, New York native and single mother of two beautiful children. Marielle enjoys writing poetry and short stories that highlight her experiences as a queer black woman, both the joy and struggles that personhood entails.

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Over the past year Marielle has dedicated her time as a community organizer working with Just Resisting, a People of Color Community Organization that focuses its efforts on social justice, inclusion, and self- care / reflection. She was drawn to this organization when she experienced the centering of black femme voices and the validation of experiencing all emotions while also incorporating art into this movement.     Marielle feels that art, in all its different mediums, is not only important to be a part of activism, but is an act of activism in itself. Art serves as a way to heal, it expresses a narrative and point of view that needs to be seen in order to address and solve the issue within the community.

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Marielle also spends her time working with the Buffalo- Niagara LGBTQ+ Project, a local history project that conducts research and preserves the history of LGBTQ people. This history project is currently working on documentary style interview series composed of trans- activist and documenting their personal archives into Project’s archive base at Buffalo State College Library. Marielle is head of the POC Subcommittee, which focuses on the stories/history of people of color and preserving them for future generations.

In her spare time Marielle enjoys attending art shows/exhibits of various artists and brunching with friends where mimosas flow endlessly.

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Introducing Charlotte Tobias, the Mad Princess

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What is up Flagrant City Fam? Allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Charlotte but you can call me Lotti aka the Mad Princess.  I come to you all from the East Coast, starting in New York and making my way through the South until I finally ventured out to California.  My mother’s love of traveling when I was younger has stuck with me, and is probably the reason why I moved to LA. There’s so much to do in this city!  In addition to a variety of experiences, LA also hosts an assortment of flavors and ideas making their way into the world every day.  But a lot of happening scenes can get lost in the flood of social media.  So it’s my hope that I can bring you all some great events where you can experience amazing art and better company.  I hope you’ll join me as I assist Lowe down the path less traveled, and when you’re not listening to our fire tunes be sure to check out my blog!

Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way.

The Mad Princess

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AKiDemics presents Young Entrepreneurs Program #YEP [11.1.14 – 12.20.14]

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AKiDemic, Inc. presents its first ever course! Young Entrepreneurs Program ‪#‎YEP‬.  A 7-week course for youth ages 8-18 teaching the basics of starting/running a business and it concludes with a youth business expo. Kids get to earn and keep their money and a grand prize for whoever earns the most!! Registration opens October 20th and runs through the 31st!! Program begins November 1st through December 20th!  Open to all youth. Spots are limited.  Spread the word!!!

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Visit: http://www.akidemictutoring.com/YEP

Contact: Lanita Cross

Email: akidemicinc@gmail.com