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Social JUSTICE Entrepreneurship & Leadership

Dear World,
One step at a time….one step at a time…

For the past 2 months I have been in the preparation process of making a dream of mine a reality. re:spect, my T-Shirt/clothing lines has been in my conceptual and idea world for the past 8 years and this Saturday marks the 1st ever Photo Shoot with models rocking my T-shirts with professional photographers, a professional film maker, assistants and 15 models, ahhhhh yeahhhh, wowie. These photographs, trailer and short doc (7 – 10 min) will showcase re:spect to its fullest vision. I’m very excited that everything has come together.  Pretty soon, the world will to see how much pleasure I get in seeing people wearing something I put my full love, re:spect, and passion in. It is my art. This is the 1st time I have taken on this large endeavor for re:spect.
I sent my whole beautiful team the intention of this Saturday and I would like to share it with you:

The INTENTION of this Sat’s PHOTO SHOOT (and what re:spect) is all ABOUT:

For the whole time this Saturday, I ask you to be inside the intention. All of you are super beautiful, unique, talented, sexy, creative and have so much to offer the world. I invite you to share your best and greatest selves with each other, on camera and off camera and hopefully you can all stay connected and maybe, build with each other in the future. What you ALL are supporting is not just making this dream a reality but you are supporting communities:
A percentage of all my T-Shirts is going directly back into the community. I have a list of Artists and Organizations that a percentage is going to. So far, the 2 Artists and 1 organization are:
1-Melissa Montero Padilla for her full-length feature documentary film on amazing Puerto Rican Activist, Isable Rosado (Melissa is one of our models!)
2-Alicia Anabel Santos for her memoir written for her daughter, “Finding Your Force: A Journey to LOVE.”
3-Oct. 22nd Coalition. This is one of my family’s. Mahina Movement and I have been working with them for the past 9 years! I love this organization. http://www.october22.org/

I made up the word and identify myself as a “Social Justice Entrepreneur.” I believe that not only can we support and buy within our community but WE ARE THE ONES to actually bring support and money back in the community.

I feel soooo goooooooooooood. I feel so joyful. I am super empowered in fulfilling on my dreams.
Thank you for the 7th person to follow my blog! Thank you for the 10th LIKE of one of my posts.
I know this is just one step to the 1,000th person to follow my blog. I know this is the just one step to the 1 million LIKEs of one of posts. Got start somewhere right? I’m ready and loving this journey and I ain’t stopping. Moving along….one step at a time….

thank you for reading.
thank you for your listening.

one. step. at. a. time

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You are invited to my 1st SILK SCREENING WORKSHOP in NYC!

Since I started silk screening like nobody’s business, I have gotten countless requests to teach a Silk Screening workshop, well, here it is folkz, moana love style…

 I will be leading a SILK SCREENING WORKSHOP 101 (Basics, get the fundamentals) on Mon. April 30, 2012; 7 pm – 9:30 pm in New York City!!

Registration Fee: $255.00 (5 scholarships available!)
Deadline to Register: Mon. April 23, 2012; midnight

–Maximum capacity: 40 PARTICIPANTS ONLY. Why 40 participants? We are building a community. I believe that everything you need and want is within y/our community. Everyone will have the opportunity to not only gain the skills of Silk Screening but they will also be able to meet and build with people…and who knows, maybe even create a team or even collective of “silk screen educators/ artists/ activists”…the possibilities are endless.

–Refreshments will be served. (There just has to be some food, punto. period.)

Your registration also includes:
***workbook and curriculum
***resource & materials guide
***follow up coaching sessions

I honor art making and its history AND I know any art form can be used as a tool for social justice and empowerment, we aint making Art just for Art Sake’s Silly. We are more than just a pretty face, right. I created this workbook and curriculum just for you and your students to know where silk screening comes from, how it’s been used over time, who has done it and how it has and can make a huge impact on the world. Also, I strongly believe in “Paying it Forward” and that is one of the reasons I am an Educator and Teacher–I want to teach you what I got, so you can teach another what you got. I strongly encourage Teachers and Educators to register for this workshop, so they may teach their students. You do not have to be a Teacher and/or Educator in a School System or Institution, you can be a person that can teach this to folks (young and old, tall and short, get it?) in your neighborhood, community center, church, mosque or synagogue; and the list goes on and on. I have created a workbook for you (and your students) and curriculum, that you can use to “Pay it Forward.”

When I started to learn how to do Silk Screening on my own, I did not see any one Resource and/or Materials guide online or elsewhere. I had to ask many people for advice; I went to many places for materials and figured out where to get the best; I practically figured out and learned on my own. With my experience and practice, I compiled a list of resources, stores and found materials (meaning free!) you can use to make your journey easier! (The list of stores and organizations are only in NYC.)

Silk Screening (like many things you are just learning) takes practice and experience. Ok, so you finished my workshop, you got all the knowledge, NOW its up to you to take that knowledge into power and do it. This can be a little daunting when you are ON YOUR OWN and wanting to do it the right way. Don’t worry, you won’t be on your own just yet…you can call me. Included in your fee, are 3 follow up coaching calls with me. You can use this anytime while you are “practicing.” Maybe your image did not burn through, what is the problem? Call me and we can figure out together what you can fix. These follow up coaching calls are AWESOME. I want to make sure that you can do silk screening on your own!

Moana Love, also known as Mo Money, M-Boogie, and Moana, is a multi-gifted artist, Teacher & Educator, and Activist.
In the past 3 months she has be doing workshops for City University of New York, reaching over 1,500 high school students! She loves learning, teaching, reading and sharing her knowledge and perspective of art, art making, social justice, empowerment and love. She is currently working on , “BELL. LOVE. ROOTS. 8 MURALES” collaborating with South Region Middle School 2B Arts and Media Academy of Bell, California (Bell is a city in Los Angeles County, California) in painting 8 grand scale Murals representing the community and their legacy. She is committed in making a difference every where she goes and being in the presence of every human being on the planet. She can’t wait to meet you!

Born Vaimoana Litia Makakaufaki Niumeitolu, Moana is a Poet, Painter, and Actor. She was born in Nuku’alofa, Tonga; raised in Hawa’ii and Utah; and now lives, creates and loves in NYC. She is the founder of Mahina Movement, the phenomenal all woman trio who have performed on over 400 stages including having performed with Angela Davis, Amiri and Amina Baraka, Tony Kushner, Noam Chomsky, Sonia Sanchez, Deepak Chopra, Kool Herc, Suheir Hammad, Sarah Jones, Dead Prez and countless others. Moana is the author of a poetry, performance text, and visual art chapbook, tonga provo harlem. Moana has traveled and shared her poetry & painting all over the US and in Fiji, Tonga, Ireland, Italy, and South Africa. She has been seen acting at the Metropolitan Opera and sharing her one woman show, Tongue-in Paint, which had it’s world premiere at soloNOVA’s 5th Annual Arts Festival at Performance Space 122 in NYC. Her other production, A Prayer for Tonga, premiered at Harvard University. She graduated from New York University in painting and performance, earned the Ellen Stoekel Fellowship/fulll scholarship in painting & drawing from Yale University and attended Columbia University’s Graduate Program in Acting.

–please register online, and go to my moana love bodega: www.moanalovebodega.bigcartel.com
You are going to click on the 1st product option titled, ONE Registration for SILK SCREENING WORKSHOP; April 30, 2012. Once you have registered, you will get an email from me that will include the location and your ticket to attend the workshop.
–I understand if you can not pay by credit card, please email me:  indigoartista@yahoo.com and I can send you some other options.
–any other questions, problems or comments: please email me directly: indigoartista@yahoo.com

Be a (Social) Butterfly and fly over here:

***If you want me to come to your Classroom, Organization or Home and do a workshop, please contact me directly: indigoartista@yahoo.com

arte, paz, amor y felicidades,
‘ofa atu,

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ohhhhhhh, it just turned after midnight…i missed posting for dec. 19, 2011. what a magical day!

just finished having a spectacular dinner/sharing/convos/connection with my 2 amazing gurlfriends C and M. thank you hermanas! gonna FREESTYLE this.

letting go of pain through pain-ting joy
no more drama, no more pain
we all on a new rocket ship
yogurt covered pretzels
butterscotch couch of comfort, safety and home
receiving blessings
in abundance.
you got me.
i got you.
i got you universe, i know you got me.

heart (candle) flames

conjuring the ocean, feeling the cowry, cowries got my back

we still growing

‘ofa atu.
i’m gonna stay up all night working on my moana love boedega–getting orders out before christmas, thank you, thank you, thank you for all your support and love and magic.

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malo’aupito mucho ~ thanks y giving

dear world: i’m grateful and GREATfull to you, thank you for giving me the honor, pleasure, challenge and blessing for the vida i got–for each breath and a new day to live life fully. i would not have the life i have today if you were not in it.

to my best friend in the whole entire world, Gabriella Gab*Star Callender, you are not only my best friend but you are the world’s best friend. yesterday, Gab*Star put this as her status on FB: “to be here..with my soul in my skin…creating you… creating me..creating you…..to be in love with life ..all of it …the illusion that it is ..the game of it ..and the discovery of love in the absence of meaning…..i can not help but love you in spite of everything and because of nothing …for this i am thankful, grateful and free.” Freaking beautiful y inspiring. This is my best friend, world. Yep. can’t get better this. ‘Ofa atu Gabby, I thank you for giving me and the world your music, your harmonies, your words, your beautiful spirit, your amazingness to the fullest. You inspire me on da daily, for real real. Also, life  just feels and looks better with you around…you make my heart sing and flyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. Happy ToFurkey day!
to my Mums y Pops, Litia y Tangata: i just got off the phone with you Mums. i love you all and will miss you all today. ‘Ofa atu ka Dad. thank you both for having me. right now as i write this, i’m getting present to the big life you both have given me through your sacrifice, risks and love. wow. thank you guys! i’m sending so much warmth and sunshine to Utah right now. beaming in Sandy to you all and happy eating at chuk-a-rama.
to my big sis, ‘Amelia Le’afa Niumeitolu, thank you for your call this morning. I wish I was with you and D, making 10 dozen chocolate chip cookies, yesssssss. thank you for never giving up on us, for plowing through and through, from the eastside to the westside sister, i salute you today and will always remember our bunk beds, garbage pail kid card collection, all our stuffed animals, my heavenly kid, Jenny, you picked out with Mum, cuz she could not afford a cabbage patch kid, our Strawberry Shortcake dolls and our bonnie bell chapsticks. yum. sending you lots of fair way brownies today! LA is in da mutha friggin’ billllding.
to Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, you inspire me to write, write, write and write our stories, our lives, our voices. thank you always for your impeccable listening, your brilliant mind y heart: your brilliance is mind y heart together, never separate.  ‘Ofa atu hermano ’til we speak again.
To mi created familia, my sisters and brothers:  La Chata aka E-Lo Erica DeLaRosa, loveeee you so much hermanaaaaa, i am so happy for you, haven’t seen you happier for your familia from Tejas to be in NYC this weekend witchu!! thank you for always being here and being here and being here! ‘Ofa atu Ewok-a. Mi hermanos, Luke Nephew y Frankie Lopez of the Peace Poets, dannnnng SUNS, ‘ofa atuuuuuu. You are pure inspiration, goodness, love, freedom, safety, poetry, and PEACE. I love you 2 soooo mucho much. huge abrazos always. Mi hermano, Oja, from a different mama y papa, I met you when when I was 19 years old at NYU’s Violet Cafe, at an INI event, mixing y turning tables, providing the soundscape for that amazing night. ‘Ofa and ‘Oja atu to my brother. You are still on my path and will always be on my path. thank you always for being there for me in alllll times. thank you for your wisdom and your light and always your smile. I love you Brother O. you always got me. to my other bff, Maria Marisigan, my hermana, I love you immensely. El Puente Presente, yo. Thank you for saying yes to working in my sweat shop for my T-shirts. it won’t be a bad sweat shop. i promise. it will be a good, fun, sweat shop. thank you for always supporting me and giving me your best love Maria, for bringing your truth and your smarts and the DANCE–moooooooove gurl, show me how you do that! Mi hermanas and hermanos, Tania Romero, Rafael Landron, Liz Romero, Amaru and Luz Schreiber, I love you OLLIN! I thank you for your leadership, community, love, healing, strength, and FAMILIA. I love y’all! thank you, thank you, thank you, i can just squeeze the heck out of yous right now. Felicity, thank you always for your support! Adoris and familia, i miss you guys. Thank you always Zoe!
I thank all these folks who I have just met this year and they have given me a part of themselves for me to grow: Re Perez, my coach from my Introduction Leaders Program, i love you so much Dude, you are freaking awesome! David Stadler, you the truth and i would not have played this game with out. James Picurro, Ahhhhh James, thank you Man! Mark Skylar, Aron Eisenpress, Wendy, Akua, Nikki, Lisa D, Chad Smith, Queenie, Clarivel, Aaron, I see you and you made a difference with me. Iman y Afrin, I love you.
I can’t forget these folks, you have made a huge difference in my life, you are superStars: William Solomon Orellana, Lizzy Fox, Bethany Edmunds, China Ching, Tressa Diaz, Lah Tere!!!! ohhhhh Yanny Clermont, loves you. I know I am missing peeps, there are more to mention, I just want to say thank you. when i see you, i will say thank you! thank you.
‘Ofa atu MSQP. thank you!
thank you.
thank you.
thank you.

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