Art in Action: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh


Just in time for women’s history month…

Brooklyn based illustrator, muralist, and social entrepreneur Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, will be hosting her very first speaking engagement on March 1st at the Brooklyn Museum. At the event Tatyana will be sharing more insight on her on going public arts project,’Stop Telling Women to Smile’.

Stop Telling Women to Smile is a street art campaign that boldly addresses the issue of gender based street harassment; of which more than 80% of women (and young girls) are subject to worldwide. The series is composed of portrait illustrations of women that have shared their experiences of street harassment with Fazlalizadeh. Their illustrations are combined with compelling phrases like “My outfit is not an Invitation” and “Critiques on my body are not welcomed”. The portraits are then designed into posters and plastered with wheat paste all across neighborhoods in New York and various states such as Chicago and Philly.


STWTS started in Brooklyn in the fall of 2012. It is an on-going, travelling series and will gradually include many cities and many women participants.

Street harassment is a serious issue that affects women world wide. This project attempts to take women’s voices, and faces, and put them in the street – creating a presence for women in an environment where women are a lot of times made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe.




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Pay it Forward: @NewYorkCares partners with @BeforetheLabel to host a VIRTUAL coat drive! #crowdfunding #fashion


New York Cares has  partnered with fashion tech startup, Before the Label to gather more coat donations via the web. 46 more coats are needed for the campaign to be successful. Donors do not have to find a drop-off location or schedule any pick ups; they can donate from the comfort of their own homes. Contributions can be made with any internet-connected device and once the campaign goal is reached, only then will you get charged. After the goal is reached, Before the Label will personally ship all the coats directly to New York Cares. Act fast! Only 10 days left to support. This campaign ends January 30, 2014. Let’s help keep the community warm. Join in and be sure to share the Street Intell!

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Before the Label is an New York based technology start up committed to breathing new life into fashion by hosting crowd funded campaigns. Before the Label allows designers to put their designs up on their platform to assess consumer demand.

The @NewYorkCares coat drive is still going on until Feburary 7th, Donate today!

Have an extra coat or a few that can’t fit you anymore? Donate them to individuals in need.


The warehouse is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dropping off donations call 646.801.4022 upon arrival and a New York Cares staff member will be there to greet you.

New York Cares Coat Drive Warehouse
157 West 31st Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues
New York, NY 10001

There are countless ways that you can help keep the community warm this winter find out below:


  • You can set up a collection site in your apartment building, workplace, or church. New York Cares will provide you with all the promotional materials you need to run your own drive. All you have to do is provide boxes to collect the coats and deliver them to the New York Cares Coat Drive Warehouse as soon as and as often as possible.


  • You can donate a coat at one of more than 300 public collections sites. Organizations interested in hosting a public collection site for the New York Cares Coat Drive should call 212-228-5000.


  • Buy a coat and ship it straight to the  New York Cares Coat Drive. Check out the Amazon and Target wish lists, where you can purchase coats and have them shipped directly to the warehouse.


  • Make a financial contribution

Visit for more ways to get involved.

#LivingHERstory Interview w/ @YayaEarth on her new book, Job’s Daughter [[Video]]

yaya ftIf you’ve been on the poetry scene in DC or out protesting for change you’ve probably crossed paths with this Street Intellectual. She has been a supreme supporter of cultivating poets and young hearts through her work with the DC Youth Slam team. She’s also been known to murk a number of poetry slams with her quick wit and canny delivery. I first took note of this heroine performing at DC’s local community poetry session, Spit Dat. It was there that I was captivated by her allure as she reconstructed and resurrected my soul! Her natural skill for the art of words goes unmatched. I’ve followed her as she progressed to perform and host numerous slam poetry shows at Bust Boys and Poets, Graffiti DC and many other venues. It has been a delight to get to know her and share in her many accomplishments.

Yaya is slowly cementing herself as a powerful artistic force within the DC metro area, most notably with her involvement and lead in the budding underground arts movement, the Sanaa Project. I was honored to have had a chance to sit down and interview this queen at the Mousai house and get first looks into her book. She shared her thoughts on transitioning from a performance poet to 1/3rd of the band Gully Waters and now author. Her book Job’s Daughter: The Adventure’s of Trill Yeezy is set to release December the 10th.

Check out her interview below:

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Purchase Yaya’s new book here.

Serving the community with Tony Lewis Jr., Sons of Life, Kitchen Cray and many more at the #DCorNothing Turkey Drive

Last Saturday at Bar 7, the DC or Nothing team hosted a Turkey Drive  that helped provide thanksgiving meals for families in need living in underserved communities in DC. Upon arrival volunteers were handed off to stations by members of the DC or Nothing and Sons of Life teams. Participants brought bags of groceries bursting at the brim filled with an assortment of canned and boxed items. I was on bagging duties  (in between capturing a few shots) in which I helped organize items in groups along the bar and doubled up bags to be distributed. We developed a great system and I had bags moving like clockwork. The experience was a lot of fun!

It was truly heart warming to see that so many individuals showed up and showed out for the DC community. Most of the crowd was filled with young  career professionals which really excited me. Often times people say that “young people need to get more involved” but their was certainly no shortage of that at this event.

As always, Kitchen Cray came through and did their thing by providing made-to-order omelettes and other food to event volunteers.

Tossed in the crowds of people were a few notable DC taste makers and trendsetters including Elite DC Mag CEO, Anwaa Kong; DJ Mims; VA Rapper, Black Cobain; and DC Socialite, Adria Woods.  The event was great and Kitchen Cray did a phenomenal job at feeding and interacting with guests and volunteers.

 At the close of the event Mr. Tony Lewis Jr. gave a speech and invited everyone to continue the efforts and follow him over to Tyler house apartments to spread more cheer and hand out additional turkeys and bags of food. The Tyler house is a government subsidized community just north of union station that has been ravished with crime and in need of much assistance. I wasn’t able to make it to the Tyler house [because of another engagement] however it is good to see that the community is safe in the hands of Tony Lewis, Jr., Sons of life, DC or nothing and countless others


“Service is the rent you pay for living here on earth.”