Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Music of Insigne Tribus

Download the music that inspired Aesthetics 6250 A.U.
 Insigne Tribus Edition:

Totemic Synchronicity


Monday, February 20, 2012

New Aesthetics 6250 A.U. - Insigne Tribus

Insigne Tribus is a compilation of contemporary art which broaches a dialogue with our collective unconscious and the natural world. Published by the Arts and Aesthetics Collective.

 Featuring: Al Johnson, Fawn Whelahan, Theresa "Indigene" Gaskin, and James Black.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

Afrakans in America History Month - Jazz Legend Randy Weston

Afrakans in America History Month Special Featuring Jazz Legend Randy Weston on His Life and Celebration of his autobiography "African Rhythms"

For the past six decades, Randy Weston has been a pioneering jazz musician incorporating the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa. His 1960 album, "Uhuru Afrika," was a landmark recording that celebrated the independence movements in Africa and the influence of traditional African music on jazz. "Uhuru Afrika," begins with a freedom poem written by Langston Hughes.

Randy Weston visited Africa for the first time as part of a delegation that also featured Nina Simone. The trip would transform Weston’s life and lead him to eventually move to Africa in 1967. On Democracy Now! Weston talks about his collaboration with Langston Hughes, how Marcus Garvey and Paul Robeson influenced his life, and his friendship with the Nigerian Afrobeat star Fela Kuti. Randy Weston also discusses his success in demonstrating the impact of Afrakan culture, especially its music, on the world. "Having the people understand the impact of African rhythms in world music, whether it’s Brazil or Cuba or Mississippi or Brooklyn... If you don’t have that African pulse, nothing is happening," Weston said.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Sarafine @ Foundation House Launch 2/10-2/11

Sarah stavrou will be selling Sarafine Inc./Eco friendly products
at this event. please come out and support the Foundation.

New York, NY (February 2012) – February, February 10th and Saturday, February 11th, The Urban Yoga Foundation and Speak Easy M.E.D.I.A both non-profit organizations will be launching the brand new Foundation House on historic Strivers Row in Harlem, New York. The Foundation House is a semi-private, holistic creative arts center that will manifest the basic meaning of yoga: to unite. With the mission to unify the Harlem community using yoga as the foundation of artistic, academic and creative expression, The Foundation House will act as a creative haven of inspiration offering participants the freedom to practice yoga and use holistic health as a vehicle to strengthen the community.

“We are hopeful to expose the community to a holistic and healthy lifestyle that we all should be living,” said Speak Easy M.E.D.I.A Foundation chairman, Clayton Sizemore. “We want to benefit the community by providing educational resources through both organizations and continue to help others live their best life.”

Talent has been organized for the evening through Pravassa, a wellness company in New York City. Yoga instructors from Asali Yoga, Chef Melissa Gellert and Nourish Our Body will donate their time during the two-day event to provide the Harlem community a chance to experience The Foundation House in its full capacity. Each event will consist of 3 breakout sessions: Guilt Free Sweet Love, centered around vegetarian food and nutrition; Love of Art, where a communal mural will be created; and Living and Loving Yoga, which introduces yoga as a healing technique. Attendees have the opportunity during Friday evening’s Adult focused programs to enjoy food created by Nourish Our Body and enjoy 20-minute yoga classes led by Asali Yoga. Attendees at the Saturday afternoon Youth oriented programs will dig in to food provided by Chef Melissa Gellert and stretch at the 20-minute yoga classes led by Asali Yoga.

“The weekend’s preview is all about uniting the community members and inspiring them to make gradual changes in their lifestyle habits,” said Urban Yoga Foundation founder, Ghylian Bell. “Opening the Foundation House will be the realization of a long time dream to have a physical space in which to help keep the community conscious of what we can do together to insure access to a whole healthy lifestyle.”

Join the Urban Yoga Foundation and Speak Easy M.E.D.I.A as we open this one of a kind center:

Friday, February 10th
Adult Programs: 4:00 – 9:30pm
Saturday, February 11th
Youth Programs: 11am – 4:30pm

$15 advanced ticket sales

239 W 139th St, NYC

To purchase tickets please call the Urban Yoga Foundation at
917-710-5437 or email

Raw Clothing w/ Simply Netfah 2/18


Thursday, February 02, 2012

"Pink Slime" in Hamburgers

McDonald's announced last week that, as of last August, is has stopped using ammonium hydroxide in the production of its hamburgers. MSNBC reports that the chemical, used in fertilizers, household cleaners and even homemade explosives, was also used to prepare McDonalds' hamburger meat.

The food industry uses ammonium hydroxide as an anti-microbial agent in meats, which allows McDonald's to use otherwise "inedible meat." On his show, Jamie Oliver (an advocate for healthy food) said of the meat treatment: "Basically we're taking a product that would be sold in the cheapest form for dogs and making it 'fit' for humans."

Even more disturbing, St. Louis-based dietician Sarah Prochaska told NBC affiliate KSDK that because ammonium hydroxide is considered part of the "component in a production procedure" by the USDA, consumers may not know when the chemical is in their food. "It's a process, from what I understand, called 'mechanically separated meat' or 'meat product,'" Prochaska said. "The only way to avoid it would be to choose fresher products, cook your meat at home, cook more meals at home."

Other questionable chemicals that may be found in our food:

  • Propylene glycol: This chemical is very similar to ethylene glycol, a dangerous anti-freeze. This less-toxic cousin prevents products from becoming too solid. Some ice creams have this ingredient; otherwise you'd be eating ice.

  • Carmine: Commonly found in red food coloring, this chemical comes from crushed cochineal, small red beetles that burrow into cacti. Husks of the beetle are ground up and forms the basis for red coloring found in foods ranging from cranberry juice to M&Ms.

  • Shellac: Yes, this chemical used to finish wood products also gives some candies their sheen. It comes from the female Lac beetle.

  • L-cycsteine: This common dough enhancer comes from hair, feathers, hooves and bristles.

Courtesy: Eric Pfeiffer - Yahoo News.