Saturday, December 3, 2011

The 2nd Installment of the T.R.U.T.H. Project: Reflection on the Art of Recognition and Healing

Imagine your T.R.U.T.H. is melodiously hypnotizing and leading you to a place consumed by smooth Jazz and R&B Tunes, playing musical talent greats such as Angie Stone. The soothing sounds are excellent music to your ears...So much so, that you realize that you are unconsciously awake. Until...your eyes absorb one of the most magnificent creations in the making: Body Art created by Vonetta of ABC Body Art jolting you into consciousness. Making you aware that she is eloquently painting male and female models with varying hues of browns and blues decorating the human canvases with words and phrases that speaks her T.R.U.T.Hs. This causes you to examine others getting a full frontal view of the excellence that you are experiencing. You find that the audience is just as diverse as the artistry that has begun to stimulate all of your senses. After pinching yourself, because this type of glorious exhibition is only found in vivid dreams, you accept that you are in fact NOT asleep rather you are at the 2nd Installment of the T.R.U.T.H Project. This is the ephipany that I lived.

ABC Body Art by Vonetta
Miss Pinky

The T.R.U.T.H. Project targets the GLBT community and Allies, focusing on creating self awareness and healing through the use of performance arts and social engagement. Addressing issues important to our community and society, this project highlights national and local artist creating original works that will be presented to the community in an Out Of the Box healing experience. Healing through the ARTS. T.R.U.T.H stands for Telling Real Unapologetic Truths thru Healing. The T.R.U.T.H Project is a themed structured event, that highlights Feature/Celebrity Presentations, Community Artists, and the Open Mic; for those making the decision to heal. The artists create original work centering around the theme. The 2nd Installment's theme centered around creating Stigma and Bullying awareness. This installment's features were the wonderful Entertainer Buttaflysoul who blessed us with his many talents including poetry and song; as well as the talented acoutstic guitarist, Ken J. Martin. Community artists included Urban Souls Dance Company II, HBO Short Film Creator, Darius Clark Monroe and Dr. Drake Williams who educated the audience on bullying behavior and statistics. This aspect of the T.R.U.T.H Project very enlightening because there were aspects of bullying presented that many were unaware of, such as 282,000 students were reported to be attacked throughout the nation each month. Fourth to eighth graders account for 90% physical abuse at home which leads to violence at school. The Open Mic was set on fire by poets, such as Augie, Ms. Pinky, RC, and Light. The Open Mic also included movements by Donnie, a member of Urban Souls Dance Company. Each artist contributed beautifully to bring and increase awareness to bullying and stigma.

Entertainer Buttafly Soul

Urban Souls Dance Company II

Ken J. Martin

The energy was so high and powerful in that room, I was moved to tears. Hearing community members share their unapologetic truths moving themselves and me to healing. The best part of the night before witnessing all of the healing gifts offered was being able to sit down and chat with Entertainer Buttaflysoul. He shared his absolute truths with me and helped me to come to terms with some of my own. If you have never experienced excellence and healing of this magnitude, then you are doing yourself a great disservice. The next T.R.U.T.H Project will be held on December 4, 2011 at the Arena Theater, featuring 6x Grammy Award Nominee, Marsha Ambrosius. The 3rd Installment's them is Stigma and HIV/AIDS Awareness. For more information visit

Check Out Intimate Conversation with Entertainer Buttafly Soul

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