It's hard to come up with the words to express our feelings on our Big Sister Maya leaving us. But, she always found the words so, we'll lean on some of our favorite words of Sister Maya's (below the pic). And, sister Maya's life and work has been on our "TB s/heroes to make tribute flavors for" list for some time now.
STILL I RISE
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history's shame
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
Big Brother Reese (aka "The Devine Styler) and Brother Antwon (aka Big Brother "# Won") represented at the Art of Caring fundraiser for CASA (http://www.casabalt.org/) recently. TB was in the house servin' 'em up somethin' sweet, siblings.
Big Brothers, what's that you say? "Love saves the day!!" Word up and ok!!!
5/19/2014 0 Comments
The Bros. were in the house at the Maryland Historical Society for its 1st Annual Be AMAZING! Awards Gala Saturday night. Your Big Brothers and Sister won a beautiful blown glass award from the Bmore based I AM OKAH! INC. for OUTSTANDING ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR!!! It was a really cool event and we're honored to have been given the award!!!
The award looks like a flame. And, that's... fire!!!
In the pic below Big Brother Salter (left) and Big Brother Logan
Learn more about I AM OKAH! INC.
5/15/2014 0 Comments
Dr. LaMarr D. Shields introduces Big Brother Logan to the parents and students of Logan Elementary School in Dundalk, MD.
Big Brother Logan and Big Sister Whitney prep the classroom for the incoming students.
Big Brother Logan and Big Sister Whitney read through and discuss the lesson's topic, the work of Langston Hughes, before the students arrive.
Big Brother Logan and Big Sister Whitney read through and discuss the lesson's topic, the work of Langston Hughes,with the students.
Big Brother Logan, Big Sister Whitney and the students engage in an enthusiastic discussion concerning the young boy's individual dreams for the future.
And, we out!!!
5/12/2014 0 Comments
Last week your Big Brother and Sister (Brother Logan and Sister Whit) were introduced to an extraordinary little Brother at Logan Elementary School in Dundalk, MD while participating in the 2nd annual 'Boys Read Too!' literacy tour.
After we read through and then discussed Langston's classic poem 'Harlem (Dream Deferred) and also worked on an exercise concerning individual dreams, this little Brother dropped a Langston Hughes long poem on us (on some off the dome freestyle type of stuff.)!!! "LIFE IS FINE"!
See him spit it on our Fb page!
And, of course, after the sessions were over we all feasted on that TB ice cream!!! Honey Graham and our new classic flav, the Langston Hughes 'Harlem' poem inspired flavor 'A Dream Preferred'!
The tour rolls through an elementary school in Randallstown, Bmore this week, people! We rockin', rollin', and readin' (literally)!!!
Shout out to Dr. LaMarr D. Shields of The Cambio Group for adding the Bros. to the tour!
5/5/2014 0 Comments
Shout to our Mexican family as your Big Brothers take some time to acknowledge Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") today, a Mexican Holiday celebrating the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862.
In 1861, France sent a massive army to invade Mexico, as they wanted to collect on some war debts. The French army was much larger, better trained and equipped than the Mexicans struggling to defend the road to Mexico City. It rolled through Mexico until it reached Puebla, where the Mexicans made a valiant stand, and, against all logic, won a huge victory.
Note: With your man Napoleon creepin' on a come up in Mexico, it's believed by some historians that had our Mexican Brothers and sisters lost the battle for Puebla that France could have and would have aligned its forces with the confederacy of the U.S. south and aided them against the north in the American Civil War hoping to help break up the American Union and freeing Southern ports of the Union Blockade.
A Cinco de Mayo flav, family? Sí, lo haremos!
PS: Learn a little more at zinnedproject.org
5/2/2014 0 Comments
Family: Check out the below history that took place on this date in '63, family!!! The children's March against discrimination in Birmingham, Alabama! Deeply courageous!!! Courageously dope!!!!
Also, if you're on our page and not up on the Zinn Education Project, get down on it! They drop knowledge everyday over there!! Hella food for thought!!!
PS: And, we'll have to make a flavor that tells the tale of these courageous young men and women! No doubt!!!
On #tdih, May 2, 1963, thousands of children in Birmingham, Ala. left school at a designated time to launch a massive demonstration with plans to fill the jails. Here are resources to bring the history of the Children's March to the classroom including a film from Teaching Tolerance, a book for middle school, and a website with first hand stories from Birmingham residents: http://zinnedproject.org/materials/the-childrens-march/ Photo: Police send a group of African American school children to jail, following their arrest for protesting against racial discrimination near the city hall of Birmingham, Ala., on May 4, 1963. (Bill Hudson/AP)
— with Giovanni Doncas Shakur and 2 others.
5/2/2014 0 Comments
Logan (aka Brother Mike) busted up in the office today rockin' a sheerly dope t-shirt--Albert Einstein!!!
"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
Perhaps we should sell Einstein shirts w/the above quote on 'em from our truck?
5/1/2014 0 Comments
Shout out to 30 year old educator Sean McComb from Baltimore's Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts! He's the 2014 National Teacher of the Year!! He was honored at the White House yesterday! He's one of the youngest Teachers of the Year ever!!! And, he's a homeboy!
Got to give it up to the Brother, family. You know we can dig it as we're always trying to put the people up on the scoop with educational/historical information through the ice cream!