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So… I Replaced My iPhone Screen.

Last year in November sometime, life happened and I broke my iPhone 8+. Now, it wasn’t broken, like broken, the screen was just shattered in a million pieces it seemed. The screen laid there missing chunks of glass, harboring my memories and pictures, and I panicked!

I just could not bring myself to pay someone else $125 – $300 for a project that may not even fix the phone and allow me to see the screen. The solution? FIX IT MYSELF!!!! I’m a tinker; I love figuring out projects, building things, and learning new ways of fixing things. Fixing a phone… how hard could that really be?

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The Life Planner x Erin Condren

Erin Condren is a working Mom and planner who designed a daily planner for herself, and grew that one planner to build a successful entrepreneurial brand. Her website, www.ErinCondren.com, is a hub for all office organizational needs (and wants!). I bought my first planner from her on December 20, 2017 and have been hooked since; each year trying to find the perfect one for me.

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Dre’Co presents “Why/Not: The Tour” 2020 Debut

Last Friday, January 24th, 2020, rapper Dre’Co celebrated the opening night for his 2020 debut “Why/Not: The Tour”. The opening night was nostalgic and high energy, with people dancing and rocking on the dance floor all night long. Headliner Dre’Co brought his talented crew together; featuring DJ Climate, Crusade the Brand Band, Guitarist Moses, & Vocalist Bean, creating an intimate and soulful vibe. The event was shot by Topp, St. Louis photographer and videographer, and owner of FamEstablishment LLC. The tour is sponsored and supported by Classics Only LLC, Saint Louis University, the SLU Billikens, and SLUnatics. The event was held at Busch Student Center on the Saint Louis University campus, tickets were FREE on Eventbrite.

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Poetic Tesstimonies: “Amethyst Rock” by Saul Williams

“I owe it to the people to teach them what I do know.” –Lady Tess (2019)

Amethyst Rock by Saul Williams reminds listeners of self-worth, provides history into black culture, and brings attention to racial inequalities in America. Almost twenty years after it’s original release by American Records in 2001, Williams’ words still reflect the Black-American experience and perspective of today. He acknowledges the acceptance of ourselves as God, American versus Black-American culture, chattel and corporate slavery, ‘hood mentality’, the prison pipeline, and spiritual history. Good poetry is timeless, as is this piece.

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2020 UrbArts MLK Day Celebration & Verbquake Youth Slam

On January 20, 2020 the Urban Artist Alliance (UrbArts) hosted their 2020 MLK Day Celebration including the Verbquake Youth Poetry Slam. The event was hosted by M.K. Stallings, with DJ Black Spade (all the way from New York) on the turntables, and V. Lang capturing photos. Three youth teams participated in the competition; Beauty N the Beats, Central Flow, and Savage Stanzas. The event consisted of the Youth Poet Laureate Ceremony, 4 Verbquake Slam rounds, twelve poetic performances, and a poetry cypher.

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Epilepsy Changed My Plans

America celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on this Monday, January 20, 2020 over a 5-day weekend (for most). I was unable to celebrate the holiday the way I planned, and felt physically and mentally terrible about it. This weekend I missed several events; my friend’s and my niece’s birthdays, and the Aaliyah: One in A Million Art Show by Kris Blackmon. I hope that those I missed will understand, because I really had plans to attend each event this weekend.

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Celeb Love Cards: Sean & Jhene

Big Sean and Jhene Aiko began dating in 2016, according to CelebrityCheatSheet.com, around the time they released their joint album Twenty88. Big Sean, rapper, is an Aries, according to Astrology.com, his birthdate is March 25, 1988. Sean’s girlfriend is, singer, Jhene Aiko, born March 16, 1988; she is a Pisces by astrology. Sean has had much success in his career as a businessman and creative artist, and has no children of his own reported. Jhene has also had much success in the same fields, and is a mother of one. The Twenty88 artists have been dating for around four years and Jhene now has a tattoo of Sean’s face on her arm, Khitz’s website reports. Serious enough? I think so. Let’s dive in!

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Poetic Tesstimonies: “Listen” by Jay Luvve

“I owe it to the people to teach them what I do know.” –Lady Tess (2019)

Listen calls attention to the growth and humbling that is needed to spark a revolution for change in black America. Jay Luvve keeps the crowd’s attention with his uneven cadence, strong pauses, and intelligent progressive writing style. He reminds us of our worth and that we need to compromise to end our current struggles for future generations. He pleads for our black community to stop working against each other and simply listen to each other’s ideas to be impactful.

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My “Love Cards” per Robert L. Camp

In 2012, I was introduced to the book “Love Cards: What Your Birthday Reveals About You and Your Personal Relationships” by Robert Lee Camp. One of my favorite people, my special sister, Selena encouraged me to look up my birthdate in the book and, just like that, I was hooked! In 2016, I purchased my own copy and have been researching myself (self-mastery), and the people around me, ever since!

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“Black Joy is Resistance” Opening Ceremony

Kristian “Kris” Blackmon presented her first art exhibition of the year on Friday, January 10, 2020 at the Urban Artist Alliance (Urb Arts) in Old North Saint Louis, MO. The opening reception for the “Black Joy IS Resistance” art exhibition showcased “the joys of Being Black”. The event began at 7 PM, featuring paintings and portraits from local #STLMADE artists, curated and hosted by Kris herself, with Siddal the Selecta as the DJ for the evening . The exhibition is available for viewing by appointment or at Urb Arts events from January 10-26, 2020.

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WordUp! Open Mic’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

WordUp! Open Mic celebrated it’s 5th year supporting the creative arts in Saint Louis, Missouri on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020! The celebration was also the first WordUp! open mic of the year, setting the tone for the fifty-one weeks to come. This open mic was an inclusive and safe space for the TWENTY-SEVEN performers to bare all and share their messages on stage. Dacia “InnerGy” Polk and Louis Conphliction hosted the evening, with DJ Domo on the turntables. The celebration was held at Legacy Books and Cafe, 5249 Delmar Blvd., where WordUp! will be hosted every Tuesday this year!

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Sir Ervin’s Surprise Open Mic

On Friday, January 3rd, 2020, Sir Ervin James Williams III woke up Saint Louis, Missouri offering his “Surprise Open Mic”. The night was jammed packed with awesome vibes and beautiful, powerful people. Sir Ervin Williams hosted the show, with DJ Prospect, photography by The Saint Louis American, and Benjamin on the drums. Timeless Flavors chef’s, Derrick & John, provided delectable hispanic nacho and taco bar drink tickets were available for purchase at only $5. The event was held at 3020 S Jefferson St, a private event space, tickets were $10 on Eventbrite.

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