My Turning 50 Celebration At Stuyvesant Mansion...10.10.15
Peace and Blesssssings Beloveds!!!! Well, about last night y'all...WOWWW! WHOAAA! I can still see ALL of your happy faces, feel the out pouring of your love and I DEFINITELY hear the whispers "Yendys you gotta do this again!!!!!!!!" YESSSSSS! I AM GOING IT DO AGAIN!
I could tell that we ALL could reaaaally use A LOT more events just like last night! We freed up ourselves on that dance floor and....I know for a fact that Mr. Deejay Hassan Shabazz was just getting warmed up!!!! He only halfway tore the roof off the mansion (respectfully). I planned an event and it magically evolved into a ssswirlwind of intense happy vibrations, freeing up and awesomeness! Big s/o to Studio of Ptah Baaba Heru and my Mr. Stephen Kephera Nefer Goode for their MERR (love) and collaboration in presenting me with My Lifetime Achievement Award, The Khametic Key of Life, My ANKH!!!!!!!! To Christina Arthur for blessing my face with her makeup artistry, she recreated that tribal look she first gave me on a shoot with talented friend Raoul Brown (my party invite images), she got me to my celebration safely and she's such a giving spirit. Much love to great nephew Josh for that awesome drum solo as I made my grand entry and to love, my daughter Paris for her support. S/o to Baba Menes de Griot and Mama Nya for their light, wisdom and guidance for our family and the community. To Debbie Hardy for literally giving us her wheels to make yesterday's errands much lighter and for blessing me with that ginormous, exquisite floral arrangement created by her dear friend Kat ( the florist, I'll post her info) To Khadija Tudor mostly for being so intuned with my needs and manifesting her creativity to adorned the mansion just the way I'd envisioned it. To my Bajan brotha from anotha motha Anthony Kwesi Archer for my delicious bday cake (sorry, all gone lol...!!!!) To my 'very visible' photographer Lorenzo Walker for not only capturing the physical but everything in between (EPIC PHOTOS SOON COME). To Paris Per'isis Williams for adorning ALL of my guests with her tribal face painting gift...tapping them into the portal of ancestral remembrance and honor. And also for the inspiration to host another #TheYendysExperience party in DECEMBER!!! To my long time family friend and vocal artist Emory Toler for blessing me with a bday serenade and looking sharp as a tack (same tailor)!!!! To artist/dancer and some much more Glenn Mesu Ra Gittens for my bday dance! To my libra brother Osayande Angaza for choosing door #375 on October 10th Lol wink, wink...! To my dear friend and astrologer Samuel F Reynolds for leading us in the Happy Birthday song just like he orchestrates it at the Zodiac Lounge! I Love YOU ALL for Coming THANKS A BUNCH EVERYONE who was able to bless my Gofundme crowd funding campaign, this was made possible because of you! BLESSINGS OF ABUNDANCE TO YOU ALWAYS!!!...I apprecia-love ALL of your thoughtful cards and beautiful gifts! Last but certainly not the least, to my tailor Ahmed on Nostrand and Bergen street for creating my phenomenal two piece flaming red attire from a pic I found on Pinterest!!!! (So many more of you to thank, lol I know this post is already too long, but I'll still edit/update this post as the fog of this amazement lifts off... xoxo)
I wish to personally invite you to be my guest to come and celebrate with me as I welcome and honor turning 50.
I have an awesome vision of having my community join me as I celebrate this very important milestone in my life. On October 10th, 2015 from 7pm till midnight, we will gather on the ground floor of this Brooklyn Landmark known to many as Stuyvesant Mansion, located at 375 Stuyvesant Avenue between Bainbridge and Decatur in Bedstuy Brooklyn.
As well I've created a GoFoundMe campaign to bless the mansion as a rental fee. Click on the link to donate to: gofundme.com/My-Celebration-At
No donation is too small.
For more information visit Event's Page!
I'm wearing the #Yendysskirt... On this most beautiful, sunny hot day, at the West Indian Day Parade in the middle of Eastern Parkway Brooklyn New York, owning my dream gift from the dream weaver herself Debbie from @martinesDream. She named this skirt after yours truly!!! Checkout her store if you're local, it's on Nostrand avenue and it's called Martine's Dream...tell her I sent yah!!!!
Hello Queen, I've been meaning to send this photo of us at Afropunk for quite a while now, but it totally slipped my mind until it re-surfaced today. I had such an awesome time and experience at Afropunk. I was so overwhelmed by the beauty of my sistahs around me that I wanted to take pictures with all of them lol... I loved your booth and everything you're about and took a few business cards. Best Regards, Vahlerie. B.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Cowrie Shell Center Receives 2015 Best of Brooklyn Award
Brooklyn Award Program Honors the Achievement
BROOKLYN September 2, 2015 -- The Cowrie Shell Center has been selected for the 2015 Best of Brooklyn Award in the Hair Salon category by the Brooklyn Award Program.
Each year, the Brooklyn Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Brooklyn area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Brooklyn Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Brooklyn Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Brooklyn Award Program
The Brooklyn Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Brooklyn area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Brooklyn Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Brooklyn Award Program
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A Fantastic collaborative is schedule today in Prospect Park, Brooklyn N.Y as Ancient Blends natural products join creative vision with photographer Lorenzo...so, stay tuned for some on location sneak peaks!
I'm currently on vacation, resting up from months and months of events, growth, lessons and blessings. So my lil online shop is on 'vacation mode' until I return with colors, renewed, creative energies and inspiration on August 4th. In the meantime, please check out this sweet sistahs' product review on YouTube about my plant-based hair and body care product line Ancient Blends. Let's help more folks get to know about these amazing, quality products. #spreadawareness #naturalhaircare #hair #skin
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Grateful For Ancestral Blessings
It has been one year since I learned about this!...My image had been chosen to grace this iconic Brooklyn mural on the wall of ApppleBee's restaurant in Gateway Mall in July 2014. The image was taken of me, along with my two lovely interns (my Gdauughter and her bestie) at The 43rd Annual International African Arts Festival.
So almost the end of June 2015, as if set to some magical timer, I was blessed again. I was informed by several back to back phone calls to The Cowrie Shell Center (my place of business) from callers that my 'ad/image' was featured in the Amsterdam News paper! They were inquiring about my Ancient Blends which they'd just sighted on page 9. I'm so grateful!
(see article below)
Preserving and honoring the International African Arts Festival 2015DAA’IYA L. SANUSI | 6/25/2015, 10:26 a.m.
The 44th annual International African Arts Festival, also known as the African Street Festival in its earlier history, will welcome people from across the country and from around the world to celebrate African culture in the United States. IAAF will celebrate family, creativity and economic and cultural ingenuity in Brooklyn, where it all began 44 years ago.
Throughout its history, artists such as Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, India Aire, Hugh Masekela and many more have headlined IAAF. “I’ve got to where I am in life, not because of something I brought to the world, but through something I found: the wealth of African culture,” said Hugh Masekela.
African culture will be represented Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. The theme this year for the premiere Black cultural festival is “We Share,” representing the example set by Blacks in the U.S., who provide strong exemplary business successes, institution building and consistently positive family values.
Located at Commodore Barry Park and Navy Street between Park and Flushing avenues, performers will include Norman Connors, Living Colour, Ayanna Gregory (daughter of Dick Gregory) and the famed African Marketplace. Cita Rodriquez will open the festival of performances with New Kingston, the African Majesty Fashion show and a Children’s Play Zone.
“On Saturday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the New York chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations, in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival, will host its 26th annual symposium on ‘Culture, Community and Struggle,’” said Dr. Segun Shabaka, executive coordinator of IAAF.
“It’s one of the best annual events of the summer, with good food and performances. There’s something here for everyone,” said Wayne “DJ Ace” Winston on 247Jams.com.
Visit www.iaafestival.net for additional information and directions or call 718-638-6700.
Born With Natural Hair
Just hearing my native accent brings back many wonderful childhood memories. Also, everything about Barbados reminds me of my mother. My parents were both born in Barbados, I'm very glad that I was too! Besides my birth, my umbilical cord's connection to this island is a priceless gift! I attended Four Roads Primary School in St. Philip until I was about 10 years old. Some of my teachers were family and church friends. In 1976, my family migrated to America. I am the eldest of three children; I have a younger sister and brother. I'm so very proud of all the beauty that my lil island continues to offer to the world. I'm so blessed to have gown up in a time when having natural hair, wearing cornrows, corkscrews, plaits and afros was as normal as having my brown skin, a head on my shoulders, two arms and two legs. Growing up, my hair was pressed with a hot iron comb for church, but mostly stayed in cornrows. My father never like that my mother pressed my hair...
Fast forward to the past three decades: After an era of not expressing or experiencing just how good our good hair really is; it's truly refreshing to show ourselves and the world that being our true selves and our standard of beauty is 'simply beautiful anuff! '(insert Bajan accent here lol). ~ Yendys
Spiritual Hair Care
One's hairstyle, becomes one of the aspects of personal grooming and fashion. Some hairstyles are also being influenced by the cultural and popular considerations. The significance of hair on our head is much more than just looking good. In this world, we are the only beings who grow hair on our heads, once that growth starts. If we leave our hair uncut, it grows to a certain length and stops growing by itself. The length may differ from person to person. Hairstyles, like seasons change for public, private and ceremonial occasions. Hair represents the pure thoughts and spiritual status of an Individual, showing the bonds and spiritual oneness of a Family and defines the cultural harmony and spiritual alignment of a Nation. Hair represents the Pure and Spiritual thoughts of All Tribal People.
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