BlackStar Keep Shining Brighter

$14,041 of $45,000 goal

Raised by 194 people in 18 months
Asante sana for all the initial and continued outpour of love and support shown and given to our work and goals for BlackStar's success!  While we didn't meet our initial financial goal to acquire the BlackStar building, by working through some creative financing and cooperative means with the former owner, we have been successful at acheiving the goal of acquiring the property.  That said, our fund raising efforts continue with a renewed energy and a new focus.   (See more about our initial fundraising goal below)

We're, now, shifting our agenda to make the physical building known as BlackStar Books and Caffe the literal and physical shining light for Our commuity that it is destined to be.  We have had meetings and conversations with contractors and a local architect who are practically volunteering to help oversee this project. This is a blacktastic opportunity and one we look forward to seeing come to fruition.  At its optimum, BlackStar will be a community resource center, small business incubator, educational and family support space  that includes a community library and media room, outdoor/open air court yard/food court, gift shop, conference and relief space.

We are asking all family and friends of BlackStar to help us with this new effort and intention.  Asante sana in advance as we are certain we will continue to be victorious in our mission.   Please feel free to read further for better insight about how and why we've gotten to where we are currently.  We'll see you in our wonderfully beautiful future!
The intention prior to 8/30/17:
Through BlackStar, we are committed to continued service to our community and would love your support raising the funds needed so BlackStar Keeps Shining and operating where we are. The building that houses our wonderfully brilliant institution has recently been listed for sale and we wish to buy it! So, BlackStar wishes upon you... to help us remain where we are to continue offering the many benefits and advantages to the community we love so dearly.

In 2010, along with my colleague and friend, Samori Camara, both born and raised in Algiers, a neighborhood located on the West Bank of the Mississippi River in New Orleans, we were blessed with the privilege of birthing BlackStar, a gift of life the community could rally around to nurture it  as it cares for us.  BlackStar Books and Caffe quickly became  a lively space that serves lunch, coffee, and drinks, and also celebrates “Afrakan” culture through book discussions, movie screenings, and live music.
BlackStar has served as a consistent gathering hub and nourishing home for all walks of members of our community. It provides a safe space for community children to play and congregate. It serves as a space for strategy meetings, social gatherings, classes and workshops, performances, screenings, book clubs, and study groups as well as being a wonderful place to have a good lunch or early light supper.  In our efforts to define our community as Little Afraka and usher in more businesses and institutions to support and sustain the people and culture, BlackStar has also been hosting small street festivals and celebrations that emphasize the values and joys of our community.  

During a joyous BlackStar family/community meeting held April 9, 2017, we decided to join together to contribute 85K toward securing the building that houses BlackStar.  Our initial goal... to amass 500 people to pledge $150 toward securing the property. We have it the ground running and our local fundraising efforts will continue.  Additioinally through this platform we are asking you to please join the committed BlackStar Family and Community by adding to our collective efforts so "BlackStar Keeps Shining" bringing sweet light and life to all we are privileged to embrace and encounter.  With your help, our goal of 85K is a buttermilk drop in the cake dish.  As we surpass our goal we'll make greater structural and product improvements to make the BlackStar experience that much "mo betta"!  All contributions are appreciated and none are insignificant, so get involved and make plans to come black home to enjoy the house that you helped maintain.  As you give we ask that you please SHARE the link and tell others why you are supporting this movement. 

Asante Sana for your consideration, love, and support, Family!  Get ready for another BlackStar cookout and street festival to celebrate our victorious achievement!

Baakir Tyehimba,
Your Brother and Comrade
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UHURU jamii! I've been missin in action with these updates and posts but now I'm back in your faces! High school graduation ceremonies had me in several places over the past two weeks and now they're done.

Gangsta news for us is, we have the property under contract til early July so we have more time to pull our funds together to accomplish our goal! Those of us who've already given to the victory must gather more people to join us in our efforts. This is an easy feat!

We've also got a wonderful treat to push us along! Our 3rd annual Little Afraka Street Festival happenin at the corner of UHURU na NGUVU Saturday, June 17 from 2p to 8p with a line up of Dj's, performances, food and arts and craft vendors, games, information stations and a wealth of blacktastically wonderful people! My mans, Samori is back in town for it and our dadas, Sunni P and Tank and The Bangas will be leaving some of their good spirit with us as they'll all be traveling that weekend. So #comeblackhome and let's enjoy one another and make certain the day is a beautiful one!

In the meantime (and after) make your contribution (here, via Paypal or stop by), tell some folk about what's happenin, and anticipate a long prosperous life of love and happiness with us! Asante sana for all your love and support! Lookin forward to seein ya next week!

Pamoja tutashinda!

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UHURU BlackStar Affiliates,family andfriends!

As we continue moving forward and I figure out this whole process of fund raising and support, I, among all the many obligations and responsibilities I have, intend to stay connected and express my appreciation to you all! There are many names on the list of donors I know personally, some I'm familiar with, while there are others who appear to be complete strangers. This all proves quite humbling as I receive notice of your willingness to help us in our victory.

The "first annual" Osun Festival we hosted last Saturday (April 22, '17) was beautiful, fulfilling, lovely and all around blacktastic! (and, yes, I did type first annual--- I mean, we will be here for many years to come. Right?) I'm collecting pictures and videos to upload to the book of face page so folk can get some concept of what we experienced through the day. I'll include a video when I figure out how that's done.

I will continue to give updates and receive any ideas to strengthen our campaign to #KeepBlackStarShining"!

Please continue to share the campaign and let folk know they can also donate directly via PayPal at and/or visiting BlackStar Books and Caffe.

Asante sana to everyone involved in every way you're involved! Pamoja tutashinda!

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Le'me do this again... Osun Festival flyer and info.
Love, beauty, destiny, water, guidance
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UHURU family! We're forward moving with plenty might! Greatest and most sincere appreciation to all y'all who have and are contributing and pushing the word to help us attain victory in this campaign! I take all of your efforts particularly personal because I guess I'm just that kind of negus! Ya dig? At any rate, there's many folk who pledged to give and support this movement and they're folk showing up at BlackStar with bright smiles and warm spirits with gifts in hand extended saying "I love you!" and "we need our home!"

If you're in the city and have the time, please come out and celebrate with us at tomorrow's Osun Festival outside the cafe on the corner of UHURU na Nguvu (aka Slidell and Belleville Streets). I'll post the flyer here and on the book of face and on instant gratification. Bring the family and friends you love. There will be vendors, food and crafts, and a gang of Blacktastically Beautiful people! And, we'll definitely have a place to sign up and donate to this movement!

Asante sana to every one of you for every role you choose to play in this endeavor! #tilUHURU and til I see you! Pamoja tutashinda!

Ndugu yako katika ushindi
Baakir Terroll Jermaine Tyehimba

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$14,041 of $45,000 goal

Raised by 194 people in 18 months
Created April 13, 2017
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LaToya Papillion-Herr
13 months ago

Love you! Love Blackstar! <3 Thank you for creating a home space for love and our people to grow collectively.

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