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Unlocking The Truth: Malcolm Brickhouse & Jarad Dawkins Rock!

Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins

It’s not often I come across news or videos in the media that light me up with full confidence about the future of humanity. But this week I did! :) With a big smile, overflowing heart & pure optimism, I came across Malcolm Brickhouse & Jarad Dawkins of Unlocking The Truth. They are a local hard rock band. (Or should I say heavy metal band?) Living not too far from me, in Brooklyn. This is just another reason why Brooklyn is so badass. (See my previous post, Brooklyn is Badass.)

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Malcolm Brickhouse & Jarad Dawkins (& they now have a third member, Alec Atkins) say the main goal of their band is to encourage people to be themselves, and to not feel intimidated by what others say. It’s such a great message for the times we are living in. People are overwhelmed & bombarded with the government, authority & our society’s constant need to push people through cookie-cutter forms. Just like in nature, awe-inspiring beauty is always found in diversity. But let’s not forget that this is where incredible strength is cultivated as well. Remember, wild plants are the strongest, with the most potent healing properties. For us to embrace ourselves fully, to nurture & love who we are individually as well as collectively, and to openly share this gift with others — this is real power. If you could do this, if we could do this, if everyone could do this — the world would really rock — and life would be so much more fun!

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Gabriel Angelo: The San Francisco Trumpet Kid with Distinguished Style

“I live with all my heart and soul. It makes me feel good. It makes me feel like I’ve given something away, to the people.” – Gabriel Angelo

As most of you know, I am originally from Northern California. I grew up in the East Bay, across the water from San Francisco. I moved to New York in the summer of 1996, with the idea I would one day return to the Bay Area. Well, I ended up loving New York City so much, that that day never arrived. And I am sorry to say, that I am quite out of touch with what extended family is up to back home. It’s been many years since I have spent quality time with anyone outside of my immediate family (which I stay in contact with).

Interesting thing is, yesterday I received lovely news from my sister. She sent me an email that read: Have you seen what our cousin is up to? She attached video of Gabriel Angelo playing the trumpet. I thought, “Wow. What a cutie. What a talent!” His spirit was truly undeniable & charismatic. As I looked at him & pondered his name, it sounded familiar, like I knew it from somewhere else. Then it occurred to me that I knew it from Twitter. Gabriel tweeted “Hi” to me (@AimeeLovesYou) back in February. I replied to his tweet by saying “Thanks for the hello, Gabriel. Lots of NYC energy sent your way.” But I honestly had no idea that he was family! I just never made the connection. (Unless I see the last name Cavenecia, I never assume one is related to me. If I see Cavenecia, I know immediately!). I often meet people through my blog & Twitter. People frequently reach out to say hello, to promote their work, or to ask a question. I assumed it was one of those typical encounters when I received a tweet from @MasterBlasterG (Gabriel Angelo’s twitter name).

I replied to my sister’s email. And received a reply from her featuring another video of Gabriel, this time with his mother. Gabriel’s mother (who is married to my first cousin on my father’s side) has always been dedicated to her children. So when I heard that this was her son, it didn’t surprise me. I always assumed her kids would be bright. But I was thinking smart, intelligent — not playing the trumpet, decked out in Brooks Brothers suits! But nonetheless, it made me smile that the hard work & dedication she put in, provided the nourishing environment for a talent to grow & a unique character to flourish. I’m so proud of Gabriel, his mother & his father. Such a wonderful gift. The love, the trust, the hard work, the talent, the challenge, the dedication, — it’s all a gift. And I am so glad that they are brave enough to share it with the world, & to see that fearless service is the key to life. A life of service is the highest calling. To dedicate yourself to the joy of others, is truly Divine.

Gabriel Angelo on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

For more information on Gabriel Angelo, follow his personal blog, his twitter account, & his Facebook page.

And yes! I know he plays a cornet & not a trumpet!
But he is commonly known as the Trumpet Kid — so I’m going with it!

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Unconditional Love & Self Empowerment Revolution Presents: Simrin Player aka B-girl Simi!

Simrin Player aka B-girl Simi shines. This girl is nothin’ but badass. The first time I saw her I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. I couldn’t decide if I was really seeing a little girl. I thought maybe she was a tiny woman. She moved like she had the experience of ten lifetimes. Everything she has in her heart comes out on the dance floor. Spirit is never limited by the body or by age, & Simrin is a grand example of this. – I love that she adores dance & lives for it. I love her even more for sharing this passion with others.

I’m not lying, the first time I invested some time in watching her dance videos, about 30 minutes into it I started bawling. I had no idea why. In hindsight, I think it’s the human spirit. Seeing the human spirit shine though in full glory brought me to tears. She wasn’t limited for being small, for being young, for being white*, for being a girl. [*I don’t know if it’s true, but I read that she is the same ethnic mix as me: Latino & German. Yay!] She was fearless & powerful. Simrin wasn’t afraid to shine or to show what she knows. -Not what she thinks, but what she knows. In dance (especially dance this fast), there is no time to think. This is literally a moving meditation or an all out test of what you know.

I wrote a blog post last month about making what you love a priority. Can you see the payoff if you do this? Everyday is an opportunity to do what you love. There in no limit to how far you can go or what you can learn about your love(s). By sharing what you love you contribute to the lives of others. Your life serves a higher purpose & has meaning. Simi is doing this. Her life means something to me & she has contributed to me greatly without even knowing me. I’m not implying that you have to be award winning or a professional at what you love, I’m just saying, GET OUT THERE! Be brave, be bold, be unstoppable. Don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way. Especially yourself. Get out of your head & get into your heart.

Thank you, Simrin. Thank for showing us how it’s done!


To keep up with Simi, follow her on Twitter: @simrinplayer


An official website for Simrin Player is in the works.
Stay tuned to www.simrinplayer.com!

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