Category Archives: Youth

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.


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.

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.

Nat Turner & others during Massacre (Source: The

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.

Nat Turner (Source:

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 #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


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 🙂


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


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)


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.




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.

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

Mini Mural Workshop (5 week program)

S. Gordon Fan Page

Xspanding Minds is now on Tumblr!!!

Hello Xspanding Minds!

We are slowly connecting to some of the more lively social networks. And we’ve finally gotten to connecting with the Tumblr outlet. So, please do follow the link below and link up with our page.

Hope to see you there, and don’t forget to say hello 🙂

Xspanding Minds Tumblr Page

Free Summer Meals Chicago

I found a flier which spoke about issuing free lunches over the summer break.

Please do share this post, and get the word out! A lot of little people will benefit from this program here in Chicago 🙂

You can call 1-800-359-2163 for more details or visit the website at Summer Meals Illinois