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Week.ly Update: From the Mind, Memes and Musings of Hakim Bellamy

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Welcome to Day 57 of the #FirstHundredDays of the Gospel According to Donald. It’s like revisionist history … but, like, in the present. A gift really, to armchair humorists and political satirists like myself … so I try to appreciate it for what it is. America’s true colors (and I use the term “color” very loosely). Nonetheless, The First Hundred Days was a term coined by F.D.R. (oh the irony) during a radio address in 1933. Although President Roosevelt was actually referring to the then 100 day session of the 73rd U.S. Congress rather than the first one hundred days of his administration’s first of four presidential terms. If you are masochistically curious as to how our dear man-child president is faring, check out this impartial (meaning one of the few news outlets the President has not directly called “Fake News”), international dashboard of promises kept and Tweets sent at The Guardian.

In the meantime, I want to steak a milestone in the ground in “celebration” of the president’s first month and a half or so…

I couldn’t decide so I made two. Maybe that makes me a “snowflake”? Yeup, a Black snowflake. It’s sort of like being a Black Russian. (beat).

Get it? – hb

100 Years War

or

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Since I pretty much don’t post the #DebutMeme until this goes up at Community Publishing (exclusivity rights), you can Twitter me which one YOU think I should Instagram @hakimbe. If get just one vote for #FirstHundredDays (the 1st one with the white background) or #Day52 (the 2nd one with the black background) then that’s the one I’ll go with. Let’s see who’s actually reading these blogs! 😉

And the rest of the week went like this…

Willy Wonka

Yeah kind of Religious

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And then the news of Alec Baldwin calling it quits on his infamous trump impersonation

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Oh, and I also saw Jordan Peel’e’s new movie Get Out. You should too. Especially if you are one of my white ex-girlfriends (in which case you are probably, definitely not reading this blog) … or their parents. 😉

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See, ya next week!

All the news that’s fit to meme, find my previous articles here
For more memes follow me @HakimBe on Twitter & Instagram
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Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy is Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate. He is also a scholar, educator, musician, and poet. Community Publishing has published Hakim Bellamy’s Samuel’s Story, a multimedia children’s story featuring the music of DJ Flo Fader and the illustrations of Melvin Mayes available in Print and Digital editions.

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities. We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market and the Monte Vista Fire Station. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click here to find out how we can help you!

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Week.ly: From the Mind, Memes and Musings of Hakim Bellamy

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Last week, I told you I’d try and spare you Señor Trump’s face (but never “that ass”). After reluctantly watching Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus’s staged Rom-Com at CPAC yesterday (Thursday) afternoon … I realized that I am, in fact, the opposition party (read: media). And here I was thinking that I was a constituent of the President doing my patriotic duty? Relentless pursuit of information and healthy critique of government and power so I can make the most informed decision possible when I go to the polls … right? At least that’s what JFK said … before “they” shot him.

“The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.”

President John F. Kennedy

But in this new world where the polls are wrong and the news is fake, what’s fella to do…other
than meme it out. Because Americans don’t read books any more, so I’m over here trying to use
images laced with as few words as possible in an effort to instigate civic discourse … in hopes that you all do the same. Romantic, I know. Naive even. But sometimes, even as a poet I know words are inadequate … sometimes this shit writes itself … and you can’t make it up.
So I took a stab at a few less words last week. – hb

but then again … wordiness is all i know … and my pa told me to stick with what you are good at … so here is today’s #DebutMeme:

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And a few more from last week…because apparently this Administration is at a loss for … history … when it comes to iconic leaders during Black History Month.

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… and in other news …

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All the news that’s fit to meme, find my previous articles here
For more memes follow me @HakimBe on Twitter & Instagram
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Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy is Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate. He is also a scholar, educator, musician, and poet. Community Publishing has published Hakim Bellamy’s Samuel’s Story, a multimedia children’s story featuring the music of DJ Flo Fader and the illustrations of Melvin Mayes available in Print and Digital editions.

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities. We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market and the Monte Vista Fire Station. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click here to find out how we can help you!

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Week.ly: From the Mind, Memes and Musings of Hakim Bellamy

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Welcome to this Week.ly! After two weeks of Melissa McCarthy doppleganging Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway issuing a public apology to her boss, and the hiring of Rove-era GOP strategist Mike Duke for White House Communications Director … I felt like the debut meme of this week deserved a “Help Wanted sign. Because communicating (read: damage control) for Trump’s id is like three full-time jobs that no human could possible be equipped for.

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Also, this Week.ly we took a shot at the Grammys … for being so white, Kanye for being on

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“Grammy Probation” (not really but he was MIA) and Adele for being awesome and gracious…even though the Grammys are still so white. We gave Frederick Douglass some love on his birthday (formerly known as Valentine’s Day … #BlackLove). And in case you missed it, the National Security Adviser to the President stepped down after telegraphing our international policy moves to the Russians. No memes about the Soviet Submarine off the coast of Connecticut this week though … it’s hard to keep up. 😉 See you next week! – hb

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All the news that’s fit to meme
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Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy is Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate. He is also a scholar, educator, musician, and poet. Community Publishing has published Hakim Bellamy’s Samuel’s Story, a multimedia children’s story featuring the music of DJ Flo Fader and the illustrations of Melvin Mayes available in Print and Digital editions.

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities. We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market and the Monte Vista Fire Station. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click here to find out how we can help you!

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Week.ly: From the Mind, Memes and Musings of Hakim Be

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This Week.ly I spent some time in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center for a citywide (Albuquerque) collective impact initiative to ensure that every child K-8 has access to a meaningful and sustained engagement with the arts throughout their educational journey. Arriving in D.C. on Monday, the same day that Democratic Congressmen and women were taking part in Muslim Ban Protests on the steps of the United States Supreme Court, I was immersed in the energy of our nation’s capital. I was 24-7 news in my hotel room, and when I wasn’t in my hotel room I was in conversations about how to ensure that the arts remain as a potential lifeline and career to Americans in the face of shifting national priorities.

Anything But Trump

So yeah, I didn’t have a lot of time to meme the early half of this week, but I think I made up for it in the past 24 hours. Facebook free, but focused as ever. Looking forward to meming about something besides Trump … but the first 100 days is like sweeps week, yo. Happy Black History Month. -hb
#ImConfused #Trumpnesia #MuslimBan #ReligiousFreedom #ExecutiveMortar #WeeklyUpdate #Weekly

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And from earlier this week…

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and

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All the news that’s fit to meme
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Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy is Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate. He is also a scholar, educator, musician, and poet. Community Publishing has published Hakim Bellamy’s Samuel’s Story, a multimedia children’s story featuring the music of DJ Flo Fader and the illustrations of Melvin Mayes available in Print and Digital editions.

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities. We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market and the Monte Vista Fire Station. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click here to find out how we can help you!

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Week.ly Update: From the mind, memes and musings of Hakim Be

Week.ly 1 (01.27.17)

Greetings Earthlings,

A month into a year-long hiatus and from Facebook and alcohol, I am tip toeing back into the shallow end of social media (read: human nature). No diss to those who make a living or a “meaning” on cyber space, but I needed a timeout. But alas, I’m still a smart ass and have lots of things to say about our current state of “politics” (if you can still call it that). And without my steady diet of one bottle of cheap wine and 7 – 10 status updates a day … I was in need of a different (read: abstract) and less addictive way to express myself. So, I’ve taken to meming … not to be confused with miming, which would please my detractors who wish nothing more than for me to shut up. But this visual-verbal hybrid form of satire and social commentary allows me to interpret the world around me out “loud” in short bursts of free speech. I fancy myself a political cartoonist, of sorts. One who can’t draw a lick, but I sure do know how to quickly source images on the Interwebs. It allows me to maintain my promise to myself, to win back some of my time (read: life) typically spent staring into the abyss of my Facebook screen…and use it to learn a language, an instrument or a new form of @#$% talking in cyberspace. The residual benefit is that I am no longer on the 25 hour (fake) news cycle, I pretty much get befuddled by news blurbs on the muted televisions at my Planet Fitness once a day, and then I practice the lost art of reading and looking up the facts behind the headlines. That typically, leads to some epiphany or flippant remark that becomes a meme…or as I like to call them, “provocations of democratic discourse.” Every healthy democracy needs a good dose of that!

“Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my myriad of employer(s) on any given day…” (#LifeOfAContractor) I mean really, in the age of Donald J. Trump…do we like ever have to use this disclaimer (with a straight face) again? I digress, which is why memes are effective … there’s no enough time or space to digress. So, each week, what you will get at Community Publishing is a recap of my favorite self-generated memes, as well as one brand new one in each Friday’s post. Then, all the folks who disagreed with me on Facebook can find their way here to … and we can rekindle our flame. I’ve missed you so this past month, no really. (blink, blink)

Speaking of Donnie J, here’s a brand new meme in light of his suggested 20% tariff on Mexican goods in order to reimburse taxpayers for the wall he promised Mexico would pay for; with some subtext of Mexico President Peña Nieto’s cancelled visit with the Commander-in-Cheet(o); with a little bit of Alec Baldwin, SNL and Trump’s compulsive disdain for China thrown in. See? That would have been at least three shared articles and a handful of Facebook posts … I consolidated. Just for you (and me).

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And a few of my other faves from last week (there were a handful of bad ones, I will spare you those).

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And one from the week before that…

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Hope you enjoy! – hb

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Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy is Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate. He is also a scholar, educator, musician, and poet. Community Publishing has published Hakim Bellamy’s Samuel’s Story, a multimedia children’s story featuring the music of DJ Flo Fader and the illustrations of Melvin Mayes available in Print and Digital editions.

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities. We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market and the Monte Vista Fire Station. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click here to find out how we can help you!

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15 Minutes with Bernie Sanders

15 Minutes with Bernie Sanders

15 Minutes with Bernie Sanders by Alex Paramo

As the Author of From the Left Field Bleachers, my sports blog that begins with sports and examines social issues, you should know that I am unabashedly progressive. I have been since I became politically/ideologically conscious as an undergraduate at Queens College at the City University of New York (CUNY). In college I was exposed to the thinking of “radical” professors from the University of California system who migrated to CUNY because it was one of the few free public institutions left.

Shifting Radicals

15 Minutes with BernieI came to realize that these professors were not radical at all in their belief that public learning institutions should be of the highest quality and should be free to all, regardless of income. Another one of their so-called “radical” beliefs is that all the residents of our great country should have free access to quality health care. Also on their so-called radical list is the belief that no one should work a full-time job and not be able to feed themselves or their families.

I discovered that their “radical” beliefs/convictions/ideas were not “radical” and rather we based upon a principled belief in human rights. These ideas were based on the founding documents of the USA, the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Of course we know that all people are created equal and therefore should not have their basic unalienable rights impinged upon.

The Real Radicals

15 Minutes with Bernie SandersThe real radicals are those folks that believe that we all need to fend for ourselves regardless of circumstance. They believe that profits are more important than people. They believe that folks should not receive public assistance but corporations should. They believe that people should not be entitled to receive a living wage, while it is fine for corporations to hide their billions in foreign tax havens. They believe that people should have to navigate all kinds of obstacles to vote but reserve the rights for folks to walk in to a gun-show and purchase a military assault rifle without extensive back-ground checks. They say they believe in personal liberty but they do want the government to dictate what women do with their bodies. The real radicals are those who have been duped by the sociopaths that dominate our corporate and banking leadership positions into voting against their best interests.

Weekend at Bernie’s

15 Minutes with Bernie SandersI have been an ardent Bernie Sanders supporter for many years. I have admired his ideas/ideals from afar and have been exposed the Senator thanks to the Thom Hartmann show. Bernie Sanders came to New Mexico this past weekend and through a combination of dedication, perseverance, luck and a 9 year old little girl’s tears, myself and my little girl Marisol were able to meet Bernie and engage in a 12 person Q&A session with the Senator. Marisol asked him what he would do to alleviate the homelessness epidemic. He answered that he would create quality affordable housing and push through the living wage.

I always explain to Marisol that the movement is not about Bernie per se rather it is a movement to reclaim our basic human rights that begins with Bernie and will be fulfilled by her generation.  I decided not to ask him a question. I didn’t not ask him a question because in my heart I already knew the answer, and that is why I support Bernie and his movement, our movement.
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Alex Paramo Summer SolsticeAlex Paramo is a native New Yorker of Colombian descent. He is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM. Read More about him here.

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Seeds of Kindness

Planting the Seeds of Kindness

Planting the Seeds of Kindness by Alex Paramo

As the Rail Yards Market’s 2nd Season comes closer to a close we reflect upon one of the many participants of the RYM that make it the wonderful event that it is: our Growers! Sunday, Oct 18 they celebrate the Harvest, focusing attention to the crucial service our local food growers play in our community. Here is a quick rundown of what they are doing:

STEAM Zones:

Planting KindnessIn the Live Art Zone the folks at Erda Gardens will have a presentation on how to make seed balls.

Also in the Children’s Zone, kids will participate in a seed matching game where the kids have seeds, produce and pictures of plants and the kids try to match them and find all three stages of growth for the same fruit or vegetable.

Main Stage entertainment will be lead by Doug Hoelbinger. Also the Tap City Kids of Albuquerque, Sazlar and Seth Hoffman with The Temporary Tattoos.

We have met many wonderful folks from all walks of life at the Rail yards Market. We hope that we have touched you the same way you all have touched us with your generosity, caring, support and friendship! I hope you join us in planting the seeds of kindness into all of our community members. See You Sunday!
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Alex Paramo Summer SolsticeAlex Paramo is a native New Yorker of Colombian descent. He is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM. Read More about him here.

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

NACA

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day

On October 7, 2015 the Albuquerque City Council voted to declare Monday October 12 as Indigenous Peoples Day in Albuquerque. In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, the Rail Yards Market has programmed their arts zones accordingly. Here is a rundown:

 Children’s Zone

ButterflyThe folks from the Native American Community Academy (NACA) will lead the kiddos in Symmetrical Butterfly making. Butterflies are sacred and important to many Native tribes and to the Cherokee people they are very meaningful. The Cherokee have a traditional butterfly dance which is an expression of renewal, giving thanks for new seasons, new life, and new beginnings.

Symmetry is an integral part of Native American life because it represents balance ~ the incredible balance of the seasons, the sun, the moon the stars and the interdependency of all living things in our world. The balance required within relationships, and the balance of our physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual sides of ourselves are equally important.

Live Arts

Kat D'AzorioStudents from NACA will be showing their work and demonstrating their techniques.

Also creating art will be Kat D’Orazio who will be demonstrating watercolor techniques including wet-on-wet, dry brush, and use of watercolor mediums and masking agents. Artworks will be in various stages of completion and she will be adding to them live in the STEAM Zone!

Main Stage

The entertainment at the Main Stage will be kicked off by some spoken word courtesy of Rosie Thunderchief. There will also be live music, poetry from NACA students and storytelling! For schedule details check out the Rail Yards Market website.

Giving thanks, being grateful for what you have, and giving back to the people and the earth is very important to indigenous people around the globe. Native tribes have customs and ceremonies revolving around giving back because they understand they can’t exist without balance. Please join the Rail Yards Market this Sunday, October 11 as they give back to their community! See You Sunday! 
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Alex Paramo Summer SolsticeAlex Paramo is a native New Yorker of Colombian descent. He is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM. Read More about him here.

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

Agritourism in New Mexico

Agritourism in New Mexico

New Mexico has been known for its wonderful sunsets, lovely weather, friendly people and the International Balloon Festival. Now New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez is part of an effort to focus attention on the many incredible farmers/growers that inhabit this great state.

“Santa Fe, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez proclaimed October 2015 Agritourism Month throughout New Mexico. Agritourism Month recognizes the contributions of New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers to the state’s economy, particularly through seasonal family activities like corn mazes and pumpkin patches. The Governor’s proclamation is available online here.

“New Mexico has a strong and rich heritage of farming and ranching,” said Governor Martinez. “Agritourism Month recognizes and celebrates this tradition, and encourages New Mexicans to join the fun through activities and opportunities with local farmers and ranchers throughout the month.”

Agritourism in New Mexico includes local fun family activities like corn mazes and pumpkin patches, as well as guest ranches, wineries and vineyards, fruit and vegetable picking, and hunting and fishing businesses. The agritourism sector in New Mexico is a growing contributor to the state’s agricultural industry, which generates approximately $4 billion dollars annually. New Mexico agritourism can also bring recognition from beyond local communities. For example, USA Today recently recognized McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty as the No. 3 corn maze in the U.S.

“Agritourism is a win-win for our families and communities, as well as our farmers and ranchers,” said New Mexico Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte. “It helps local small businesses in communities throughout the state diversify and grow their operations beyond selling and growing crops and livestock, and helps connect more New Mexicans with where our food comes from.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates more than 33,000 agritourism businesses throughout the country, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture continues to build and grow a directory of agritourism throughout the state, available online here.

Following Agritourism Month, the Small Farm and Ranch Task Force at New Mexico State University will host the 2015 New Mexico Agritourism Conference November 12 to 14 at the MCM Hotel Elegante in Albuqueruque. The conference brings together agribusiness stakeholders from throughout the state to collaborate, share ideas, and work to grow and promote agritourism in New Mexico. More information about the conference is available online here.”

At the Rail Yards Market there are regularly over 12 local farmers / growers every Sunday. Come on down every Sunday from 10-2pm to experience the best in local arts, education and food!
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Alex Paramo Summer SolsticeAlex Paramo is a native New Yorker of Colombian descent. He is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM. Read More about him here.

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

NM State Fair 2015

Signs of the Times at the NM State Fair 2015

Signs of the Times at the New Mexico State Fair by Alex Paramo

Walk around the New Mexico State Fair (NMSF) 2015 and you will be subject to a myriad of visual, audio and olfactory messages ranging from the subtle to the sublime. After a bit mental reorganization and physical reorientation, I decided to follow my nose and head towards the food court. At the food court, while enjoying an incredibly tasty burrito from Señor Tortas / Señor Tacos, I found myself noticing many of the colorfully creative promotional signs representing many of the food vendors. Among the signs that stood out were:

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Find out what the Top 5 Rides of the NMST 2015 were!

Entertainment

The organizers of the NMSF 2015 did a great job of mixing in local performers, such as Hakim Bellamy with nationally recognized bands such as Ozomatli. All in all the NMSF 2015 was a celebration of the diverse cultures that make New Mexico an extraordinary place to work and play.

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Alex Paramo Summer SolsticeAlex Paramo is a native New Yorker of Colombian descent. He is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM. Read More about him here.

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.