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Local Organization Mends Hearts and Minds in South L.A.
By Sentinel News Service
Published May 21, 2015

M.a.m.a. is an organization that wants to inspire others to give back in their own communities while raising awareness about issues that affect us all.


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Marley Van Peebles and Jaime Kailani Bayot


Mothers About Making Amends presents exhibition at William Grants Still Arts Center.


The grass roots community organization, Mothers About Making Amends (m.a.m.a.), uses the power of art, music and nature to make a change for the better, locally and globally. On Saturday, June 14 from 11am-4pm and Sunday, June 14 from 2pm-6pm, an art exhibit featuring emerging and established artists, curated by Kiana Cornish and Andrea Miller will be at William Grant Still Arts Center at 2520 W West View St., Los Angeles, CA 90016

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There will be an interactive all-ages art project, DJ’s and live performance by Preston Harris (Kendrick Lama, Hit-Boy) and Godfrey at Large. Participating artists include 16 year-old Marley Van Peebles (nephew to singer Bruno Mars and actor and filmmaker Mario Van Peebles), educator, activist and visual artist, Ise Lyfe, critically acclaimed visual artists Loren Holland, Nzuji de Magalh?es, visual artist as well as tenured educator and Lead Teacher of Crenshaw High School’s Visual & Performing Arts Magnet, Ronda Brown and Yu Maeda (Adult Swim, Cartoon Network).


A Los Angeles-based non-profit called m.a.m.a. earth, founded in 2007 by Jaime Kailani Bayot, big sister to international Grammy-award winning superstar, Bruno Mars, the mission is to inspire others to give back in their own communities while raising awareness about issues that affect us all. M.a.m.a. earth partners with schools as well as local and global non-profit organizations to present enrichment classes, hands-on workshops and fundraising events.


ONE PEACE, curated by Kiana Cornish and Andrea Miller, will feature visual art representing a cross-section of emerging and established artist from Los Angeles, Oakland, New York and Japan. Proceeds from the event will help to raise funds and awareness for ALTER, m.a.m.a. earth’s afterschool arts and writing program at Crenshaw High School in South Los Angeles. The organization is proud to say that they’ve secured about 1/3 of funding to come back for a 3rd year during 2015/16.


The program provides students in grades 9-12 a safe space after school hours to learn about writing, performing and media arts four days a week during the school year. Recent guests of the program include Novena Carmel (daughter to Sly Stone), young producer Gwen Bunn (Schoolboy Q), singer Preston Harris (Kendrick Lamar), songwriter Jacob Luttrell (Ziggy Marley) and Grammy-nominated producer Haze Banga (Beyonce). Our aim is to show the kids the range of creative work available to them and alter the trajectory of their futures.


Currently with supporters in more than 40 countries, m.a.m.a. earth partners with schools and universities as well as local and global non-profits to present enrichment classes, hands-on workshops and fundraising events. M.a.m.a. earth has been humbled and grateful to have accomplished a myriad of philanthropic missions over the years with work in Haiti, Tanzania, Kenya, Jamaica, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil and more.


Previous sponsors of m.a.m.a. earth include: Blick Art Materials, Home Depot, Popchips, Aquahydrate, Nature Box, The Story Company (Think Like A Man, Ride Along), VANS, Murad Skincare and Marley Coffee. Previous community partners include: Girl Scouts, VOALA, Center for Living Peace and Girls Inc.


Youth in South L.A. face the staggering fact every day that more than 50% of the student body at Crenshaw High School is in the Foster Care system. M.a.m.a. feels providing opportunities, inspiration and a channel for all of their talent is so vital and necessary.


Full schedule can be found at bit.ly/ONEPEACE2015. ONE PEACE video can be viewed at bit.ly/ONEPEACE2013


All Photos by Kate Santiago Photography


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