G.R.A.C.E 1st Annual Back To School Block Party! RECAP
September 18, 2017

DJ M Fresh and CEO of G.R.A.C.E non-profit Gracie – Photo credit: The Marshall

I just came to say hello! (Waves frantically) I woke up still feeling inspired from yesterday. Being in the position to implement positivity in the place that you grew up in is amazing!

The first wave of school supplies at the G.R.A.C.E table – Photo credit: The Marshall

On Sunday September 3, 2017, Gracie Cedres, the CEO of G.R.A.C.E (Granting Resources And Community Enrichment) non-profit, gave back to the very place she was born and raised. Being the visionary, entrepreneur and kind hearted person she is the task of creating an incentive to give back to the scholars in the community was planned and well executed.

Attendees enjoying the giveaways from Vegan Smart nutritional shake, Junkless chewy granola bars and hair products from Taliah Waajid – Photo credit: The Marshall

Attendees enjoying the giveaways from Vegan Smart nutritional shake, Junkless chewy granola bars and hair products from Taliah Waajid – Photo credit: The Marshall

As the summer comes to an end and the new school year begins children, teens and parents wind down and what is a better way to spend Sunday Funday! G.R.A.C.E has alleviated some expenses parents are responsible for by giving away bookbags filled with school supplies, in efforts to provide children a head start to be GREAT!

Did you know: Each bottle sold by GiveMeTap gives 5 years of clean water to a person in Africa. They also have partnerships with restaurants and cafes, where GiveMeTap customers can refill their water bottles at no charge – Photo credit: The Marshall

Did you know: Each bottle sold by GiveMeTap gives 5 years of clean water to a person in Africa. They also have partnerships with restaurants and cafes, where GiveMeTap customers can refill their water bottles at no charge – Photo credit: The Marshall

Paula taking a moment to pose with the kids who stopped by her table to play interactive games and receive school supplies – Photo credit: The Marshall

Paula taking a moment to pose with the kids who stopped by her table to play interactive games and receive school supplies – Photo credit: The Marshall


DJ M Fresh keeping the block party LIVE! – Photo credit: The Marshall

We shine the light on G.R.A.C.E as a non profit whose mission is to inspire, enlighten and encourage youth, young adults and seniors of our community by providing influential resources and events. “Our organizers are residents of the Harlem community and by hosting this celebration we were able to stress the importance of education, provide support to the families with giveaways and provide fun activities for participating families. Our reputation lies in providing resources and enrichment in the community.” – CEO of G.R.A.C.E non-profit Gracie Cedres

CEO/Founder of G.R.A.C.E non profit Gracie Cedres displaying her bookbags – Photo credit: The Marshall

CEO/Founder of G.R.A.C.E non profit Gracie Cedres displaying her bookbags – Photo credit: The Marshall

To show your support towards Gracie’s community efforts you can purchase G.R.A.C.E backpacks. They are now available for order email apparel@harlemgrace.org for your choice the bookbag comes in different colorways and will assist in the vision going further within the community.

The literature table featuring Amy’s Travels and Tackling Reading by Kathryn Starke. Minnow and Mars display of the raffle prize a new lunchbox and bookbag set – Photo credit: The Marshall

DJ M-Fresh and G.R.A.C.E collaborated to bring a fun filled family day that provided food, entertainment, educational books, healthy snack options and school supplies for our scholars to start the school year off right. Harlem definitely showed G.R.A.C.E love as the rainy skies cleared out and the sun shined down upon us the event went on as scheduled. Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces as they received the giveaways, won raffles, played in the bouncy house, and ate food. Their stomachs and hearts were full as joy, which made every action worthwhile.

Ms. Penny and Jay are all smiles when it comes to giving back – Photo credit: The Marshall

Ms. Penny and Jay are all smiles when it comes to giving back – Photo credit: The Marshall

iPad and Bookbag giveaway at The Indie Broker/Verizon table – Photo credit: The Marshall

iPad and Bookbag giveaway at The Indie Broker/Verizon table – Photo credit: The Marshall


Granting Resources And Community Enrichment in HARLEM! – Photo credit: The Marshall

To the sponsors and those who donated where would we be without YOU! You all are the MVP’s in this vision coming into fruition. We thank you so much for following through on providing your products, time, services and expertise with us all for the kids.

Facepainting done by @ZilladidIt – Photo credit: The Marshall

Facepainting done by @ZilladidIt – Photo credit: The Marshall

A form of expression and a smile for appreciation – Photo credit: The Marshall

A form of expression and a smile for appreciation – Photo credit: The Marshall

Special thank you to all of the Sponsors/Vendors:

@kathrynstarke (Tackle Reading & CMP) , @givemetap (Give Me Tap), @luxtravbywanda (Luxury Travel by Wanda), @indiebrokers (Indie Brokers), @Verizon, @winnowandmars (WINNOW + MARS), @timberland, @applebees (117th St Harlem Location), @redlobster (125th Harlem Location), @livevegansmart (Vegan Smart), @bjswholesale (Exterior Street Bronx Location), Maryam Yum Yum, @tlishadoeshair (Chic Hair Boutique), @bigrussbarbershop, @zilladidit (Face Painting), @loudsocietyllc (Loud Society), @simply_eight (Junkless chewy granola bars), @sunniclothing, @taliahwaajid, @homedepot (Exterior St Bronx Location), @culturexcollab, @_JaideL, @ItsCrystalChanel, @papajohns (145th Street Harlem Location), @dunkindonuts (145th St Harlem Location), Photo credit @alumniine (The Marshall), and @litee (Milton Webster).

Brought to you by: @harlemsgrace and @djmfresh

“Teamwork makes the dream work!”

Support goes a long way and we all played imperative roles for the success of the event – Photo credit: The Marshall

What is love to you?
July 15, 2017

After having a great conversation about LOVE! I realized a few things: we all grow at different paces and phases. Love lost is not necessarily a loss if you were not ready to commit fully. We all are in need of reaching our full potential of being in love to recognize it; if it is ever to resurface AGAIN!


To love, have love for someone and be in love with someone are three different scenarios. You could love someone and not be in a relationship with them. The same as being in a relationship with someone because it became your identity and is familiar to you. However, later on you realize you are in love with someone else.

In the art of conversation we learn that asking the right questions will set the answers free. Why does everyone love me? Why does everyone fall in love with me? Why haven’t I had a love to my full capacity yet? All are questions that were posed to me. However, I am not the person who was on their love journey to answer the questions risen to me. I was not the person you poured your heart out to in order to understand why love has eased passed you.
I am merely the person to help you seek your wisdom to lead you to the truth. If it was never felt how do you know you had it? If you had it and lost it how does one recognize when it is real again? This is my stop I am going to let your train of thought be processed as I make my exit. You will know once you reach your destination for the desired connection. Until next time blessings.

As your train of thought ran processed his feelings, concerns and personal definition to my posted question was so eloquently answered. This is why Darrøn McM is the feature of the month. Stay tuned as you will get the inside splash of a males perceptive of the topic at hand. See below for the response that blew me away and had me singing like Ciara “I’m speechless/Ahw, you got me speechless/I-I-I-I’m speechless I-I’m….” Yall may think I am kidding because I play all day hence the picture below but I am so serious.

Splashy readers PREPARE to be left sitting wherever you are in the world with your mouf [aka mouth] ajar after this knowledge chunk hits you TUH. This is why I leave people on read if you are not doing your daily mental exercise to workout the kinks to keep me interested. So yall can keep your WYD texts.

I am icing my brain; it hurts when it doesn’t see words formulated into a sentence. Why you ask be-cause I automatically think of calculus and letters equating to numbers. On top of me thinking about what the letter means in a sentence and by the time I figure it out my brain has an attitude with me. I didn’t send the text RELAX! Now I have a headache and the screen light is bothering my eyes I am tearing up in my eyes I have a pack of tissues by my side. See how I am going through it. No you don’t get a response my eyes need to rest sir. Sheesh I really was just in my feelings huh. True story lol. Did you laugh? Did you smile? Did you say only Chanel Speedy? If so, GOOD! I was a comedian in my past dream this is standup on the turn up as you wake up as I splash you in.

Without further ado I invite you to read the interpretation of love by (drum roll please) a little louder it is his first time or anyone for that matter being featured on my blog. OK perfect give it up and show your love for Darrøn McM!!!!!

Yeah there are definitely many interpretations to what the concept of love is. To me love is a placebo that people use to give meaning to something or to make someome or something feel important or to even fuel your own ego. Especially nowadays people just throw the word around and it decreases it’s value with every passing moment.

People get addicted to the concept of wanting to be desired or need to get that high of being wanted or needed and be apart of something bigger that it takes over their state of mind and they build up their own fabrications that leads directly to their own failure. So when you ultimately break it down love comes down to using the placebo of what the feeling of “love” is generally fantasized as by society to mask the inner narcisstics inside of us that we try to keep at bay.

If you have a different interpretation of what love is start the conversation in the comment box. Speakkkkkkkkk

Sorry… But Not Sorry by Chanel Speedy

Somewhere someone is searching for you
in everyone they meet
Sorry I outgrew you
Sorry you didn’t get it on the first try
Second chances are not always granted
Nor go in your favor
That’s life next time don’t take that person for granted the first time
I am highly favored yet seeking teachings of Him the most high
Teaching lines, lines teaching you how to treat thee
Your loss no settling in any category
Not my monopoly
I found better for ME hence there is no WE
Sorry… But not Sorry
Dust Settles I Don’t/I Love Me/Celebrate a New Chapter I’m being selfish with me/My gentle soul is freed/Sorry… But not Sorry

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