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About Art4TheHomeless
Imagine... a movement inspired by the arts to open the eyes of Americans to the plight of their own people. Imagine, through art, music and poetry, we are shining a much needed light on our own crisis: HOMELESSNESS

Art4TheHomeless was once a blog called Colors of Ink with Blogcharm, which closed down. Nutang, became the new home of Colors of Ink and was renamed Art4TheHomeless, by a really good friend, Samantha Medd. She is now the Co-Founder of Art4TH.

Now Art4TH is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization that unites artists of all venues to promote homeless awareness in the US.

Art4TH does this through the Art4TH Webzine, a monthly online magazine that features a musician whose music plays throughout the website, a feature artist, and a feature writer while also featuring a homeless relief organization. All artists featured retain their copyrights and all of it is free. If you would like to be a featured artist, musician, or writer contact me at johnnacrider@att.net



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For anyone interested in saving Nutang
Sunday. 8.9.09 3:20 pm
Yo.

The Art4Th Blog is hosted by Nutang~ this really cool blogging community built by Dave.

Thing is, it used to be a revenue sharing site--meaning blogging for money. Art4TH raised almost $20 but not quite.

Dave stopped it because Nutang is not profitable anymore.

And many people abandoned us :(

So, would YOU like to be a member? You need an invite code to get in but we have plenty! I have three and Kuri~another blogger has a bunch and is willing to share.

We want to build this community up with bloggers and friends!

Art4TH designed a html flash add for Nutang for anyone who wants to add it to their site. Message me if your are interested in hosting the add or getting a code to join!




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Meditative experience
Tuesday. 8.4.09 9:16 pm
It's been a few months now--since February actually--that I have been into stones. I started out with a chrysocolla, amethyst, and black tourmaline. Now I have several little friends and I am very connect to them. I feel their energies.

Moldavite, I had to save up for, but its totally cool. I have a couple pieces of jet, an ocean jasper, sunstone, mookite jasper, unakite jasper, several of the double ended laser quartz wands, a clear quartz, labradorite, rose quartz, malachite, turquoise, tektite, lapis lazuli, emerald, jad, green aventurine, two sodialites, and today, on my way to little 5 points, a piece of coal called to me. Actually, it fell from somewhere and hit my foot. I looked down and there it was looking up at me LOL.

I also bought a beautiful piece of carnelian, another chrysocolla, and a raw sapphire--the sapphire is for my mom. She has a little collection too that I bought her.

Anyway, I felt called to my stones today and I meditated.

The mookite jasper, a rose quartz, and a clear quartz were at my root chakra--normally rose quartz is for the heart but it was totally okay--the carnelian was big enough to share with both my second and third chakras. Moldavite for the heart chakra with a double ended quartz wand. I had the chrysocolla at my throat for the throat chakra and the Amethyst at my crown for the crown chakra.

When I meditate, nothing usually happens. But I was optimistic. My thoughts came and went including one about the fact that I had forgotten to add a stone to my third eye chakra--the amethyst is good for both the third eye and crown so I moved it in between--as close as I could w/o it falling off LOL.

I have always wanted to experience the "light" that everyone talks about. I have never experienced no matter how hard I tried to visualize it, I just couldn't "see" it. I was just thinking about that when suddenly light was everywhere and there was a presence to my left.

I just kinda laid there for a moment in awe. It got so bright that I felt as if I were emanating the light.

I guess you could say I have a stone collection, but they are more than stones. I am connect to the spiritually and can feel their pain.

When mom was in the hospital, I brought all of my stones with me--they go everywhere with me LOL--and one of them, this large double ended quartz piece fell and broke.

I felt it's pain.

I can't explain the hows, or the why's, or break it down to you scientifically--I just know that I felt and I cradled the broken pieces in my hands. I think I spent an hour with them.

A friend told me later that when it happens, it's because the stones don't belong together anymore--that they have to break up and go their separate ways. I gave the other half to my mom :)

But anyway, that "light" experience was like WOW! I just can't explain it any further.

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I am honored
Sunday. 8.2.09 3:02 am
I am sitting here listening to Mishka's album Above the Bones. My friend Daryl produced the album and I am just basking in humility. I am so awed that I know Daryl and his wife, Denise. Daryl is the guitarist who did the solo in Higher Heights on the Carson Daly Show. I am so honored that Mishka is allowing me to feature his music in the Art4TheHomeless Zine for the anniversary edition.

A lot of people in my life--work for example, don't take me seriously about Art4TH. Technically, it's still in the dream stage and people see dreams like mine go down the drain all the time, so I don't blame them. I use it as motivation to actually become something and do something with my life.

The wonderful people who come along the way--God has brought them of course--just awe and inspire me. Mishka is one of them. So are Dani and Tim, who will be walking to raise money and awareness in the US for the homeless. And God chose me--this young person from practically nowhere--to be and represent Art4TheHomeless.

Just today, money was donated to Art4TH. The number 111 had followed me for most of my life. It came up 5 times today. 3 times were at work. 1 time was on television today. And 1 time is the sum of the donation money in the Art4TH Fund: $111.00 $62 of that will be going toward a domain name: Art4thehomeless.org!!! The rest, with some out of my own pocket, will be split up between 5 homeless shelter and given out at the time of the anniversary edition of the Art4TH Zine.

One day, I will get to meet Mishka and his family. I got to spoke to him over the phone and for those of you who have heard his songs, yes his voice is as pure as it is in the music. He has a musical voice.

The number 111 has come up so many times and I have been told that it's the sign of my angels, fate, and much more. Whatever it is, I know that I am on the right path for my life and I thank God for giving me His idea: Art4TheHomeless.

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We didn't get the Myspace Impact Award but thats okay
Saturday. 8.1.09 12:54 am
When I mentioned we, I meant Walk It Out Fundraisers who has selected Art4TH to receive 10% of their proceeds for when they raise money for the walk. Tim and Dani leave September 26th 2009 from San Fransisco to walk to San Diego to raise money for homelessness, domestic violence and child abuse victims.

Art4TH will use the donated funds to establish a non profit status, get a business license and get all the legalities straight and go from there. I can't wait!

I do want to give the group I Love Evelyn, who won the Myspace Impact Award, a shout out and congratulate them. They are a wonderful homeless advocacy group based out of Texarkana, AR or TX not sure which side of the border they are on--but its like an hour away from my hometown of Shreveport, LA.

Anyways, Chad and his wife--along with their supporters--go to different homeless people around the US, befriend them and just do what they can to make a difference in their lives by showing love.

That is a fabulous cause and here is their Myspace URL go add them and congratulate them!

http://www.myspace.com/lovingevelyn

Also, the Art4TH Website is up with a totally fresh look. http://art4thehomeless.webs.com

Oh, ya, hope you love the new look!

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All, not just some of us, are human. We need to accept that.
Wednesday. 7.29.09 2:28 pm
I was talking with one of the security guards that guard my apartment building the other day. You see, I was confronted by a drug addict who wanted sex while I was on my way to the grocery store. This is why I rant about crackheads.

Anyway the guy grabbed my arm and demanded to know if I had a ring on it. I reacted by jerking away and pulling a punch. I managed not to hit the guy but said in a loud clear voice that if he didn't leave me alone then I would kill him.

I see him all the time begging for money on the streets. He went ahead of me into the store and bought booze. I told the security guard at the store what happened.

Anyway, I was talking to the guard at my apartment and he told me that once you have that first taste of crack, then you were lost.

Having lived on the streets myself and seeing addicts, I have become hateful toward them. They leach from society. Make people feel sorry for them because they are homeless and use the money given to them to get the next high. And people think God is going to bless them for wasting their money. He might since they have good intentions. Who am I to judge?

This is where I sit back and look at myself in a critical light--constructively.

Joe, the guard, pointed out that they were once like me and him and maybe fell on hard times. I saw the human in them--not the lusty men who chase down women and harass them or the women who would do anything for a hit. I saw the human who were once like me--young, ambitious, and dreaming of changing the world.

Thanks, Joe, I needed that.

How can I help the homeless and judge them a the same time? And who am I to judge? I am going to go get a taser with my next paycheck though. These men around will don't bother me much anymore since I am a bit on the crazy side, but the bold ones may get tasered.

I live right by the Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless and usually there are some new faces I see, but for the most part, there are the same guys who live on the streets, deal the drugs, and then there are the usual addicts. A lot of people blame the Task Force for helping them. I can't because the Task Force helped me once--and they have probably helped millions more.

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Vote for us on the Myspace Impact Awards!!!
Monday. 7.27.09 5:00 pm
Art4TH is a proud sponsor of the Walk It Out Fundraisers.


Click here to go vote for us in the Myspace Impact Awards!! You can vote for us daily, but you have until Friday to VOTE



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Walk it out Fundraiser won $10k from Myspace Impact awards
Saturday. 7.25.09 2:51 am

Walk-It-Out Fundraisers has been selected as one of three finalists for the Myspace Impact Awards!



VOTE FOR US

Pens For Peace and Walk-It-Out Fundraisers founders Timothy Pina and Danielle Pierre will be walking from San Francisco to San Diego (approx 530 mi) beginning 9/26 to raise funds and awareness for victims of abuse and homelessness. This is the first walk event of many that we will do annually, in various states, to raise funds and awareness for social needs.

Winners receive a $10,000 donation to the cause and are featured on Myspace Impact for a one month period, plus more!

We are honored and excited to have been nominated and selected as a finalist.

Click on the "VOTE FOR US" link above, add Myspace Impact Awards as a friend - you will be added instantly. Vote for Walk-It-Out Fundraisers in the finalists box!

Your vote will make a difference! Thank you!
href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3cud2Fsa2l0b3V0ZnVuZHJhaXNlcnMuY29t">ww.walkitoutfundraisers.com

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The Angel Who Fell
Monday. 7.20.09 8:24 pm
a thousand sunsets have passed
a million seconds ticked away
as the collapse of our friendship
finalized with your stab of betrayal
time has lapsed since I last thought of you
one memory surfaced and haunted me
we once laughed together
but I wasn't good enough
you left for a while on a trip
a stranger came back
slaughtered what had
become a strong friendship
your lies still mock me
and i cringe when I think of you
yet you were the coward who lied
your kind eyes were masked by evil
the angel who was ceased to exist
the girl you knew grew up
still haunted by you

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