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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
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: email@example.com 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
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.
Saturday Love Notes
We‘ve been here since 2015. How do you engage a target audience around HIV cure research? We answered Dr. Allison Mathews’ question with hip hop music, live painting, and artistic expression wherein the audience became the creative problem solvers. We’ll be telling this story over the next few weeks, leading up to our three year anniversary. Come Be Connected and get so much more. Photograph: a love note left by a visitor after attending a Be Connected event on October 23, 2017. #onaTuesday
Resource List Compiled by DTCC
In addition to several trade, certificate, and other workforce development programs at Durham Technical Community College (DTCC), here is a list of resources compiled by DTCC: Financial Assistance Durham Tech Financial Assistance: Durham Tech has two programs to support students in need of emergency financial assistance for rent, utilities, car repairs, child care, course-related expenses, and other emergencies. Our Emergency Financial Assistance Program is a one-time grant, while the Finish Line Grant is available once per semester to students who have completed at least 50% of an eligible program. Financial Coaching: Free, one-on-one support in dealing with these incredibly challenging times. Get personalized assistance talking with creditors, negotiating payment plans with creditors/bills, filing for unemployment benefits, and lots more. Sign up for an appointment here or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are at risk of eviction: Call Legal Aid of NC 866-219-5262. Don’t wait for eviction papers. Call the Legal Aid Helpline at 866-219-5262 M-F 8:30am-4:30pm, Mon & Thu 5:30-8:30pm. Be advised that when Legal Aid attorneys return your call, Legal Aid may call from a blocked or unlisted number. Sign an Eviction Protection Declaration and provide a copy to your landlord. Keep a copy of this declaration. Current CDC eviction moratorium has been extended until July 31, 2021. Durham County Durham Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Apply online here to access emergency housing assistance, including help with past due rent, utility bills, and security deposits.You may also contact any of the following agencies for support in applying: Community Empowerment Fund: 919-797-9233 Church World Service: 919-680-4310 El Centro Hispano: 919-687-4635 CAARE, The Healing Center: 919-683-5302 Centre for Homeownership & Economic Development: 919-241-4718 Durham County Department of Social Services: Call 919-560-8000 Monday-Friday at 7:30am for a phone appointment for rent. Documents to gather: Eviction papers, Late notices, 30 days of Income/Expense documentation City of Durham Water Hardship Fund: Apply for up to $240 in assistance for past-due water bills through an online application. Durham County Database of Additional Resources Health & Wellness Durham Tech’s Campus Wellness Dispensary offers free over-the-counter medications and wellness supplies to currently enrolled students, available through curbside pickup by appointment.Submit your request for a personalized bag of wellness supplies here. Durham Tech’s Optical Services offer several options for individuals in need of eyeglasses:
1) If you already have a current prescription: Purchase glasses for $50 through the Optical Shop. Schedule an appointment with the Optical Shop for a fitting by emailing email@example.com. If you cannot afford the cost of the frames, contact coordinator Jessie James at firstname.lastname@example.org
2) If you do not have a current prescription: Contact Maggie West at email@example.com to explore resources to get a prescription. 3) Free eye exams and eye glasses are currently available for children in K-12 in many of Durham’s Public Schools! Contact Jessie James at firstname.lastname@example.org Paying for health care: Need help finding health insurance you can afford? Sign up for an appointment to receive free assistance through the NC Navigator Consortium. Medical debt: UNC Health Financial Assistance / Charity Care: You may be eligible for financial assistance for UNC medical bills. Read more and apply online. Duke Financial Assistance: You may be eligible for financial assistance for Duke medical bills. Read more and download application. Need support with this paperwork? Email email@example.com for assistance. Prescription assistance: Free pharmacy program for uninsured individuals in NC available through NC MedAssist. Learn more here. If you are an immigrant and uncertain of the healthcare resources available to you, view information about Immigrant Access to Health Care & Benefits in Time of Emergency. Health care for uninsured and under-insured families: Durham County: Lincoln Community Health Clinic: Provides medical and dental care for adults and children, accepting most insurance plans including Medicaid and Medicare, with services available for uninsured patients on a sliding scale based on income. Contact: 919-956-4000 Lincoln Healthcare for the Homeless Clinic: Provides primary care and case management services for individuals experiencing homelessness. Located on the campus of Urban Ministries of Durham at 412 Liberty Street, Durham. Contact: 919-808-5640 Duke Outpatient Clinic: Provides primary care for adults (chronic disease management and acute care), with discounted care available based on family income and insurance. Contact: 919-471-8344 Orange County Piedmont Health: Provides medical and dental care for adults and children, accepting most insurance plans including Medicaid and Medicare, with services available for uninsured patients on a sliding scale based on income. Contact: 919-933-8494 Mental Health & Crisis Assistance We know this is an incredibly difficult time and can feel really isolating. We want to make sure you know that the team at Durham Tech is here to support you. We have free, confidential counseling services available for all our students, with several options for support: 1) Submit a request for Counseling Services and one of our staff will reach out to you, or email Karen Mosley-Lyon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-536-7200 ext. 1408 to set up an appointment. 2) Call our Student Wellness Line 24/7 at 800-633-3353 to speak with a counselor. Community resources for mental health and well-being: Durham & Wake County: Alliance Behavorial Health Access Line: 1-800-510-9132 Orange County: Cardinal Innovations Access Line: 1-800-939-5911 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 - This is a free, 24-hour hotline that is available to anyone in crisis or distress. SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 – Free, 24/7 hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster (including COVID-19). Also available by text (Text TalkWithUs to 66746 for English, or Hablanos al 66746 for Spanish). Hope4NC Helpline: 1-855-587-3463 – Free mental health and resilience support available to all North Carolinians during the COVID-19 crisis. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are both offering free virtual support groups Community resources for support related to domestic violence and sexual assault: Durham County: Durham Crisis Response Center - 24-hour helpline 919-403-6562 (English); 919-519-3735 (Espanol), offering supports including shelter Academic Support Center for Academic Excellence: Book a virtual appointment with a Durham Tech tutor through the Center for Academic Excellence, or take advantage of Upswing tutoring available during the day and during late-night study sessions! Info about tutoring here. Men of Color Scholars Institute: MCSI is a program that fosters leadership, nurtures professional and personal development, and is a support network for its members. In scholarly pursuit, members and mentors learn from one another by promoting and stimulating self-efficacy, academic excellence, career aspirations, and a sense of community. Submit an interest form to the Men of Color Scholars Institute. Scholarships: Learn about and apply for scholarships available through Durham Tech and community organizations. Durham Tech scholarship information and additional resources Support for Online Learning: Get computer skills assistance through the CAE. Contact the CAE at email@example.com or (919) 694-7084. Or, join Surviving Online Learning Environments, a student interest group designed to provide a space for students to share and discuss tips and strategies for succeeding and excelling in their online classes. Through the content of S.O.L.E., students will feel confident and ready to ‘step’ into online success! Sign up here! Textbook Assistance: The TRIO program provides support to students in need of financial assistance for textbooks. Contact Patricia Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to request a referral to this resource. Tuition Assistance for FNS/Food Stamps recipients: If you receive Food Stamps in Orange or Durham Counties, you may be eligible for tuition assistance through the FNS Employment & Training Program! Learn more and fill out a referral form here. Tuition Assistance through NCWorks Career Centers: NCWorks Career Centers in many counties offer tuition assistance along with supports such as gas cards, textbook support, uniforms, or supplies. For assistance in Durham County, contact Vega Swepson (email@example.com) or Patricia Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org). For assistance in Orange County, contact Mary Moore (email@example.com). For assistance connecting in other counties, you may contact your NCWorks Career Centerdirectly, or one of the Durham Tech team members for guidance.
LIVE! June 18th Programming Blocks
We've got something for everyone on the June 18th. This Third Friday Art & Business Walk will center Juneteenth as it is the first time the City of Durham and Durham County will observe the holiday! Yes, there have been celebrations acknowledging that Juneteenth is a thing, but no, it has not been observed as a holiday at the local government level. This is an important move toward Juneteenth's recognition as a statewide holiday in North Carolina.
How It Started
We've been here and now we're re-emerging as an impactful leadership team championing equitable engagement in the City of Durham. Vote Be Connected Durham for Participatory Budgeting Cycle 2! You're vote is the currency and akin to contributing toward a $50,000 KickStarter or GoFundMe campaign. Find us under the Community Building & Economic Opportunities category at pbdurham.org/vote. Impacting is what we do! You can help.
LIVE! From The FSC: 3rd Friday Art & Business Walk May 21, 2021
This is our way of engaging all people equitably. Down to the root, we're asking our neighbors what they want for our community and we're working to implement those changes with the City of Durham. While collecting feedback and responses to the Better Bus Project survey, we offer our guests a little live jazz and a lot of love! #fscfellows #beconnecteddurham
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.