FAMILY: JOIN MAYA AND SHAKA SMART RAISE AWARENESS AND MONEY FOR THE FRIENDS ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDREN!
Family – I absolutely love this! This is a true example of good people making a positive impact in the community. Let’s help Maya and Shaka Smart raise awareness and money for a great cause, the FRIENDS Association of Richmond. FRIENDS Association for Children has been serving Richmond for more than 140 years and offers services that help children gain critical literacy and developmental skills. FRIENDS operates child development centers in Jackson Ward and Church Hill, serving nearly 1,000 children, with a broad array of services.
The Smart Family just started a 30-day fundraising campaign – along with Richmond T-Shirt start-up Bonfire Funds.
The long/short of it is that you can click this link CLICK HERE and buy a FRIENDS RVA T-Shirt. It goes to the amazing goal of raising $100,000 for FRIENDS. In March Madness fashion – you can organize (or coach) your own team and sell shirts for your team. The winning team gets an amazing prizes. Also, once teams reach certain selling goals they get some very cool prizes, like dinner at one of my favorite restaurants The Roosevelt with Shaka, “55″ Samsung Smart TV, or an amazing print from Doug Orleski (RVA Coffee Stain).
It’s really a great cause. Please visit the Bonfire site and buy a shirt to support the campaign.
If you know me then you know where I stand on dessert in RVA. Garnett’s Cafe is hands down my favorite spot. So you could imagine my excitement when I learned that the wonderful owner of Garnett’s Cafe, Kendra and the baker responsible for my favorite desserts, David were opening WPA Bakery in Church Hill. I made my first stop by WPA Bakery yesterday around 7:45 AM and the place was already buzzing.
WPA, located at 2707 East Marshall Street in Church Hill, is still getting their full menu of cakes and pies up but as I sat for coffee and a few pastries you could already tell that the spirit of the place was in full swing.
I think the best part of my visit was not only seeing Kendra in action but also being able to chat with her during breaks. I met her briefly in the past during a RVANews.com happy hour where I also met her very cool husband John who post for Fan of the Fan. But chatting with Kendra and learning a little about her journey from waitress to owner of 3 restaurants (Garnett’s Cafe, Ipanema Cafe, and The Roosevelt) and a bakery is truly inspiring. Also, she has great stories. I mean if you work in the restaurant biz as long as she has you kind of become a natural storyteller, even if you don’t know it. Even learning about her recent wedding was a great story.
Update: This lovely lady is Shola!
Note: In the epic fail category of this post. I asked the wonderful lady her name and even wrote it down and who lost the notes…this guy. Please send me your name and I will post it. #EpicfailCheats
After what seems to have been years of debate and planning, most of it controversial and rooted in racial history and city politics, it appears that Church Hill is finding a balance and harmony that is rooted in pride for its community. Places like WPA Bakery and The Roosevelt and people like Kendra, who is really working to support Church Hill as community, is making a huge impact. I hope you will check out WPA Bakery soon. It’s well worth the trip.
On November 15, James Dangle will be releasing his first Just Plain Sounds project; One Time I Knew. This unique collection of music is a must have — from the lyrical content to the vast production — this album is truly on a different groove than most of the music coming out of RVA right now. This is also the first short video of its kind from The Cheats Movement, shot in historic Church Hill. This is James Dangle X Just Plain Sounds: With a Cheats Movement Vibe — Stay Focused – We R-VA!
I watched the NFL Hall of Fame ceremony last night. And of course, all of the inductees were very proud, appreciative, and humble. All but one inductee said that they never dreamed of being in the Hall of Fame. The one person who did say he had that dream was Deion Sanders. For the record, “Prime Time” is one of my favorite athletes/personalities of all time. But long story short, his speech was about dreaming big. Deion always dreamed big and expected greatness. Not enough people dream big or expect greatness today – because of fear or the hard realities of life. Deion’s quote was, “If your dream isn’t bigger than yourself, there is something wrong with your dream.” I believe that everyone has God given talent to do amazing things and life is about finding the right opportunity to make it happen. Keep pushing and plotting out new dreams. Find that opportunity and expect to be great! Happy Sunday – Stay Focused!
Good Morning Richmond was the first picture posted using my new Canon Rebel T2I. I can honestly say this camera has changed the quality of my blog. This week has been the most viewed week of the Cheats Movement since its launch in January and major strides are being made on the photo book and collaborations with other Richmond artist. Thank you for checking the site. Stay Focused.
I’m in a great mood this morning. Most of my friends know that every photo that’s been on the Cheats Movement Blog to date has been shot with my Nikon (Point and Shoot) digital. Needless to say, as the blog has grown and my projects have gotten more ambitious, the point and shoot needed to be upgraded. Yesterday, I purchased my first DSLR; a Cannon T2I and got two lenses; the standard 18-55 and the 55-200 Zoom. I took the camera out this morning for the first time. Check it!