Por Ellos Si Podemos | Hispanic Heritage Month!!!

Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15th - October 15th

Hola Familia,

We are so excited to share that Noah, Tabea and Alyssa are part of 'Por Ellos Si Podemos' for Hispanic Heritage Month!!!

Mario Molina

Quiara Alegria Hudes

Soledad O'Brien

"We announced earlier this year that our goal is to create a banner of excellence that all children can raise together... Especially the ones whose dreams, goals and self esteem remain under attack... With that said, we are excited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month by highlighting some of the trailblazers within into the Latino community via Por Ellos Si Podemos." -Eunique Jones Gibson

As parents, we are BEYOND ecstatic that our children were able to participate in Por Ellos Si Podemos for Hispanic Heritage Month. The kids were so excited and when they saw the pictures... they were over the moon with joy! We LOVE celebrating our Hispanic Heritage and we're so happy that we can now celebrate it with ALL of you.

A SPECIAL thanks to Alisha of Natural Women United who made ALL of this possible by tagging me on Instagram when Because Of Them We Can posted their casting call... we are FOREVER grateful. Also, a HUGE thanks to Eunique Jones Gibson of Because Of Them We Can and everyone involved behind the scenes for the photo-shoot, the parents and wonderful kids (others) who participated in this campaign as well.





To see MORE of 'Por Ellos Si Podemos' - click HEREHERE & HERE.

Side Note:
I used Curly Q's from CURLS on the kids hair!!!
Photos were taken in 2014. :-)   

La Familia


Still I RISE!!!

Still I RISE
Maya Angelou 

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Creme Of Nature | Ubiquitous Hair & Health Show | Washington, DC

Photo Credit: Norman E. Jones
IG: @normanejones 

Hola Familia,

I had the pleasure of working the booth for the Creme of NatureUbiquitous‬ Hair and Health Show on August 22, 2015 from 1PM - 6PM. It was located at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC‬

Snapped a pic of the Norman doing 'photog' things.  

Shakira holding up Creme of Nature products w/ an awesome guy who photobombed us w/ a smile!

The photobombed turned it into an usie... HA!

Dress: @CalvinKlein || Shoes: @GUESS
Hair: @cremeofnature || Photo: @normanejones

LaQuisha... she's truly a gem!

Mary... she's a natural hair rock star!

An usie with Shakira!!!

Giving side eye... I see you. Not really, just kidding! HA!!!

Smiles... it was s good day!

In the moment... sharing hair tips & tricks.

Posing, I guess I was feeling myself at the moment. Ha, ha!

Patricia doing the DAYUM thing to my hair. 

This lovely woman was awesome... full of energy and life!

-_- ... drops mic. No, just speaking - I promise! lol


Ok, one more pic for no reason at all... I dunno. HA!

The shoes I arrived & departed with... Nike | Air Force 1's. 

Thanks to everyone who came out and to those I got to meet and greet. A special thanks to my familia for holding down the fort... I love you all!!!



Life's A Beach | Ocean City, MD

Ocean City, MD

Hola Familia,

As Summer was coming to an end, I decided to take a trip with the kids to Ocean City, MD... I love being spontaneous at times! :-) 

Life's A Beach!

Alyssa talking and dancing to the waves of the ocean!

Tabea enjoying the sand & sun!

Noah doing what he does best... getting into something - he's sneaky!


My toes in the sand as I watch my babies in the water!
(Chulo behind the lens... he didn't want to be in front of it.) 

We had so much fun!!!

We hope y'all had a safe and happy Summer!

La Familia

Tunnel Vision | A Short Film by Kiyoka Rhodes

The Purple Elephant in the Room | 6.12.15
Domestic violence is one of those topics that the general public either tends to shy away from discussing or are completely oblivious to it. Well, maybe people care about the subject, but it’s an uncomfortable sore spot. Just like sex trafficking, domestic violence is that one elephant in the room. What about that one person who is fighting for their life behind closed doors? It happens everyday, all the time, in our very own local communities, and we may never know that Sally across the street is a victim. We may never know because Sally may never tell a soul.

Tunnel Vision” is a film I had been developing for quite some time. I knew for a while that I wanted to do a short narrative on domestic violence, but I wanted to do it at the right time and in a unique way that steered away from the stereotypical domestic violence cases we may hear in the news and media. I wanted to emphasize that domestic violence can happen in the most unexpected homes to the public eye.

Before writing the screenplay, I kept in mind the stories of victims I personally know as well as researching various cases of victims escaping their abuser. I came across several stories that were shocking to read. It made me realize how each case of domestic violence has its own backstory and differs drastically in every situation. In that moment, “Tunnel Vision” started to be developed. The film pulls from several stories merged together and follows ROSE TAYLOR’S struggle with domestic violence in the midst of what seems to be a picture perfect family. While hiding her secret of being a victim for years, ROSE takes a risk only to find herself contemplating her decision that will not only affect her future but also the future of her children. Will Rose ever see past her menacing reality?

In order to really raise awareness and advocate on a greater level, I think it has to become a joint team effort of willingness. If more people are aware about domestic violence, maybe more victims will be encouraged to take that leap of faith to escape their situation. That is why I made “Tunnel Vision”—to have it serve as a voice for victims and to raise awareness. There is a message for everyone to relate to in the film, and my hopes are that viewers will not only be more aware of domestic violence but also be encouraged.

Kiyoka Rhodes
Writer & Director, Tunnel Vision
Multimedia Artist
Filmmaker | Photographer | Designer 
Director || Movie || Facebook || Twitter


NEVER FORGET | Edmond G. Young, Jr. | September 11, 2001

Edmond G. Young, Jr.
via Pentagon Memorial

Edmond Grafton Young, Jr., better known as “E.G.,” was born on May 22, 1979 in Annapolis, Maryland. He was the only son of Margaret and Edmond G. Young, Sr. He departed this life on September 11, 2001. 
Edmond attended Peters U.M.C. where he served as a Youth Choir and Usher Board member. He attended Mt. Harmony Elementary and Northern Middle and High Schools. While in high school his interest in computers led him to the Calvert Career Center. Later, he received an Associate degree in Computer Applications and Network Administration at the Computer Learning Center (CLC) in 1999. While attending CLC, he worked part time at Safeway in Dunkirk, Maryland. He successfully completed two of the seven Microsoft certification exams. He further enhanced his knowledge by working part time for Global Computer Consultants, Inc. 
Edmond began his career as a Helpdesk Analyst for CACI. Later, he became a Desktop Support Technician for BTG, Inc. He was transferred to the Pentagon earlier this year where he supported the DCSPER Army Division. On September 11th at 9:38 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon as he worked on a General’s computer. He was listed as missing for nine days. Edmond enjoyed mentoring teens, playing basketball, and spending time with his friends. The highlight of his life was the birth of his son, Stephan, with Jonette Ramona Mackall on May 26, 1997. He was a devoted and extremely generous father who cherished every moment he spent playing with and nurturing his son. 
His sister, Michele Young, preceded Edmond in eternal life. He leaves to cherish his memory his parents, Margaret and Edmond Young, Sr.; his son, Stephan Young; his sisters, Marvene and Markia Young; a nephew, Malik Tonkins; his grandparents, Helen and Maurice Creek, Sr. and Louise and William Young; friend, Jonette Ramona Mackall; nine uncles, Wilbur, Elmer and Maurice Creek, Jr., William, Russell and Cordell Young, Bob Adams, Alvin Jones, Sr. and Aaron Sollers; ten aunts, Gloria Wilkerson, Barbara Young, Mary Adams, Dorrine Jones, Angela Creek, Sarah and Rosia Young, Curley Gilbert, Regina Sollers and Doris Creek; Godmother, Dorothy Dorsey; and a host of cousins, relatives and friends. 

**Marisol B. Correa**
Gone but NEVER forgotten - We will ALWAYS love you!

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