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After a year of song writing and recording, Atiim Chenzira has finally completed his...
Atiim Chenzira & FatheR BrotheR Sun will continue their CD release PART II...
For my day of birth, press play on this playlist, and listen to what you hear. I would love to share my medicine with you too.
I was blessed to witness Jimmy Cliff on Saturday night, and it is clear to me that love is the most important tool in life. Bless.
It seems like yesterday when Kosta Cross called me and asked if he could shoot my number to Simo. I asked, “For what, and who is Simo?”, and Kosta replied, “Well, Simo is a producer and DJ, and I told him that if he wanted a lyricist and vocalist he’d better call you.” “Sure”, I said. A month passed and I hadn’t written a word, as I was still attempting to wrap my head around the beat. Shit! I’d better write something, I said to myself, and the day of our scheduled studio time six verses poured out of me; three of which made it to their new single ‘Proper Job’. It’s A collaborative production between Simo of Sleevin Records and Mancub of the San Francisco Space Cowboys (a Burning Man Tribe of musicians/DJ’s). Oh, and it’s free to download!!!
The Single Release Party ~ Friday 6/5/2015 at the Oakland New Parish: Calendar.
The Bistro is a cool corner bar and food joint in the heart of Hayward, and it is a fun time. Come out if you’re in the area. I’m also welcoming anyone to the stage who wants to collaborate in the freedom of live music.
Come out and just enjoy the vibez.
Atiim is focused, dedicated and passionate about helping those in the Back on Track and Transitions San Francisco programs stay on the pathway to a life of success, even when it is sometimes a rocky road. A Bay Area native of African-American and Filipino descent, Atiim earned his master’s degree at the University of San Francisco, and he brought his impressive arsenal of talents to Felton institute in 2012.
The Back on Track Program (BOT) was created by Kamala Harris during her tenure as District Attorney of San Francisco. It is a prosecutor-led re-entry model focused on preventing recidivism among non-violent first time offenders. The program requires a minimum 12 month commitment that provides therapy, educational, career, parenting, health and community goal training with each participant creating a personal responsibility plan with their case-managers and a (POC) plan of care with their Felton therapist to help achieve his or her goals.
This collaborative venture of the San Francisco District Attorney’s office, Goodwill and Felton means that successful graduates of the year long program will not go to prison or jail nor be placed on probation or parole, and that their cases will be dismissed. The participants pay restitution to society by completing 220 hours of community service with agencies like Glide Memorial Church and other non-profits in and around San Francisco and Alameda Counties.
Atiim has a warm yet firm demeanor; he listens and speaks with a discerning and compassionate spirit. When someone is referred to the Back on Track program, there is a six week suitability period; Boykin’s skills play a key role in assessing appropriate candidates.
“I support a clientele of individuals who are conditioned by community violence, aka trauma, grief, and loss. These individuals are primarily people of color from low-income and high-crime neighborhoods, as they unfortunately go hand and hand. For most of my clients, Felton is their first contact with a mental health clinician.
So, we are charged with the responsibility of gathering important bio-psycho-social information from a clientele whose level of trust for ‘outsiders’ is very minimal. This is because of distrust for authority figures, due to a history of real and perceived personal and community injustice.”
Atiim’s work in the BOT program of Restorative Justice is in alignment with his personal mission to improve every aspect of the world he touches.
“The grace of the BOT program builds a bit of trust with a community that needs to feel included, respected, and human in the eyes of their government, both local and national. BOT is a healing agent, and I am glad to be a member of the Back On Track team.”
As full as his plate is with his responsibilities as Lead Therapist for Back on Track and Transitions SF programs, Atiim also leads a band (FatheR BrotheR Sun), and has also established a loyal following as a recording artist. To learn more about the personal side of this multi-talented, multi-faceted member of the Felton family, visit www.atiimchenzira.com.
Written by Janice Edwards, 5/2015
The Spice Monkey is located at 1628 Webster, corner of 17th St at the border of Oakland’s Uptown and Downtown districts in an architecturally delightful former 1930’s art deco tile showroom.
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A good friend and colleague Amber McZeal reached out to me and asked if I needed any more artists, explaining that her friend Jack wished to be included in the show. Well, I didn’t really need anymore artists, because between both Project Elefont & Local 365, two Bay Area Artist Collectives, there were already well over 30 artists filling two levels of wall space. Also, I had recruited a few photographers and artists on my own, so I didn’t know how I could fit one more into the gig. Unless… I decided I could use a live artist to top things off and entertain guests above the second story where the bands would play. So, I asked Amber, “Does he do live artwork?”. She promised to find out, and have Jack give me a call. And so, Jack called me the following day explaining that he had done live artwork before and that he would show up with a large canvas and paint in the space I designated for him, above the live performance space on the second floor.
Jack, nonetheless, took a chance and made a leap into being the center of attention for the entire evening, as people were in awe of his work.
(below is a photo of Jack’s finished work on 2/27/10)
Since 2010, Jack has continued to support my projects with his artistic consultation and design. He’s been instrumental in my branding for my 2014 album release, Aspectz Of Me (http://R3NP.bancamp.com), and with my newest band project FatheR BrotheR Sun‘s branding and logo design for our web-presence and promotions. Besides supporting my organization A Thousand WordZ, he’s been my ‘go to’ art designer for all of my marketing collateral needs.
It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Jack. Since his marriage to the beautiful and equally talented Alise Rand Eastgate, the two have teamed up to both own and opperate EastRand Studios (http://EastRandStudios.com). Since our first meeting, I’ve purchased at least two of Jack’s original pieces, which I proudly hang in my office and in my home. I am consistently seeking ways to involve EastRand Studios in supporting my creative endeavors, besides stopping by to have Kava and an old fashioned home cooked meal (vegan island style) from time to time.
The mixes for our album ‘The Dawn’ are done. We have spent quite a bit of time recording at Skyline Studios in Oakland, CA., and then mixing at Whoville Studios in Berkeley, CA. with the legendary JasWho? Now, the mixes are off to the Master himself, Pierre Allard in San Mateo, CA. We can’t wait to share our polished versions of the music we’re allowing you to listen to early.
In the meantime, stop by our website and take a look around:
Upcoming Shows: Calendar
We are scheduled to play in Oakland on 5/23/2015 at Awaken Cafe, so come out and be ready to dance!