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Paul Mooney, the undefeated..

Paul Mooney, one of the greatest comedians ever. His career started long before I was born, which was the 80’s 😱

While finding material for this piece, I bumped into an article which states that his health seems to be failing, which produces issues while on stage these days.

Paul Mooney, is most known for touching issues about politics and race relations.

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He was Richard Pryor’s writing partner and best friend. Many of the big names that we are familiar with, have utilized his material. Names such as; Redd Foxx and Eddie Murphy. Robert Townsend once said ” He taught a generation of comedians to be fearless”.

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Many are offended, by his unapologetic
and truthful style of comedy. Which is absolutely fine with me 😁

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I’d heard of him, but wasn’t familiar with his extensive career. I was officially introduced to this creative being, via the Dave Chappelle show. From that point, I was hooked!

His raw honesty is what appeals to me the most. I’m honored to introduce him to those who aren’t hip to this legend of comedy. He is definitely one of XMI’s American greats.

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Paul Gladney, was born on August 4th 1941 in Louisiana. He was raised by his grandmother, and that is where he received the “Mooney” nickname from. As a teen, he competed and won dance competitions. Mooney, became a regular on the “American Bandstand Show”. He later got into show business by becoming a ringmaster, with the Gatti Charles Circus.

Mooney has done many things within his lengthy career. He was one of the head writers on the Richard Pryor show. Also writing for Sanford & Son, Good Times, and In Living Color. As well as, being responsible for creating the character Homey D Clown 😂 Which happened to be one of my faves as a teenager.

He also acted in the classic movie, “Hollywood Shuffle”. Mooney also released a book titled “Black Is The New White” in 2007.

In 2014, it was announced that Mooney had been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. Although, that hasn’t stopped him from performing. I’m sure he’ll be on that stage until he can’t do it any longer 🎤

Sending him love 😘

I hope you’ve enjoyed my few thoughts on this awesome African American great 🎭

I’ve added a video, which is about one hour long. So go grab a snack, and enjoy the show.

I hope that you too can, appreciate his in your face honestly 👌

Paul Mooney Act

Want to learn more about Paul Mooney? Follow this link:

Paul Mooney

By The Way..

Xspanding Minds, has a Go Fund Me Campaign going on right now. This campaign will help fund XMI’s 1st Annual Children’s Art Exhibition 

To learn more, follow this link:

XMI Art Exhibition Go Fund Me Campaign

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Xspanding Minds Go Fund Me Gift Bags

Hello Xspanding Minds!!

By now, many are aware that we’ve published our #GoFundMe campaign, which will help fund XMI’s 1st Annual Children’s Art Exhibition.

We need your support, and this gift bag is our way of saying “Thank You” for your contribution.

Once you’ve made your donation, your bag will be shipped to you within 3-5 business days.

All of the items will be inside of a colorful gift bag.

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The items included; 1 Pocket Dictionary, 1 Magnetic Notepad, 1 Mini Sketch Pad, 1 Yellow #2 Pencil & Sharpener, 1 Black Gel Pen, and 1 Pack of Coloring Pencils.

Xspanding Minds, promotes consistent learning! Each item has a significant meaning, and each are meant to help broaden ones interest in subjects like Writing, Reading, or Art.

Let’s embrace the gift of learning!!

You may contribute now, by making your contribution via XMI’s store.

Thank You, so very much for your continued support 😘

Buy Your XMI Gift Bag

Celebrating Nat Turner

One of my favorite people in history, that isn’t talked about too often. He is not recognised in the schools, or anywhere else.

Nat Turner, and his supporters are described as blood thirsty wolves. He is also found to be described as a fanatic preacher, whom rebelled without cause.

His moment in history, means so much in my present. I believe that having an insight on your past, helps us understand our present and our future.

As I was introduced to certain issues, as a child in a variety of classes. I’d often wondered why I only heard of the horrendous attacks, that were placed upon my ancestors.

It produced anger, and that put me in a position of having no interest in learning the history of america.

I knew there should have people out there fighting back. But, why didn’t I hear about them?

I questioned, how so many people could be enslaved and not fight back. The only individual I was taught about in reference to rebellion, was Harriet Tubman. Which was awesome 😉

Yet, it was not good enough. It took over twenty years, to gather the information I am aware of.

On top of that!

I’m learning of new people, places and amazing accomplishments, of our people on a daily.

Little did I know. People like Nat Turner, existed. Yet, this history is kept away, and hidden so that we are not aware of the courageous individuals that lived before us.

It is kept away, and meant to disappear. Xspanding Minds, looks forward to keeping these amazing past events in the mainstream.

Turner, is one of those amazing people that should be celebrated!

Nat Turner, is known for his part in history which he orchestrated a slave rebellion on August 21, 1831.

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Nat Turner (Source: Wikipedia)

Born on October 2, 1800 in Southampton County, Virginia. He was known as a gifted child, early in his life. He found pleasure in reading, and he became a firm believer in the Bible.

It is said, he heard voices from God and saw visions of black and white figures going through some form of fighting. He took this as a sign, and decided to do what he thought was his responsibility.

He was known as the “Prophet” among the slaves. Articulate, strong built, and naturally persuasive. He gathered a group of supporters, and they set out to massacre all individuals whom were responsible for the enslavement of the black person.

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Nat Turner & others during Massacre (Source: The Atlantic.com)

He went from house to house, killing men, women and children. There was no discrimination, he set out to complete a mission and these are the circumstances that came about.

He did allow several whites to live during this attack. Those people were spared, due to them feeling as if they were as vulnerable as any black woman or man.

Turner, was able to be on the run after this event for about two months. He was captured by a farmer. He was swiftly tried, and set to be executed by hanging. He died on October 11, 1831.

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Nat Turner (Source: ThingLink.com)

After this event, over 56 blacks were executed and about 200 people whom had no involvement in the revolt were killed.

This story speaks of much blood shed, but hey..

That’s the history in the United States 😏

If you want to learn more about this important man, follow this link:

Nat Turner’s Life

I’ll be posting several articles this month, in celebration of “Black History Month”. I hope that you enjoyed my thoughts on this piece of history.

I look forward to your comments!

Tina 📝

By The Way..

Xspanding Minds, has a Go Fund Me Campaign going on right now. This campaign will help fund XMI’s 1st Annual Children’s Art Exhibition 🔆

To learn more, follow this link:

XMI Go Fund Me Campaign

We Need Your Support!!

Xspanding Minds “Top Ten” Artist of 2015

I’d like to say “Thank You” to the many individuals, who have contributed to helping Xspanding Minds name get out there! I want to inspire many, and art is my way of doing so! I’ve compiled a list of ten of my favorite artists for the year of 2015.

Some of the artist are well-known, and some aren’t. I hope that you are as inspired by their work as I am, and decide to support them also.

I’m glad to introduce Xspanding Minds “Top Ten Artist” of 2015

#1 Travis Price: Travis Prince Art

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We’ve all heard the term, “Love at first sight”. Well, that’s exactly what happened when I laid my eyes on this dope painting.

The creator of this piece is, Travis Prince. I’ve had the luxury of being connected with him on Facebook, for several months now. He has some amazing pieces, which touches on subjects that are important to the African American people. Please do, go show his social networks some love!

#2 Gerald Ivey: Gerald Ivey Art

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One of my favorite pieces by artist Gerald Ivey. He has a variety of paintings that I could have put here, yet this one grabbed my attention from the very beginning.

I hope it does the same for you, which will allow you to connect and follow all of his beautiful creations.

#3 Geno Harris: Geno Harris Art

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Due to having the luxury of this creative individual being in one of my art groups. I saw the different stages of this painting, and I was amazed at how it turned out!

Geno Harris, is the artist and he also has a art show that he hosts several times a year in the city of Detroit. I would like you to definitely support this artist, by following his social network outlets.

If you’re in the Detroit area, you should check out one of his upcoming shows. So don’t forget to subscribe to his events, for future dates!

#4 Jounda Strong: Jounda Strong Art

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This painting was created by a supporter of Xspanding Minds, and for a long time. I had no idea, she was even an artist.

Jounda Strong, created this piece and it’s called Heroin. When I asked her to tell me where her inspiration came from, she explained that several members of her family have dealt with the struggles of this drug.

To me, she executed it perfectly. I can actually feel the pain, anger and frustration that comes with that addiction

She has a social outlet that you should connect yourself to, you definitely won’t be disappointed.

#5 Lonnie Ollivierre: Lonnie Ollivierre Art

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I love this artists creations also! His name is Lonnie Ollivere, and he creates many awesome paintings like this.

This is one of my favorites, due to the individuals he has in it. Each have done some amazing things in the African American communities in the present, and the past. It’s not only great to see them all in the same place, but it’s also very inspiring too!

#6 Lisa Mathews: Lisa Mathews Art

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I received an invitation to this page, and once I got there was extremely amazed by this artists creativity.

She has a huge selection of Caricature statues, as well as creating game sets with them for a Chess set. I’m getting one for myself, I’m just trying to figure out what those characters should be.

Please do follow this artist for future updates. Her name is Lisa Mathews.

#7 Michelle Miller: Michelle Miller Art

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This artist and I connected through my arts group. After checking out her amazing sketches, I decided that it was important to include this artist in this list.

She has been in the field for over twenty years, and explained that many of her pieces had been put away in boxes. But, after joining my art group. She was inspired to start sharing her creations again.

I’d love for you to support this artist as well! Her name is Michelle Miller, and I loved this picture the first time I saw it!

#8 Ed Terrell

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I connected with the artist, Ed Terrell due to a Xspanding Minds supporter suggesting he was a great artist.

When I first saw this piece I thought of my grandmother, who loves Elephants. She’d love all of the amazing colors!

#9 Kimberly Moseberry: Kimberly Moseberry

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The artist of this piece, is Kimberly Mosberry and she’s an extremely talented artist from right here in Chicago!

This piece made my top ten due to her awesome craft, and the fact that these three African American comic like characters remind me of my three younger daughters.

If my girlies were ever comic book characters, this is who they’d look like!

Go check out more of her work, and make sure you follow her page for future updates.

#10 Dawud Shabazz: Dawud Shabazz Art

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This last artist featured, is Dawud Shabazz also from the Detroit area and his work revolves around abstract art and African American people.

All of his pieces, have some type of messaging and I think it’s very important that you show support to this artist by linking to his networks.

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That is the end of Xspanding Minds “Top Ten Artists” of 2015.

I hope you enjoyed the selected paintings, and hopefully you too will show these living artist some support!

It’s been a great year since creating Xspanding Minds, and I appreciate every one of you whom has supported our mission of becoming a youth center here in Chicago.

Thank You All!

Tina 😘

Make sure you look for next year’s article on 2016’s top ten.

If you support the #Arts please do support Xspanding Minds 2016 Children’s Art Exhibition, by donating to this GoFundMe Campaign!

Give the children of Chicago, the opportunity to become like one of the above individuals. Give the gift of Art 🎨

DONATE to XMI 1st Annual Children’s Art Exhibition

Xspanding Minds #WeLoveArt Group

You all need to link up to this group if you’re on Facebook on a daily. I have hundreds of artists link here, and the same with lovers of art.

Link up now, and send a request to join the group! 🙂

We Love Art Group

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Photo By: Tina Payne in Downtown Chicago 2015

Xspanding Minds 1st Annual Children’s Art Exhibition 2016

Hello Xspanding Minds!!

I’ve been planning this event for some time now, and I’m ready to get it to come into existence!!

I have put up a GoFundMe Campaign, and need your support. You can donate to the cause, volunteer your time or services, and share this important information with others.

It will benefit the children in the near future 🙂

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XMI Children’s Art Exhibition Fundraiser

Toy Give Away

This event is being held December 18, 2015, starting at 4 PM until 8 PM. There will be food and entertainment, and this is in connection with LIFE BUILD located at 6855 South Emerald Chicago, Illinois 60621.

For more information and to make donations, contact Mr. Mondray at 312.785.4182

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Hood Hope Movement Facebook Page

Operation Warm Coat Giveaway

This event will be happening on Saturday, October, 24, 2015 at The New Roseland Community Hospital

Located: 45 W 111th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60628

10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m

Kids Ages: 2-17 years old
Sizes: 2T- XXLarge

**Kids MUST be present to receive a coat ***

For more information please contact:

Maria G Chavez (External Affairs)
773-995-3209
mchavez@Roselandhospital.org

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Mini Mural Workshops with Steven Gordon

I recently made a connection with a native of Chicago, whom has an amazing talent and has confirmed that he will be a part of the Xspanding Minds arts program.

He will be teaching school aged students, different styles of painting. Some of these styles include; Oil Painting, Water Colors, and Acrylic.

He is self taught, and has been in the field for fifteen years. He currently has thirteen murals, throughout Chicago’s Southside.

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Steven recently got interviewed on one of his mural sites. Please check out the video, to learn a little about how and why he is attempting to uplift some of the uglier places within the city.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/video/3293055-beautifying-the-city-one-block-at-a-time/

If you are interested in Steven Gordon teaching the Mini Mural Workshop at your learning facility, please contact Tina Payne at xspandingmindsinc@yahoo.com

Mini Mural Workshop (5 week program)

S. Gordon Fan Page

Check out “Chicago Career Fair – Meet Your Next Employer at Our Job Fair – iPad Giveaway”!

Check out “Chicago Career Fair – Meet Your Next Employer at Our Job Fair – iPad Giveaway” on Eventbrite!

Date: Fri, Oct 23

Location: The Congress Plaza Hotel

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-career-fair-meet-your-next-employer-at-our-job-fair-ipad-giveaway-tickets-15389455275?aff=ebapi&aff=eanddiscpick&ref=eanddiscpick