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At times life is an uphill battle as I continue to push towards new ideas and ventures. The opening night of Indigo Lounge was truly powerful, inspirational and educational. The room was filled with an eclectic mix of groovy people and good vibes. We celebrated an evening of Black history and love for the month of February. We started it with a libation, which is a African ritual to honor and respect those who came before us. It was a magic carpet ride through book passages and historic lessons in the name of spoken word and jazz. I'll be videotaping shows on youtube and you can go to my vlog for more details..

Piddle Productions and The Young Poetry Society are putting together a Black History program for Long Beach City College. I am excited, nervous and at times have my doubts if we will be able to pull this off. These young scholars are amazing and I enjoy mentoring young minds. However, it's harder than I expected. What's weird is the creative part is never hard, but getting creative folks coordinated is the killer. I don't know what I got myself into.hehehe. Screw it...I am always down for good challenge. I'll keep you posted. The next Indigo Lounge is March 7th. We are celebrating "WomEns MonTh" with an all female jazz band and female featured poets that will blow your mind! Check out the band!

Polyhymnia (paul-lim-nia) is a group of all female musicians who play their music to make you groove. Each member has a rather extensive background in jazz and classical music. They are not afraid to reach out of their comfort zone and try new things. All members of Polyhymnia are music majors who attend either Cal State Northridge or Cal Arts.


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