Tag Archives: Artist

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 πŸ˜‚ 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 πŸ‘Œ

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 ExhibitionΒ 

To learn more, follow this link:

XMI Art Exhibition Go Fund Me Campaign

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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

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 πŸ™‚

Xspanding Minds Tumblr Page

Street Art In Chicago

I have this fascination with street art. I’m not sure at what point in my life, this became an interesting thing to me. But, it definitely has a place in my heart.

I see street art as a form of expression. Which allows the artist 🎨 to express themselves within a uncomfortable setting. Street art of course is considered vandalism, which means that the artist 🎨 was not in the best of circumstances. At the same time, they were able to create something special that will be around for years, and for many eyes to see.

I can appreciate the gift they bring to the world. The gift of art 😊 I have created a program, that will be offered to the youth attending Xspanding Minds facility. Which will focus on this skill. If we have the opportunity to create some art around the city (with permission) of course 😊 This is definitely something I would want the children participating in.

I would like to share a few of the photos that I’ve collected so far. Hope you enjoy, and please do leave suggestions or comments!

Please do check out Xspanding Minds Inc website: http://www.Facebook.com/XspandingMindsInc

Greats! Photo πŸ“· taken 79th off of Stony Island Street, on Chicago’s Southside. This is on the side of the Regal Theater 🎦 a landmark in the city, most known for showcasing African American entertainment 🎭
Reading Time! Found this photo πŸ“· on Chicago's Southside, on 63rd & Cottage Grove near the Green Line train. I didn't take an entire photo of this mural, due to it being surrounded by construction. Will go look at it in a few weeks. I love all this stands for. Educating our youth should be a priority to all. Reading is one of the most important things we can teach our youngsters 😁 #EachOneTeachOne
Reading Time!
Found this photo πŸ“· on Chicago’s Southside, on 63rd & Cottage Grove near the Green Line train.
I didn’t take an entire photo of this mural, due to it being surrounded by construction. Will go look at it in a few weeks.
I love all this stands for. Educating our youth should be a priority to all. Reading is one of the most important things we can teach our youngsters 😁
#EachOneTeachOne