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Friday
Feb072014

Updates: Show in NYC, DC, and Lupus Fundraising!

To have me perform / speak / teach a workshop at your college, school, conference, church, etc, email me at info@shanellegabriel.com
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Hello dear! 

I'm officially over the snow. Last week was awesome. I performed at Ingrid B's 12th Anniversary Show at the Bohemia Room & ran the 2014 Miami Half Marathon, but came back to NYC just in time for a snow storm. Great. But at least I got away for a while. On my way back up north, on Feb 3rd, I made a stop in DC to speak at the National Institute of Health's announcement of their collaboration with several major pharmaceutical companies to create targeted therapies for several diseases. Read about the experience at www.shanellegabriel.com/blog! Shout out to the United Methodist Church of Yellowstone as I prepare to speak at their Youth Conference in Montana next weekend. YAY! And now... THE UPDATES!
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PERFORMING in NYC ON FEB 11TH @ 7:30PM

I'll be performing in the series "The Diaspora - Diaspora: Celebrating Black History Month" showcasing the 
featured work of contemporary African-American, Afro-Caribbean & African poets. It will be at the world-famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe (236 E 3rd Street bet Aves B & C, Lower East Side, NYC) This show features myself, Samantha Thornhill, Charan P, Mikumari Caiyhe, and the Mighty Third Rail. 
Sign up for the Open Mic!
Admission $7 at the door, $5 with Student ID.
 You can get them online at www.nuyorican.org.

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PERFORMING IN THE DMV AREA (New date) ON FEB 18TH @ 9PM

So we're gonna try this again! The snow cancelled the show last time, so this is it! No snow in sight! I'll be performing in this dope show called "Body of Work" on February 18th @ 9pm. It's basically a one-woman, one host, one DJ show that I'm headlining in at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, MD. (5331 Baltimore Ave, 20781). Tickets are $7 (that's like nothing) and you can get them online on the day of the show at www.busboysandpoets.com.
I hope you can make it! Share with a friend!



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FUNDRAISING FOR LUPUS AS I RUN THE 2014 NYC HALF MARATHON
 Soooo, I decided to take my love of running and my passion for helping people like me who are living with Lupus, and push myself to run the 2014 NYC Half Marathon on March 16th to benefit the SLE Lupus Foundation. 

http://www.crowdrise.com/LupusNYCHalf2014/fundraiser/shanellegabriel#

As much as I HATE running in hilly-ole Central Park, I hate being achy, having chest & joint pain, fatigue, headaches, rashes, abnormal blood work, and having to see dozens of doctors on a regular basis even more. So I'm running to raise money for the SLE Lupus Foundation which helps provide patient support and funding for research for those living with Lupus. 

I'm asking for donations of $10, $20, $50, whatever you can to this cause. If 50 of my friends donated just $10, I'd be almost to my goal!!! 
$10 is one mixed drink in a bar in NYC. Can you donate a drink to Lupus? :) 
Here is the link: http://www.crowdrise.com/LupusNYCHalf2014/fundraiser/shanellegabriel#

THANK YOU!

Stay Blessed,
Shanelle Gabriel

 

Tuesday
Apr162013

Watch "The Central Park 5" Documentary 

This documentary is soooo moving yet sooooo sad. Such a detailed story on how 5 young boys in NYC get wrongly convicted of the rape of a woman in Central Park in 1989.

Watch The Central Park Five on PBS. See more from Central Park Five.

Monday
Feb042013

Come to My Live Performance in NYC Valentine's Day Eve!

Scholarich is partnering with The Source Magazine to host a great Valentine's Day themed charity event, February 13th, at Santos Party House (Upstairs). I'm performing!!!


This event serve as fundraising for the community endeavors of Scholarich Foundation that implement programs that engage and support the urban youth in their academics. So lets spread love and get great people out to celebrate!

Tickets can be purchased for $20 at www.vdayeve.eventbrite.com

Friday
Apr272012

Footage and Photos from my performance at Highline Ballroom!

For those of you that missed it, here are some video and photos from my April 19th Concert at the illustrious Highline Ballroom to benefit the SLE Lupus Foundation!! NYC! 

 

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Thanks Ebby from Ebby Agu Fotography for the great images!

Monday
Mar192012

13.1 has new meaning for me... Running the 2012 NYC Half Maratho

I earned this tattoo....



I know, I know, it's a temporary one but I earned the right to wear it. On Sunday, March 19th, 2012, I ran 13.1 miles in the NYC Half Marathon. I did this to raise money for the SLE Lupus Foundation and also to show that even though I'm living with Lupus, I can still accomplish an amazing physical goal.

My day started at 5:30am. Even though I prepared the night before by putting out all my clothes and carb loading at a pasta party my running group Black Girls Run threw, I still felt like I was scrambling. This endeavor had me more nervous than I've ever been, even at a show. "What could go wrong? Just finish. That's all that matters." I encouraged myself and checked my twitter & FB for encouragement from others.


Once the race started, I felt like an ant in an ant farm; there were so many people scattering in the same direction. My biggest fear in this race was the first 6 miles in Central Park. I truly felt unprepared for the plethora of random stupid hills all over the park. Due to my busy schedule over the last few weeks, I missed official Team Life Without Lupus trainings in the park, and man, by the time I got to the 7th Ave exit, my right foot was pissed at me.

People asked me if I stopped at all. Yes, a few times. To replenish at the gatorade/water stations, to re-tie my laces, once to use the port-a-johns (you don't wanna know why), and to stretch out random stiff parts of my body. At one point in time, my foot, lower back, left hip, and chest were all on fire. As I watched a one-legged man with a sporty artificial limb breeze past me (I was one part amazed, two parts embarassed at my slow pace), I sucked it up and focused on the end.


As I made my way down 7th Ave to 42nd Street to the West Side Highway, I was proud to be one of the people being cheered on. It was great seeing my BGR sisters waving banners along the route as well as the random folk giving high-fives as you passed them by. One sign stood out:

"Run like you stole something."

If that was the case, I'd have gotten caught. By the time I got to the 20s on the West Side Highway, I swore I was gonna need to be carried off course if I ran at the pace everyone else was. So I slowed down to a simple lil jog. Besides, everyone around me was running FOR a cause. Darnit, I AM the cause. No killing myself.

I was a lil jealous of the people who's families had cardboard signs with runner's names on it, but I remembered, I'm not running for anyone other than myself and people like me, many of which couldn't be there.

The last mile was gruesome. The final incline to get through the tunnel near the Battery Tunnel to the highway exit for South Street Seaport was murderous on my foot but I got through it, and jogged as best as I could to get to Water Street where the race ended. I crossed the finish line and almost laid out right In the street. My friend Gigi from college was there waiting for me. They gave all participants a medal, water, pretzels, an apple and a foil sheet to wrap around our bodies to keep us warm.

At the end of the day, I am able to say that as a person with Lupus, I reached my goal of running 13.1 miles to show that at the end of the day, LUPUS CAN'T HOLD ME! I did this while my friend Olympia is in the hospital, Adrienne fights every day for the energy to just get through work, Judith works to find new medication while creating a non-profit to help people deal with Lupus in Ghana, and while many others battle the same battle I fight daily with health insurance companies, medications, rest, complications, and more. I hope this run made someone who is battling Lupus smile. I did it for you!