Photographs by Anthony Jordon of Florida Social Con at FIU South Campus on 7/18/15

Florida Social Con is Florida’s most happening social media conference.  All of Florida’s top social media talent will be in attendance and ready to connect. Attendees will learn how to leverage the power of social media to increase sales while building valuable connections with customers.
You will be surrounded by people who know social media secrets and tricks, those who know the ins and outs of all things social and can answer any social media question you may have. The connections you will make will be priceless and will help you increase the visibility of your business online.

*Learn    *Network    *Connect

Learn from the best and create on the spot with hands on workshops.  Get Social and grow your business.  Meet well known and respected individuals in the tech and social media space.  Network with peers and business owners.  Kids are welcome – we’ll have a Florida Social Con Kids running at the same time. It’s going to be fun, we believe education should be fun

Who Will Attend?
Small business owners.  Anyone working with small business owners, social media professionals, Bloggers, Educators, Non-profits, Startups Government agencies. Anyone wanting to learn hands on social media techniques to grow their business. Social media lovers of all ages

During the Florida Social Con Conference we will be covering different topics related to social media marketing and business:

Social media tools; Social media tips and tricks; Social media in different fields; Social media and email; Content marketing and social media; Blogging and social media Influencer marketing; Social media analytics and measuring ROI; Startups and social media; WordPress; Social media contests

And much, much more….

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Photographs by Anthony Jordon of the Unveiling of THUNDER & ENLIGHTENING, the One United Mural

On July 11, 2015 OneUnited Bank hosted the unveiling of the mural, Thunder & Enlightening, painted by internationally acclaimed artist Addonis Parker. The OneUnited Mural Project has run in conjunction with an internship program sponsored by the Miami Children’s Initiative and OneUnited Bank which included 21 inner city youth apprentice from 9 local high schools in Miami, FL working with Mr. Parker. The youth each made a mural rendering on a small piece of plywood to bring forth awareness and unity in the local community. However The Mural conveys a more controversial message of Freedom and Hope.

Thunder & Enlightening expounds on social and economic unrest – using media icons like Trayvon Martin, Christina-Taylor Green, Mike Brown, local and national law enforcement and the 343 firefighter heroes from the aftermath of 9/11. The mural serves as a global bipartisan exchange to unite the world on a plateau of peace. It also acts as the artistic blueprint for the documentation of truth and a sincere approach for equal justice. This is a unique time in history to bear witness to such a monumental testament written from the pages of innocent blood. Thunder & Enlightening speaks to this truth because this awakening must be shared with the community to undertake a more perfect civilization. The time is now to see through eyes of painted voices!

PRESS RELEASE
After 4 months of suspense, this past Saturday, July 11, 2015 OneUnited Bank and the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) unveiled “Thunder & Enlightening,” a 550 square foot thought-provoking mural by Miami artist Addonis Parker. The massive public art project was erected on the façade of the Miami branch of OneUnited Bank, the nation’s largest black-owned bank. The unveiling concluded the OneUnited Mural Project – an apprenticeship-based program using public art works, youth development and a community beautification program providing arts enrichment through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education. Before the unveiling, the inside of the bank served as an art gallery to display individual paintings from the 21 teen apprentices who assisted Parker.

Parker made his remarks about this experience and working with teens then dramatically cut off the black drape to revealing the mural. Guests were mesmerized and speechless. Parker then received a standing ovation for the depth of images revealed about the urban experience. The mural in its entirety touches on on racism, bigotry, protest, the confederate flag, the massacre in South Carolina, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown to name a few.

Before the unveiling, Teri Williams, President & COO of OneUnited Bank, expressed her gratitude to the sea of people and partners for supporting the idea of using the bank as a canvas to add art to Liberty City as she has personally witnessed the impact art can have on the community. “The OneUnited Mural Project and the unveiling of the mural, Thunder & Enlightening, helps us bridge the divide between the banking industry and urban communities by recognizing their struggles and hopes for the future,” said Williams. “It is important for us to speak in our authentic voices so that OneUnited Bank can better share financial literacy, attract the unbanked or under-banked customers and help develop the communities we serve.”

During the program, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) Vice Chair Larry Feldman awarded Teri Williams; Addonis Parker, creator of Thunder & Enlightening; Cecelia Gutierrez, President & CEO of MCI; Carla Rowe, Mural Program Director; Hopi Morton, Center for Social Justice; and Suzan McDowell, President & CEO of Circle of One Marketing with medallions as a token of appreciation for the noble accomplishments in the community. Encouraging words about Liberty City’s future, youth and education were spoken by District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon, MDCPS Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall and MDCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of Kroma Miami “From the Door of No Return, To the Door of Return” Closing Reception on 6/26/15

From The Door Of No Return ‘To The Door Of Return’. “This exhibition chronicles the resiliency of African people’s who were enslaved for hundreds of years and who, in spite I’d indescribable odds, have not only maintained their humanity but have shown the world what it means to be human.

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of TransArt Artist Reception at the LGBT Visitor Center, Miami Beach on 6/19/15

The ‪#‎transart‬ ‪#‎transmiami‬ showcase is on exhibition at June 11-30, at the LGBT Visitor Center on Miami Beach during this month’s pride festivities.  The exhibit features works by:

-Y’SEÑIA ALMAGUER, SAMANTHA PEREZ
-KATE WEAKLEY, DEE WIENGARDEN,
-LUKKAS WOLF, & BARRIENTOS Couture.

The artists’ reception included appearances by the artists themselves as well as DJ Jessica Lam spinning and a musical performance by ABIGAIL PEREIRA of Telemundo’s Soy El Artista singing competition.  There was also a special presentation of the #SoFlaTRANSLivesProject documentary.

All works are for sale through June 30, 2015.  For more information about the exhibition visit http://unitycoalition.org.

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of BodyART: Panel Workshop Sponsored by Care Resource 6/17/15

2 Great Transart Workshops
The Life of the Third Gender | 6pm-7pm
Aryah Lester | A candid discussion on bridging the divide between.
BodyArt Workshop | 7pm-9pm
Figuring out the medical, financial & psychological support journey of trans healthcare, cosmetic and/or Gender Confirmation Surgery.
Panelists: Aryah Lester – TransMiami
Dr. Christopher Salgado, Professor of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, UofM Hospital
Dr. Ken Wilcox, Psy.D
Sheryl Zayas, M.D., Family & Trans Medicine

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of SPRAYSKULL: A Solo Exhibition by REMOTE aka Jay Bellicchi on 06/11/15

SPRAYSKULL, explores the obsessive nature of graffiti and urban art, as well as the disposable yet sometimes fanatical relationship between the artist and the tools of the trade. Featuring a series of works that incorporate reused and repurposed graffiti art and vandalism materials.

Opening Cocktail Reception on
Thursday, June 11, 2015
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Photos by Anthony Jordon of Lulu’s Miami Grand Opening

A grand opening party was held at Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream shop in Downtown Miami. Visitors to the shop shared games, tunes, sweet giveaways (liiiiike some super sick Lulu’s T-shirts illustrated by Miami’s Brian Butler), and tons of ice cream. Go check out their new spot when you get a chance and bring all of your friends!