A historic aviation challenge involving twenty South African teenagers flying in a self-assembled Sling-4 aircraft that uses ordinary motor fuel and was built in only three weeks is set to take place from Cape to Cairo (and back). Their journey, that is scheduled to start on the 12th of June 2019, will see different teams of the twenty teenage pilots, charter a course that will cut across several African cities and towns spreading the key messages of an African narrative that started as a dream. Pilots Adriaan van den Heever and Abel Dlamini talk about the epic journey.
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“A black state of mind led me to Queen Afua “
Yesterday was unexpectedly eventful. I was laying in the bed getting ready to walk down to the river for a workout when Kaela called. It’s before Noon, typically I don’t answer calls before noon unless it’s about business or pleasure. I answer and agree to what was being asked. That quick, my day changed and I would be meeting up to assist Kaela on a maternity shoot.
I made it to West End tapped @occasionalsuperstar on the shoulder as he was spraying up a Bob Marley Mural on the side of Mangoes gave him a quick head nod and kept it moving as time was of the essence. I make it Tassilis to meet Kaela. Stood in line for 20 min then hopped in a Uber/Nascar to head to Cascade Nature Reserve. The shoot was another day in the life of a photographer to say the least. Things don’t always play out as they are planned but some how the mission is accomplished. Hearing the sound of two children yelling in pain from the sting of ant bites is enough to wrap up any shoot. I’m sure Kaela captured some great shots you can check her work at @ablackstateofmind.
Now I’m downtown with two plans in mind. One – stop by an art show later that night and Two – get some greenery from my friend that also lived in the vicinity. After Kaela wrapped up the shoot she reminded me of an event that was happening. Queen Afua’s Planet Heal Expo, it wasn’t too far from the park and right around the corner from plan Two, perfect. I’m familiar with events revolving around holistic practices but the presentation was much different from anything I’ve experienced. I didn’t have the full amount on cashapp to get in but they were still kind enough to let me through. Its the little things that make the world go round.
Queen Afua’s strong elegant movements demand your eyes not to blink. Her powerful voice resonates throughout the audience touching each and every women that can relate to the struggles, beauty and pain that are experienced daily.
Uncertain if I was allowed to record photos or video, I took my normal approach. Keep going until someone tells you to stop. When attending this type of event there are consistent similarities that i’ve learned to expect. Informational presentation, dance, group release, group love then finally testimonial is the usual flow.
Queen Afua’s presentation hit all the points in a way I’ve never seen. There were a few approaches that stood out to me. Instead of speaking in lecture form sharing what she has been through she transformed the truths of life into a performance giving you a chance to witness her go through the full motions. As a child i’ve been to a play but this felt new and refreshing. I think Queen Afua’s method of performance really highlights the holistic experiences women have trouble dealing with. Play/stage format gives the audience a chance to feel and absorb each moment. Taking your imagination and sitting it down for a second to take in what is it right in front of your eyes and ears. To hear Queen Afua share her personal honest perspective cuts through, getting directly to a real relatable point.
The mmms coming from the audience let me know what she was saying was being felt deeply. The information was weaved throughout the play showing the process of finding an answer by listening to your intuition.
There was the group love type segment I happened to join in on. She called up about 7 or 8 women and an equal amount of men. I noticed there was a shortage on men but I continued shooting because if I put the camera down then none of it is recorded which I saw as a travesty. It seemed like right after I had that thought Kaela floats in from the shadows behind me. Gracefully relieving my hands as my eyes look up refocusing on her face to see who was taking the camera away.
Queen Afua began by walking up each step asking for forgiveness as well as giving forgiveness to each of us. Once she went up the whole staircase it was our turn to look into each other’s eyes and forgive each other. At this point in my mind I’m taking in the experience but I’m still in videographer mode so I’m hoping Kaela is recording video and not taking photos but I know she is most likely taking photos. Focus … looking into the eyes of young lady standing directly across from me I felt relaxed thinking about how life is so interesting I didn’t plan to be here yet here I am once again, right place right time. Once we finished hugging each other it was our job to go spread the love into the crowd and forgive everyone!
This was unexpected being warped from observer to participant but I felt a bit lighter after. I made my way around the room passing on the hugs to eyes that attracted me most. The forgiving hugs flowed into the next act of the play. The importance of having your sisters with you during hard times to lift you up. She went through a sequence of giving birth even improvising when the “mid wife” was being found. The performance was powerful, impactful and most importantly effective. It’s easier to remember everything when it invokes a feeling you can’t forget.
The Planet Heal Expo wrapped up with a wonderful dance performance. The women in attendance were also given a chance to say their peace and share their experience. I’ll be looking forward to capturing more events with a theatrical approach. A black state of mind led me to Queen Afua.
You can find out more about Queen Afua at https://queenafua.com
Planet Heal is the new book that she will be releasing. Follow @QueenAfua on instagram for daily updates.
Until next time stay focused, Peace – London
BY SAMANTHA MALDONADO, Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —
Oakland on Tuesday became the second U.S. city to decriminalize magic mushrooms after a string of speakers testified that psychedelics helped them overcome depression, drug addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The City Council voted unanimously to decriminalize the adult use and possession of magic mushrooms and other entheogenic, or psychoactive, plants and fungi. Denver voters in May approved a similar measure for people 21 and older.
Speakers overwhelmingly supported the move, describing substances such as ayahuasca and peyote as traditional plant-based medicines.
Use of the plants “saved my life,” said one man who described himself as a former heroin addict. “I don’t how to describe it other than miraculous.”
Some offered mystical descriptions of the hallucinogens as providing spiritual healing.
The vote makes the investigation and arrest of adults who grow, possess, use or distribute entheogenic plants one of the lowest priorities for police. No city funds could be used to enforce laws criminalizing the substances, and the Alameda County District Attorney would stop prosecuting people who have been apprehended for use or possession.
Councilmember Noel Gallo, who introduced the resolution, had said decriminalizing such plants would enable Oakland police to focus on serious crime.
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pecial, some special carvings on the ceilings of Ancient Indian temples. This is the Panchavarnaswamy temple which has several carvings related to Time Travel. As you can see it is very dark and it is very hard to see what is really there on top, but I did zoom in with a different camera and took pictures. Once I looked at the pictures, I was surprised to see these motifs carved on them. What is this weird creature which looks like a twisted shark with protruding teeth? Is this some kind of a prehistoric animal? Who is this guy holding a pot? If we look carefully at the entire picture, we can see the 12 signs of the zodiac, just like what we use in today’s astrology.
Going in a circle, we can see Aries or Ram, Taurus the Bull, Gemini or the twins, Cancer or Crab, Leo the lion and Virgo the virgin. Remember in India, a different type of astrology is used called the Vedic Astrology, it is somewhat similar to Western Astrology but there are some big differences between the two. The rest of the zodiac signs are the Libra or scales, Scorpio or Scorpion, Sagittarius, the archer who has half the body of an animal, Capricorn or Sea Goat, in India the Capricorn is called Makara which is a feathered crocodile like sea creature. The last ones are the Aquarius the water bearer and the Pisces or Fish.
Now, why does this temple have these 12 signs carved on the ceiling? Remember, many ancient temples have these strange carvings in inaccessible locations. For example, you won’t be able to see these carvings with your naked eye. So, why carve them at all, especially at this height and where there is no light?
This temple is at least 2000 years old, but let us go to a temple called Gangai Konda Cholapuram, which is about a thousand years old. Again, inside the temple, as you can see, this is a very dark area, and nobody really observes these carvings on the ceiling, but again, we have the 12 signs of the zodiac. Why would anybody make these carvings and also deliberately make sure that nobody can see them? Unless you are like me walking into the darkest areas with a flashlight, you are not going to see them.
Is it possible to really understand why these were carved? To decode this secret, we need to go to a temple called Kalugasalamoorthy temple. This is a 1300 year old temple and in the ceiling of this temple, you are going to see something that will blow your mind. This is the map, this is the key that explains everything about astrology and even ancient astronomy. Look at the complexity of this, what kind of patterns are these? are you able to make any sense of this? This can cause information overload, so focus on this particular square, here you can see the 12 signs of the zodiac. You can see all the signs like Sagittarius with bow and arrow, Scorpio and scales or Libra. When I showed this to mainstream archeologists and historians, they agree that yes, this particular square in the entire panel shows the signs of the zodiac, but they think that everything else is just a bunch of random carvings, I mean you see animals, you see these circles, and in the center, there are also a variety of symbols which make no sense. They make no sense to experts, because today’s experts don’t know much about Vedic Astrology. These 9 symbols in the center denote the 9 factors or Navagraha in Vedic astrology, sometimes mistranslated as 9 planets, these are 9 factors which are said to affect us. These 9 symbols have the Sun in the center, the moon, and planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the ascending and descending nodes of Moon’s orbit known as Rahu and Kethu. You can compare them side by side with the ancient symbols, these symbols are only rarely used today even by Indian astrologers.
Ok, so I have shown you these 9 symbols and you have seen the 12 signs of the zodiac, but the rest of the numerous carvings around them, these dozens of random animals in this square are just for filling up the empty space, just for decoration or artistic purposes.
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60 second look into 24 hours. Flight to NY to freestyle with the God and photograph the Goddess @ReignGlobal! I’ll be capturing more in this style since I can edit from ze phone with quite ease plus this phone quality is not bad at all. London in the jungle.Look forward to visual magic from ReignGlobal very soon