Sophisticated Exuberance

On a journey to inspire and aspire before I expire. Join me as I make my way in the world.

Photographer: Kolin Mendez Photography.

Music, Lifestyle & Culture Enthusiast.


"It does not matter how slow you go, so long as you do not stop. - Wisdom of Confucius

"I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday."
Sunday was all about growth and progression. Salute to @itstracyg as she builds and progresses along her journey of bringing #shesbeautyandthebeast into fruition. Support those who have a dream and help them build by any means!

Photo Credit: @kolinmendez

Sunday was all about growth and progression. Salute to @itstracyg as she builds and progresses along her journey of bringing #shesbeautyandthebeast into fruition. Support those who have a dream and help them build by any means!

Photo Credit: @kolinmendez

Yesterday’s sunset over the Brooklyn skies. 

Camera used: iPhone 5s

#kolinmendez #kolinmendezphotography #kmendezphotos #newyorkcity #photography #vsco #landscape #skyline #brooklyn

Yesterday’s sunset over the Brooklyn skies.

Camera used: iPhone 5s

#kolinmendez #kolinmendezphotography #kmendezphotos #newyorkcity #photography #vsco #landscape #skyline #brooklyn

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to work with Perth Performing Arts and the talented cast and crew of Finding Joy: The Musical. It’s an amazing story that speaks to focusing on the journey rather than the destination. For show times and more information, please visit: www.findingjoythemusical.com


#kolinmendez #kolinmendezphotography #kmendezphotos #newyorkcity #vsco #vscocam #multimedia #photography #portraiture #musical #theatre #production #setlife #arts

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to work with Perth Performing Arts and the talented cast and crew of Finding Joy: The Musical. It’s an amazing story that speaks to focusing on the journey rather than the destination. For show times and more information, please visit: www.findingjoythemusical.com


#kolinmendez #kolinmendezphotography #kmendezphotos #newyorkcity #vsco #vscocam #multimedia #photography #portraiture #musical #theatre #production #setlife #arts

sirdexrjones:

The photography of Dexter R. Jones
Like the celebrity, the Black female form is built up by society only to be destroyed. Like the genius, she is exalted only to be condemned and misunderstood. They pay top dollar to experience her glory, then diminish her value. This fact alone is enough to assure me that She is something extraordinary. She is feared like God.
- Dexter R. Jones
IG: sirdexrjones

fogo-av:

mentalalchemy:

nezua:

fnhfal:

Ferguson -2014

I blinked one day and when I opened my eyes, it was normal to have an American army battling Americans on American streets. No one even calls it a war. But it is.

Don’t forget this crazy shit actually happened.

Don’t forget this shit is STILL happening

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endlessrebel:

soulrevision:

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Antron McCray. Kevin Richardson. Yusef Salaam. Raymond Santana. Koery Wise. 

These are the names of the INNOCENT black and Latino men who spent 7-13 years in jail for a crime they didn’t, a crime they are still seeking justice for. Never Forget!

Fuck Trump & the rest of them muhfuckas.

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mommypage:

9-Year-Old #Boy Fatally #Shot After Running Away In Fit Over A #Cupcake
The devastated mother of a slain 9-year-old boy from #Chicago says her son had only left home Wednesday afternoon because she told him he couldn’t have a cupcake.
34-year-old Brandi Murry will never forget how upset her son, Antonio Smith, was when she told him over the phone that he would have to wait for her to come home to grab a sweet treat.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Murry had been at work when Antonio and his 12-year-old brother were supposed to be at the family’s brand new Greater Grand Crossing #apartment.
Antonio threw a fit after calling his #mom to ask if he could have a cupcake because she said he wasn’t allowed to eat one without her.
But Antonio wouldn’t take no for an answer, so he ran out of the new apartment in a fit over the cupcake. His older #brother tried to chase after him, but he was barefoot and couldn’t catch up in time.
At 3:45 p.m., Antonio’s brother called their #mother and asked what he should do, but it was already too late.
Ultimately, Murry reported her son missing at 4:08 p.m. after trying to search for him in the neighborhood herself for several minutes.
Moments earlier, Antonio had been found in a stranger’s backyard around 4 p.m. He had multiple gunshot wounds all over his body.
Within a matter of minutes, police were at Murry’s home instructing her to go to the hospital. Antonio was pronounced dead at 5:13 p.m. at Comer Children’s Hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office.
#Police say the little boy, who just wanted a cupcake, was found near the dividing line of a turf war between two South Side gangs.
81-year-old Rosetta Jordan, who lives on the block where Antonio was found, said her 45-year-old son heard gunshots outside Wednesday evening.
TO READ THIS WHOLE STORY VISIT: www.mommypage.com/mommynews
What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

A truly saddening story. Rest in Peace to the young brother. Prayers and condolences to the family.

mommypage:

9-Year-Old #Boy Fatally #Shot After Running Away In Fit Over A #Cupcake

The devastated mother of a slain 9-year-old boy from #Chicago says her son had only left home Wednesday afternoon because she told him he couldn’t have a cupcake.

34-year-old Brandi Murry will never forget how upset her son, Antonio Smith, was when she told him over the phone that he would have to wait for her to come home to grab a sweet treat.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Murry had been at work when Antonio and his 12-year-old brother were supposed to be at the family’s brand new Greater Grand Crossing #apartment.

Antonio threw a fit after calling his #mom to ask if he could have a cupcake because she said he wasn’t allowed to eat one without her.

But Antonio wouldn’t take no for an answer, so he ran out of the new apartment in a fit over the cupcake. His older #brother tried to chase after him, but he was barefoot and couldn’t catch up in time.

At 3:45 p.m., Antonio’s brother called their #mother and asked what he should do, but it was already too late.

Ultimately, Murry reported her son missing at 4:08 p.m. after trying to search for him in the neighborhood herself for several minutes.

Moments earlier, Antonio had been found in a stranger’s backyard around 4 p.m. He had multiple gunshot wounds all over his body.

Within a matter of minutes, police were at Murry’s home instructing her to go to the hospital. Antonio was pronounced dead at 5:13 p.m. at Comer Children’s Hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office.

#Police say the little boy, who just wanted a cupcake, was found near the dividing line of a turf war between two South Side gangs.

81-year-old Rosetta Jordan, who lives on the block where Antonio was found, said her 45-year-old son heard gunshots outside Wednesday evening.

TO READ THIS WHOLE STORY VISIT: www.mommypage.com/mommynews

What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

A truly saddening story. Rest in Peace to the young brother. Prayers and condolences to the family.

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jadefilms:

I know it too well. Theres no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.

jadefilms:

I know it too well. Theres no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.

blacksourpatch:

In New York City, 123 people have been killed by law enforcement officials since Sean Bell was slain in 2006. 

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These are just some of the lives that were stopped short due to police encounters. Look at their faces. Read their stories. Know their names. This is just the tip of the iceberg that is police brutality. Even though their lives were taken from us, do not allow them to be forgotten. 

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socialjusticekoolaid:

Today in Solidarity: Family of Mike Brown join protesters outside of STL Courthouse, demanding the immediate arrest of their son’s killer, Officer Darren Wilson.

The grand jury has yet to charge Darren Wilson with anything. Mike Brown’s killer is still a free man, being paid by the taxpayers of the very community he’s terrorized. #staywoke #farfromover

(via knowledgeequalsblackpower)