Nathaniel J. Shaw, artist BeBop
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So what brings you to Leimert Park Beat? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was led to this park because I love to practice my work in art in peaceful park settings.

I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington where the experience of life in America's ghetto became an adventure for me. This statement may be needed to express my life in especially art to date.

The love for art today was found in the first prison cell experienced at age twenty-one. It is believed that our Higher Power offered me the gift of art in this cell through the fear of being that new "duck" in prison that was flagged by old timers having done decades of time. Such fear found me sketching a portrait of a musical figure loved so much out of a jet magazine. It was recognized how the many five by eight inch sketches of Chaka Kahn using the half pencils without erasers were so detailed with highlight and depth and very close likeness. I went on from there to gain a strange sense of strength and courage where I achieved my GED and two associate degrees over the course of my young adult life doing time over the 1970s and 80s. Two prison terms were served due to my getting out both times and pursuing old people, places and things and its ultimate results.

More continued for a couple years including a short but final third term in California's prison system and finding out that I could not endure my art while deep into a drug and alcohol addiction. 1992 is when the search for and acceptance of a life free of "yesterday" came into my life. The experience of my life to date will hopefully someday become a paperback for those interested in enduring another story of the work it takes to real victory - especially those looking for their own answer or way to finally give up the old for anew.

In prison is where I believe our Higher Power had begun work on me as I furthered not only my education but my love for putting the many legends in music on canvas. I achieved a third associates, after getting off parole from the prison system in 1997, five years after surrendering "yesterday" and going for the hard work it would take to make a new life for the first time.

Life today has not been an easy one but with help from experiences such as homelessness through clean and sober eyes as well as finding help entities exampled by Augusta F. Hawkins and the great compassionate and empathic psychological staff there I have found myself winning a battle to victory still yet in my 59 years of life on this earth.

I am currently pursuing not only certification to counsel in the field of substance abuse but have been accepted in a well-known outpatient recovery center to facilitate help groups. I have also been trained as a peer advocate in the area of mental health. My main theme in art continues to be the expression on canvas of the infinite world of music I believe was a therapy tool for me then and now. Atlanta, Georgia and here in Los Angeles are the only two cities I focused on in art after my life free of drugs and alcohol including nicotine covering the last ten years of such travel. I plan to make Los Angeles my home and finish out whatever it is I am to become after, again, "yesterday".
Who referred you?
asking the Black Public and the community entities upon arriving 2006
Good times at:
Best event at Liemert Village was the book signing June 30th, 2012 where I gave Zeola Gaye the canvas I had done of her brother Marvin.
Last song I heard or I sang:
I keep Marvin's What's Gonin' On album in memory almost daily today due to how true a message he expressed back in my era.
Profession:
groups facilitaor at Exouse outpatient clinic. Still working to become certified in California to counsel in the substance abuse and mental health areas suffered by especially my black culture.
My Leimert Park Secret:
Really don't have a secret in my storage about Leimert park. I do want to try and achieve a place/apartment in this area so that I may have even ore access to this atmosphere on those wonderful early morning dawns that find a completed canvas by the time the dust sets in.
Hometown:
Seattle, Washinton
Block Club:
I don't have a block kind of club but I have been a member of Narcotics Anonymous for over twenty years.
Relationship Status
Single

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  MY PERSONAL STOP MESSAGE FORWARD   It is recommended you do not even touch this kind of truth about life on the down side if you are the ole’ fashion, with its philosophy thinking, very religious i…

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MY PERSONAL STOP MESSAGE

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It is recommended you do not even touch this kind of truth about life on the down side if you are the ole’ fashion, with its philosophy thinking, very religious individual living with the rest on these lands. It is believed this may be too much for you to try and endure. If indeed you…

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My Personal Stop Message

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 11:04am 0 Comments

Wonder if I can express the great and crazy feeling of having published book to you folks of Liemert Park? It is a true story of having achieved recovery from addiction and details the finale of addiction to freedom. At this point I will not give information to look up this book on line. At his point I want to know what to do next to get it out to you through proper…

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WONDER IF THIS IS AN APPROACHIABLE MEDIUM IN TRYING TO COMMUNICATE WITH OUR YOUTH TODAY?

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

THE BEAT GOES ON:

WE CONTINUE TO ABSORB AS WELL AS LIVE THE COURSE OF OUR BLACK MUSIC'S DIRECTION.

CAN'T HELP THE VIBES FELT AS WE LISTEN TO FEELINGS AMONG OUR BLACK YOUTH OF YET AN ONGOING INFECTION.

THIS DISEASE NOW USES PSYCHOLOGICAL AND…

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Every so often a walk through "YESTERDAY". . .

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 11:17pm 4 Comments

 

                       

 

I took another walk through Skid Rowe this time for two days in a row. This was because I posted a message on the light posts interpreted after my own war “Out There”.…

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