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To Newark, With Love. From Newark, With LoveUncategorized

From Newark with Love, David Oquendo

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The amazing part of the work I do every day is creating access for my community. My sharespace, =SPACE is meant to spotlight our innovation in so many different industries despite being underfunded, underrepresented and having the odds stacked against us. We persevere not in spite of the realities, but because we are beautiful as a people.

In my time in Newark, I have partnered with every art institution and collective, the intention has been so clear, to support creatives of my chosen city because they are the heartbeat and social conscious of Newark.

The work of David Oquendo is rooted in language, he has created a letter system influenced by Textualis Quadrata with hints of Eastern Kufic and Hebrew calligraphy. David shares so much of himself in his work and shows his affinity towards stoicism. It was amazing to work with him and prepare a beautiful show at =SPACE, “Amor Fati” is an exhibition that showcases the breadth of David’s work.

“Amor Fati”, loosely translates to “Love of Fate”; Amor Fati is used to describe an attitude in which one sees everything that happens in one’s life, including suffering and loss, as good or, at the very least, necessary. Oquendo has developed a personally constructed script.

He calls this writing system, “Metaphrase”. This “Metaphrase” is a series that includes large-scale wall renderings (indoor and outdoor) and mixed media paintings. The artwork explores the artist’s ideas and questions of identity, language, meditation, religion, and life.

Oquendo is steering his work to align with his beliefs and practice of Stoicism and positive affirmations that help him make incremental progress in his life and with his struggles with depression, suicidal thoughts, and his disability. Amor Fati is the practice of loving everything that happens and seeing all circumstances as a chance to grow. Not just accepting it, nor simply tolerating it, but leaning into it. As a Latinx individual, there’s no other way to live.

The part that we have to play in David’s work is in supporting his art, by becoming patrons, purchasing is a way of investing in our Artists, it is also a way to empower their art. So come to =SPACE and experience the work in Amor Fati, follow David online, or become a patron!

David Oquendo
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David Oquendo Website

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Tips & Tactics

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3 QUICK TIPS.

If engaging Gen Z in B to C relationships.
Core characteristics.

1. Keep it 100% authentic. It isn’t just a buzz word. Gen Z doesn’t pursue perfection in a brand they require realism. So approach with the genuine side of your brand.

2. Be Frictionless Your customer experience and or product purchase HAS to be seamless. Simple and convenient is the way to the goal.

3. Do NOT play it safe. Gen Z is about the individuality and uniqueness of a product or service. So message to hit them directly, anything homogenous will be overlooked quickly.

BONUS TIP: 64% of Gen Z is constantly online. They’ll leave their wallets before their phones.

So get digital and if that’s overwhelming earmark budgets for experts like myself, the amazing Vicky Llerena or anyone who demonstrates the capacity to build community online.

Go win!
Your friendly strategist, Medina

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The Speaker

A Podcast: Newark Is . .

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Truly loved my moment with Tamisha for Newark Is, if you know me then you know talking all things about my chosen city is a favorite pastime of mine. Check it out!

I Knew when coming to Newark I was going to have to earn the trust of it’s citizens.

About the Episode:

Tamisha sits down with Citi Medina, the founder of Equal Space. Medina picked up his business from Brooklyn and moved to Newark 12 years ago, and hasn’t looked back. 

Medina is a Creative Strategist and has worked in the Design & Strategy industry for over 10 years. Medina leads campaigns in an ever-immersive media world, driven by demanding multicultural millennial audiences. His passion for strategy and design led to the creation of MEDINA = CITI, a design collective, which delves into the worlds of Print Design, Web Design, Multimedia, Film Production, Photography, Ongoing/Contributing Marketing Strategies and Social Media campaigns. MEDINA’s tireless passion for entrepreneurship and technology has led to his founding of a Sharespace & Incubator facility in Newark, New Jersey called = SPACE (equalspace.co), a unique co-working space for financial tech, securities tech and large media platforms, which focuses on founders of color, LGBT-led startups and women ventures.

Hear about his co-working space and everything else he’s working on around the city and check him and his company out around the web! @citimedina @equalspaceco

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The AdvocateThe Speaker

LATINOS OUT LOUD

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The moments I got to share with Latinos Out Loud (LOL) moment beyond amazing! To sit with creative powerhouse Latinos and talk about our passions was more like a party and it felt entirely natural. For those who haven’t heard of LOL before, they are a really, energy-driven platform shown through the lens of Latinx hosts.

The two time award-winning Latinos Out Loud podcast, on the ReVolver Network, is a weekly show with comedians Rachel “La Loca” Strauss-Muniz, Michael “Juan Bago” Diaz, Jaime” “JFernz” Fernandez and Frank Nibbs that features improv bits, pranks, character segments, guests interviews that inspire and more. Packed with empowerment and laughter, as well as interviewees who inspire, LOL is here to move Latinos forward, while making them laugh. via WeAreLatinosOutLoud.com

The discussion I was a part of was about speaking really honestly about how hard it is to remain inspired and focused. In entrepreneurship, we find ourselves comparing our progress and our businesses to others. Even more with the amount of ourselves we put into our work, it’s our own personal areas of development can be what holds us back. Through the day, I constantly repeat ”Peace, Joy, Happiness”, while holding my hand over my heart and it has really helped to keep me centered. Try it champs

So take a moment to listen to the podcast! And give the LOL crew some love on IG @Wearelatinosoutloud

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Jennifer Lopez SS20 face of Versace

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There are many things we can ask Jennifer Lopez to do, but slowing down isn’t one of them. The actress, mogul, and singer is looking at 2020 being another banner year for her, with her upcoming Super Bowl Half Time show ( along with amazing Shakira) and recent nods for her role in Hustlers, I can not say I’m shocked with the announcement of being the face of the Spring 2020 Versace Campaign.

The campaign was shot by uber amazing duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

The campaign also has Kendall Jenner looking amazing and the two women seem to be typing their own names into a digital keyboard seen on screen.

I love the meta aspect of the campaign, the commentary on the multiple ways your digital life and real-life intersect and collide. Of course, the infamous jungle print that Lopez wore in her plunging gown 20 years ago at the Grammy’s makes an appearance in the 2020 campaign. The Versace moment and Lopez are said to be the reason google invented the images feature in its search.

Take a look at all of the shots from the campaign below.

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To Newark, With Love. From Newark, With LoveUncategorized

KKAD

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In Newark, I get to have these amazing moments where I discover a company that I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting before. I was invited to be a keynote for Next City Vanguard and speak about the spirit of collaboration in our city.

Newark is about equitable development for its citizens and small business owners. It is a point of pride in my career that in this city, I have found multiple ways to partner and bring hyper-local companies into projects I work on.

After such an amazing experience of speaking on collaboration, my favorite part of any engagement is afterwards! I want to meet everyone in the room, learn about their projects and services, especially when the leaders in the room are in Newark. I want to grab every card and find moments to take in their stories.

I had a moment to chat with the amazing Kraig Kalashian and Jennifer Van Blarcom of KKAD. Their boutique powerhouse Architecture & Hospitality Design Firm creates breathtaking environments and they are headquartered in a building I have been curious about since coming to Newark. They invited me to their Raymond Blvd studio for coffee and I was beyond, excited to sit with them.

So before I can even talk about how beautiful their work is, we need to understand how welcoming their space is. It was so evident that they wished to have every member of their team have an optimal work environment to execute in. It was ultimate luxury meets function.

There were so many common areas to grab the latest in design publications, create mood boards in their sample space, or even to play a good game of chess. The creative in me was instantly drawn to ever corner of the studio.

I lust after studios because they open your mind up to possibilities in executing your own projects.

Sitting in the well-appointed conference room, we discussed the beauty of Newark and our shared obsession over historic buildings waiting to be brought to life again and the neighborhoods in Newark like Vailsburg, Lincoln Park and Lower Clinton Hill where small businesses need spaces to bring those areas to life and reflect the residents. I’m excited to know that KKAD founder Kraig Kalashian is committed to building relationships with small businesses that will help them to take up space in their developments.

Over all I was so happy to visit this space and speak with the team, cannot wait to see what is next for KKAD.

HOTEL PHILLIPS

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Take a moment to see this Historic project executed by KKAD.

Previously listed on the National Register for Historic Places, the recent renovation enhanced the existing architecture while repositioning the hotel for the 21st century traveler. The redesign included three new food and beverage outlets as well as a new design concept for all 217 rooms.

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Yes, The Vmas, Yes Newark

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So it is coming as a surprise that Newark is hosting the MTV VMA’s on September 16th, 2019, and it makes me and the other citizens of the city laugh, our city is an amazing location for the awards show. Prudential is a perfect venue, along with a taping happening at Symphony Hall, our city has an amazing history of breakout artist, Whitney, Queen Latifah, and Naughty By Nature!

So let’s take a moment to showcase the celebrations being hosted across the city by Newark’s own tastemakers and culture builders!

Newark will continues to disrupt entertainment and the traditional paths by being innovative and equitable in showcasing the best the city has to offer, its culutral capital through its citizens.

This is a milestone but its just one of many that the city is leading under Mayor ras J Baraka.

Useful Info

Traffic Advisory via NJPATCH

VMAs Lineup up includes NJ Legends via NJ.com

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Digital Business Cards

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Ok Champs, in this fast-moving world, going from event to event, flying out and making connections, we are always on the go and we never want to miss a moment of connecting to potential collaborators, or clients.

Those moments require us to be prepared with the quintessential asset, a business card, but there is often that dreaded moment when you are on fire and networking your ass off and then you run out of your business card, we can use digital business cards to still make that connection!

A digital business card is just a way for you to connect with more people, in a single simple interface, it also allows you to build your Client Relationship Management database or C.R.M ( ill do a post about CRM’s later)

Let me share some of the platforms I enjoyed:

L Card

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This platform not only allows you to build an e-card to send via text, email, QR code

Also, you can scan cards you engage and build a database, where you can even group by the event or conference.

Haystack

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Love this platform because it is hyper-visual!

You don’t have to have the app to receive the card.

This platform is especially great because it also allows your company to have a uniform digital card to share too! All with a consistent template and brand!

SwitchIt

So Switchit has a really great set of features, of course, you can build your card, and you can adopt it for your whole company.

It also has a free version which is great if you are starting on a budget.

The real key feature here is the ability to add video and content to those that receive the card from you, it also doesn’t make the recipient beholden to using the app, they can still see all the content.

Ok champs, these are the three platforms that I played around with, but if you have any others let me know! I just think it’s a great option to have a digital go to when you are networking, just in case you run out of your paper cards or you forget your cards at home, It happens to the best of us, but we never forget our phones!

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The Speaker

The Keynote, Next City Vanguard

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If you would have told me I would be telling a room full of leaders about my passion for Newark and Multicultural leaders I wouldn’t have believed you but that is just what happened. Check out some of the experience.

When I think about all the leaders in this room and talk about innovation, I think your first collaborative project is really yourself. When I first looked at who I was and who I was becoming, I really looked at my tribe who contributed to the man I am today. See, I grew up in Brooklyn, and Brooklyn is so much culturally just like Newark. It’s a mix of black and brown voices, immigrant voices all living together.

The outcome of collaboration is that you have given me more than I’ve given you. We are changed and enhanced because we give each other the best we can in the moment. Be the best version of yourself. Don’t be afraid to allow yourself to be the project of collaboration.

I’m the biggest work in progress ever. The more we bring into our lives, the better we can be. Because every day you’re going to do the work and every day you’re going to remember your mission. Sometimes those days will change someone’s life. Then the next day it might feel as if you’re keeping pace. But understand that when you do get the win, those wins are no longer yours. The wins belonged to your collaborators. The wins belong to your city. At the end of the day, your win belongs to your village. And now you’re part of mine. Thank you.

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