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It Was All A Dream: MAY 21 LIVE! From The FSC 3rd Friday Art & Business Walk
Thank you all for supporting our soft launch on April 16th! We planned for 25 guests in order to be true to Covid-19 regulations and our capacity-building initiative targeting our neighbors who are most adversely impacted when decisions about capital development projects are made without our input. We engaged 111 (seems to be our magic number for starters *slight flex*) guests and lit up the corner of E. Lakewood and Fayetteville Street like a Christmas Tree! Special Thanks to bandleader, Sam King, sound engineer Marvin Thorpe, and Food Truck operator, Mozzie's Smoked Meats. Our next Third Friday event will take place on May 21st, followed by a special Juneteenth Third Friday event on June 18th. Come On! Our neighbors have expressed the need for Childcare, equitable opportunity to become Vendors, and community service credit for Volunteers -- now, we've got Sign Up sheets for all of that!
City of Durham 18th Annual Women's Forum Honors Angel Iset Dozier
The Human Relations Division of the City's Neighborhood Improvement Services Department is proud to present the 18th annual Women's Forum to celebrate National Women's History Month. Due to COVID-19, this year's event will be virtual on Zoom every Tuesday in March from 6-7pm. Each Tuesday, panelists will present and discuss a variety of themes including physical health, mental health, education, and personal finances. Angel Iset Dozier is an activist, creative, educator and founder of Be Connected Durham, a community initiative connecting audiences, addressing disparities, fostering equity, and bridging access gaps through the arts, culture, music, and politics. She is a hip hop film and music lover and has used yoga, dance, literature, and golden era hip hop, specifically, to drive her work as a world languages instructor and curriculum specialist within public, private and Montessori school systems.
Through Be Connected Durham, Angel has emerged as an urban visionary, championing community initiatives that connect organizations like Duke Performances, Carolina Performing Arts, Airolina Young Aviators, SheaMoisture, and more, to their authentically diverse target audiences. Each of Be Connected Durham’s projects serve as campaigns to affect positive change for marginalized, yet highly capable and valuable contributors to our society. March 2, 2021 at 6:00 PM: Kickoff Session with Motivational Speaker Kick off event featuring original song by Nnenna Freelon and inspiring words from Angel Iset Dozier. Link to session recording.
Soft Launch! Live from the Fayetteville Street Corridor: A Third Friday Art & Business Walk
Be Connected Durham & Beyond presents The Fayetteville Street Corridor (FSC) Fellows Project, sponsored by the City of Durham’s Department of Neighborhood Improvement Services on Third Friday April 16, 2021.
LIVE from the FSC is a response to the feelings of unwelcome and exclusion many of our neighbors experience after having attended art walk events on Third Fridays in Downtown Durham. The Project, made up of a multi-tiered, long-term implementation strategy is designed to model equitable engagement that restores and revitalizes mobility in the Historic Hayti District while acknowledging and activating the creative genius of our neighbors who find creative ways to survive through extremely limited access and opportunity. A soft launch is scheduled for Friday, April 16th from 7pm - 9pm at the Hayti Heritage Center. With an audience made up of our neighbors who live and/or operate on the Fayetteville Street Corridor, FSC Fellows will engage city officials, equity consultants, and you in an interactive capacity-building course of study to include: a glossary defining equitable engagement from the perspective of marginalized peoples and communities an educational curriculum addressing root cause of violences a resource guide promoting access and opportunity for marginalized peoples and communities implementation of a five (5) location Third Friday expansion along the Fayetteville Street Corridor, Durham North Carolina implementation of long-term Third Friday expansion in Braggtown and The Village Durham North Carolina, leading to increased participation in civic engagement and the 2030 US Census by those whose lived experience are most adversely impacted by government policy, procedure, and program development the inaugural Everybody Eats Equitable Engagement Directory, highlighting Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) -led arts & cultural institutions, organizations, and businesses along the Fayetteville Street Corridor The event launch is free and open to the public. Social distancing and face masks are required. For Press Inquiries, contact Angel Iset Dozier, Principal & Project Lead.
Seeking Major Gifts: Our Fiscal Sponsor
Fractured Atlas Be Connected Durham & Beyond Our fiscal sponsorship allows Iset Excelsior LLC DBA Be Connected Durham to achieve its community mission by soliciting tax-deductible donations, applying for and making grants, hosting fundraisers or events, and operating mission driven programs. This fiscal sponsorship also relieves us from the administrative management of a foundation, while providing us with financial oversight and compliance necessary for maintaining 501(c)(3) status. Be Connected provides markcomms and curatorial services that connect disparate audiences for social benefit, using the arts, cultural, music, and political advocacy as vehicle. City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services Community Partner: Our re-emergence as a community arts education initiative after the 2020 COVID-19 shelter-in-place Through private or independent entities, the City's Third Friday Art Walk has been hosted at more than twelve venues across the City Center District of Durham, North Carolina over the past several years. While these events are exciting, and introduce residents of the entire city to arts exhibits, artists, and local businesses, African- American/Black citizens and visitors report feelings of unwelcome and exclusion. The Fayetteville Street Corridor Fellows designed a response that identifies those feelings as a basic human need-- a sense of belonging; our research on equitable engagement, public art & placemaking impact, and food sovereignty led us to curate artistic prescriptions for community™ resulting in feeding-site engagements, storytelling, and the beginning stages of publishing the FSC Everybody Eats Directory. In April 2021, Be Connected Durham and the Fayetteville Street Fellows will present the inaugural Live from the Fayetteville Street Corridor: a Third Friday Art & Business Walk centering arts, artists, and businesses along the Fayetteville Street Corridor to share our community's collective voice and contributions to the City of Durham. Beginning with five businesses on the Corridor, Live from the Fayetteville Street Corridor will host Third Friday events that educate the community about a regional or national issue prevalent in our own community, beginning with childhood sexual and domestic violence. Fellow Catherine "CeCe" Scott, author and certified peer support counselor with the Durham Crisis Center will serve as educational curator of Hurt People, Hurt People, a curricular series acknowledging childhood sexual and domestic violence survivors with the intention to address disparity, foster understanding, and therefore equalize access to resources for families, friends, neighbors, and visitors of communities with similar demographic make-up as the Fayetteville Street Corridor in the Historic Hayti District. We are seeking major gifts from philanthropic organizations, anti-racism capacity-building funders or foundations, and arts councils in order to maintain operations of our events designed to dissolve social tension and bridge the opportunity, access, and education gaps that are far too common among marginalized communities of color. Donate online or via Major Gifts Letter. Let's Be DOPE TOGETHER™ and thank you for your support, Angel Iset Dozier, Ed. M., Founder & Principal at Iset Excelsior LLC DBA: Iset Academy Connector, Be Connected Durham & Beyond, LBDT
ISSA WRAP! The 27th Annual Hayti Film Festival
How much did you enjoy the Hayti Heritage Film Festival this year? Let #HHFF Know and enter a raffle for a Spring 2021 Tall Grass Food Box! #HHFF2021 #TheHerosJourney #BSFY
Declining That Call
I don’t want to work with the capitalist minded the hell bent on this is the only way someone must bow as you rise clout chasing energy vampires. I don’t want to work with the capitalist minded because somehow they let all the air out of your balloon steal your joy AND YOUR IDEA whitewash it, vinyl side it, trend set it and now the spirit is gone I mean, look at what’s been happening with Black Lives Matter oh you didn’t know because capitalism keeps you caught up so you can’t keep up and groupthink is often the wrongful death of us I want to work with money magic makers Dreamers who do business Visionary no buzz word intended entrepreneurs who keep mastering their master plan because life is about the practice the new thing you added to your repertoire the everyday... I want to work with lifelong learners People who can admit they’re afraid and who conquer their fear because they know that’s love too and when the spirit is gone it is because it has been transmuted a portal at the next level of higher These are the people I want to make money magic with They who prove that sound systems await eternal the wayssss, the truth, and the light after a life of letting go of the bullshit. written by principal, angel iset dozier #amwriting #freewrite #live + #love #journaling for #artisticprescriptions #teachingartist #ccp
Monét Noelle Marshall stays imagining the possibilities and has challenged "Black people to share their dreams and how many stimulus checks it would take to make it happen" on her Instagram page Monday, March 15th 2021, as the $1400 stimulus checks begin to roll in. Our DREAM to launch the inaugural Live from the Fayetteville Street Corridor: an Art & Business Walk in the Historic Hayti District is being realized come Third Friday, April 16th 2021. It will take SIX (6) stimmies to purchase: 5 Amethyst (Purple) Tents 6 Card Tables 5 Chromebooks, 1 iPad Pro, and a dedicated MIFI device 6 Sets of String Lights 5 Boxes of Post-It Notes, Signage, and Printing Materials 6 Mobile Magnetic White Boards and make this DREAM a reality. If you're interested in investing in Our DREAM, there are five (5) ways you can do it: 1. Become a patron at our newly launched BE CONNECTED DURHAM PATREON site: 2. CashApp: $AngelDozier and add BCD LIVE from the FSC in the memo line.* 3. VenMo: @Angel-Dozier and add BCD LIVE from the FSC in the memo line.* 4. PayPal: and add BCD LIVE from the FSC in the memo line. 5. For large gifts that must follow 501c3 regulations, you may invest through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas at BE CONNECTED DURHAM & BEYOND. *While I tend to remain private about money matters, should you decide to invest via CashApp or VenMo, I ask you to do so publicly so that we can acknowledge this public gift. It's also important for our tax records :). I've got Amethyst Dreams to remember and I'm grateful to Monét for inspiring us all to dream wide awake. LIVE from the FSC is a response to the feelings of unwelcome and exclusion many of our neighbors experience after having attended art walk events on Third Fridays in Downtown Durham. This project is not to shame nor blame the status quo, but to model what equitable engagement looks like in order to restore mobility on the Fayetteville Street Corridor, to acknowledge the creative genius of our neighbors in the Hayti District, and to honor our ancestors who found infinite, creative ways to survive through extremely limited access and opportunity. In exchange, an offering I've established as my life's work, Manifesto as a Conceptual Teaching Artist, at North Carolina Central University's Teaching Artist Certificate Program, created & directed by Lenora Z Helm Hammonds: Artistic Prescription for Community™ to Realize Dreams Opening Soundscape: Dreams to Remember x Otis Redding Yoga: 30-Minute Yoga for Total Beginners x Jessamyn Stanley Meditation: Dust II Onyx: a Melanated Tarot Deck x Courtney Alexander XI Justice, Their Eyes Were Watching Gods, 2017 "Seek the truth that comes from Source instead of simply relying on collective biases to make your decisions or form your judgements. Use higher guidance to bring your life and relationships back into a state of equilibrium." pp. 39-40 Reality Check: their eyes were watching god x ZORA NEALE HURSTON "Janie stood where he left her for unmeasured time and thought. She stood there until something fell off the shelf inside her. Then she went inside there to see what it was. It was her image of Jody tumbled down and shattered. But looking at it she saw that it never was the flesh and blood figure of her dreams. Just something she had grabbed up to drape her dreams over." p. 72 Literary Art: We Will Not Cancel US and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice by adrienne maree brown "... Instead of prison bars we place each other in an overflowing box of untouchables--often with no trial-- and strip us of past and future, of the complexity of being gifted and troubled, brilliant and broken. We will set down this punitive measure and pick each other up, leaving no traumatized person behind. We will not cancel us. But we must earn our place on this earth." p. 76 Closing Soundscape: Springtime Again x Sun Ra, Sleeping Beauty Thank you for your support. Angel Iset Dozier, Founder & Principal at Iset Excelsior LLC DBA Be Connected Durham
Patreon - Support Our Work
We know, we know. We've never officially launched the Be Connected Patreon account. As we build our team and its capacity, we're working on that too. We could still use your support now and long term. Check out our updated Patreon site and find a tier you can join with ease. If you or someone you know has experienced our unique brand of the arts and community advocacy, share our page and help us keep things going! We shall proceed... Thank you to our current patrons! Your support has kept our website and our Mailchimp account paid!
Website Under Reconstruction
The content on our current website does not reflect the over 150 successful, 85% having been sold-out, artists & cultural worker events we've curated since 2015. We are building capacity, restructuring our mission statement and values, and are in the process of launching Live From the Fayetteville Street Corridor: an Arts & Business Walk on Third Fridays beginning April 16th. In the meantime, connect with us on Facebook and Instagram at @beconnecteddurham. Be Connected Durham is now fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas as Be Connected Durham & Beyond to reflect our upcoming projects and expansion throughout rural communities, beginning with Franklinton, NC in July 2021.
The Experiment: Looking Back at 4 Years of Be Connected
On December 14, 2015 at 6:30pm, Be Connected, in collaboration with 2beathiv and Digitalinks, held our first event at Beyu Caffé. The Experiment with Beats and Music, a workshop and showcase of international hip-hop and soul artists, where participants could make beats and write lyrics, used music and visual art as a vehicle to raise awareness about HIV. Musical performances by artists Shirlette Ammons, Median, and Nnenna Ukwu consisted of beats created on the spot, a method dubbed the Median method. Gemynii was on deck, creating a homage to the Bull City during musical performances. Durham has evolved since 2015. Local revitalization efforts have brought about a skyscraper and a larger police presence, and more displacement and silencing of the poor and marginalized. Be Connected has evolved since The Experiment and has continued its efforts through the arts and politics to bring awareness to the challenges that marginalized people face in a growing community that would at times rather leave them behind. 2019 was a rebuilding year for Be Connected as we curated events that addressed mental health through yoga (ANGR MGMT), emotional health and healing through art and storytelling (It’s Complicated), and reproductive justice (EndShacklingNC). We also connected the community to the arts through collaborations with The Power Plant Gallery (Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South) and NorthStar Church. We’ve connected the community to politics through conversations with Durham Country Commissioner Brenda Howerton. We’ve connected the community through music with events such as Country Soul and HERStory, a collaboration with The Conjure. It’s been four years since our first event at Beyu. Angel number 4 is one of organization and achieving goals through endurance and practical means through spiritual guidance of our ancestors. As we enter our fourth year, and into a new decade with the numerological number 4, we strive to continue working steadfastly toward growth while sticking to our mission: “…curate events and provide marketing services that connect audiences, address disparities, foster equity, and bridge understanding through the arts, culture, music, and politics.”
The Conjure and Be Connected Present HERStory: A Night of Black Femmes in Hip Hop (Pt 2)
We’re only a couple of days away from HERStory: A Night of Black Femmes in Hip Hop, presented by The Conjure and Be Connected. The show will consist of nine underground artists from both the Bull and Oak Cities. There will be a cypher encouraging femme hip hop artists to showcase their talents. The night will be hosted by Angel Dozier, and will be capped off with an afterparty featuring DJ Gemynii. Earlier this month, the “moon” shined its light over a small part of downtown. Now’s the time for the stars to takeover Pinhook for one dynamic night that you will not want to miss. Featured Artists: Lovely The Don "Lovey The Don, an Independent Rap Artist from Greensboro, NC channels a “don” like mentality through her music. Emerging onto the Underground Rap scene in 2015, Lovey captivates with her raw but witty, and pleasantly odd lyrical ability." - Facebook Check her out: IG: @loveythedon Facebook: NunAfterHours "Through my music, I can be the real me. Growing up sheltered in a religious household caused me to lose my identity, and I spent many years being trapped. I’m glad I decided to step out from behind the shadows and finally do something for myself. I’m taking my power back through music. I’m not afraid to be who I really am anymore, and I don’t care what anyone has to say about it. I’m bold, fearless, and strong. I’m ready to share more of myself with the world." - Nun After Hours, Check her out: IG: @nunafterhours Tanajah "Tanajah is an up and coming rapper who currently lives in Raleigh, NC. Tanajah, originally from Germantown, Md, has been rapping since she was 11 years old.She finds her musical inspiration from Tupac, Hiatus Kiayote, Stevie Wonder, Noname, Jay-Z, Missy Elliot, Kendrick Lamar and Rapsody. Tanajah, the “Giver of Good Vibes” hopes that her lyrics can spread the message of self love, good vibes and to follow your dreams no matter how big!" - tanajahraps.com Check her out: IG: @tanajahraps Maestra "I aim to be a versatile artist ranging from hip-hop, r&b, soul, jazz and even rock. My act includes rapping, singing and poetry, but if you let me, you'll get to see a little acting as well. Not only do I use my Theatre Arts-Acting and Psychology degrees from Purdue University to be a performing artist myself, but I am also a NC Public School educator as a Theatre Arts teacher." - Maestra Check her out: IG: @maestraemcees
Co-producing Kamara Thomas’ Country Soul Songbook — Bring Your Tambourine!
Country Soul Songbook is a high-energy community celebration that spotlights alternative voices in country-soul-Americana music— a quarterly, seasonal, Durham-centric concert series (and Potluck!) featuring local musicians, AND an online episodic documentary series highlighting artists, Durham culture, and the places (venues, restaurants, etc.) where our community gathers. The larger intent of the project is to explore, discuss, and demonstrate how the country, soul, and Americana genres, and the Durham community itself, are rooted in the same history, and the same multi-race/multi-identity American soup. We want to build community bridges, and celebrate our unity-in-diversity through the irresistible power of music, food, and the good times that gather people together. Our first concert will take place at North Star Church of the Arts on Sunday, November 24th, 2019. Featured artists include Kamara Thomas, Rissi Palmer, Phil Cook, Kym Register, and Shana Tucker. Additional concerts will take place seasonally starting in March 2020. Each concert will feature a combination of artists' original tunes, and curated songs from the existing country-soul-Americana canon. The pilot episode of the web series will complete filming in 2019 and begin airing online in Spring 2020, with regular episodes to follow. INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PRESENTER OR SPONSOR OF CSS? We are currently seeking short- and long-term partnerships with progressive Durham businesses and organizations to help produce the episodic series, and to feed and pay our artists and film crews. Please contact for more information and to discuss the possibilities! Country Soul Songbook’s executive producer is musician and multidisciplinary artist Kamara Thomas. Additional producers include Heather Cook of North Star Church of the Arts, Angel Dozier of BeConnected, and Tess Mangum Ocaña of Sonic Pie Productions. Initial support for Country Soul Songbook is provided by grants from Durham 150 and the Cucalorus “Filmed in NC” Fund.