RIPLEY..BELIEVE IT OR NOT


(Above: Once again…do we look and smile ON 3? or is it 1, 2, 3, then smile? )

Sometime in March, I had the chance to do some speaking and poetic performing in the town of Ripley, NY. I was kindly invited by a friend named Celeste from the Buffalo Arts Council to be her guest along with local writer/performer, MC Vendetta. Ripley is 60 miles SW of Buffalo, so we’re talking ONLY a 45 minute drive or so. But OOOOH what a difference and hour makes.
There are only about 1700 residence in total that live in Ripley. There is ONE district school, that ALL the children attend, from Pre-K to 12. It was definitely a unique place. A guy named Mr. Shine was our host, and he does some wonderful things with the kids in Ripley, as well as a non-Profit he has in Africa. All of the students, parents and staff were GREAT to meet. They went over and beyond to make us feel at home.

All three of us, Celeste, Vendetta and myself, each shared our poetry with a crowd of maybe 35+ people (parents/kids). It was a very positive experience and we made a good connection with the children especially, for those of them that were into writing and performing. I love helping the youth, no matter where they are. The moment that you notice that you have touched the heart of at least one of them, makes any efforts worth while.

PT II to Ripley coming!!

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About by Edreys

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life. As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship. From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, 7 of which he painted with his unique style and use of line. “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it,” says Edreys. View all posts by by Edreys

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