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A Change is Gonna Come : A Movement Culture Callout

I feel deeply saddened and betrayed that things had to come to this , yet here we are .

I have always believed that silence is complicit to wrong doing . And for every time I shrunk myself in fear of being left behind , every time I plunged my teeth into my tongue and clenched my jaw , every time I became reactive – I made room for more harm (and I carry deep shame around this).

I will not be silent anymore.

There are people who Look like us that are Not fit to lead this Sacred Work. People who are well educated and versed in the ways of old capitalism and how white domination operates, that have themselves and families been subjected to these violent systems.
People who are fierce objectors of the police state yet actively and vehemently police Black Bodies . People who speak of healing and are still in an unhealed hurting state and frequency .

It pains me that greed can corrupt Anyone, and power lust can crush even the most revered and hopeful among us. It pains my spirit and soul that leaders so knowledgeable, so intelligent and empathetic can be soured by malice and hatred and take on the old tired shape of our oppressors .

This all cuts so deep and I promise this isn’t to be messy , to stir any pot but to invoke what (this city) Culture really is in need of :

Radical Honesty , Love and Compassion .

I judge no one for their actions . I ask for the sake of accountability Genuine Repentance and CHANGE of Behaviors.

I want to share my experience for the youth :
the baby organizers, the yg’s in the streets , now this Message is FOR YOU :

DO NOT MARTYR YOURSELF FOR THE MOVEMENT.

Anyone that romanticizes your Work. Anyone who fetishizes your Ashé, your Power. Anyone who exploits your Labor. Anyone who will sacrifice You – IS NOT FOR YOU !!!

Do Not Accept Any Harm from Anyone who treats you outside your Inherit Dignity .

As 2020 has taught us , transition and adaptation are essential to continue on in this world . It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing I will be stepping down as community organizer and member of Black Love Resists in the Rust.
Though this news may come as a shock to some of you , I want to remind us all that break ups and departures are a part of nature . As Adrienne Maree Brown said it helps to release attachments to how things should go and embrace when breaking up happens.

I am grateful for the political home I found within BLRR at such a crucial moment personally and nationally . I feel privileged to have been touched by truly talented community organizers that saw me fully and encouraged my growth that led me to becoming the Black Abolitionist I am today. I am thankful for their embodiment of freedom, that they were as passionate about their liberation as they were for the collective of us all. I will carry with me the experiences, numerous trips, lessons from all the teach- ins, political education salons and workshops I was blessed to share with Just Resisting and Black Love Resists in the Rust as I continue my journey towards achieving liberation.


Black Love Resist in the Rust has shown me what is possible in the types of inclusive spaces I, as a queer differently abled Black Person can find solace in this city. I am still committed to continuing building with the communities in this city to define justice and seek it out for themselves.

The way we get free is by freeing ourselves with love and valuing ourselves whole FIRST then let that overflow into our interconnected webs of community.

I love us all . We won’t taste freedom if we keep sacrificing ourselves- That isn’t Liberation.

Liberation is Life Giving and long lasting .
Never forget this .

I look forward to carrying on this movement work with you all.

Around BuffaLowe: Grass Is Greener Movie Screening + Cannabis Panel Discussion 6.1.19 [Event]

Often times people will ask me, “Lowe why did you leave Buff and move to Cali?”

I’ve been gone 8 years this coming November. My answer is always “the weed and the weather brought me here.”

Working directly in the cannabis industry in a state that’s been medicinally legal since the 90’s, led me to start my own cannabis-empowered brands, Rhonda Jane (inspired by my middle name and Mary Jane), a 420 Chic online shopping boutique and Dope Mom Lifestyle Collective, a hub for moms and parents-to-be who utilize a holistic approach to pregnancy and parenthood with safe cannabis usage!

Fast forward to 2019, and New York State seems to be finally following suit on the cannabis legalization front.

My boy Valentino Shine, CEO of Shine Marijuana Marketing is on the East Coast in my hometown of Buffalo, NY and staying ahead of the curve by expanding his marketing brand to assist cannabis-based companies find their footing on this new journey.

Tomorrow, June 1st, 2019 he is assisting with what he mentions is “a recruiting and educational event on the magical plant and the opportunities it can and has created for people, cities, and states.”

Working with Canna House the social cannabis club and Farmacy Six, a cannabis non-profit organization focused on advocacy and education, this event will be very beneficial to those interested in decriminalizing the stigma attached to using this plant (recreationally or medicinally).

When: Saturday, June 1st, 2019

Where: 1 Lafayette Square Downtown Buffalo, NY

Time: 12-4p

Cost: FREE with RSVP here!

This is NOT a consumption based event! Movie screening and open panel discussion only!

Come out and learn and support!

Around BuffaLowe: S&J Foundation presents Let’s Talk About Mental Health [5.29.19]

I learned about this event by way of my girl Adri V’s Instagram story last week. Jamil Crews, who kindly honored myself and several other nominees in October 2017 at the 4th Annual 30 Under 30 Changemakers Awards, is hosting a mental health forum and I strongly encourage anyone who can attend to go!

Hopefully our resident Buffalo blogger Marielle can make it to this so we can share the information provided on a later post!

It’s time to have some real conversations about Mental Health.

Jamil Crews assembled some really dope speakers to talk about mental health as it relates to people with learning disabilities. Those disabilities can take a major toll on your mental health and he wants to help you learn to manage it.

Karl Shallowhorn from Community Health Center of Buffalo is coming in to speak. Karl himself has dealt with having mental health issues, and has now dedicated his life to helping those manage their own mental health issues.

Janielle Mckoy, who is a fashion producer, is coming all the way from Toronto to speak. She had to learn to deal with having dyslexia, and she’s going to talk about that.

And a person who really doesn’t need an introduction, Danielle Roberts from the YMCA will be on hand to speak as well. Danielle is truly passionate about the community she serves and she’s going to talk about a lot of the great programming coming out of the Y to help people with learning disabilities.

It will be hosted by the very talented Yasmin Young from 93.7 WBLK – The People’s Station.

They will also have free mental health screenings on site.

So let’s talk with J and #BreakTheStigma!

Powered by The S&J Foundation

RSVP here:

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#AroundBuffaLowe: Summer Scholars, Inc presents Family Crafts & Fitness in the Park! [8.6.16]

Around Buffalo, NY on Saturday, August 6th, 2016 join Summer Scholars, Inc. for their second launch event, “Family Crafts and Fitness in the Park”!!!!!

This event will be held on Saturday, August 6th from 12pm to 4:30pm at The Cheektowaga Town Park, Shelter 10! Come enjoy some nutritious snacks, make some fun crafts, play games and get  in a great workout!


Workouts will begin everything 30 minutes and will feature local fitness gurus: Zumba with Can Marie, Get Up and Get Active with LA Movement , Pound with TtheTrainer, Hot dance moves with “Back by Popular Demand” and so much more!!!

Can Marie Zumba – Photo courtesy of Facebook

Lala Woods of LA’Movement – Photo image courtesy of Facebook

Children ages 3 and up may participate for FREE! All children must be accompanied by an adult!

The first 20 kids registered get a free Summer Scholars grab bag!!!!

Please register your family here: https://familyfuninthepark.eventbrite.com/

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#AroundBuffaLowe: Justice & Opportunity Week presented by Open Buffalo! [7.18-7.22]

As promised by Venezia Appleby, Board Member at Just Buffalo Literary Center, earlier this week she provided some great details for next week’s Justice & Opportunity Event in Buffalo, NY!

“A week full of thoughtful and empowering programming from July 18th through July 22nd, closing out with Poetic Justice on July 22nd! This event will be creating a space in Masten Park to honor one another through self-expression. We will be graced by the talents of some of the most authentic and wholehearted people in our community. In addition to that, Buffalo music-legend, Rodney Appleby, will be in town and has agreed to make an appearance to perform a couple of original pieces along with us. Please come, witness, share stories, and uplift one another for this evening of healing and creativity!” – Just Buffalo Board Member, Venezia Appleby

Around BuffaLowe: Summer Scholars, Inc hosts Adult Sip & Paint Fundraiser at the Pearl Street Brewery [7.28.16]

“As an educator I feel that my purpose is to educate and inspire, that is why on February 29, 2016, I, along with my amazing team, formed Summer Scholars Inc., a nonprofit organization!  The purpose of our organization is to provide an amazing learning experience/adventure shaped by fun, friends, education and sports. Our hope is that we can give students a chance to engage in challenging, educational and fun activities, make new friends, gain an appreciation and respect for the community that they live in and finally, a chance to create lasting memories through some incredible
experiences and we have a series of Launch Events taking place THIS summer in Buffalo!!!!!” – Owner Marshay C. H. Roberts.

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Summer Scholars, Inc.’s  irst Launch Event is an Adult Sip and Paint, which will take place on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 from 7-9pm!!  This will be held at the historic Pearl Street Brewery in Downtown Buffalo!  Tickets are $45, and Summer Scholars, Inc. takes home $15 of EVERY TICKET!!!

Use the link below to reserve your ticket or check out summerscholars716.com!!!! http://paintnite.com/pag…/events/view/buffaloniagara/1094521

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The long-term goal/purpose of Summer Scholars Inc, is to provide an educational sports camp to low-income families in the WNY area, for little to no cost, starting Summer 2017! THEY need YOUR help!!

Again, tickets are very LIMITED and can be purchased online at: https://paintnite.com/events/1094521.html

If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation to a great cause or you are interested in learning more about Summer Scholars, Inc. be sure to check out the website: www.summerscholars716.com

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Also, there are just 2 days left for the Flagrant City raffle for Summer Scholars, Inc.! Purchase an advance ticket between 7/18 and 7/21 for the Summer Scholars, Inc #AdultSipAndPaintNight and be automatically entered into our raffle to win a FREE Tee shirt from BuffaLowe.bigcartel.com!

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Ticket price covers your admission, your 1st drink is FREE, enjoy delicious treats by @dippedindulgence and this also covers your art supplies for the paint night & the canvas you take home at the end! Please be sure to arrive promptly at 7pm for art instruction!

🍹🎨 Buy your advance tickets TODAY, as the raffle ends on Thursday 7/21!!! https://paintnite.com/events/1094521.html

Stay tuned for future events this summer and the official program launch next year in 2017!  On behalf of Summer Scholars, Inc., we thank you in advance for your support! And we hope to see you at the rest of our upcoming events!

#AroundBuffaLowe: AKiDemic, Inc. – The L.I.T. Lab!

Help AKiDemic, Inc. fund their first business venture, The L.I.T. Lab! 

  Their first place of business to employ the LIT students and the goal is to raise $1,000!!!  Lanita Cross’ L.I.T students have spent the last 2 months organizing, planning and creating The LIT Lab business concept and purchasing the “Straight Outta AKiDemics” t-shirt will give feet to their hard work. 

  

The contributions will go toward the remainder of the equipment needed, their beginning wages and printing materials!
If you buy a shirt for yourself, wear it proudly! If you buy one with a specific youth in mind, buy it for them and then send them over!!!

  
  

Purchase tees here: https://www.booster.com/Lets-Get-Lit

Party With Enkore presents Back 2 School Drive – Buffalo [Fundraiser Event]

Help our local partner Jason Moore of Party With Enkore reach thier goal of 100 bookbags!!!! They need lunchboxes, school supplies, sneakers, etc. Help them in their efforts to help those less fortunate than us.

If you are able please contact them at Partywithenkore@gmail.com to arrange drop off or pick up!!!!

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