Irene Denise reads poem she wrote for her nephew “Suga Ray” at a “From The Ground Up” event. Photo: Adrian L. Childress
Irene Denise reads poem she wrote for her nephew “Suga Ray” at a “From The Ground Up” event. Photo: Adrian L. Childress
Community Builder Irene Denise reads a poem she wrote for her nephew Lashawn “Suga Ray” Marston at a “From The Ground Up” event. Photo By: Adrian L. Childress

It’s December 3rd, 2020. The craziest year the great majority of Humans on Earth have lived through, is coming to an end. Many are eagerly looking forward to December 31st, to the very moment the clock strikes 12am, leaving 2020 behind and entering 2021. Although there has been so much death, pain, sadness, grief, loss, depression and countless other events and emotions that don’t make people feel good, for many of us, and quite truthfully for all of us, there is still so much to be grateful for. …


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Adinkra symbol for Freedom and Emancipation

“An oppressed people can never get justice. For what is Justice to the oppressed? Only a Free and Liberated people will enact justice.” — Suga Ray

Here we are. August 2020. The Black Man, The Black Woman, and The Black Child are still hunted and slaughtered like animals in the street by police and self righteous, gun toting domestic terrorists across the country alike. The Black Man, The Black Woman, and The Black Child, in neighborhoods where they are the dominant group, are still subject to more pollution, lower quality of food, more drugs, more crime, fewer outlets for youth…


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Fresh Cantaloupe — Photo by Suga Ray 5/13/2020

Since a young boy going frequently between my home in Queensbridge, my grandfather’s home in South Jamaica Queens, and my aunt’s home on Long Island, I’ve loved fruit, particularly cantaloupe. My goodness. To me, there aren’t many fruits better than a perfectly ripened cantaloupe. What’s funny is that in my youth my love for cantaloupe was not based solely off it’s taste, but also on how good I felt while eating it, and even more so afterwards. Cantaloupe has always filled me up and energized me at the same time. …


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30 Days Of Black Inventions Bingo Game— An Exciting Way To Celebrate And Engage Our Community In Black History. Created by Tamykah Anthony, a 34yr old Black Woman, Mother, Scientist & Entrepreneur.

Growing up in the hood and going to public school in the 90’s, learning Black History was kind of boring. I mean, it seemed the only time people spoke of Black History was in February during Black History month, and it seemed like every year we heard the same names; Dr. King, Ida B. Wells, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, and a few others. It also seemed that our history was rooted in slavery and struggle. I didn’t have any interest in learning this stuff. Plus, it was always taught the same way; read some books…


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In Memory of Corey Rivera.

What can I say? By no stretch was Corey my best friend. I didn’t know his favorite color, nor his favorite food. I didn’t know his craziest dream, nor his greatest fear. I didn’t know his birthday, nor whether or not he wanted children. There’s a lot I didn’t know about Corey. We didn’t see each other or speak often. He was, however, my great friend! I’ve known Corey at least 30yrs. There are only a few friends I’ve known longer. Every time we did speak or see each other, it was as if no time had gone by. Since…


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Holiday season! Some are feeling cheerful and some are feeling sorrowful; All feelings matter!

Thanksgiving. Hanukkah. Christmas. Kwanzaa. The holiday craze means different things for different people. For many, the holiday season is a time of cheer, joy, love, celebrations, food, music, family and gift giving. But for others, the holiday season is a time of grief, sorrow, misery, abandonment, loneliness, regret, fear and so much more. I think the humanly responsible thing to do in your celebrations and in your excitement, is to hold space for folks who may not be feeling what it is that you are feeling…


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It is 2:28 am, the morning of Friday, December 13th. I’m up listening to Gary Vee. This dude is brilliant! I am extremely happy and grateful that he stuck to his truth and created the life he’s now living. He is such an inspiration to me!!!

In 2008/2009, I was creating photo, video and written content daily. Of myself, my family, the city, etc. I created content based on what I experienced daily. I was sharing and engaging with people all over the world. Some people told me I was “online too much” and that I needed to do some…

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