mensen.

I draw. I paint. I write. I believe everyone is inherently creative. msmensen.com / msmensen@gmail.com
Yoooooooo! It’s here! Parsons Scholars Class of 2014 Lookbook!  This woman is such an amazing and dedicated youth advocate and I’m so grateful for these young folks and these equals I get to build alongside.
So this happened.  #bestsummerever #missionaccomplished #can’tstopwon’tstop
My next record cover
Sometimes you just need poetry and a boat
Beautiful day on the block has me singing “Can’t take my eyes off of you” and saying hi to all the neighbors.
Beautiful day on the block has me singing “You’re just too good to be true” and sayin hi to all the neighbors.
Butterscotch
I get the point, but seriously?  Whom?  Come the fuck on.
Nobody can tell me Jersey isn’t about the love.
Irving Street, off Kennedy.  This was home for me for 3 years, the longest I’ve lived in any one place since 2001.  So much happened here.  It’s been 5 years since I was back.  Most of the neighbors and friends are gone now, except my friend Teresa upstairs.  My life is so different in so many ways now, but this block still feels like home.  The corner bar is gone, but I go down the way to Rhumbas where I split a plate with my expartner like 3 times a week when I was in school and organizing and working 2 jobs.  I haven’t set foot in here in half a decade, but me and the waitress still remember each other.  Bacalao? She asks.  Yes.  Yes, please.  I remember.
Sat for a moment, asked for a sign, looked over, saw this.  Algiz: rune of protection, teaching, courage and archetypal consciousness.  Berkano rune of motherhood, healing and divine femininity. Othala: rune of inheritance and ancestral blood memory and land.
The amazing homegirl Amanda  Adams-Louis killed it on the panel of next generation black artist/activist photographers for “Through a Lens Darkly”, showing at Film Forum through the 23rd.  This is an extraordinary and important documentary that is required viewing for all.
We grow beyond barriers against all odds

Chet Faker - Gold (Flume Remix)
Seekae - Test and Recognise (HWLS Remix)
Dpat & Atu - Nothing Here
aywyx x Ekali - Another Girl
Usher - Good Kisser (Disclosure Remix)
Lana Del Rey - Florida Kilos (162Norths Remix)
Amy Winehouse - Stronger Than Me (Lobo Remix)
ZHU - TACHES Remix
J P O L O - Metarain
Jeezy & JAY Z - Seen It All
Ramsay Almighty - Last Dance
A1 - My Name is Adam
Sin Marlee - Twenty Four
Treasure Fingers - Honey Dip
Shash’U - Calm Down