Category: Hip-Hop Culture

Outdoor Summer Reading Children’s Cipher


The Phoenix Queens of the Nation Department of Community Education and Research understands that the key to global systemic change is nurturing, supporting and positively guiding the youngest members of our global family – our children.

The Early Childhood & Childhood Literacy Community Education Program is an example of our bottom-up approach to the design and implementation of the Department’s programs and initiatives. It is our belief that we must capture the minds, spirits, and aspirations of our children and plant the seeds needed to ensure that the global social, cultural, educational and economic change we seek becomes a reality.

During the Summer of 2015,we began our first ECCLCEP  literacy initiative – the Outdoor Summer Reading Children’s Cipher. The OSRCC brings children continued access to early reading and learning opportunities after the academic school year has ended. Our Reading Ciphers were held in NYC parks during the summer months. We also provided free books – ranging everywhere from children’s books to academic workbooks for grade levels pre-K – 9 – as well as healthy snacks and beverages for the children. Moving forward, the Outdoor Summer Reading Children’s Cipher will expand to include Back-to-School Drives and quarterly School Supplies Drives to take place during the academic year.


The Phoenix Kingz of the Nation: Knowledge Born Zulu – the Brotherhood of Chapter 29



Healers are Spiritual Warriors who have found the courage to defeat the darkness of their Souls. Awakening and Rising from the depths of their deepest fears like a Phoenix Rising from the Ashes. ReBorn with a Wisdom and Strength that Creates a Light bright enough to Help, Encourage, and Inspire others out of their own Darkness. We Are the Phoenix Kingz of the Nation!

(Poem Written By: Melanie Koulouris)

The Phoenix Kingz of the Nation Knowledge Born Zulus have come together to Build the Brotherhood of the Phoenix Queens of the Nation Wisdom Born Zulu Chapter 29 founded, based and organizing out of the Bronx, NYC. The goals of the Phoenix Kingz of the Nation are to Restore Balance to our communities, and Help, Encourage, Inspire and Empower each other and the people we serve. We strongly believe in putting Theory to Practice and Practice Being guided by Theory. In the Spirit and Duty as the Brotherhood of Chapter 29 Our organizing efforts in the community are guided by the Theory of Collective Action:

Theory #1:

Raising Social Consciousness

In order to raise the social consciousness of our communities we must first raise the social consciousness of ourselves. We firmly believe that education and awareness are the two fundamental elements in raising social consciousness.

Theory #2:

Organizing People with Similar Interests

While collaboration is important in achieving our goal of developing concrete and realistic solutions to issues facing our communities, all members of the Phoenix Kingz of the Nation Knowledge Born Zulu Chapter 29 must be committed and passionate about working as community organizers. This is not for the weary or faint of heart… our communities deserve much more than that.

Theory #3:

Mobilizing Resources for Collective Action

We recognize Resource Mobilization as a sociological theory that forms part of the study of social movements. We believe that it stresses the ability of any movement’s members to acquire resources and mobilize people towards our goal of developing concrete and realistic solutions to problems within our communities. By everyone coming together we’ll be able to:


  • formulate a resource mobilization strategy (funding and in-kind resources)
  • identify potential sources of funding
  • actively solicit pledges
  • follow up on pledges to obtain funds
  • deposit funds and record transactions and any restrictions on our use of funds

Theory #4:

Strategizing a Series of Increasingly Decisive Collective Actions

We believe that in order to bring about change in our communities, we must be the change we wish to see. In order to be that change, we believe that a consensus among the community members is of great importance… As agents for change, we must be able to come to an agreement on exactly what issue(s) must be addressed and in which manner and order.

Theory #5:

Take a Decisive Political Action

We believe that once a consensus is made, a plan of action can be forged. We believe that all plans of action must be concrete, well developed and planned. Decisive, brave and bold decisions are what our communities need not only in our outreach to them but in our role as leaders and decision makers.

Theory #6:


We believe that once we have come together and formulated a plan of action we don’t stop… we keep going! The Phoenix Kingz of the Nation Knowledge Born Zulu Chapter 29 is sincere in our commitment to our communities and will continue to recruit and retain the best, brightest and strongest Kingz into the Nation.


Phoenix Queens Open House

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Phoenix Queens Open House


Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education

4pm – 6pm

For more info Contact Zulu Queen Benu Ma’at @

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Phoenix Queens of the Nation Joins the DOH #MaybeTheIUD Campaign…

This fall, the Phoenix Queens of the Nation joins other NYC women’s organization’s for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s city-wide Reproductive Justice Intiative which is designed to address and educate women and families living in NYC communities about their reproductive rights and access to services and information.

One aspect of this intiative is getting the word out about the benefits of using the IUD as a form of effective birth control. The IUD is a highly effective, low maintenance birth control option. It is a small, T-shaped birth control device that a health care provider inserts into a woman’s uterus. There are two-types – one contains hormones – and lasts for up to 5 years and the other does not contain hormones and lasts for up to  ten years.

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Take Action and join the  #MaybeTheIUD Campaign

Community members are being encourage to take action and get involved in this important community health initiative. Some ways that people can get involved are:

  1. Organize a tabling or workshop with free promotional items.
  2. Contact Latasha at and get a free swag bag.
  3. Take photos of the ads in the subway/bus shelters or of your organization using campaign materials and post on social media with #MaybeTheIUD
  4. Interested in materials in Spanish? English and Spanish campaign materials are available by calling 311.
  5. Thought of something we didn’t? Want to get creative in other ways? We’d love to hear about it. Contact Alexis Santos-Vimos for any questions or to share ideas:

For more information on how to join the Phoenix Queens of the Nation and how you can get involved and participate in this and other community programs and initiatives please contact:      Zulu Queen Benu Ma’at @ or

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Zulu Sistah Power Hour Community Meeting

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Feb. 4th: Zulu Sistah Power Hour @ 6pm-9pm @ National Black Theater 2031 5th Ave betw. 125th & 126th Harlem NYC. Trains: 2 3 4 5 or 6 to 125th St. There is no charge to attend. Special guest speakers, info and more! Doors @ 5:30pm for Networking – Bring Your Brochures & Business Cards

Featuring Film/Video & Promotional Presentations By:

~Phoenix Queens Of The Nation Chapter 29 Members  will provide information on it’s mission, Programs and strategic plan for 2015. New members are welcome to register & Join throughout the evening. ~ or ~ Contact Zulu Queen Benu:

~ Bronx Women’s Shelter Family Support Project
Join the UZN Department of Community Affairs by signing up for the initiating of it’s newest “Serve The People Project” in support of the mothers & children currently living inside of the NYC run Bronx Women’s Shelter.

~ Mothers & Parents Against Police Brutality
Come and meet with Mothers, Grandmothers, Widows, Sisters, Daughters, Aunts & Nieces for collective family updates on upcoming actions in the Justice struggle for their loved ones killed by the NYPD.

~ Unveiled/Unlocked & The KityRose LyfeStyle
Aleathia Brown and Catherine Warren will provide a short video & cultural presentation on their respective groups which provide healing and strength from Motivational Speakers to Visual Artists/Poets etc.

~ A Blast From The Past: Conscious Hip Hop Music Videos
Sister Souljah – “The Final Solution; Slavery’s Back In Effect”. In recognition of the January 29th release of her latest novel; we will screen this groundbreaking conscious music video as well as Sister Souljah’s followup video “The Hate That Hate Produced” See them both again for the 1st time.

2nd Annual Hip-Hop History Month Celebration: Masters of the Elements Hip-Hop Educational Summit & Indigenous Remembrance Day Community Outreach Initiative FUN-Raiser

2nd Annual Hip-Hop History Month Celebration

Hip Hop Culture is a reverberation of centuries-long resistance to oppression by Black and Brown people in the Americas. Born in the Bronx from meager beginnings; emerging from the ghetto streets plagued by poverty and violence, Hip Hop is now a medium that empowers people across the globe. However, the Rap Music Industry and, to some degree, the world of Hip-Hop Education are no longer held accountable to the people. The 2nd Annual Hip-Hop History Month Celebration: Masters of the Elements Hip-Hop Educational Summit seeks to reconnect the most influential parts of Hip Hop with the streets it was born from, by putting Theory to Practice with the addition of the Indigenous Remembrance Day Community Outreach Initiative FUN-Raiser.

  – Zulu King K~Swift & Zulu Queen Benu Ma’at