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Fawksie1 & Dj Ethos//No Artificial Flavors//Album Release Party

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:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1276811712436051/?active_tab=about

 

 

Chocolate & Art Show: Miami Edition

ARTISTS NEEDED for CHOCOLATE AND ART SHOW in MIAMI 2017
WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING ART of ALL MEDIUMS for SUBMISSIONS, and TABLE SPACES for VENDORS, and MUSIC BANDS.

MAY 18th and 19th, 2017.

Chocolate And Art Show, will take in our new Venue WYNWOOD WAREHOUSE PROJECT

Chocolate And Art show which is currently one of the biggest underground art shows in LOS ANGELES, with over 1500 people in attendance.

If you are interested in checking out the show go to our WEBSITE

Submit links and/or pics of your work for consideration ARTWORK SUBMISSION

Returning ARTISTS have a discounted price per piece that they submit.

THE ARTISTS SELL THEIR OWN ART WORK
AND TAKES 100% COMMISSION.

VENDORS: We only have 10 space available.

LA BULLA Presented by Antonio Pelayo Productions this May 6th!

 

Antonio Pelayo presents,
La Bulla -The Lucha Libre Experience
Live Lucha Libre-Art Exhibit-Concert
Featuring BLUE DEMON JR
Lucha Libre matches curated by Masked Republic

Hosted by
Denise Ruiz & Joe Diaz
Musical performances by
LA CHAMBA
SUBSUELO
Special performance by Alien dance Band
Art Exhibit curated by Johnny Quintana with special guest artist Mr Cartoon
Back Stage
Hosted by Calipso
Featuring DJ Thrives & DJ ChrisRox

Car Show-Vendors-Food-Drinks and more!

Sponsored by
AGUA LUCHA
BISHOP
CLEAN
EL JIMADOR
VEGA PRINTING
CALIFORNIA COMFORT

Powered by
Moby Arts

Media Partners
AlterLatino
Gypset Magazine
Sunset Eclectico
Bichuda

Get your tickets at the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-bulla-tickets-31640797477

For more information click on the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/antoniopelayoprod/


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DISCLAIMER: All event attendees must be 21+ with a valid photo ID upon check-in. No in and outs are permitted. Upon entering our events, you are allowing our photographers and videographers to include you in video footage and photography. We reserve the right to use, reproduce and distribute any video and photography produced at our events. Solicitors are not allowed on the premises. Passing out flyers and/or promoting other events at or during our events is strictly prohibited and is grounds for removal. Ticket sales are final, no refunds.

 

Celebrating Women Herstory Month: “Hija de la Chingada” by Cindy Crystal Gonzalez

“Hija de la Chingada Y Que”

            “Estas carnes indias que despreciamos nosotros los Mexicanos asi como despreciamos condenamos a nuestra madre, Malinalli. Nos condenamos a nosotros mismos. Esta raza vencida, enemigo cuerpo”. Gloria Anzaldúa

“Traidora, Traitor….” These were the words I heard from my tias when La Malinche would come up in conversation. I never understood why the mere mention of La Malinche provoked such anxiety. Anzaldúa tells us that La Malinche became La Chingada -the fucked one. Her name evokes mixed emotions to Chicanas, Mexicanas, and Pochas. She was Hernan Cortes’s interpreter and sexual object; su primer conquista. She is blamed for the destruction of the great Aztec People. In her complexity, she represents both innocence and guilt. La Chingada is our greatest Mexican contradiction, our most deep-(seed)ed confusion. For some, she deserved all that she endured under Cortes’s dominion because she was the whore that sold her people out, La Traidora. She provoked su conquista, She got what she deserved.

For others, she belongs on a pedestal of honor. They challenge the conventional beliefs around La Malinche and re-imagine her as a young innocent Indian wombyn who was sold into slavery and birthed our distinct Raza, La Madre del Mestizaje. Children of Mexico will either uplift her as a Mother or degrade her as La Chingada. This is the binary that Anzaldua both traces out and also teaches us to transcend. Her writing is incredibly relevant to me and to the children of Mexico because it is a chronicle, a retelling, and a transforming of our story and our identity. I am quite literally La Hija de la Chingada (daughter of the fucked one) historically, and presently this is my identity.

My mother stands 5 feet tall, canela skinned, with wavy opaque hair. Abuelita always called her prietita. She embodies the features of an India. Machismo and white supremacy team up in the Mexican experience against wombyn that bare indigenous features forcing them to become subservient and if one rebels, there is a price to pay. At an early age Ama worked in a bar as a dancer. In the thirsty eyes of the depraved men around her, she was sorted neatly into the whore category, deserving of any and all desecrations of her dignity. Without her knowing she was falling into the whore side of the long established virgin/whore dichotomy that has been constructed for Mexican wombyn.

“Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one, Happy New Year!” My mom gave me a rambunctious hug and a big Brandy smooch and so began the year 1997. I was smiling in the smile-now-cry-later Pachuca Xingona tradition that raised me. For as long as I can recall, this is how my New Year’s Eve celebrations felt. Deep down there has always been a void in my person that my mom could not fill. It was the absence of a caring, protective ever-present Apa. This emptiness has hollowed my identity.

The year was 1997. I was 14 years old. It was the year I became determined to find my father, to give the Gonzalez along side my name meaning and to become whole. In truth, this is a journey all the children of colonial violence are on, one way or another. When I questioned my mother about my father, she would respond, “El no quiere nada que ver contingo”. At some point my mom finally reached out to Alvaro Gonzalez and demanded child support. He responded with a request for a DNA test. I was offended but I extended my arm with blind courage and pride. Some weeks later he showed up at my mother’s doorstep asking to take me out for lunch. I remember my mom being hesitant but she let me go with him and tio Victor. I had barely started to sip on my Jarrito as his apology began. “Perdoname Mija pero te tengo que decir que, Yo no soy tu Padre.” I was quiet. Everything was muted. I stared at him, “Pues quien es mi padre si yo tengo tu apellido?” It wasn’t long before the moment of truth. My mother nervously said, “Cindy… l was abducted and held hostage en un hotel in Mexico City for a long weekend. I was raped by a man. He is your father.” Tears raced down my cheeks as anger began to enter my heart. I felt betrayed, incomplete; it became painfully true to me that I was, una “Hija de la Chingada”- literally and metaphorically.

My mother is my people’s mother; she is La Malinche y La Chingada. Her truth resembled La Chingada’s experience with machismo and white supremacy. She was raped, belittled, and kept in captivity for the pleasures of a man who looked at her and said to himself India puta. As a result, she started to despise the indian in her. Ama hated herself entirely from the shame that was attached to her rape. She was bottling up a shame and hate in her heart that would spear head a shift in her sexuality. She transformed from an undocumented- indigenous looking wombyn that fell neatly into the virgin/whore dichotomy into a femme-lesbian who hated men for the next twenty years of her life and transcended the binary.

Anzaldúa, enlightens us of the classifications that wombyn who are descendants from Mexico fall into according to our culture. “For a woman of my culture there used to be only three directions she could turn: Church as a nun, to the streets as a prostitute, and or to the home as a mother”. While those are three options they amount to two directions, nuns and moms on the good side and whores on the bad side. My mother transcended into a third identity, one which challenges the limits for an undocumented Mexican wombyn’s sexuality by taking the power to define her sexuality outside of the norms. La Chingada, La Malinche is a metaphor for reclaiming our indian side as a practice of autonomy in a world of cultural domination. Many wombyn of color have similar stories, we continue to be affected by the cultural aspect of our identity, sexuality, and wombynhood. La Malinche is our ancestral mother therefore, firmly and resolutely I chose to embody La Hija de la Chingada as a practice of liberation from the shackles of machismo and white supremacy for myself and the forthcoming mothers and Hijas de la Chingada. For our Mother’s legacy is immortal!

 

King Cre8 Live Painting @ Dodger Stadium

Los Angeles I love you! If you are a Baseball Fan check out my boy King Cre8 painting live this coming March 20-22, 2017. The Dodger Stadium is hosting the Championship Round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic Major League and for the first inauguration, King Cre8 will be there representing Big Bad Los Angeles.

For more info on this cool event and final Graffiti Art piece pictures and recaps go to:

http://www.kingcre8.com

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

Recap of Rebekah Miles Show

“Women are the Creators of Life and Children are our  Future”- Rebekah Miles

On November 12, 2016, The Arts Works Gallery located at 509 Sullivan Street, Miami Arizona showcased “Rebekah Miles- Fine Art Photography”, her First Solo Exhibit; a milestone for this young and talented Apache Woman. It was such a privilege to be able to attend and support her as I was in the middle of a self discovery journey during this time over in Arizona.

The stars must have aligned for this special night, as I happened to be visiting the San Carlos Apache Reservation, my good friend and Apache Artist Doug Miles, knew I was in his reservation for the week and kindly invited to such a special moment for his daughter’s career.

As you know by now, my mission in life to uplift and support young women in the Arts, I had been invited to the Apache Rez to document Art and Culture and it was an interesting twist as I was able to cover her event. Seeing a younger generation of Native American Artists still inspired by their culture and as Rebekah has stated the importance of her works. As one sees her photography’s subject matter are always women, when I asked Rebekah if this was a mere coincidence, she shared the importance in highlighting Women and Children because they are the Future, as a Woman creates Life, the Children get passed on the Language, tradition and live on for generations to come.

Rebekah Miles exhibit was an intimate setting, close friends, family and supporters made the night as vivid and personal as her body of works displayed at The Arts Works Gallery.  Every photo had its own story, its own highlighted beauty and rich colors, a twist of Contemporary Pop Art and traditional Native Women all wrapped up in a time frame where both worlds meet and create a breathtaking still life of their every day lives. My new fond Din’e Brothers from Hip Hop Group Forbidden Theory performed throughout the show too, big shout to you guys! Really exciting to see young artists collaborating together for Rebekah; you deserve the best! Thank you for welcoming us with open arms to your first solo exhibit, shout out to artist Paul Daniel for welcoming me into your Reservation and Doug Miles for inviting us for this event.

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

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Recap of the Cannabis Show @ Infinity Room!

On January 28th, Paul Stewart and Over the Edge Gallery kicked off the year with the Cannabis Art Show which was located at the infamous Infinity Room in conjunction with Delicious Pizza located at 5413 West Adams Blvd. Los Angeles Califas.

Paul Stewart  partnered up with major Cannabis companies in the industry to bring to the public a massive line up of artists, Graffiti artists and special DJ appearances.  Along this collaboration show featured a heavy hitter artist line up with OG Slick, Michael Miller, Eric “Cre8” Walker, Keo, Lauralee Benjamin, Petal, Jennifer Korsen, Mr. Trixter, Sanecorner, Somehoodlum, Adria Cruel, Xistheweapon, Style One, WizRok, Gas, Sebastien Walker, The MadTwiinz, Phever, Bihno, Antonio and Isaac Pelayo.

This was an excited event for me as it was my first time working along with OG Paul Stewart, coming up with a fresh Cannabis theme along the beautiful and talented Tasha Nguyen who was in charge of all the DOPE vendors. If you attended this event then you all agree with me that the dopest part of the event was walking thru the back of the Infinity Room to the spot of vendors such as TGD, PotRocks, Legion of Bloom, Stonedgamers which was a popular hit with the public that night! It was a surreal experience to see all the Cannabis themed vendors, pastries, drinks, video games, bong hits, and dope vinyl records while listening to fresh DJ’s throughout the night; the final thought: Oh shit, this is really happening in Cali, Smoke Up!

Big Ups to our Fresh Los Angeles Hip Hop Heads, Cannabis Vendors, Artists, the Sponsors PBR, photographer E5D Zine for some of these great moments captured. Shout out to my fam from Cholos Try, Scar and Irene, thank you guys for always coming thru to show love and support. Here’s to more nights Up in Smoke, Tunes, Arte and Good People. Waddup Sista HailStorm, Petal, Gas, Wizrok, OG Cre8, Lea, My Mija Tatyana Ali,Korsen who stole the space in the Infinity Room with her massive Cannabis Art Piece which was used throughout the night as a backdrop. Just to show you that when creative genuine people get together, unforgettable events like this happen.

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

Stay Connected with Over the Edge Books for more Upcoming Events and Info at:

http://overtheedgebooks.com/blog/

THIS IS LOS ANGELES BABY!

 

Moby Arts- Arts District Co Op Sound Saturday Event this 1-21-17!

Moby Arts is marking its home at the Arts District Co Op which is located at 453 Colyton St, Los Angeles, California. A breathtaking gallery space filled with Urban Art, Clothing, accessories and with the fresh edition of Art Collections of Natiliy Gonzalez, CEO of Moby Arts Pop Up Gallery..

Join us this Saturday, January 21, 2017 2pm.-6pm. For their Sound Saturday event which takes place every third of the month. Come check out our collective art sale!

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon

 

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Visiting St. Charles Parochial School in San Carlos Apache Rez with Sister Ruth

On November 13, 2016 I had the honor to walk thru the doors of the Saint Charles Parochial School which is located in San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. First of all, I want to thank artist Paul Daniel for allowing to be a part of your journey; this place changed my life forever.

I must admit that this photo gallery is precious to me, it is a great deal to be sharing with you. It took me a month to dwell on whether I wanted to keep this marvelous experience to myself or share it with the world as I had promised. But there are moments like this that do need to be shared, to give others a new perspective on the importance of Life, helping others and allowing strangers to inspire and teach you new ways. Openly absorbing the beauty around us.

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

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History of Saint Charles Parochial School in the San Carlos Apache Reservation, Arizona

St. Charles School, located on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation was opened in September 1965. The first generation Catholics who attended St. John’s Indian Boarding School requested that a Catholic school be built on the reservation so that their children and subsequent generations would have the opportunity to learn about the Catholic faith without leaving the reservation and losing their Apache culture.

San Carlos Apache Reservation, Arizona
Front of St. Charles Parochial School
Sister Ruth inside warehouse with donations for the Apache Community
Inside Look at St. Charles Parochial School’s kitchen
Inside View of Classroom at St. Charles Parochial School
San Carlos Apache Reservation
St. Charles Parochial Church
May the Lord Give you Peace and All that is Good

GAS MTA WCA

Electric Box Tour in LA

Los Angeles is filled with dope art everywhere we turn and as we have seen every single part being beautified even the electric boxes are getting pimped out!

Check out our homeboy and OG Graffiti Writer Gas MTA, WCA get down on a few locations throughout Big Bad Los Angeles! The Hunt is on, check them out!

GAS MTA WCA- BOX No. 1
GAS- MTA WCA BOX No.2
BOX No.3  Dedicated the the men and women of the LAFD real life heros
BOX No.3
Dedicated the the men and women of the LAFD real life heros