West Up Los Angeles! So proud to announce our girl from the NELA Fawksie One debut a long awaited Album “No Artificial Flavors” Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at the Kaos Network located at 4343 Leimert Blvd. Los Angeles, Califas 90008. Hosted by Abstract Rude and live performances by Vel the Wonder.
Cd’s 20$ (portion of each purchase of the album will be donated to Maternal Mental Health Now an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to Postpartum Depression ♥)
5$ Donation at the door (No one will be turned away due to lack of funds) But we must support this community space!
Much Love & Respect,
Monica Smiles Tobon
The last project I put out was May 2012 //LOVE SICK// and before that //DON’T TAKE ME LIGHTLY// October 2010. I also have become a Mother in between this period of time suffered and survived a horrible postpartum depression… amongst other setbacks …anyway lol I’m back with mo fiyah! I really want to bring together the Hip-Hop community for this event combining the elements and basking in the beauty of it all as one! So come one come all MC’s, DJ’s, B-Boys & Girls, Pop lockers, Graffiti Writers, Beat makers and creative and conscious minds LET’S GET DOWN and celebrate my blood sweat and tears! – FAWKSIE ONE
For more information, check out their Facebook Event Page:
I’m just a Concrete Rose—Dope Song by NELA’s Finest Fawksie One- Love You Sister Por Vida
The worst events that could happen to any parent trying to make the right choices for their children is to have everything fall apart before their eyes. And that is exactly what is happening to Underground Hip Hop Female MC, sister, and fellow loyal contributor to our Arts & Music communities; Fawksie One.
Due to unseen circumstances, Fawksie One lost all her assets and has left her and her daughter living in hotel rooms with limited resources. It really breaks my heart that she is paying some high consequences for trying to leave a life behind that was not positive for the well-being of her daughter.
Fawksie One is one those performers that cares so much for her fans, her city; her music is explicit and has shared this gift with us all for over a decade. She has offered so much of her time and dedication in helping others execute successful events, art shows as well as fundraisers. With all that being said and in this time of her misfortune I ask of you to show your support. It is said that hard times reveal loyalty and genuine support to those that support you! Therefore, this is your chance to help Fawksie rebuilt her home for daughter Violet and herself.
Just click on the link below:
Much Love & Respect
Monica Smiles Tobon
On August 10, 2013, Mi Vida Boutique showcased such a heart-felt and original art show for the local kids in the Northeast Los Angeles. Ages that range from 2 to 18 years of age. And I am very happy to share with you all how very special this evening was, not only because of its originality and exposure to great little artists in such an exclusive way, sharing their Arte at the NELA Art Walk but also because it was my daughter’s First Art Show! Go Lil Frida ❤
For those of you who are not familiar with the NELA art walk is an Art event that takes place on the 2nd. Saturday of the month. On York Blvd from Avenue 50 down to Avenue 54 in Highland Park, CA. The majority of the local businesses open and throw art shows, sell arts and crafts allowing residents and visitors enjoy the night-life with open bars, fine dining and of course music. I remember a few years back while visiting one of my favorite places in the NELA, Mi Vida Boutique Shop which is located in 5159 York Blvd. Highland Park, California 90042, the NELA Art walk was just beginning and there was not as much traffic as there is now and it is very exciting to see how much it has grown and how much support this city is receiving from the public.
The gorgeous ladies from Mi Vida, ladies who I love and support in any possible way I can, have been sharing their space with great artists from different genres, and this night they decided to bring something to the masses which will conclude the summer for most kids and what way to end it then by throwing their own Art show before going back to school.
The little ones were so cute and professional about their work; I was amazed at some of the painting’s subject matters, from politics, to nature, anime comics and scary creatures like the one Frida did. It just proves to us all that our children are sponges and they are strongly influenced by their surroundings, and their parent’s teaching also. When a child paints, their creativity has no limit and we are all blessed to witness what crosses their minds. Whether it is an elaborate art piece or not; it has an ingredient that most of us as adults can lose at times due to the rat race and routines we are accustomed. And it is the pureness of doing something as daring as presenting to the world what they like or feel without any fears of judgment, rejection or failure; the freedom to be themselves and enjoying every minute of it. And I think this is why this little show was so special because being able to witness how proud they were of their art as well as seeing their families and friend being so supportive, it was very refreshing and promising to see what the future will look like for these young generation of artists.
With all that being said please enjoy the picture gallery of the NELA Art Walk and I encourage all of you to influence your children with Art every day! Pay attention to their interests and support them!
I am very proud of our Lil Frida for taking part of this special evening, as she became an Official Artist at the NELA Art Walk by selling her First Piece….the world is your momma. We love you!
Thank you Primas from Mi Vida for doing something so special and to everybody that made it happen.
With love always,
Monica Smiles Tobon