UPLift the Mind... UPLift the Soul...Use the Light Within to See Past the Illusions. Using art to provoke thought, Urban Poetry is about, finding beauty in the grim; art that is unexpected and the artistry of urban imagination.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving
11/28/13

Thanksgiving
Giving Thanks
Being Thankful
Being Grateful

For the earth that gives health to my body
For family and friends that gives strength to my heart
For fellowship that gives wealth to my soul

Being Thankful 
For not always understanding the reason behind the already completed picture of  perfection
For trials and tribulations that leave me crying and wondering
For the headaches that come from those closest...
 allowing growth and wisdom from knowledge through experience

Giving Thanks 
To the Creator of creation
To that same entity that lies within this vessel
To a power so magnificent it can't be contained, standardized or constructed

Thanks Giving
To the breath of life and the exhale of death
To the bitter sweet duality of lies within truths...peace and war...
      the existence of opposites
      negative and positive
      good and evil
      harmony and confusion
      and the freedom of choice given...
      ...comprehending there is a time and place for everything

Above "All", 
To knowing, no matter the circumstance, 
The "LOVE" that wraps this universe
Shall concur each and every spirit in the end

Happy Thanksgiving  

                   -------"TEMIDARA"

Friday, November 22, 2013

Smoke Monster

Smoke Monster
written 10/18/13


The heavy smog kills without warning
Numerous breath in deception that slowly poisons




Thursday, November 21, 2013

Beyond The Traditional

Kente And African Textile Beyond The Traditional!!



Normally when I would think of Kente or African Fashion and Textiles, I automatically thought of the traditional form of wearing it.

Kente cloth has its origin with the Ashanti Kingdom, and was adopted by people in Ivory Coast and many other West African counties. It is an Akan royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings. Over time, the use of kente became more widespread. However, its importance has remained and it is held in high esteem with Akans.
Kente is predominantly made in Akan lands such as Ashanti Kingdom, (Bonwire,Adanwomase, Wonoo in the Kwabre areas of the Ashanti Region) and among Akans. Kente is also produced by Akans in Ivory Coast. Lastly, Kente is worn by many other groups who have been influenced by Akans. It is the best known of all African textiles. Kente comes from the word kenten, which means basket inAkan dialect Asante. Akans refer to kente as nwentoma, meaning woven cloth.
The icon of African cultural heritage around the world, Akan kente is identified by its dazzling, multicolored patterns of bright colors, geometric shapes, and bold designs. Kente characterized by weft designs woven into every available block of plain weave is calledadweneasa. The Akan people choose kente cloths as much for their names as their colors and patterns. Although the cloths are identified primarily by the patterns found in the lengthwise (warp) threads, there is often little correlation between appearance and name. Names are derived from several sources, including proverbs, historical events, important chiefs, queen mothers, and plants. wikipedia


Not anymore! I mean I knew there were modern ways to wear the material but it wasn't until I came across looks on Pinterest that my eyes were open to seeing the beauty of African Textiles in a whole new light. Once I started.... I could not stop pinning looks! They are so amazing....TRIED TO NARROW IT DOWN TO "MY TOP 30"...CHECK OUT JUST A FEW OF MY FAVORITES!!!!!!!! Enjoy!

Deceptive ILLUSIONS

Deceptive ILLUSIONS
I wrote this poem back in 2003

Sticky Subject                                                                         Touchy Topic

Giving into the distorted visions and opinions of others is the focus...area of the matter.


Turns out numerous prefer ignorance rather a preference in favor of wisdom.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Naïve Eve

Naïve Eve

Blind to it couldn't see the difference.
Naive eve was so innocent.

Nonetheless,
Confident, sure of herself…
Fearless and assertive.

She has qualities of substance.
But, her Naive –Mind was
her down fall.

She was easily persuaded by false images…
had no clue what was happening.

She lost power over the situation without knowing.
Thought she was in control...

She was oblivious 
to the seriousness 
of the poisonous venom 
being injected into her system

Her eyes now blinded…She can’t see the realness.
So frightening is the meaning, underneath the surface.

She’s fighting now…Wishing
She could go back… Back to Innocence.  
                                                               ---"TEMIDARA"

I wrote this poem thinking of  "My first time". I felt a certain level of pressure from my partner and society that having sex made you a "WOMAN";....and if you are good at it, you'll  get a man to do anything. To often the images we see only perpetuate the notion that  in-order to be considered attractive, get or keep a man, you must be a lady in the streets and a freak in the bed or turn yourself into eye-candy that's so unrealistic one looks like an animated doll.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sneaker Heads

Jeremy Scott x Adidas

Purpuz at Kixpo

While some may look at it as a waist of money, others look at it as an investment in "ART". I didn't realize till recently how big sneaker collecting is. A sight to see, Kixpo is a huge annual event, that began in 2006 as an idea, celebrating the outrageous sneakers and street culture in Dallas, as well as across Texas.

This event not only has shoe vendors but local "home-grown" companies and small boutiques. Before I did the Kixpo event with Purpuz Clothing, as a vendor, I looked at people who bought a bunch of sneakers as "CRAZY"...but now I understand ... it's "Urban Art". These people aren't just hording tennis shoes but cultivating there own form of an "ART Collection".

Interesting Fashion

BEYOND THE HYPE: ANDRE JUDD

I think I've broken all [the rules] in the book.
The other day I came across looks  by Andre Judd. Needless to say they are looks I feel represent the "UP" Spirit.
"Interesting"...."Thought Provoking"...."Individual Artistic Expression". 
                     
 Here is him explaining a little bit about himself: I'm Andre Judd and I live in Manila, Philippines. I work for a fashion retail company and I design accessories, swimwear, underwear, shoes, and yes, fragrances! Outside that retail environment, I'm a stylist and a contributing fashion editor.
                                                                                                           read  Full Interview by Lookbook.nu


I wanted to highlight this artist, one, for his creativity and two, to take a moment and speak about the devastation that has occurred in his country, as we all may know by now . The Philippines was struck by one of the most powerful storms recorded in history.  Read Story @ NY Times.com/2013/11/13/world/asia or to find out ways you can help; The Atlantic International "Is-this-the-best-humanity-can-do-for-the-Philippines"

Let's all do what we can to help even if it's to say a prayer.

Bouncing To the Beat

Bouncing to the Beat

This morning while up working , the news reported on this amazing guitar player. He is actually playing the guitar while bouncing a basketball to the beat.



Meet Ben Laps. Ben likes to play guitar and he likes to play basketball, so he figured why not try both at once? Notice how his basketball bouncing matches the beat of the song? That's called talent!
Browse similar videos in these channels:

Ben Lapps is a musician. At 19 years old he has released 3 full-length albums, performed hundreds of concerts, and acquired over 10 million total views on YouTube. Ben’s guitar playing has a great deal of international attention, leading the way for the next generation of fingerstyle guitarists worldwide. Inspired by acoustic guitar icons such as Michael Hedges, Justin King, and Thomas Leeb, his music is truly unique – beautiful to listen to and mesmerizing to watch.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

"UP" Style Picks

To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art.--Charles Bukowski. This statement is so true true to me. Fashion should be more about how creative a person can be rather the uniformity of whats trendy.

As mentioned before, we are overly saturate and constantly bombarded by the media and what's popular, people sometime forget to be individuals.

I know many share in this belief as well.

Here are some of my Lookbook.nu style picks

"UP"cycle and DIY Style

Unable to afford the latest trends coming up, my mother turned me on... and I learned to shop thrift stores and sew. This allowed me to be individualistic, unique and creative in the way I dressed. I then discovered and developed an interest in fashion; never for brand names but a love for how one can be artistic and express who they are without speaking.

I have always loved the thought of taking something old and giving it new life. This page will Highlight Recycle and DIY Fashions.
My Urban Poetry Style Recycle Fashion T-Shirt Scarf

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Whats Your PURPUZ?

Our Purpuz is to stay focused. To Grind always & To Hustle hard. We don't allow the failures...setbacks...the hard times dictate how far we are going to go! Purpuz: Every One Has One. No one said it would be easy! But it will be worth it!#Purpuzthought

Friday, November 8, 2013

My Bio of "Urban Poetry"

I started Urban Poetry in 2006(ofcl. 8/9/07 Dal. Co.) as a Brand Name for my clothing line while enrolled at El Centro College, for fashion design. I choose Urban Poetry because those two words together best described me as a poet and my garments were poetic in a sense.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

What is Urban Poetry

What is Urban Poetry about you may  ask? Well, I decided because of the pass judgments and viewpoints of others about “The Hood"..."The Ghetto"..."The Streets" as being a place of only filth and darkness, that I would highlight the beauty and "LIGHT" coming from those very same streets. 

Blinded by a false illusion of whats deemed acceptable, many can't see the brilliance and innovation that comes from that which is deemed to have no value.


Remembering the words of Martin Luther, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”. 

I understand life has purpose so, and so does Urban Poetry...it shall be my "LOVE" that drives out "Hate".  What do I plan to accomplish?...to provok thought through art and inspire someone else to be their own light in the darkness.

                                                                                                    www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiYFcuIkBjU

Jan 3, 2013 - Uploaded by NTDTV

Full Story: ... Lacking money to buy enough instruments

he recruited the help of residents who make a living picking 

through and recycling trash. ... have a spot in the orchestra, 

like an island within the community
a place where ... talks about her experiences, 
including performing in three countries this year.