It’s The Arts! And right before Thanksgiving. Let’s get this going!

Bea Gaddy
If you’re in Baltimore, you might be familiar with the story of Bea Gaddy. The Thanksgiving story is pulled from Bea Gaddy’s Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame:

Her Thanksgiving event, which would become a mainstay in the community and brought greater recognition to Ms. Gaddy’s work to aid the needy, began in 1981. With $290 she won on a 50-cent lottery ticket, Ms. Gaddy bought enough food to feed 39 of her neighbors. She then decided to start a community kitchen for the needy.

At the beginning, the Thanksgiving dinner was held on the sidewalk in front of her home. Ms. Gaddy cooked most of the meal herself. To accommodate the growing numbers of diners, the dinner was held at a local middle school. Resourceful and persistent, Ms. Gaddy relied on donors to aid her work: local grocers donated canned goods, Shady Brook Farms donated turkeys and the Maryland Correctional Facility in Hagerstown assisted with cooking.

She is a real city hero, helping out those who are going through what she did growing up. She even hit the lotto twice and what did she do? Give more to helping the homeless and suffering from despair. The dinners on Thanksgiving are continued in her memory and help towards the city of Baltimore. If you would like to read Bea Gaddy’s biography, please do! It’s worth a look! She fought long and hard for the poor and homeless until she passed in 2001 from breast cancer. Not only did she fight for the homeless and poor, she opened the now-famous Patterson Park Emergency Food Center and has now, since 1981, fed over 100,000 families and feeds about 50-150 people on any given day. In honor of her kindness and unfortunate passing, the Bea Gaddy Cancer Education and Prevention Center opened in 2002 to provide free cancer screenings and health education to Baltimore residents.

What I like about her so much is that, much unlike the politicians and rich townies who live here only to get something out of Baltimore, she’s here to help Baltimore. Not the yuppie-transplant-who-lives-in-a-$2000-condo Baltimore and not the politicians who are much better at green-lighting jails instead of green-lighting schools, but actually helping out the people of the city of Baltimore using the little resources she had and even going into the political sphere to help out from the legal side as well. Ms. Bea Gaddy was elected to Baltimore City Council in 1999. She has earned the title “Mother Teresa of Baltimore” and “St. Bea” for the selfless work that she has done and carried on in her name.

If you are in Baltimore and want to help, you can serve food, donate food or donate money. If you’re not in Baltimore, you can donate food (non-perishables) and money to continuing Bea Gaddy’s legacy. Here’s the website with all the information. (If the site is down, try the Bea Gaddy’s Women and Children Center)

Occupy The Hood
It is unfortunate that this feature goes up after the dismantling of the headquarters of Occupy Wall St up in New York City. I am not entirely too surprised as it is the way of politics and going against a pretty big system. Jay Smooth of Ill Doctrine put it very well when he described the whole Occupy Wall St situation as a three card monte:

Moving on, as the movement isn’t dead yet, I’m pretty sure you’re curious how the Occupy Wall St is faring and what does it appeal to you, my (mostly) Black audience. Over 68% of the protesters are White, 10% Black, 10% Latino, 7% Asian and 5% is everyone else compared to the population of NYC being 36% White, 27% Hispanic, 22% Black, 13% Asian and 2% everyone else – this can be pretty concerning because I personally believe Blacks and other minorities* should be at the forefront of this movement, given that most – if not all – of what the movement is standing against has affected us for a very, very long time.

Occupy The Hood is made in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. to give a voice to those who need it most in these movements: us. OTH is created so it would be easier for minorities to feel as part of the movement and to figure out how to integrate our problems with the rest of the movement away from all the people who say it is divisive. Race discussion is not divisive – ignoring it is because it ignores the fact that the economic downfall effected minorities the most and worst out of everyone for the longest bout of time. This also makes the movement seem Whiter because it’s the blunt message of “We don’t really care about you, just make us look good and dynamic.” Bull, it’s as important as anything if not one of the most important. And to ignore it would continually send useful people who feel shunned away and we don’t need that. Plus, if the Declaration of Occupation was going to say that it was originally formed “As one people, formerly divided by the color of our skin, we acknowledge the reality: that there is only one race, the human race,” then we really need to have a race/privilege discussion because there’s no way in seven hells could someone who wasn’t White could write that and not be considered daft and dozy. The movement can’t afford to be colorblind because the system we’re fighting against certainly isn’t and even the 99% has some of its own prejudice it has to clean up before some serious change can go underway.

To scope out Occupy The Hood:
Occupy The Hood Facebook
Occupy The Hood Twitter

Anxiety Cat
I found this tumblr through AngelBopByeYa’s Tumblr, Virtuously Vindicated. It think it is a very cute meme (for those who don’t know what a meme is, it is “An element of a culture or behavior that may be passed from one individual to another by non-genetic means, esp. imitation.” – Wikipedia) and one I can relate to very well. A lot of the memes on the Anxiety Cat Tumblr paints me really well, ha!

This is how I feel when I am at functions attending under Black Witch

I know I've felt this way more than once, ha!

Me on Twitter (seriously)

Definitely see this for yourself! It’s user-submitted so definitely enjoy.

That’s all of The Arts! for now! Next week is Ask Black Witch. You know how to send ’em in – and if you don’t, About Me/Contact Me has all the details!

To my American readers, Happy T’anksgivin’!

* Hate that word. It’s better than People of Color because it always makes me think “Colored”.