Saturday, May 31, 2008

Wondering What I have been up to? Hanging with O-RY-N and The United Front Company Crew!!!

Video captured and edited by Mike Perrigo.

Monday, May 26, 2008

2008 Somerville Memorial Day Parade Pics

Monday, May 19, 2008

My Take on Luke 4:14-21, Dedication to Arrington Chambliss

Bible Passage
14 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
18‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’
20And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’


How can the poor open their ears to me
when they are living in shacks
half-clothed and hungry?

How can captives listen
when there are chains strangling their spirits?

How can the blind see
the vivid images I speak of?

Oppression and the struggle
to change your train of thought
and believe you are relevant.

Today, change surrounds us,
and located inside of change, is fear.

Fear that friends who inspire us
will become strangers.

Fear, that allows us to look
more closely into a world
which has been forgotten
by those who do not fear anything.

Powerful spirits cannot
be kept still for long
as change allows hope to move into
places where it is needed.

Hope exists in that which is present
and it also exists in that
which is missing

and it pulsates inside special people
who are able to build strength and courage
in those who do not have the energy
to listen,

so they can one day speak
and be heard.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

New Release!!! Hot Off The Press!!!

The explosive energies erupting on the streets of Somerville provided Jasen Sousa with the materials for a truly unique collection of poetry. Selected from Jasen’s first five books written between the ages of 17 and 24, Life, Weather, A Thought and a Tear for Every Day of the Year, Close Your Eyes and Dream With Me, Almost Forever and A Mosaic of My Mind, Jasen explores death, suicide, teen pregnancy, homelessness, abuse, drugs and addiction without hesitation. His words beg a struggling young generation infatuated with drugs, crime and sex to change their ways. Jasen wrote many of these poems on benches, in cemeteries and in subways and ended up depicting the lives of people which society has forgotten about. This selected collection chronicles the beginnings and growth of a young thinker trying to understand and find truth in the world he lives in.

Purchase on lower right hand corner...

Monday, May 12, 2008

Flyer for new book...

Getting the book shipment this week!!!

Stay Tuned...

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Wicked Local Marblehead Article

Marblehead - A three-part workshop on addiction and adolescents, “Listening for the Still Small Voice,” will be held March 13 and 15 at the Church of St. Andrew and at St. Stephen’s in Lynn. The series, sponsored by the Evangelical Education Society of the Episcopal Church, the Hazelden Foundation and the Episcopal Divinity School, explores the relationship between addiction and spirituality. Local and national experts will serve as workshop leaders.

The workshop will focus on gaining an understanding of the relationship between addiction and spiritual life for adolescents. The goal is to provide spiritual caregivers, families and youth with an understanding of addiction, the spiritual dimensions of the illness and recovery, and what can be done to help adolescents and their families affected by addiction recover and heal.

The first workshop in this mini-conference is for ministers and lay youth leaders, Thursday, March 13, noon to 2 p.m. at the Church of St. Andrew. Topics include addiction, what it is and what it has to do with spirituality; addiction and adolescents, the role of spirituality in recovery, the role of the spiritual caregiver, and making church user-friendly for adolescents and families in recovery. Lunch is included.

The second workshop is an educational forum for parents, family and interested community members, held Thursday, March 13, 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s. Topics include addiction and its relationship with spirituality; addiction and adolescents; recovery and the role of spirituality; AA; and identifying and using local treatment resources and options.

Thursday’s workshop leaders are Jeannine Leonard, chaplain for Hazelden Center for Youth and Family; Jim Kane, national outreach director for the Hazelden Foundation; and Kevin Cross, chaplain at North Shore Medical Center and student at Episcopal Divinity School.

Saturday, March 15, is a workshop for youth, held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 74 South Common St., Lynn, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is included; registration is limited. Topics include addiction and the role of spirituality, the role of a healthy spiritual life, developing your spirituality, and training in basic spiritual practices. Workshop leaders include Kevin Cross; Jane Korins, director of pastoral care, North Shore Medical Center; Jason Cruz, youth leader for RAW Art and youth minister, St. Stephen’s Church; Jasen Sousa, founder of J-Rock Publishing; Saoul Rahman, spiritual leader; and Rev. Arrington Chambliss, associate rector, Church of St. Andrew.

To RSVP for any of the three workshops, contact Kevin Cross,, or call 781-704-6581. For more information, see the St. Andrew's Web site,

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Check out what my freinds in Revere are up to...

Hip-hop has new jump off in Revere

By Dan O’Brien/The Daily Item

REVERE - Since United Front Company first opened four months ago, co-owner O-Ry-N says many local hip-hop artists have found a place for their music to “jump off.”

O-Ry-N, 29, whose legal name is Mahmood Ghafur, opened the business, which is a combination of a music recording studio, graffiti art gallery, clothing store, tobacco accessories shop and martial arts facility at 318 Squire Road, along with Saugus native Jill Brandenburg, 28.

One of their many goals is to provide a launch pad for local hip-hop artists, especially urban youths.

“We let inner city kids from Lynn, Revere and Boston record here for free,” Ghafur said. “The reason why we’re doing it is because there are a lot of talented people under 18.”

Ghafur says the young artists don’t just get an opportunity to record tracks, but a chance to learn.

“We teach them how to structure music and mentor them in the music business,” he said. So far, 13 adult artists began using the studio and eight teenage artists have joined.

With the help of producers V-Tek, Pda, O-Ry-N and Y-Not (Tony spelled backwards) the teen artists put together a compilation mix tape.

“It’s a pretty clever way to cross promote each other,” Ghafur said.

The teens will perform together at the All Asia bar in Cambridge on April 20.
The adult artists, who range in age from 18 to 60 years old, pay about $35 an hour for recording time. A typical recording studio costs $70 an hour, Ghafur says.

United Front also holds exhibits for paintings done by the artists, and hosted an open mic hop-hop contest in February that attracted about 70 people.

United Front isn’t just for musical acts.

“The focus of our company is to get exposure for artists of all kinds,” Ghafur said.

Sometimes Ghafur and Brandenburg clear out the store so graffiti artists can legally put their talents to use.

A mixed martial arts instructor was hired to teach classes at United Front. The style is a mix of Kenpo, Jiu jitsu and others.

Ghafur announced that hip-hop inspired poet Jasen Sousa of Somerville would soon move his workspace into the digs of United Front. In addition to creating new poetry, Sousa plans to promote United Front in publications.

“I just wanted to collect people to help me move (the business) forward,” Ghafur said. “We did all of this with a little money and the support of our friends.”

He and Brandenburg recently quit their full-time jobs to start United Front. She also gave birth to their baby boy, named Freedom, who is now six months old.

For more information on United Front Company, visit its Web site or its MySpace page at or call 781-520-1119.