Sunday, June 14, 2009

"Can't Stop; Won't Stop" - A Benefit for our favorite Downtown LA cafe, Lost Souls

Lost Souls Cafe, a hidden gem that is not so secret any more on how they provide a space for independent art and thought to flourish, has been hit by some rough times. As with all businesses independent and small, Lost Souls have been hit by the recession.

So when Meli called for help to do a fundraiser for Lost Souls, I completely obliged.

Lost Souls had become a second home for me, allowing me to showcase my work, paint on their walls, learn to curate shows, and host/produce a spoken word open mic night. For all they do for artists like me, I have to give back.

And a funny thing happens when you call the community; the community ANSWERS.

the lady her self, meli, and fellow diva, jaymar

mikethepoet, doing what he does best

Bustop Prophet, up to bat

Jarred of Talking Drum and his beautiful wife with their newest member of their tribe. See? Lost Souls is a place where you bring your family and build.

Marcus G of OG Hip Hop Chocolates, exemplifying is awesome stilo

Simply Kat with her lil Squish, talking about the next poem she is going to do

Marcus G, Rani D, and me

Grainshifter with kid extraordinaire, Elijah. Seriously, this kid ROCKS!

Sara Cruse, BessKepp, Simply Kat

rani d. (Soul in the Park, Mothership, Othership), Substruct (Truthseekers Radio), and Jared from Talking Drum

Meanwhile, outside Kat is getting her hair cut from Saul, the roaming hair stylist

Mike, Lainey, Phloe, and freshly-cut Kat

Light graffiti provided by hearsee

Kenzo and friends

New father and co-partner of Lost Souls Cafe, Vince

had to ask them do it. Kat, the shawty, and Lyricatalyst, the tallest man i know

For a small fee, Lyricatalyst and I will be your back up dancers

my Soul Space co-conspirador, and owner of Breathe Bodyworks... Jenn Tamera.


jenn and i

marking, the king of special bibinkas

the crowd awaits

...for the barista auction

Thank you, everybody, for coming thru physically and spiritually. Lost Souls will be open for a little while longer

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