A Young Black Man Going Ego Trippin’

Our visionary Tonya Cross is the organizer of local community conversation “Peace Circle” that launched in July 2015.  The Peace Circle creates a safe space for open and honest dialogue about social issues that impact the local community. The conversations are held the first Tuesday of every month at Mean Mug Coffee Company, 1024 S. Fulton Street, Salisbury NC.

Peace Circle hosted their first parent/child workshop sessions “What’s Your Role In The Village?” in September 2015 which addressed how systemic racism, discrimination, and stereotypes impacts the local community. A Young Black Man Going Ego Trippin’ photo series was inspiration for artwork and poetry created by local youth who attended the workshops. Mrs. Carla Marlin Smith a parent engagement specialist at Parent University of Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools was the workshop facilitator. Ms. Anneca Raines of Uhkneeka Rainz Photography is the photographer of the photo series.

Young Black Man Going Ego Trippin'

Young Black Man Going Ego Trippin’ Photo Source: Carla Smith

A Young Black Man Going Ego Trippin’ is currently being featured at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty Street, Salisbury NC. The photo exhibit includes art and poems created by the local youth who attended Peace Circle’s workshop! The young men in the photo series also have Salisbury NC/Rowan County ties. The exhibit will be up till September and we would like to encourage everyone in Salisbury, NC and surrounding areas to visit the exhibit. Thanks for your continued support!

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Promo Video Challenge

The Vine Events’ Facebook Group “Digital Marketing On A Budget” is hosting our first group challenge! During the month of June, we’re kicking off our Promo Video Challenge. Each group member is being challenged to create a promotional video. At the beginning of each week, members will be given a task to complete by the end of the week. The goal is to have a promotional video for their brand/business by the end of the month! If you are interested in joining the challenge, simply click on the photo below to join our Facebook Group!

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Gifted – A Must See Film!

The film Gifted is amazing! I had the opportunity to recently attend the premiere screening of the movie starring Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, and Octavia Spencer. Grace who plays a 7-year-old child prodigy named Mary Adler steals the show. The only thing that is missing is her two front teeth! She instantly wins the hearts of the audience and draws you into the story of a uncle’s single parent journey as primary caregiver to his niece. It’s a beautiful journey of loss, obstacles, and triumph.

The character in the film I liked the most was Fred; the one-eyed cat! He provided comfort and personified normality for a little girl who was far from average. Mary was academically gifted in mathematics. Her uncle Frank Adler, played by Chris Evans, promised her deceased mother (his sister) that he’ll make sure her daughter experience childhood and not allow her gift to rob her of it.

To avoid any spoilers, I’m going to stop sharing about this wonderful film and recommend you go see it for yourself! It opens Friday, April 7th in limited theaters and nation wide on Wednesday, April 12th. For more information about Gifted, click here!

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Hello March – Community Film Screenings

Hello March! We’re co-hosting two film screenings this month. We believe it’s imperative to keep our local community informed about social issues that impact them. Both screenings are FREE and will take place in Salisbury NC. Click event photo for Facebook Event Page to RSVP!

13TH – Friday, March 17th at 7pm at Park Avenue Community, 632 Park Ave, Salisbury, NC 28144.

13TH - Director, Ava DuVernay

13TH – Director, Ava DuVernay

Class Divide – Friday, March 24th at 6:30pm at Mission House, 120 Statesville Blvd, Salisbury, NC 28144.

EPIX Series - America Divided: Class Divided

EPIX Series – America Divided: Class Divide 

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I Reached My Goal!

designI blogged that I hired a nutritionist to create a personal meal plan a few months ago. My focus was to reduce my BMI (Body Mass Index) based on a recent health assessment from my 9-5 job. As I shared in my December post Nutrition: The Missing Link, the foods recommended in the meal plan I already had in my kitchen! It was simply a matter of eating the right foods in combination, increasing my water intake, and exercising regularly.

During this journey, I’ve learned much about clean eating and its benefits. Clean eating is primarily about meal preparation and nutritious food choices. I’ve also experimented with some quick and easy recipes recommended by my nutritionist that accommodated my busy lifestyle.

Within three months, I lost a total of 20 pounds and 16 inches! I lost the most inches from my waist; 8 inches to be exact. I reached a few weight plateaus during the process but, increasing my water intake and exercise was a quick resolve.

Overall, this was a wonderful and much-needed experience. I decided to continue with the nutrition plan and have since exceeded my initial weight loss goal of 20 pounds! I’m so glad that I made my health a priority and sought the service of a nutritionist. My nutritionist Shlandra at Balance By Burton was very knowledgeable and my biggest cheerleader. Her expertise was key to my success and I highly recommend her services. Click Balance By Burton to reach Shlandra on Facebook and begin your healthy nutrition journey!

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Nutrition: The Missing Link

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In November, I started a new journey. I hired a nutritionist with hopes of maintaining my health. I recently took an extensive health assessment at my job and my only low score had been my BMI (Body Mass Index). After talking with my company nurse, we both concluded that because I exercise regularly and have good eating habits my blood work and other assessments were great!

Being 40+ and on no medications, I was pleased with my results, however my BMI still bothered me. I decided to hire a nutritionist. I had a consult with the nutritionist and in a few days she sent me my eating plan. Interesting enough, everything that was on my plan I already had in my kitchen! So, I was eating the right foods, but not the right combination of foods. I also wasn’t drinking enough water and getting proper rest.

I have been amazed at the difference these small changes have made. Not only have I lost weight, but I’ve lost inches in my chest, waist, and hips. I finally realized that nutrition was the missing link in my health plan. Shout out to my nutritionist Shlandra of Balance By Burton. She is very knowledgeable and has been my biggest cheerleader!

To learn more about nutrition and what impact it has on weight loss you can contact Shlandra at Balance By Burton. Nutrition could be your missing link too!

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Fall Community Gathering 

P8perglass Jewelry/Beads, The Vine Event Planning, and First Legacy Community Credit Union is collaborating again for Fall Community Gathering on Saturday, October 22nd at 3pm. We’re continuing our #BankBlack campaign for the Salisbury NC/Rowan County area. Join us for music, face painting, giveaways, and much more. Our giveaways will be from local black owned businesses. #FallGathering #BankBlack #FirstLegacy #GroupEconomics #BlackBusinesses

 **If you’re a local black owned business that would like to participate in our event giveaway, please contact The Vine Event Planning.**

Fall Community Gathering Eventbrite Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-community-gathering-tickets-28584466910