ARTVOCACY at its finest by Hafeez Adeyemi

Advocacy is one thing... yes it's powerful but imagine adding Art to the picture. Now imagine using art that was created by someone that is actually going through what they are advocating about. ART-VOCACY is the 3-D version of advocacy and it will last a lifetime and then some! CLICK and read this phenomenal piece of art written by Hafeez Adeyemi

THEY MAD BECAUSE...

They mad because I was born.

They mad because I am a boy.

They mad because I got sickle cell.

They mad because my mum is bad ass and she fights with me.

They mad because I didn't die at that age.

They mad because I lived beyond 20.

They mad because I go through pain and always come out of it.

They mad because I am determined.

They mad because I am strong.

They mad because I am educated.

They mad because I am brilliant.

They mad because I am gorgeous.

They mad because I laugh away my pain and sadness.

They mad because I love life and the people in it.

They mad because I got friends.

They mad because I got families.

They mad because I got troops who's got my back in my battles.

They mad because I shine bright like a diamond.

They mad because I have Superman and Wonderwoman as parent.

They mad because they see me flying beyond the skies.

They mad because I got hope.

They mad because death is scared of me.

They mad because I say "haters, shove it up you a**".

 

They mad because they know God is my padi.

They mad because I am WARRIOR.

Our very own Natalie Julie Taylor is the definition..the real definition of art advocacy!! It was terribly difficult to capture her essence in just one showcase, ..I kept going back and forth and she kept uploading this awesome art so she had me going kind of crazy I had to narrow it down to a few. So give her some love and a shout out because she deserves it

BEAUTIFUL BLOOD PT1

This young man...OK..wait a minute! First off...I ALWAYS said that ppl in the Sickle Cell community makes the most REALEST/DOPEST/AUTHENTIC just genuine ART ever! Within any MASTERPIECE is a core of PAIN. AND believe it or not pain is the emotion that connects and links us personally to one another. SHAUN SLOAN is soo ahead of his time and it is a beautiful site to see.

BEAUTIFUL BLOOD PT2

Listening to SHAUN SLOAN and LEXII in this modern day DUET is just BEAUTIFUL!

A LYRICAL ARTIST THAT'S ADVOCATING ON THE MIC

<p>BEFORE I GIVE YOU THE OFFICIAL BIO FROM DESCENDANT MC...I WILL SHARE A FEW THINGS. I DO NOT KNOW HIM. I NEVER MET HIM. I RAN ACROSS A POST OF HIS THAT CAUGHT MY EYE AND AFTER GOING THRU HIS PAGE I BECAME EXCITED...ABOUT HIP HOP! YALL KNOW THAT IT IS VERY HARD TO SAY NOWADAY. THIS...IS HOW GOOD HE IS. HE HAS TALENT OVERFLOWING AND IT IS AMAZING TO WATCH HIS SUCCESS. &nbsp;I INTRODUCE YOU TO MY SICKLE SHOWCASE ALUMNI...</p> <p>&nbsp;Descendent is from Newport<br />News, Virginia. Since childhood, music has<br />been an important aspect in life. Currently<br />living in Raleigh, North Carolina,<br />he continues to excel in his music career.<br />Descendent's music can be heard on<br />Power 750 AM, WXDU 88.7 FM, and on And<br />You Don't Stop and Songs That<br />Mean Something radio shows hosted by<br />Chuck D from Public Enemy<br />on rapstation.com. The style of<br />Descendent's music is a mix between<br />soulful, boom bap, and high energy to<br />reach the people. To get more information<br />on Descendent's music, videos, and shows<br />check out his website http://www.<br />descedentmusic.webnode.com/ .</p>

SOUL BY DESCENDENT MC (SHORT FILM)

My Sister's Love 4 ALL 2 SHARE

My cousin is more than just that. She saw me waayy back when and didn't even know it. Those moments of my pretending to be FINE...SHE KNEW. This is why I can't say cousin. The kind of LOVE she showed in a few small actions has me seeing her as SISTER for the rest of my life. DID I TELL YOU GUYS THAT SHE IS A PUBLISHED AUTHOR AS WELL? YES. ..MY SIS IS DOPE WITH THAT PEN. I LOVE ME SOME DONNA Y'ALL AND YOU WILL TOO♥

<p><span>We See, and We Know You&nbsp;</span><br /><span>(For Shawn and all of my friends suffering from dis-ease)&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>Seems like it&rsquo;s trying to take you out&mdash;&nbsp;</span><br /><span>Dim the bright light of your spirit so the world would not see.&nbsp;</span><br /><span>But we see, and we know&nbsp;</span><br /><span>You are strength.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>Others recognize your struggle and believe&nbsp;</span><br /><span>They can win their battles because of you.&nbsp;</span><br /><span>Every time you get back up, you are winning.&nbsp;</span><br /><span>We see that, and we know&nbsp;</span><br /><span>You are brave.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>When you share your stories of insurmountable pain&nbsp;</span><br /><span>Many are encouraged to speak their truths&nbsp;</span><br /><span>And allow their healing to begin.&nbsp;</span><br /><span>Every time you tell your story you are speaking for others, too.&nbsp;</span><br /><span>We see that, and we know&nbsp;</span><br /><span>You are a healer.</span><br /><br /><span>Seems like it&rsquo;s trying to take you out, but it doesn&rsquo;t know&nbsp;</span><br /><span>You are not alone.&nbsp;</span><br /><span>The army of love surrounding you protects you from defeat.&nbsp;</span><br /><span>The troops of support sending you positive energy&nbsp;</span><br /><span>Block the forces that want to take you under.&nbsp;</span><br /><span>You are not alone.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>It doesn&rsquo;t know it has to come thru us, thru me, thru our family, thru our ancestors, thru our God, thru our faith, thru our prayers, thru our hope, thru our fighting and Never giving up&mdash;</span><br /><span>It has too much to get thru to get to you.&nbsp;</span><br /><span>It will not win.&nbsp;</span><br /><span>We are the victors, and we are in this together.&nbsp;</span><br /><span>You must bare the pain, but we all our baring the burden.&nbsp;</span><br /><span>And we are in this together.&nbsp;</span><br /><span>We will win.&nbsp;</span><br /><span>Cause, we see you. And we know you.&nbsp;</span><br /><span>You are love.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>donnamariasmith&nbsp;</span><br /><span>1.2.15</span><br /><a class="_5ayv" href="https://m.facebook.com/hashtag/shawnstestimony?refid=52&amp;__tn__=%2As"><span class="_5aw4">‪#&lrm;</span><span class="_5ayu">Shawnstestimony‬</span></a><span>&nbsp;A Scd Story&nbsp;</span><br /><a class="_5ayv" href="https://m.facebook.com/hashtag/loveheals?refid=52&amp;__tn__=%2As"><span class="_5aw4">‪#&lrm;</span><span class="_5ayu">loveheals‬</span></a></p>

ALL ART TYPES

<p>There is a very wide variety of everything that is ART in this world. Email or send me a message if you want to showcase it on the site. I'm still showcasing my choices as well but I welcome your opinion.</p>

#ADVOCACY AND #ART AND #PASSION ALL IN ONE WILL ALWAYS BIRTH TIMELESS POWERFUL AWARENESS! #DOYOU

ART...GOOD/ BAD&UGLY

<p>I KNOW THAT THE JOKE MAY HAVE OFFENDED SOME BUT NOT ME. I SAW AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH. I BELIEVE THAT IT IS JUST HOW YOU CHOOSE TO LOOK AT THINGS.&nbsp;</p>

WHAT I SAW IN THE ROAST KEVIN DELIVERED. ..

<p>THIS IS FOR THE #JUSTINBIEBER &amp; #KEVINHART FANS WHO MAY NOT KNOW WHAT SICKLE CELL IS. THIS IS JUST THE DEFINITION, IF YOU TRULY WANT TO UNDERSTAND...KEEP SCROLLING OR JUST USE #SICKLECELL.</p> <p>What Is Sickle Cell Anemia?</p> <p>Sickle cell anemia (uh-NEE-me-uh) is the most common form of sickle cell disease (SCD). SCD is a serious disorder in which the body makes sickle-shaped red blood cells. &ldquo;Sickle-shaped&rdquo; means that the red blood cells are shaped like a crescent.</p> <p>Normal red blood cells are disc-shaped and look like doughnuts without holes in the center. They move easily through your blood vessels. Red blood cells contain an iron-rich protein called hemoglobin (HEE-muh-glow-bin). This protein carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.</p> <p>Sickle cells contain abnormal hemoglobin called sickle hemoglobin or hemoglobin S. Sickle hemoglobin causes the cells to develop a sickle, or crescent, shape.</p> <p>Sickle cells are stiff and sticky. They tend to block blood flow in the blood vessels of the limbs and organs. Blocked blood flow can cause pain and organ damage. It can also raise the risk for infection.</p>