We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, and engineering - these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, and love - these are what we stay alive for.Robin Williams
"The First Connection- LoL Unlimited Defined"
Producers - Taylor Hughes & Melinda Russell
Videographer / Editor - Chris Loukides
Audio Assistant / On-set Guide - Mark Hughes
*We would like to give a big thanks to the dear friends and family members who expressed their creativity at our first event, “Create for a Cause.” Also a special thanks to Seth Martinez with MVMNT Dance Studio for all his support in helping make the event a success.
Talented locals of Kokrobite creatively expressing themselves through freestyle rapping.
It was graduation day at Brown’s Tiny Tots and as you can see, these KG-2 (kindergarden, level 2) students were as excited as ever! They had been practicing their various performances for multiple weeks and now it was their time to shine.
The event was hosted at the school on Tuesday morning where staff, parents, students, and those of the local community came together to honor the success of the very first graduating class.
Brown’s Graduating Class of 2014.
School Director, Geoffrey Brown, speaks about our mission at Brown’s Tiny Tots and the success of these young students.
Throughout the ceremony, the students demonstrated their hard work through drama, song, poetry, and dance.
Students varying from all grades sang songs for the parents.
”Kofi, where have you been?” - A drama performed by the graduates to display the good morals they’ve been taught in school.
The children reciting their very own poems to the audience. Some spoke about the importance of going to school, some mentioned things they’d learned throughout the year and other’s defined community.
After a few speeches from the staff and special guests, it was time to hand out the honorary certificates to the graduates.
One of our special guests honored for donating books and helping start the school, Regina, helping hand out the certificates.
The excitement of the children was very apparent in their smiles as they received their diplomas.
Geoffry and his sister, Shika Brown - Shika stood as our MC for the event and helped make it a fun, family-focused ceremony.
A proud duo!
It was an honor to be a part of this very first graduation!
The LoL Founders, Taylor & Melinda, Begin Their 2014 Trip To Ghana
“Today is THE day!” It had been six months in the making, and finally the day of departure was upon us. Of course life would not start our journey off without a dramatic beginning, so little to our surprise we found our time shrinking and our anxiety growing. The commute on the train from Upper East Side to JFK was taking much larger than anticipated. There we were, two girls, 220 pounds (literally) on hand, rushing frantically to JFK Airport. We were the last two passengers narrowly admitted to check in to the flight to Lagos, Nigeria.
The plane ride to Nigeria was the welcoming moment to our cross-culture adventure.The instigator of this cultural exchange being, of course, the bar on board. We were able to connect with quite a few passengers (who were mostly Nigerians) over “Taylor Cocktails”; a blend of white wine and pineapple juice. The plane’s occupants favored the red wine, therefore those “finished” quickly. We then resorted to the Taylor Cocktail, partially inspired by the homemade Sangria from the first Create For A Cause event in Oakland, CA. Soon after, the bar was suffocated by thirsty Nigerians looking to us as their bartenders. Needless to say, the 10-hour plane ride flew by fairly quickly.
We had a quick layover in Lagos, Nigeria, and then a hop, skip, and jump over to Accra, Ghana. Coming from the dry land of Colorado, Melinda noticed a major contrast in humidity the moment she stepped out of the plane. Taylor, on the other hand, had just spent two weeks along the East Coast getting acclimated to intense humidity.
Our first week of transition was hosted by Fiifii Odei (a friend from Taylor’s first visit) and his family in the rural area of Taife (pronounced Tie-fuh). His mom, aunt, cousin, and three nieces were as welcoming as could be, creating an especially great first impression of Africa for Melinda. Adjacent to the property, a creek guarded by beautiful banana trees, papaya trees, various fanning palms, and other indigenous vegetation flowed quietly.
As soon as the sun would set, we would leave our domain, cross the bridge that arched over the creek, to explore the serene nature that surrounded us.
Each time we ventured out, we experienced a moment of sensory consciousness; a moment of recognizing the stimulation of all 5 senses. Often, we would have to remind ourselves, “We are in AFRICA right now! Life, is awesome.”
Providing a well rounded education to kids is important. Subjects like maths, science, and language are considered to be the core of a good education – but what about art education? Art usually takes a back seat when we talk about a good education. It generally never gets the importance that it deserves.