Our Sun and Newborn Daughter were unjustly taken from us by CPS & Florida Authorities in 2021. Sing 2 the Children and Eye Am Nature Ophanage is Our response as a family to transmute a tragedy into a divine mission to uplift and empower children and families worldwide.
Peace and Love. My name is Syesha, I’m a mother, singer, songwriter, and creative entrepreneur who has had success on Broadway and as a 2nd place runner-up on Season 7 of American Idol. My proudest accomplishment in life is being a Mommy to my beautiful baby boy, Amen’Ra and new baby girl, Ast.
My Husband Khnum is an educator and youth service professional working in the Foster system.
Our CPS back Story in 2021:
Our sun Amen’Ra is a captivating spirit, a beautiful light, with eyes bright like the sun. He brightens up any room with his vibrant smile. He absolutely loves being in nature, his mommy reading to him, playing his djembe drums, and listening to his favorite album on the record player, Bob Marley. He especially loves the songs, One Love, Lively Up Yourself, and Crazy Baldheads.
On March 11th, 2021 our sun Amen’Ra was forcefully taken from us by CPS, who claim we refused a B12 shot that was a matter of life and death, which is an absolute lie. We never refused a B12 shot, and at no point was he on the verge of death. Our Sun was then placed with a foster family without interviewing qualified relatives or friends of our family for placement while they investigate. He was later moved to another caretaker. At the time of being taken from us, he was 15 months old and I had recently discovered I was pregnant. My milk supply got low, and I went to Johns Hopkins All Children’s hospital to get some help, but was forcee left without my baby.
On August 1, I gave birth, at home, to our beautiful happy and healthy baby girl. She ushered in so much peace to our hearts. We named her Ast, which means “the gathering/ coming together…” On August 11, while we were on our way to the Sheriff’s office to do a wellness check, we were surrounded by flashing lights and armed officers, who unjustly took Ast from me on the side of the road, exposing her to all kinds of dangers, with all these strangers around her. Now, I can’t bond with my babby girl and meditate with her on my chest, I can't hold my newborn daughter whenever she cries, or give her the breast milk that my body has produced for her very existence. My body feels when she is hungry, but I don't get to experience the joy of feeding her. I’m missing the most tender moments of her life. This is a nightmare and every second of every day until they Bring our Babies home.
Our truth has shined light on the cracks in the system that our babies fall through. Too many mothers are crying, every night, unseen, unknown, unheard, for our babies that are in places where they don't belong.
The Manatee County Commissioner recently declared that “ Racism is a county public health crisis.” Our son Amen’Ra is a prime example of that. My family and I are just one in countless other stories of the taking of children from caring parents that go unheard and unseen.
The racial discrimination that our community is facing right now is focused on Police Brutality because of the visibility and documentation. But we don’t think about the other forms of systematic oppression that come as a sub-set. In particular, the Victimization of our children through the Foster Care System. They become the forgotten ones, falling through the cracks because mothers and fathers are too afraid to take on the gigantic task of standing up to a way of thinking and laws that are steeped in colonial times. Parents are coerced to sign plans and documents under mental duress, essentially signing away their rights to a system that doesn't love or understand us.
HOW TO CURRENTLY SUPPORT:
We are calling out to our Tribe! We have decided to lift our Voice in Response to our Sun and Daughter, and our ComeUnity. We created Sing 2 the Children and Eye Am Nature Orphanage(Privately funded) that will be adopting "at risk" children out of Foster care providing a Cultural competent, Respectful, and Loving environment.
Your Donations will enable us to fullfill the budget for the first year of operations for "Sing 2 the children" to offer free sessions to schools and community organizations. And for "Eye Am Nature Group Homes" to adopt up to 12"at risk" Foster children and salaries for 8 staff members that will mentor and assist our adopted children.
Thank you for your support.
Syesha & Khnum