Kids Jam Recap + An Open Letter to Readers

Authentic empowerment is knowing that you are on purpose, doing God’s work peacefully and harmoniously.

~Dr. Wayne Dyer


Hi friends old and new! Happy Monday and how are you?! I’m still bubbly from yesterday’s community, art & culture gathering. It was so amazing! OMG ~ 🙏😩😭😭😭 I’m blessed to have the supportive and empowering customer base that I do.
Collaborating with Lucretia
goals & intentions for collaborating, circa 2015
Lucretia and I have visions and goals of sharing other culture experiences (of course mine would be Japanese-related) as an empowering tool for our immediate community. We want to start sharing more about how most cultures and cultural experiences lead back black culture and the black experience.  (hi hello #coolkawaii philosophy 😺) I am also gearing up for art exploration classes through Little INKPLAY Shop and wanted to start introducing myself and my philosophy to the local communities. 😀

✨Kids Jam Recap

Here’s a quick recap of our first event (by way of photo spam) because I’m still speechless!
the community’s cool kawaii momma in her DIY #supportLIPS kokeshi tee

🎀 Community

clothes swap goodies
meet our creative director, Kyoshi

🎀 Art & Culture

kawaii Daruma colouring book page art
ippai (a lot) Daruma-chan
we had a quick lesson about good fortune and goals while waiting for take out lunch

🎀 The Event

House of Lukaya x Little INKPLAY Shop
communal lunch | everyone bought lunch but we made a spread and shared 😀
kawaii conversations and building
Kyoshi-kun took a lunch break ^^
Kyoshi welcoming other kids into the space with hugs <3
it’s getting THICK in here ^^
community fathers building
community gathering call for a family picture
almost there …
and that’s a wrap!

✨An Open Letter to Readers~

Dear Readers, There is a lot going on in today’s world. In America alone, people, especially in the black community, are moving in fear as opposed clarity and consciousness. There are a number of reasons why this is happening, among those are the lack of (supportive) community and lack of resources distributed within our community. Recognizing this,and being a part of the black community (obviously) I cannot say that I’d be ok continually talking about kawaii and cute things and never stopping to discuss or insert the hurt that my community is experiencing, now more than ever. I also cannot say that I’d be ok not using my platform as a catalyst for help and change. So please know that often as you read my blog, there will be more conscious shares on my thoughts of how to use kawaii to empower MY community. There will also be more shares of awareness so that we can somehow bring people together, from all walks of life, to excite change. IF topics about black lives, black culture or white supremacy aggravate or make you anxious in ANY way, some of these future shares may not be for you. My sincerest apologies in advance. I am not trying to exclude any one, as kawaii culture is for EVERYONE! But I do have a sincere obligation to take what I am learning in my self-care and growth to use and uplift my community, first. <3 I do hope you understand and that you will continue supporting my efforts as I grow creatively. <3 I love you all and thank you immensely for being a part of my creative journey, always. 🎨☀️🌈💗💕✨ ~Imani

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Happy Monday!

Gambare, minna 🎨☀️🌈💗💕✨ Imani


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28 thoughts on “Kids Jam Recap + An Open Letter to Readers

  1. This sounds like it was an amazing time full of laughter, community and exploration. Thank you for sharing!

  2. So important to support your community. Looks like you all had a wonderful time together!

  3. There are so many scary and sad things going on right now in the world it’s great to see a happy family celebration! Your family is beautiful.

    1. Thank you so much Allison and you’re absolutely right! <3 It'S amazing to say that I didn't know most of these people before the event and we definitely closed the day as family. <3

  4. It looks like it’s a community that full of laughter. This is such an powerful letter.

    1. Thank you Dana. It’s harsh times we live in and so much is taken away from these beautiful souls. So if I can help keep them creative and smiling, I’m all in!

  5. This sounds just great and looks like it was just great fun! Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Looks like the beginning of an amazing annual event. Keep empowering the community to live life with laughter, sharing and giving.

    1. Thanks Cassandra. This event (thankfully) will be seasonal. And I can’t wait until April! <3 Also thank you for the positive reinforcement and encouragement. I'll def continue to do my best for sure!

  7. Your letter was thoughtful and kind, it helped me to understand that what I see on your blog could be information that I might not understand. This world requires us to sit back and learn and I will also try to do so!

    1. Terri! ((hugs)) and yes! There will def be some things here that some people may not understand. But I always welcome discussion and curiosity. I think that’s how we all learn from each other. So if you ever hang out here and don’t understand something, never feel like you can’t ask. I’m one who welcomes it! <3

  8. This looks like it was so much fun and good times. Learning and sharing about culture and spending time together like this is so important.

  9. This sounds like it was a wonderful time full of laughter, community and exploration. Everyone looks to be having a great time. Thank you for sharing!

    1. I was nervous, but it turned out to be so much more rewarding than I could have ever imagined. Everyone had a great time and the parents were extremely excited to have someone else play parent for the day LOL

  10. This looks like it was an incredible opportunity for people to come together…which is so needed! And the clothes swap is a great idea

    1. Totally agreed about needing to come together. And thanks for the praise on the clothes swap. I’ll be sure to share this comment with Lucretia (that was a lllll her brilliance ^^)

    1. Haha thanks! But I can’t take credit for this beautiful soul. Kyoshi is my customer (& co-hostess’) son. I’m just blessed to be a part of his creative development ^^

    1. Wow! Thank you. It’s hard to share about such sensitive topics without sounding harsh. I was afraid of that happening. But strong is good! <3

  11. Omg what a great event!!!! Nothing better than getting together with your community to help better it!!

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