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Poetry Thursday: Shook Ones II

Onna Tuesday:
A Collection of Poems from Carlos Contreras and Hakim Bellamy

Poetry“The contents of this collection takes titles of popular Rap songs from the 80s forward and uses them as the titles of poems by Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate, Hakim Bellamy and myself Carlos Contreras.

The connection, we were raised on these “war songs,” they became our battle cries, and from the throws of these trenches, we’ve created a reality for ourselves by continuing to use the voices given to us by those who came before us.”

Carlos Contreras – excerpt from Onna Tuesday.
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Shook Ones II (1995) – Carlos Contreras

Today I found nowhere for it to go
that feeling in my chest
the one that wells up into eyes
the one that makes me short of breath
breathe.

I kept,
telling myself
breathe
I was short of breath…

heavy chest

lots of stress

bills
family
work
hustle
repeat
repeat after me,
breathe…

I kept telling myself to do just that –

It feels like
nobody would understand
I don’t want to feel “like that”

Like this –
this isn’t easy
never has been.

Anxiety has been my
friend or lack thereof
for quite some time now –
sometimes I wish we didn’t know
each other’s names.

Sometimes I can barely remember
my own
when it comes to visit
sits on my chest and refuses to say anything
explain itself
and I can’t explain why
I can’t breathe…
I kept telling myself.

it’s in moments like these
that I can’t seem to find words –

Go figure
a poet at a loss

I’ve lost a lot of time
feeling this way.

lost some weight
lost some peace
lost a piece of myself that now seems
replaced by the puzzling nature
of being out of breath
a natural reaction and action
of survival – and it’s all I am trying to do
sometimes, when it hits –
survive
breathe…

Think about how it will all be ok
about how it all doesn’t need
to get done today –
things and people and life
can wait –

As I wait –

Today,
I waited for 3 hours
to feel normal –

and that doesn’t in any way
make me feel normal.

I wonder what inside of me
has made this my… “normal.”

I fail and or give up
before starting on finding
answers to rhetorical questions that will only
make me feel worse about myself
while hoping I haven’t passed on
the worst of myself

To my daughter –
That she will learn to
approach life with a chest that doesn’t
feel like it’s a hundred pounds heavier
than necessary – when all the sun did was rise.

My eyes dart across the room
and look for anything that will
make it stop

My mind never does
my feet never do
my mouth rarely does
except when I find myself here –

Often alone
trying to not be a burden
trying to not be found out
finding myself
out of sorts
and off kilter – the kind of day that can go fuck itself
dying to be over and it’s only 10am –

And then
at some point in those days
in this kind of day
the tide
subsides
leaving me in my own wake
worn and weathered
a little wet under the eyes
a little sore in the chest
frustrated between the ears
but grateful to still be breathing.

It’s these things that make us who we
are,
the stronger for its
or in spite of its
the
confusion
worn like a badge of honor
displayed for anyone willing to see
to listen
to ask –

I am not ok some days
and that’s ok some days
because my some days
are some folks every day – I remind
myself and say,
just breathe…

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PoetCarlos Contreras has been recognized as a national champion performance poet. He got his start in the area of competitive spoken word, or Slam Poetry. He is a Community Organizer, Community Engagement Strategist with ProgressNow and the Founder of Imma Star Productions which is dedicated to promoting Poetry, Journalism, Activism, and Humanism. He grew up and resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. READ MORE

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New Mexico - Arizona Children's Book of the Year 2017

Children’s Book of the Year 2017!!

NM - AZ Children's Book of the Year 2017We are excited to announce that our bilingual children’s book, Bella The Caterpillar, was selected as the winner of the 2017 New Mexico – Arizona Book of the Year! 10 year old Author Marisol Paramo becomes the youngest winner in the history of the awards program! Illustrated by Acey May with illustration contributions by Ms. Paramo, the book also features a sound-track, narration in both English and Spanish!

From the imagination of 7 year old Marisol Paramo, the creative talents of Lead Illustrator Acey May, contributing illustrations by Ms. Paramo and Music from recording artist ChristianO’s Concepto Tambor, comes a bilingual, multimedia children’s story: Bella the Caterpillar.

Narrated in English and Spanish by recording artist Raquel Z. Rivera, this is a wonderful coming of age tale utilizing the vocal talents of 5 child actors. This book is available in print and digital formats, purchase your copy below.

Foreword – Hakim Bellamy – Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate

Author, Kellogg Foundation Fellow and Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy states, ‘In the very first sentence of her story is a caterpillar named “Bella.” Immediately, we drawn to Paramo’s freshness of perspective. Challenging the existing notion that caterpillars are not beautiful until they become butterflies. From the very beginning, Paramo acknowledges the inherent value of a 16-legged protagonist … while foreshadowing Bella’s eventual metamorphosis. As a dad, I’ve read my fair share of children’s books and I can say with some certainty that there are a significant number of adult children’s book authors who don’t execute the foreshadow with as much skill.”

Set in a tropical backyard, the soundtrack, composed by Christian Orellana, contains tropical rhythms. Mr. Orellana featured the talents of Harpist Dave Hoover, Bassist Gilbert “Ad Lib” Uribe, vocalist Carrie-Ann Maes and Audio Engineer/Musician/Actor Nick “Furious” Myers of FuriouStylz Entertainment.

“Author Marisol Paramo was 7 years-old when she penned Bella to life. Paramo creates a world within her story where questions are welcome, beauty is abundant and transformation (spoiler alert) is encouraged. In the very first sentence of her story we meet a caterpillar named “Bella.” Immediately, we are drawn to Paramo’s freshness of perspective. Challenging the existing notion that caterpillars are not beautiful until they become butterflies. From the very beginning, Paramo acknowledges the inherent value of her 16-legged protagonist … while foreshadowing Bella’s eventual metamorphosis.

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Bella The Caterpillar Now On Sale

Update: Check out this wonderful article in the Weekly Albi click here.

From the imagination of 7 year old Marisol Paramo, the creative talents of Lead Illustrator Acey May, contributing illustrations by Ms. Paramo and Music from recording artist ChristianO’s Concepto Tambor, comes a bilingual, multimedia children’s story: Bella the Caterpillar. Narrated in English and Spanish by recording artist  Raquel Z. Rivera, this is a wonderful coming of age tale utilizing the vocal talents of 5 child actors. This book will be available in print and digital formats, get your pre-sale order in today and save!

Set in a tropical backyard, the soundtrack, composed by Christian Orellana, contains tropical rhythms. Mr. Orellana featured the talents of Harpist Dave Hoover, Bassist Gilbert “Ad Lib” Uribe, vocalist Carrie-Ann Maes and Audio Engineer/Musician/Actor Nick “Furious” Myers of FuriouStylz Entertainment.

Come follow Bella as she meets her insect friends and poses the age-old question, “what will I be when I grow up!” This book will be available in print and digital formats, get your pre-sale order in today and save! Scheduled release date is April 8, 2017, Noon to 3 at the FUSION Forum of the Cell Theatre campus.

“Author Marisol Paramo was 7 years-old when she penned Bella to life. Paramo creates a world within her story where questions are welcome, beauty is abundant and transformation (spoiler alert) is encouraged. In the very first sentence of her story we meet a caterpillar named “Bella.” Immediately, we are drawn to Paramo’s freshness of perspective. Challenging the existing notion that caterpillars are not beautiful until they become butterflies. From the very beginning, Paramo acknowledges the inherent value of her 16-legged protagonist … while foreshadowing Bella’s eventual metamorphosis.

As a dad, I’ve read my fair share of children’s books and I can say with some certainty that there are a significant number of adult children’s book authors who don’t execute the foreshadow with as much skill. And that’s just the beginning. Bella finds friends along the way. Friends who are different. Friends whose differences Bella admires. Friends who are a reflection of all the things Bella wants to be. Friends who are open to Bella’s questions, because they know that the more she inquires about them results in her learning more about herself. The optimism and innocence of this world view, should be encouraging to parents and inspiring to children at a time in our country where difference is slowly becoming persecuted in-stead of celebrated. Paramo’s values shine through in her extended metaphor of a beautiful young girl … who happens to be a published author … finding her wings”. – Hakim Bellamy – Author, Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate, Dad

Marisol Paramo was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Marisol is an enrolled memeber of the Navajo (Diné) Nation. She is also of New Mexico Hispanic and Colombian American descent. Marisol wrote Bella The Caterpillar at the age of 7. She studies the violin, and loves to sing. She performed with the Albuquerque Public Schools Honor Choir in 2017. Marisol also loves to draw, paint and conduct science experiments. Her goals are to continue writing, while pursuing a career in singing and science.

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Through the Looking Glass: Reciprocation

Reciprocation: Healing the rift & working TOGETHER by Chessa Peak

Reciprocation. To me this words means to work with. It is the delicate art of allowing and receiving with grace, integrity, and emotional maturity. It is delicate patience and speaking from the heart. It is accountability for your actions and allowing others to speak their truth without critical judgment. It is being comfortable enough to speak your mind graciously and having your words be received the Lost and Foundwith respect and nurturing. It is the turning of the earth and receiving precious harvest. It is to work with. Sometimes it is hard work and you must know when to cut your losses to preserve self and soul. It should never get to that point of damage.

Reciprocation, I believe, is possible through the genuine and purest of love. So, for me, how have I seen reciprocation come to fruition? Through working with parallels. Parallels in those I love and have made a necessity in my world. Build from likeness with infinite kindness. It will get easier with practice, like any learned skill, all things take exercise and discipline to gain that greater knowledge.

The Lost and FoundParallels

Listen for the parallel frequencies in your life, you will hear them. These parallel frequencies are the songs emitted in the universe that bind us to our truest, happiest, and lasting gifts. I hope this small insight finds you in the most receptive state of mind and you may put it to use. May we grow together. Stay positive. Light and love, Chessa Peak
Read more of my Mental Health series: The Lost and Found
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Self Deception and self Actualization Chessa Peak has been in New Mexico since the age of 4 and is an honorary New Mexican. A bartender of over 10 years in the Duke City, musician, entrepreneur, and current student at CNM, Chessa is now currently working towards her own non-profit group that will support literacy, art and music programs for Albuquerque residents and her immediate community. Having come through a negative past, her writings deeply reflect the nature of her personal struggles in an attempt to help others overcome their personal battles.

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Music in Class

Janie and the Hummingbird Book Release

Albuquerque, NM

Cell TheatreLocal publishing company, Community Publishing announces the release of their 4th multimedia children’s book: the bilingual offering, Janie and the Hummingbird. The book release is scheduled for Saturday, May 28 beginning at 1:30 at the Cell Theatre. The book release event will include live music, percussion lessons for kids, a petting zoo and other children’s activities. Visit the Event Page for detailed information.

Bilingual Children's BookJanie and the Hummingbird is the brainchild of artist/musician/educator Seth Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman, a Wisconsin native, is a Fulbright Scholar having conducted research in New Zealand pertaining to integrating the arts into the curriculum. Mr. Hoffman plays solo and in the Temporary Tattoos. He tours the country regularly as a soloist.

Seth Hoffman has been writing and performing music for more than 17 years. As a college student in Madison, WI, Seth played the local coffee house and folk scene. When he was 21, he backpacked around Europe and was a street musician in Amsterdam, Prague, London, Paris, CP Logo FinalVenice and Barcelona.

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as multimedia eBooks while promoting literacy in our communities. They specialize in multimedia books available in digital and print.

Home Again

From the Left Field Bleachers: Coming Home

Coming Home by Alex Paramo

Alex Paramo Community Publishing

Alex Paramo

Lebron james decision to return to Cleveland after four successful years in Miami caught many sports pundits and fans by surprise. Why would he leave after such a successful run in Miami? Think about it every year he was in Miami the Heat played for a title. Any observer familiar with the NBA would surely bet that a Lebron James-led Miami Heat would be representing the Eastern Conference at the end of the upcoming 2014-2015 season.  So why leave all that? To a team that, only the overambitious fans in Cleveland would peg to lead the Eastern Conference this coming season.

Home Sweet Home

Home AgainWell for one, Lebron’s family lives in North Eastern Ohio. He has deep roots in Akron. Who
wouldn’t want to play at home? Being from NYC I would often daydream of helping Patrick Ewing lead the Knicks to a title!! In Cuba’s Baseball League, the players on each team are actually fromthe province (like a state) that they reside in. What a concept! I often wondered why start-up pro leagues like the USFL and the XFL did not try this, they would have had built in interest in those communities.

Exodus

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Alex Paramo

Alex 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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Live Everyday by Seth Hoffman

Guest Poet: Seth Hoffman

Live Everyday by Seth Hoffman

Live every day as if it were the last,
Because before you know it, time goes past,
And life’s just not that long.

Tell all you love that you love ‘em so,
Because even if you do, you might not know,
And one day we’ll all be gone.

Taste the wind, don’t let it blow on by,
Sing songs of love, let the music get you high
And when it’s said and done, you know the sun’ll shine on.

Live Everyday by Seth HoffmanLearn all you can from the folks you meet,
Though they might be strange and sleep on the street,
But in some ways we all are wise.

Give all your thoughts a fighting chance,
Ask your fears and doubts, “Would you like to dance?”
And open up your eyes.

See the world, and let the world see you.
Take the time to love the things you do,
And you’ll hear it when you’re spirit starts to rise.
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Seth in New Zealand

Seth Hoffman

Community Publishing has published a Multimedia Book (available in digital and print editions) written and Illustrated by Seth Hoffman titled, Janie and the Hummingbird. Seth is a musician, artist and educator based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Follow his adventures here every Tuesday. Seth returned from a 6 month assignment on a Fulbright Scholarship in Wellington, New Zealand. Read all about his adventures in pursuit of learning/teaching about the integration of the arts into the classroom HERE.

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Delectably Eclectic

Delectably Eclectic by Alex Paramo

*DJ Flo Fader is the Music Producer on the recently released Multimedia Children’s Book, Samuel’s Story by Hakim Bellamy with Illustrations by Melvin Mayes. For info click here

Remember when it seemed like people only liked one type of music genre? People would be labeled according to what music they liked: Metal Heads, Punks, Goths, Hip Hop Heads and the like. Well increasingly and partially due to technology, folks are swimming through different genres and no one more so than DJ Flo Fader.

Southern Man


Born in the South, DJ Flo Fader aka Roscoe Floyd was influenced by the diverse musical tastes of his mom and step-dad who was in a Funk/Rock/Blues band. He and his family moved to the NYC/NJ area where he was exposed to DJing and Hip Hop Culture. In the combination of songs in his professional sets to the combination of sounds when he is producing beats, a myriad of sounds that create storms of pulsating energy in your head.

Diverse World

Countries, including our own, are becoming more diverse. Sounds from all corners of the earth can be found a click away thanks to the inter-webs. DJ Flo Fader has traveled the world professionally working with legends J-live,  Masta Ace and the whole EMC crew.

Grand Fantastic Life of DJ Flo Fader

By combining the talents of DJ Flo Fader (music), Alex Lopez (photographer) with a little bit of “wordsmithing” by yours truly: throw in some guest musicians like Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy, Xian Bass and tracks by Masta Ace and J-live among others and a sonic recipe of sight and sound will be delivered! Community Publishing’s forthcoming Multimedia Book, the Grand Fantastic Life of DJ Flo Fader, is bringing a multi-sensory experience to typically disparate audiences. Below I interview him in regards to this project.

Life In the Fader

Follow Life in the Fader, to keep up with this multidimensional persona and his quest to discovers new frontiers and crush them up, season them and combine them with all of his other ingredients of musical genius. Forever at the cutting edge, DJ Flo Fader is also Video DJ Flo Fader. He is dedicated to his community, having taught DJing 101 at several public schools in NYC and Albuquerque. One of the most likable, down to earth people you will ever meet, check out his blog Life in the Fader, this coming Saturday, May 31 right here!

**Big Shout-Out to Kent Black and HighDefEntertainment | AffinityMusicGroup

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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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Life in the Fader: Multimedia in a Multiple-Media World

By Alex Paramo

I have written several times about the importance of exposing and teaching all of our children to use current technologies. Children from all backgrounds need to have hands-on experience Multimedia Bookwith the learning tools of today and tomorrow. Contrary to the trending meme about limiting your child’s exposure to “screens and monitors” I encourage the use of technology by children.

People seem to conflate, confuse and associate technology and video-games. The purpose of this article is not to bash video games (I do not endorse violence-based games/media) but rather to promote the use of technology to promote literacy/learning and support/endorse collaborative local arts. Let us all remember that the medium is not the message. A book printed with terrible messages, like those found in Mein Kampf, is no better because those messages are on paper as opposed to a tablet/screen. Our brains are constantly evolving and changing to suit the changes in our environment. Our preoccupation should be with promoting positive message rather than on the medium messages are promoted on.

Collaboration

Princess Marisol & the Moon Thieves

Multimedia Books allow for artists of all mediums to collaborate in the at of story-making. For my book, Princess Marisol & the Moon Thieves, we brought together an illustrator (Audrey McNamara), talented musicians (Matias ProfessionalismPizarro, Juan Ramirez, Christian Orellana), Voice Actresses (Jackie Zamora, Sofia Zamora and Marisol Paramo) and an author (Me). We also utilized the talents of Audio Engineers to help tell our story.

For my latest Multimedia Book writing endeavor, the Grand Fantastic Life of DJ Flo Fader, I am collaborating with Alex Lopez (Photographer), DJ Flo Fader (Music), and an armada of local artists such as Xian Bass and Hakim Bellamy and legendary figures from the music business such as Masta Ace and J-Live. Here is a track from the forthcoming project called appropriately enough, Elevate Your Mind (by DJ Flo Fader).

 Multiple-Media

multiple-mediaToday our children are being bombarded with messages from multiple-media outlets: TV, Videos, Games, Books, Multimedia Book, eBooks, Blogs, Radio, Internet-Radio etc. Unlike yesterday where the “traditional” Book/Radio/TV industry was monopolized by a few and we had no alternatives, today we have the power to create our own content. Content that promotes our true values, and embraces our collaborative vision for tomorrow.

Those of us who have access to these new learning tools have a responsibility to share them with those that do not. We need to like, comment and share in order to create the world we have been longing for: a just and equitable world where we can all flourish individually and prosper as a whole.

*DJ Flo Fader produced the music for our 3rd multimedia children’s book Samuel’s Story. Available in print and digital formats get yours today! 


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Alex Paramo

Alex Paramo is an Author and Co-Founder of Community PublishingCommunity Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as multimedia eBooks while promoting literacy in our communities.

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BlobBomb: La Bomba Superior

BlogBomb: La Bomba Superior

La Bomba Superior by Nick Furious Meyers

Another explosive edition of BlogBomb. Exposing blips on the radar and unveiling that there is so much more than meets the eye.

On the BookshelfA huge bonus to being plugged into the creative scene in Albuquerque is that one gets to experience things and how they come together from an insider’s perspective. Being in the giant loop of talent that exists can sometimes lead to fortuitous and mind expanding collaborations with fellow artists. That is the truth attached to my latest endeavor.

It has been a pleasure for myself and FuriouStylz Entertainment Studio to work with Community Publishing on numerous projects such as Fiona the Funkadelic Freckle Fairy.

BlogBomb: La Bomba SuperiorI was excited to discover that I would be a part of their latest endeavor, a multimedia project called Samuel’s Story. What a treat it has been working with Community Publishing to create this very heartfelt project written by fellow artist, friend and brother Hakim Bellamy. Hakim, a man who has achieved great accolades in academia and in music, has proven he is worth his weight in gold as an educator and esteemed poet. Samuel’s Story is a magnificent multi layered enactment of his genius. 

However this process has been about more than jus the artist and the publisher it also includes friend, brother and visual artist Melvin Mayes aka Jungle, whom I have known and respected since my introduction into the hip hop world in the late 1990s. Melvin is the illustrator and contributes some amazing artwork that furthers the story. 

Just when you think it cannot get any more exciting then you add in another artist who I admire greatly. A man who is a very prominent figure in the music and art scene in New Mexico. He is, none other than, DJ Flo Fader or Roscoe Floyd. Flo, and no he is not from progressive, is a very progressive producer and contributed the musical components to the project. As this is a multimedia experience the music is imperative in creating the rich BlogBomb: La Bomba Superiortapestry and vibe of the story.

When given the opportunity to unite all of these great artists with amazing qualities into one book written by  Hakim Bellamy I accepted the challenge at once.. What an honor it has been to be a part of the creative process and to use my studio engineering knowledge and know how to contribute to the final result. Working together with this talented pool and being given the opportunity to be the glue that brings it all together is an awesome and humbling feeling. I am excited by what is to come for the team moving forward.

Find out more about this multimedia project and get a sneak preview by visiting http://www.communitypublishing.org/samuels-story/

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La Bomba Superior

Photo: Wes Naman

Nick “Furious” Meyers is a longtime veteran of the New Mexico Music scene. Nick has worked with Community Publishing in the past, having served as the Audio Engineer on the multimedia children’s book, Fiona the Funkadelic Freckile Fairy. Nick is currently working working as the Audio Engineer on the Animated multimedia book, Bella the Caterpillar (written by 7yr old Marisol Paramo) to be published in the late Fall by Community PublishingFrom the Community For the Community!

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