Category Archives: Mahina Movement


It has taken us 12 years to do this. We are going on tour…hold up. We want you to know that we are not just

going on tour, we are creating this tour.
We are making this happen for ourselves. No, no one has asked us to create this tour or is paying us millions of dollars to do this. Nope. We doing it ourselves–WITH YOU!

Ever have a DREAM you want so bad, ever want PEACE sooo much in the world, that you can no longer stuff it in, shut it up, settle and go on with your life?

We ask you to come on this SOUL-JOURNEY-TRUTH-TOUR with us…For the past 2 years, we have been in preparation for this tour–cleaning up all the areas in our lives; telling ourselves the truth & accepting it even if it doesn’t feel so good; facing our fears and STILL being in action when we are afraid and nervous–and we ask you to join us!

Our Indiegogo Campaign:

We have 30 days to raise $15,000.00! We ask you to donate $7.00 or more. We want everyone to be a part of this with us, we don’t want to leave anyone out. Every dollar counts and we thank you for supporting us. Please share far and wide–facebook, twitter, smart phone, iPhone, rotary phone, your phone, your Mama’s phone. We would love for you to share and spread the word.

Here is our video:

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This is for you.

This is for you.
You are Dreams Fulfilled. Don’t Stop. Everything has already turned out to the best and this right now, is the journey.
This is it. This now is it. You got this. Life has just begun.

with all my love y deep respect,
‘Ofa atu,

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Kindness is my business

I found myself in a meeting where one of the managers of the project I was working with said (which sounded like a demand), “You should not be kind or open hearted here. That is not the way to be with these people. I would take the business approach of just following the structure. That is the way you want to be.”

1st thing: Red flag alert. Obviously this person does not know me, my values and what I stand for. Or they just didn’t get the memo.
2nd thing: My business is about making a difference for everyone: first and foremost, the client. second of all, my team. This is what I value. This is what I am standing in my whole life. #Eternity
3rd thing: Call it what you want: soft, vulnerable (haven’t you heard? Vulnerability is where it’s at. It creates awesome results. I’m an artist for crying out loud. Try it today.) push over, whatever. Being kind makes a difference for me and people around me. Having an open heart where ever I go is not easy baby and it’s definitely not being a push over. Look here, I’m standing and I’m gonna keep on standing. I generate this on the daily–in circumstances of rudeness, ignorance, avoidance, disagreement, violence, and the list goes on, I live in NYC and I’m still going to be in ALOHA and ‘OFA. You may be afraid of having your heart broken, so you close it, protect it, defend it. There’s nothing to protect over here. Love is my infinite millions. It can’t be stopped. That is where my life lives.  Call it being a Hippie–if only you knew, this is as Gangstaaa as it gets. The Gangsta of Love.

I am very blessed to say that I am no longer working with this manager and the project. I am grateful for this. For this open space that I have now will be a clearing for what I want to work and spend my time and value: People who are committed to making a difference: through kindness, love, passion, determination, jokes, authenticity, vulnerability, joy, and community. This is what I am standing for.

And I aint gonna stop….

which has me share this great piece of news:

Speaking of getting what I asked for: People who are committed to making a difference through kindness, love, passion, determination, jokes, authenticity, vulnerability, joy, and community.

Confirmed: SOULJOURNEY TRUTH TOUR: Mahina Movement will be performing and doing a workshop in Dublin, Ireland at I will also be painting a mural with the community representing the powerful legacy and future of Irish women. We will be in Dublin, Ireland from Sept. 1 – Sept. 5, 2012. See you there!

…and this is how I do business.


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NYC to LA to NYC to LA and back to NYC…to get to LA again…

pencil on paper.
Harlem Baby USA World
draft drawings for drawing, painting and T-Shirt design for Abstract Nomadic Media (AbNomad)’s documentary feature film, “Nosotros los de la Saya / We of the Saya.”
drawing from a photo, Foto tomado por Sergio Daniel Estrada López. Sergio, tenia que robar esta foto tan linda que ustedes tomaron. Con compasión sostenemos al mundo…..
Los Yungas, Bolivia

Sometimes I feel like I am on Pacific time living in NYC.
Sometimes I am living in multiple worlds at a time: NYC, LA, Utah, Virginia, Tonga, Ireland and South Africa…I so miss South Africa right now.
And sometimes, I actually am living in all these worlds in “eastern time.”

Today I took on being BOLD. and yesssss, I took this on like no kdding. I’m very proud of myself actually. I feel like a new person, a new being that is still human.
Dreams Fulfilled.

I will be in LA for the whole month of June (this means I will be spending my Birthday in LA! Beach!)
painting multiple murals in Bell! Ohhhhhhhhh, I am way too excited and I waaaaaaaay can’t hide it.

Before I go to LA, I will complete:
-speak with Cornel West and Michael Moore and make my unreasonable requests this Friday.
-complete Silk Screening designs for 2 amazing people’s projects I totally believe in–wait and see my friends.
-have my 2nd Silk Screening class in NYC! whoop, whoop
-create all our Souljourney Truth Tour packages. I am so humbled and inspired by creating this.
-complete a successful coaching program with my participants in SELP (ahhhhh, what a freakin’ amazing program! This was the program of my Lifetime, like for reaaaalllllz)
-complete drawing for Murals!!! soooo inspired by the students’ drawings, watch out y’all!
-attend my capoiera classes, must do this. Talk with Michael about mural in his center, ohhh lalala.
-My Introduction to the Landmark Forum for Women, this is going to be an amazing night, come and invite your women: Thurs. May 24, 2012; 7 – 10 pm. Where: Landmark Education 317-A West 33rd Street; NYC, NY. (between 8th and 9th Ave.)
-attend Jaylyna’s performance at BB King’s, she is opening up for Slum Village. yayyy!
-have my 2nd Photo Shoot on May 26th. word up!
-hug all my loved ones. share the love. let people in my life know I love them so much.
-hug myself and tell myself te amoana. smile. drink lots of water.
-Oh yeah, this weekend I am doing my 2nd Communication Course: Power to Create. I am beyond thrilled to attend this.

‘ofa lahiiiiiiiiiii atu.
thank you universe.
malo ‘aupito.

dreams fulfilled.


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soul. journey. truth. tour. we. doing. this. aqui.

Let’s talk marketing…

Last night, Mahina Movement (Gabby, Erica y moi) went to the General Green restaurant in Brooklyn to meet up with Tara, an amazing marketing woman. This was the 1st time that Mahina Movement has had a conversation with a professional marketer.

We told her our plan. We told her who we are. We told her out intentions for the tour. We told her what we are out to accomplish in the world. We told her everything. We told her our fears and concerns. We told her our possibilities and stands. She got it all and she put us into action.

Along with the caramel ice cream, caramel syrup and caramel cake and pretzels we had for desert, which was complete heaven, we were left in complete inspiration and living our full, big lives. We got actions to do people. We got intentions to fulfill. We got who we are to the world. Thank you.

Thank you so much Tara for working with us.

See you in 2 weeks.

Life is delicious.

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Palestine, Dublin, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Florence and Rome

Lah Tere tells me today on our conference call, “Mo, this is it. This is what your whole life is going to go into. This is what you have always wanted. The world is ready. We are brave hearts, visionaries and change agents. This is possible.”

Are you living your dreams?

Are you surrounded by people who have the same dreams as you do?

What would you do to make your dreams reality?

Do you believe that anything is possible?
Yes. I do, indeed.

Dreams Fulfilled.

Souljourney Truth Tour  SEPTEMBER 2012:
Dublin, Ireland
London, England
Madrid & Barcelona, Spain
Lisbon, Portugal
Florence and Rome, Italy

…more to come…stay tuned…

‘ofa atu

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Happy Beautiful Birthday Beautiful Gab*Star!

dear world: today is an international holiday! today is Gabriella Callender’s Birfffday!!! yayyyyyy!
for real real, there would be no Me, no moana love, no vaimoana litia makakaufaki niumeitolu, if there was not Gabby present in my life!
I am so happy to share with you about Gabby! hip hop hooorayy yay yay: I have known Gabby for 11 years…I know we have known each other beyond this lifetime. Gabby is my best friend, my sister, my creative partner, my jokeStar, most favorite person in the whole entire world, for real real. I love you so much Gabby! Thank you for everything that you have given me and taught me and shared with me! I thank you for your friendship, your partnership, your truth, your beauty, your trust, your amazing food, your generosity, your warmth, your support, your encouragement, your humor, your pranks, your tricks, most importantly your LOVE! you have saved my life more than once. thank you, thank you, muchas gracias.
Everyone I know LOVES Gabby to bits and pieces and seashells and buttons…her whole life and life story is inspiring, courageous and freaking amazing. Born in Wingdale, New York and raised in Hollis, Queens, Gabby moved out of her home at the age of 16 years old. At her birth, she was taken from her biological mother and put into foster care. At age 4 she was adopted by a family in Hollis, Queens. She was sexually abused by her adopted brother for 11 years and she is not only a survivor but a SHERO! She taught herself how to play the guitar when she was 14 years old and has been playing ever since. Today she is the musical director and member of Mahina Movement, which we have performed on over 400 stages all over NYC and over the U.S. of A. In September 2012, we will be performing in Europe in 8 Cities, 5 countries in our “Souljourney Truth Tour.”
To you Gab*Star! Your presence is a gift to all of us! Thank you for making the world a better, happier, more peaceful and more beautiful place to live in! You make a difference for all of us,
with arroz con felicidades y arte, malo ‘aupito! ‘ofa atu my friend! To another year, 2012, we get what we want. yes, yes, axe, axe.

Gabby and the ocean

Gabby singing and performing at El Museo del Barrio, NYC

Gabby singing and performing at Occupy Wall Street, Sept. 2011

Gabby singing and performing at Occupy Wall Street, Sept. 2011

Gabby singing and performing at Occupy Wall Street, Oct. 2011

Listen to Gabby sing and play her song, “Sean Bell,” click here:

See and watch Gabby and Erica perform “Sugarland” in Union Square, NYC for hundreds of peeps:

Gabby performed in the moving, touching, inspiring, one of the best theater works I have seen in my whole life, “Secret Survivors”

Gabby was part of this project created by Amita Swadhin:

Gabby is featured in the documentary, “Anomaly.” It has been screened all over the world!

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day 16
today’s post is dedicated to mi gurls, mi hoooomeeeegurlz, La Chata aka E-LO and Gab*Star. Life has just begun…ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, yo, a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g. punto.

Here is to 11 YEARS in the MAKING!!!!!!!

are you ready? Let’s get it!

As the year 2011 ends later on this month, I have to say, its been one of the most eye y heart opening-soul shifting and revolutionary years of my life! Last year in May 2010, I announced to Mahina Movement, mi hermanaz y colleagues y mi partners in creativity, la musica y transformation, that it is time….it is time for our first tour! AND it is time for us to go to EUROPA! Gabby and Erica listened to my proposal carefully and with full attention. I told them why this tour is so needed not only for us but for the world. I told them, reminded them, how this has always been a dream of ours and that we need to realize this now! This is it. We only got this life now. Yes, now. We all got moved by who we are to each other. “We are each other’s body.” <<<FYI: Did you know that we all have 3 arms? And those arms are called: Gabby, Erica and Moana. Ask Gabby and Erica about their 3 arms.>>> They said, “Yes, it shall be done!” We started putting our intentions and year action-dreams fullfilled now-plan together. Our daily conversations were–and still are!–about this tour. Gabby sent Erica and I every single action that needed to be done in order for us to have successful tour. On our weekly calls, we tweeked it, edited it, changed it. We have been running–sometimes walking, only a few crawling, always being a TEAM–ever since that first enrollment and registration conversation. Our TEAM has not worked like how we are working now! All of us are feeling and being team, delicious partnership, and harmonizing through making this happen. Erica is super focused and intentional; she does bring the fire of amazing listening and getting actions done. Gabby is super organized and leadership all the way; she mos def bring the earth and groundedness to our group. I am super visionary and light and yes, i do bring the smack down–in a fun way peeps. I am the air/wind of our group which completes us as Earth, Wind and Fire. We didn’t announce our tour ’til this year in Aug 2010…how amazing, and yes, I can believe it (in the recent past, I would always say, “I can’t believe this! I can’t believe it!” when something amazing would occur, not I am so present to the reality, Yes, I can believe it. Is is fact. It’s happening.) that Eve Ensler is one of our presenters for our first tour, Souljourney Truth Tour. I can’t wait to meet her and say “THANK YOU. I LOVE YOUR WORK.” Stay tuned for our “other presenters” for they are in the works. I can’t wait to announce them…when they say, YES!

Summer of 2000

Our 1st Mahina Movement Benefit! Fall 2000. Brooklyn, NY

It was my senior year at New York University. The year was 2000. The new millenium. Everyone could feel it. I know I could! This was the year to give birth to a new century, a new time, a new life. I was feeling great and greatness. I wanted to give and be my best self. I wanted to give the world all of my passion, leadership, art, music, poetry, my stories, my rage and my anger and my sadness which underneath all of that was  ALL MY DELICIOUS GREATEST LOVE and most importantly, I wanted to give the world and universe my endless possibilities! I wanted to create, create, create everything I always dreamed of. I wanted to be able to say, when I was 80 years old, “Yes, yessssss, ‘lil ones, in the year 2000, the new millenium, I did this. I was here. And I was fierce. We were phenomenal.” I knew this was the time to do that, this was my year to make “something happen.” This was the year Mahina Movement was born, in the Summer of 2000. We started out with 6 women in Mahina Movement. Now there are 3. Gabby, Erica and I, we’s a trinity, I like to say. Erica likes to say we are the underground Destiny’s Child–cuz we started with 6 and now we’s a trio.
Now today, I am so proud to say, with great respect and honor and joy and luuuuuvvv and greatness and passion, that Mahina Movement is still alive and kicking it!!! Today we are 11 years old! cheeeeeeee huuuuuuuuuu! We are one of the few performance group/collectives which were born in 2000 and we are one of the few that have lasted, striving, building, building and building. Really, we have just begun…

Mahina Movement 2011

Tomorrow is our weekly conference call (we have 2 calls per week: one on Mondays, the other on Fridays) and there is still so much I need to get done. I love coming on our calls, saying, Yes, I completed all the actions I said I was going to do. However, over the years, we have exercised our Mahina Movement muscles of coming on the call to say the what’s so and not being attached to how we feel about it, especially if we did not do what we said we were going to do. So, I gotta mention that too: I love coming our calls and saying too, Peeps, I did not do x,y,z or I did not do anything I said I was going to do. Actually, you should try it sometime, it is really FREEEEING, to just saying the what’s so: what happened and what didn’t happen. its highly effective. From there, we work as a team to look at what needs to be put in place for it to ACTUALLY happen: is support needed? what kind of support do you need? For me, I really just have to look at the type of conversations I am having with myself. Is it empowering or is disempowering? I have learned that when I do not do something I said I was going to do I punish myself and put myself down. Yo, that takes a lot of energy and negative energy at that. No, thank you’s anymore to those conversations. Now I can see I do that. When I do it again, I acknowledge it, and I say, Ohhh, really, you want to stop me from being in action? I don’t think so. And then I go about my business taking care of my business. Yep, that’s how I do it.
That said my peeps, now I’m gonna go in real focused em-powerd and power-ful and power tool-let’s get things done and complete mode right now. I have communications to be had with folks all over Europe, in Italy, England, France, Spain and Ireland…we got a tour to work on people! Let’s get it!

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