One Common Unity

One Common Unity One Common Unity breaks cycles of violence and builds compassionate, healthy communities through the One Common Unity is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization started in 2000 by a group of artists, educators, and community organizers intent on promoting non-violent conflict resolution in light of a rash of street killings impacting neighborhoods throughout Washington DC.

Our mission is to use media & arts-based programming to educate youth, educators and communities on peaceful resolutions to conflict and violence. For almost 20 years, OCU has facilitated training programs that promote the use of the arts and social-emotional learning (SEL) based strategies when working with young people impacted by violence and other risk factors in their communities. The recent

Our mission is to use media & arts-based programming to educate youth, educators and communities on peaceful resolutions to conflict and violence. For almost 20 years, OCU has facilitated training programs that promote the use of the arts and social-emotional learning (SEL) based strategies when working with young people impacted by violence and other risk factors in their communities. The recent

Operating as usual

Join us for a two-day #virtualevent celebrating community, resilience, and transformation..From luminary speakers 🙌to re...
08/30/2021

Join us for a two-day #virtualevent celebrating community, resilience, and transformation.
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From luminary speakers 🙌

to renowned performers 🎭

and a very special #documentarypremiere 📽️,

this is an event you don't want to miss!
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Help us raise awareness for the gaps that persist in our society today and the work that must be done to advance our mission. Together, we will break the cycles of violence and build compassionate, healthy communities through the transformative power of music 🎶, arts🎨, and peace education🕊️.
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Save the date and use the link in our bio to register today!! ✨

Join us for a two-day #virtualevent celebrating community, resilience, and transformation.
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From luminary speakers 🙌

to renowned performers 🎭

and a very special #documentarypremiere 📽️,

this is an event you don't want to miss!
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Help us raise awareness for the gaps that persist in our society today and the work that must be done to advance our mission. Together, we will break the cycles of violence and build compassionate, healthy communities through the transformative power of music 🎶, arts🎨, and peace education🕊️.
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Save the date and use the link in our bio to register today!! ✨

08/23/2021

This is how we close out another great #teachertraining event! Congratulations team #OCU + @roosevelthsdc 🎉🎉💃🏽🕺🏼

#harambeesummit

Today is The Harambee Summit at @roosevelthsdc 🥁 🥁 🥁 .Over 150 high school educators will attend this day-long training ...
08/23/2021

Today is The Harambee Summit at @roosevelthsdc 🥁 🥁 🥁
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Over 150 high school educators will attend this day-long training with us. We're kicking off the morning with a drum circle ceremony with local African Drum & Dance group @farafinakan , followed by breakout sessions, a keynote from hip-hop artist & educator @kingasheru_ga , then a closing circle #TheHarambeeExperience with DC's own @baba.d.5, and ending with #FlyByLight youth performances.
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Follow along with us today as we share real-time updates in our stories ↖️
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#harambeesummit

08/09/2021
FBL Core Pillar: Artistic Expression

#ArtisticExpression is one of the five core pillars of our organization and our groundbreaking #FlyByLight program. In Fly By Light, youth find their inner light and use that light to fly. ✨ ✨ ✨
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We must nurture young peoples’ abilities to express themselves artistically rather than through violence. When young people recognize the power of their vision and voice, they can help create a more peaceful world. ✌🏼 ✌🏽 ✌🏾 ✌🏿
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💬 💬 💬 Tell us, what's your favorite form of artistic expression?
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Learn more about our artistic expression pillar here: https://onecommonunity.org/story-5-fly-by-light-pillar-artistic-expression/

Guess who dropped in at our #FlyByLight #SummerStrong #summercamp 👀👀.It’s @berniesanders ❣️.What an awesome honor! We’re...
08/05/2021

Guess who dropped in at our #FlyByLight #SummerStrong #summercamp 👀👀
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It’s @berniesanders ❣️
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What an awesome honor! We’re so thrilled 🤩🤩🤩

Guess who dropped in at our #FlyByLight #SummerStrong #summercamp 👀👀
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It’s @berniesanders ❣️
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What an awesome honor! We’re so thrilled 🤩🤩🤩

Repost from @shadison_ships•Happy Tuesday from the FBL summer camp 😎 full of teambuilding games, plants, and community c...
08/03/2021

Repost from @shadison_ships

Happy Tuesday from the FBL summer camp 😎 full of teambuilding games, plants, and community conversations!

“Overall, I notice a shift in the school’s culture where students feel, become, and act empowered—learning better ways t...
07/30/2021

“Overall, I notice a shift in the school’s culture where students feel, become, and act empowered—learning better ways to communicate, work together, and be collaborative.

I think this is tied directly to the creative programming they are receiving through Fly By Light.”

-Tiana Thomas, Perry Street Preps’ Performance Art Teacher
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One Common Unity (OCU) and #DCPS (PSP) @perrystreetprep began a working relationship right before the pandemic hit and we are extremely excited about our #progress so far.
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Despite the challenges created and aggravated by the pandemic, OCU and PSP managed to create a symbiotic relationship that has had a profound positive impact on their students and the school’s culture.
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PSP students have:
- Realized their voices 📢
- Created a youth council 👥
- Organized digital performance showcases ✨
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Learn more about PSP’s #turnaround and the student’s amazing efforts at our link in bio.

Black and brown young people have a #YouthMandate to their government: permanently end the school-to-prison-and-deportat...
07/14/2021

Black and brown young people have a #YouthMandate to their government: permanently end the school-to-prison-and-deportation pipeline and build a liberatory education system based on principles of equity, and racial justice.🖤
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At OCU we’ve personally seen the positive impact of compassion as a tool for engagement and peace rather than policing. Therefore, we wholly support #PoliceFreeSchools
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JOIN THE MOVEMENT! Endorse the #YouthMandate for Education and liberation! ✍️ Sign the petition!
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Visit www.youthmandate.com to learn more.

Black and brown young people have a #YouthMandate to their government: permanently end the school-to-prison-and-deportation pipeline and build a liberatory education system based on principles of equity, and racial justice.🖤
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At OCU we’ve personally seen the positive impact of compassion as a tool for engagement and peace rather than policing. Therefore, we wholly support #PoliceFreeSchools
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JOIN THE MOVEMENT! Endorse the #YouthMandate for Education and liberation! ✍️ Sign the petition!
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Visit www.youthmandate.com to learn more.

07/12/2021
Power of Retreat

The Power of #Retreat 😌

“One Common Unity's retreats are where some of the most transformative magic happens... Students can really immerse themselves, allowing the values and tools we teach to become lifelong allies… We all notice an energetic shift in them, where deeper connection, #healing, and #community are accessed.” 🌏🌍🌎

-Madison McCoy, OCU Program Manager

#ocu #flybylight #dcyouth #dcyouthprograms #youthempowerment #peaceeducation #mindfulness #mentalhealthmatters

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07/09/2021

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✨ YOU’RE INVITED ✨ our Summer Youth Employees have planned a special 45min workshop for Wednesday 7/14 at 5:30pm.All age...
07/09/2021

✨ YOU’RE INVITED ✨ our Summer Youth Employees have planned a special 45min workshop for Wednesday 7/14 at 5:30pm.

All ages are welcome and encouraged to join FREE interactive community dialogue and self care planning workshop will focus on how to care and listen to yourself in this process of pandemic “reopening”

Will we see you there?

Register at https://tinyurl.com/fblselfcare

✨ YOU’RE INVITED ✨ our Summer Youth Employees have planned a special 45min workshop for Wednesday 7/14 at 5:30pm.

All ages are welcome and encouraged to join FREE interactive community dialogue and self care planning workshop will focus on how to care and listen to yourself in this process of pandemic “reopening”

Will we see you there?

Register at https://tinyurl.com/fblselfcare

One Common Unity's Board of Directors pens a letter to the community on the upcoming leadership transition, their reflec...
06/30/2021
Leadership Transition: Letter from OCU Board of Directors

One Common Unity's Board of Directors pens a letter to the community on the upcoming leadership transition, their reflections on Hawah Kasat's 20+ years of service as the Executive Director, and their plans for a smooth leadership transition this fall, 2021.

Take a look, here: https://bit.ly/2Tf2xME

Dear OCU Community, By now, you have heard about Hawah's upcoming transition from his role as Executive Director. We write to share our next steps for a smooth leadership transition in the coming months following this

We’re closing out the school-year like... 🤸🏽‍♀️🤸🏿🤸🏽‍♂️ Repost from @tybylight•@sww.flybylight IN PERSON! My heart is so ...
06/23/2021

We’re closing out the school-year like... 🤸🏽‍♀️🤸🏿🤸🏽‍♂️

Repost from @tybylight

@sww.flybylight IN PERSON! My heart is so full. Thanks to everyone who came to join us in the park today, you have made Fly By Light Walls what it is. Congratulations graduates! I’ll see the rest of you in the fall

#ocu #flybylight #dcyouth #dcyouthprograms #artsempowerment #peaceeducation #minfulness #dcps #dcpcs

Happy #Juneteenth! ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿.#OnThisDay in 1865, the last enslaved African Americans—250,000 of them—learned the news of ...
06/19/2021

Happy #Juneteenth! ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿
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#OnThisDay in 1865, the last enslaved African Americans—250,000 of them—learned the news of their emancipation. A whole two and a half years AFTER the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into law—almost 250 years after the first enslaved African’s arrived in Virginia.
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“The lesson of Juneteenth is both of celebration and expectation, of freedom deferred but still sought and of the freedoms to come.” - @thehungryear for @nytimes
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Finally recognized as a National Holiday, this Juneteenth is different. It’s finally mainstream and we’re so thrilled about that. Yet, we can’t help but wonder, will justice soon follow?
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Today, we celebrate freedom—both realized and still sought. We listen to Black music. We purchase from Black-owned businesses. And we stand in solidarity with African Americans as we continue to fight—together—to remove the tyranny of slavery once and for all.
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💬💬💬 Tell us, what’s on your playlist today, and how does true freedom look to you?
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#BlackMusicMonth #Juneteenth #AbolitionNow #wewantjustice #wewantfreedom #wegotaholiday

One Common Unity is searching for an Interim Executive Director. Please share with your amazing networks.
06/15/2021
Interim Executive Director

One Common Unity is searching for an Interim Executive Director. Please share with your amazing networks.

One Common Unity is now hiring for the position of Interim Executive Director in Washington. Apply today.

06/14/2021

We are seeking to hire an Outpatient Behavioral Health Therapist-Consultant.

As an independent contractor, the hours and volume of work will vary. Contractor compensation will be based on a percentage of billing revenue generated -- the percentage may vary depending on years of experience, level of licensure, special skills, etc.

Take a look at the job posting here, and please share with friends who might be interested.

https://careers.jobscore.com/careers/onecommonunity/jobs/outpatient-behavioral-health-therapist-consultant-dGm0e2Kxmr65bVaKi2Iu__?ref=rss&sid=68

#behavioralhealth #therapistjob #jobposting #DCJobs

06/10/2021
Fly By Light Summer Showcase

THANK YOU to all those that came out and supported our youth at last night's Fly By Light Summer Showcase!

If you missed it, you can watch the recording right here on Facebook: https://fb.watch/62d3_LK-BG/

In the words of Mama Princess, "So much love & gratitude for all those who attended our Virtual Summer Showcase! It was magically dope! From our youth performers to our features, to our staff, what a night of healing and making Mental Health Matter! Although the school year is coming to a close, we are far from done. Mental Health work is to be done on the daily by everyone!"

Wishing you a blessed summer and stay tuned for ways you can connect with us and our work this summer!

#OneCommonUnity #FlyByLight #summershowcase #fblshowcase #mentalhealthmatters

⏰ STARTING IN 1 HOUR ⏰ .Get your tickets. Sign in to Zoom (or Facebook Live)... and join us for the 2021 SUMMER SHOWCASE...
06/09/2021

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Get your tickets. Sign in to Zoom (or Facebook Live)... and join us for the 2021 SUMMER SHOWCASE at 7 pm tonight!

🎶 💞 🎤 🎶 💞 🎤🎶 💞 🎤🎶 💞 🎤🎶 💞 🎤🎶 💞 🎤

This is it. The moment we've been waiting for! This is going to be an awesome evening filled with love, light, and so much talent from our Fly By Light Youth Artists, Performance Troupe, and Alumni Artists.

Special guest artists
🎤 @tamikalovejones
🎶 @shanellegabriel
🗣 @messiahramkissoon
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🎟 Last call for tickets: tinyurl.com/FBLSummerShow
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Thanks to our lead sponsor @soundexchange

⏰ STARTING IN 1 HOUR ⏰
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Get your tickets. Sign in to Zoom (or Facebook Live)... and join us for the 2021 SUMMER SHOWCASE at 7 pm tonight!

🎶 💞 🎤 🎶 💞 🎤🎶 💞 🎤🎶 💞 🎤🎶 💞 🎤🎶 💞 🎤

This is it. The moment we've been waiting for! This is going to be an awesome evening filled with love, light, and so much talent from our Fly By Light Youth Artists, Performance Troupe, and Alumni Artists.

Special guest artists
🎤 @tamikalovejones
🎶 @shanellegabriel
🗣 @messiahramkissoon
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🎟 Last call for tickets: tinyurl.com/FBLSummerShow
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Thanks to our lead sponsor @soundexchange

✨ Tonight is the night! It's showcase time!! ✨.⏰ Grab your tickets and tune in TONIGHT @ 7 PM EST for the #FlyByLight vi...
06/09/2021
Fly By Light Summer Showcase

✨ Tonight is the night! It's showcase time!! ✨
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⏰ Grab your tickets and tune in TONIGHT @ 7 PM EST for the #FlyByLight virtual Summer Showcase. Join youth artists and special renowned guests for an evening filled with joy, light, laughter, and community healing. 🎶 💞 🎤 🎶 💞 🎤🎶 💞 🎤
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Special guest artists
🎤 Tamika Love Jones
🎶 Friends of Shanelle Gabriel
🗣 Messiah Ramkissoon
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🎟 Last call for tickets: tinyurl.com/FBLSummerShow

You are invited to join our Fly By Light Virtual Summer Showcase!

It’s Showcase time! 🎉 🎶⏰ Join us TOMORROW, June 9th at 7 pm for our #FlyByLight virtual Summer Showcase! An uplifting ni...
06/08/2021

It’s Showcase time! 🎉 🎶

⏰ Join us TOMORROW, June 9th at 7 pm for our #FlyByLight virtual Summer Showcase! An uplifting night of music, poetry, and dance by youth artists and special renowned guest artists—it’s gonna be lit!! 🔥 🔥 🔥
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🎤 Spotlight on Guest Artist: @shanellegabriel

Shanelle Gabriel does it all: soulful singing, awesome spoken word poetry, lyrics for days, and all while advocating for Lupus. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she has toured both nationally and internationally, hitting cities from LA to Vancouver to Johannesburg, South Africa. Frequently compared to Lauryn Hill and the super duo Floetry wrapped-in-one, Shanelle effortlessly blends her soulful singing with elements of spoken word and hip-hop, as well as fusing original music and poems with familiar hit songs.
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🎟 Tickets are available ▶️ http://tinyurl.com/OCU-Summer
DCPS & DCPCS students and families are always free 🎉
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#FlyByLight #OCU #OneCommonUnity #OCUShowcase2021#dcyouth #dcmusic #dcartists #youthartists #peaceeducation #nonviolence #poetry #spokenword #hiphop #dcyouthprograms #dcps #dcpcs #dcmetro #creativedc #dc #dccreates #artistsupportartists

It’s Showcase time! 🎉 🎶

⏰ Join us TOMORROW, June 9th at 7 pm for our #FlyByLight virtual Summer Showcase! An uplifting night of music, poetry, and dance by youth artists and special renowned guest artists—it’s gonna be lit!! 🔥 🔥 🔥
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🎤 Spotlight on Guest Artist: @shanellegabriel

Shanelle Gabriel does it all: soulful singing, awesome spoken word poetry, lyrics for days, and all while advocating for Lupus. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she has toured both nationally and internationally, hitting cities from LA to Vancouver to Johannesburg, South Africa. Frequently compared to Lauryn Hill and the super duo Floetry wrapped-in-one, Shanelle effortlessly blends her soulful singing with elements of spoken word and hip-hop, as well as fusing original music and poems with familiar hit songs.
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🎟 Tickets are available ▶️ http://tinyurl.com/OCU-Summer
DCPS & DCPCS students and families are always free 🎉
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#FlyByLight #OCU #OneCommonUnity #OCUShowcase2021#dcyouth #dcmusic #dcartists #youthartists #peaceeducation #nonviolence #poetry #spokenword #hiphop #dcyouthprograms #dcps #dcpcs #dcmetro #creativedc #dc #dccreates #artistsupportartists

🔊 There’s big news at OCU. After 20+ years, Hawah announces he is stepping down as Executive Director (ED), paving the w...
06/03/2021

🔊 There’s big news at OCU.

After 20+ years, Hawah announces he is stepping down as Executive Director (ED), paving the way for new leadership this fall.

Hawah shares, “As I reflect on these past twenty years and look ahead to this next chapter for both the organization and for me, I also want to take a moment and thank YOU—our OCU community—for being with us every step of the way. We wouldn't be here without your support, friendship, and collaboration over the years, and I can't wait for the incredible things OCU will continue to do in partnership with you.” ❤️

Read Hawah’s complete statement, here:
https://onecommonunity.org/hawah-kasat-leadership-transition/

We'll be reflecting and honoring his visionary leadership over the next several months. Help us send Hawah off on his next adventure by sharing your fondest memories, photos, and moments here. Comment and share below. 💬

⏰ June 9th at 7 pm est we invite you to join us for the #FlyByLight virtual Summer Showcase! An uplifting night of music...
06/02/2021

⏰ June 9th at 7 pm est we invite you to join us for the #FlyByLight virtual Summer Showcase! An uplifting night of music, poetry, and dance by youth artists and special renowned guest artists—tune into this soulful and cathartic event!!✨
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🎶 Spotlight on Guest Artist: Messiah Ramkissoon

New York-based poet, Hip-Hop artist, and incarcerated youth activist, Messiah Ramkissoon, has a message: words possess power. Messiah began his career teaching poetry at Washington DC's famed Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Beginning in 2007 and continuing to the present day in New York, Messiah has served as a mentor and programming liaison for incarcerated youth in Maryland, Washington, and at Rikers Island in New York City. Messiah is also a three-time champion of the nationally-televised Apollo Theater showcase (his poem “Shareka Was A Champ” brought the Apollo crowd to their feet while illuminating the HIV crisis). Having shared platforms on many renowned stages, Messiah’s focus and passion remain centered in the purpose and devout ex*****on of his artistry and its impact on the culture.
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🎟 Tickets are available
▶️ https://bit.ly/2SLiauD
DCPS & DCPCS students and families are always free 🎉
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#FlyByLight #OCU #OneCommonUnity #dcmusic #dcartists #youthartists #peaceeducation #nonviolence #poetry #spokenword #hiphop #dcyouthprograms #dcps #dcpcs #dcmetro #creativedc #dc #dccreates #artistsupportartists

⏰ June 9th at 7 pm est we invite you to join us for the #FlyByLight virtual Summer Showcase! An uplifting night of music, poetry, and dance by youth artists and special renowned guest artists—tune into this soulful and cathartic event!!✨
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🎶 Spotlight on Guest Artist: Messiah Ramkissoon

New York-based poet, Hip-Hop artist, and incarcerated youth activist, Messiah Ramkissoon, has a message: words possess power. Messiah began his career teaching poetry at Washington DC's famed Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Beginning in 2007 and continuing to the present day in New York, Messiah has served as a mentor and programming liaison for incarcerated youth in Maryland, Washington, and at Rikers Island in New York City. Messiah is also a three-time champion of the nationally-televised Apollo Theater showcase (his poem “Shareka Was A Champ” brought the Apollo crowd to their feet while illuminating the HIV crisis). Having shared platforms on many renowned stages, Messiah’s focus and passion remain centered in the purpose and devout ex*****on of his artistry and its impact on the culture.
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🎟 Tickets are available
▶️ https://bit.ly/2SLiauD
DCPS & DCPCS students and families are always free 🎉
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#FlyByLight #OCU #OneCommonUnity #dcmusic #dcartists #youthartists #peaceeducation #nonviolence #poetry #spokenword #hiphop #dcyouthprograms #dcps #dcpcs #dcmetro #creativedc #dc #dccreates #artistsupportartists

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As an organization, we aim to produce a variety of positive and uplifting community projects and events that create space for dialogue and personal transformation; to develop strategic partnerships and collaborate with organizations and institutions with similar missions; and to inspire youth and adults to live nonviolently by providing quality and comprehensive SEL education programming. Donate today at http://www.onecommonunity.org/donations/

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Women Are Poetry In Motion -- Every Day in Every Way Feb 27, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST online event Register for Women Are Poetry In Motion -- Every Day in Every Way at www.estherproductionsinc.com/events-1/women-are-poetry-in-motion-every-day-in-every-way This 60-minute writing workshop is designed for adult women to learn more about poetry writing techniques but also to become more intimate with their own personal stories and history. Led by award-winning author and performance artist Joy Jones, participants will also come to understand and appreciate the power of poetry to heal, inspire and provide an opportunity for celebration of self, family and community. “Joy Jones is a trainer, performance poet, playwright and author of several books including Private Lessons: A Book of Meditations for Teachers; Tambourine Moon, which was selected as one of the best books for children by the black caucus of the ALA and featured on the Bernie Mac Show; and Fearless Public Speaking. She has won awards for her writing from the D. C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and the Colonial Players Promising Playwrights Competition, plus awards from both the D. C. Department of Recreation & Parks and the D. C. Commission on National & Community Service for outstanding community service. Joy Jones’ provocative op-ed on marriage trends for The Washington Post, “Marriage is for White People”, went viral. She is the director of the arts organization, The Spoken Word, and the founder of the Double Dutch team, DC Retro Jumpers, which has led exhibitions and classes throughout metropolitan Washington and abroad. Joy often leads workshops on creative writing, communications and black history.” Esther Productions, Inc. is a Washington, DC-based national nonprofit organization. Founded in 2004, it is dedicated to inspiring and empowering girls and women. It is supported through generous contributions from Kerry S. Pearson LLC, Emmanuel Bailey, Veterans Services Corp, Pepco, an Exelon Corporation, Fort Myer Construction Corporation Charitable Foundation and Esther’s Friends. Special Thanks: Afrika Abney, Arts and Marketing Consultant #targetaudience
Esther Productions, Inc. is a Washington, DC-based national nonprofit organization. Founded in 2004, it is dedicated to inspiring and empowering girls and women. It is supported through generous contributions from Kerry S. Pearson LLC, Emmanuel Bailey, Veterans Services Corp, Pepco, an Exelon Corporation, Fort Myer Construction Corporation Charitable Foundation and Esther’s Friends. Special Thanks: Afrika Abney, Arts and Marketing Consultant Esther Productions,Inc presents Understanding and Overcoming the Fatherless Woman Syndrome on December 3rd at 12noon. Online Event Register for Understanding and Overcoming the Fatherless Woman Syndrome at https://lnkd.in/e3sWyDb https://lnkd.in/e4Mpc9y #targetaudience
Esther Productions, Inc. is a Washington, DC-based national nonprofit organization. Founded in 2004, it is dedicated to inspiring and empowering girls and women. It is supported through generous contributions from Kerry S. Pearson LLC, Emmanuel Bailey, Veterans Services Corp, Pepco, an Exelon Corporation, Fort Myer Construction Corporation Charitable Foundation and Esther’s Friends. Special Thanks: Afrika Abney, Arts and Marketing Consultant Esther Productions,Inc presents DISCOVERING ME…WITHOUT YOU Second Annual Personal Essay Contest designed for teens 14 - 17. Info: https://www.estherproductionsinc.com/contest https://www.1888pressrelease.com/second-annual-discovering-me-without-you-personal-essay-cont-pr-682536.html #contest #teens #students #dmv #writers
Esther's Butterfly Summit has been cancelled. The event was planned by Esther Productions Inc and Young Parent Elevation Network. #communication #women #adults #parents #dmv #consultant #services #virtualprogram #event Esther Productions Inc. has decades of experience presenting programs designed to inspire and empower girls and women, particularly those who are growing up or have grown up without the active involvement of their fathers in their lives. Proceeds from this and all of Esther Productions Inc. events help support the organization's mission. estherproductionsinc.com Young Parents Elevation Network is a five-year-old company focused on helping teen parents, single mothers and parents in college feel more confident, capable, and elevated. Visit https://elevateyoungparents.com/
IT'S PERSONAL is a writing institute for teen girls ages 14 to 17 who are looking to further develop or explore their creative writing skills. The workshop is scheduled for August 1,2020, August 15, 2020, August 29, 2020, and September 5, 2020 at 11am and presented by Esther Productions, Inc. Workshop led by Ms. Jonetta Rose Barras. Participants will learn how to structure a personal essay, using a variety of styles and approaches. They will learn how to effectively use lively, descriptive language to tell a compelling narrative. Ms. Jonetta Rose Barras is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author. She has more than 20 years experience reporting and commenting on national social, political, and cultural trends, including as an opinion writer with The Washington Post, Washington Examiner and Washington City Paper. Ms. Barras hosted her own weekly radio show on the 50,000-watt WPFW-FM radio in Washington, D.C. Following that stint, she served for more than six years as the political analyst for NPR affiliate WAMU-FM radio, where 75,000 individuals listened each week to her. She also has appeared on CBS (60 Minutes), C-SPAN, CNN, PBS (This is America with Dennis Wholey) and Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor. Ms. Barras founded Esther Productions Inc. in 2004 after the publication of her Black Board bestseller Whatever Happened to Daddy's Little Girl: The Impact of Fatherlessness on Black Women (Ballantine 2000, hardcover—2001, paperback). She has spoken at more than two-dozen national and international conferences and symposia, and many consider her the foremost authority on the affects of father absence among girls and women. Understanding the need to offer solutions to Esther Productions Inc.’s target audience of fatherless girls and women, Ms. Barras wrote Bridges: Reuniting Daughters and Daddies (Bancroft Press 2005). That book is a step-by-step guide for girls and women hoping to reconcile with their fathers or simply to come to terms completely with the affects of father absence in their lives. Ms. Barras communication expertise combined with her management skills has made her a highly sought consultant. Through Esther Productions Inc. she offers her knowledge and experience to other nonprofit organizations and individual entrepreneurs. Ms. Barras has expertly used the art of personal essay to take readers inside her world, hoping to help them understand and assess important local and national issues. Her writings have appeared in the Washington Post, The Hillrag, The Washington City Paper, Essence Magazine and the New Republic. Ms. Barras has written three nonfiction books and two collections of poetry. Her fiction and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. For more information about the workshop contact Esther Productions, Inc at 202-829-0591. #workshop #teenagers #students #parents #writers
Hey OCU! Teens and young adults following your page in the DMV would be perfect to participate in this virtual slam. The winner is awarded $200 and advances to the finals. Find more detail here. https://wblinc.org/slamseason
Powerful day at the National Rally to #EndGunViolence w Father Michael Pfleger, Common, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Peter Yarrow, Hercules E. Reid, The Faith Community of Saint Sabina, Rev. Beth Brown, & activists from across the country. Righteous. #Enough #SchoolsSayEnough
NAACP MISSOURI TRAVEL ADVISORY In September Tresor Phanzu, a married family man was falsely accused of shoplifting by employees at the Saks Off Fifth Avenue at the St. Louis Premium Outlet location. This holiday season we are alerting the public of this family's treatment by Saks Off Fifth, The St. Louis Premium Outlet and The Chesterfield Police Department as a National Travel Advisory until a measure of justice can be attained. Watch the video interview and determine for yourself what must be done. http://www.stlouisnaacp.org/Tresor-Phanzu.html #enoughisenough #itcouldbeyou #stlouispremiumoutlet #saksfifthavenue #chesterfieldpolice #shoppingwhileblack #naacp #naacpnationaltraveladvisory
Someone just shared this video with me and I was so excited to see my OCU peeps featured!! Cool!! I know it's not new to you but it's a great new find for me!
Please support the final stages of the making of THE PLAN - film telling the story of the Lucas Aerospace workers and their ingenious plan for socially useful production, replacing arms production: THE PLAN that came from the bottom up https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-plan-community/x/11054043#/ 40 years ago a group of skilled engineers, at Lucas Aerospace UK, when threatened with redundancy responded with an ambitious plan to make better use of their talents. Designing what they called socially useful and environmentally sustainable alternatives to the military products their company made - including a wind turbine, hybrid car, heat pump and energy efficient housing. THE PLAN, a feature film currently under completion, will tell their remarkable story and look at the connections - across production, consumption, technology, war and the environment - that creating their Alternative Plan led them to make. It's a story that fills the void of 40 years lost to the idea of society being subordinate to so-called free markets. "This film will capture a unique moment in our history - highly skilled workers showing how to turn swords into ploughshares. It is a vital lesson for us now, as Labour leaders ask questions about common ownership, what we produce and who benefits from the products. We can be inspired by the Lucas workers, by their foresight and imagination. Please support this film, see it, promote it and discuss it. If we want to transform society, this is a good place to start." Ken Loach