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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Black Essence

BLACK   ESSENCE ( for Cyrstal)
She digs
Into the the darkness of
The unspoken-ness of
Circulating in dark
Whispering winters and
 blossoming organic summers
bursting eagerly thru
the ripening fullness of spring, and
the dancing leaves of fall

in the silence
she digs……deep……deeper
into the un-nurtured
bottomless pits of anguish
and pulls out the essence….
drip by
daring drip of
oiled- fingerprints
stamping firmly
the essence of
……..who we were
Before we became
…….who we are

At one another
In full acknowledgement
Of our curvaceous lips and tongues... dominating chins
That rise from proudly anchored neck bones
 Defined shoulders, triceps, biceps and breasts engorged
With the sweet milk and honeydew of life
Steadily replenishing itself without nobody telling it to do so
So natural
So real
So eternal
It can’t be bottled
Because it is…LOVE

“You know….the blackness of our essence”
Chiseled deep in blue-black fluorescence
The past
And the present
DNA in Ocean water “elegance”
wrapped in seaweeds of lessons
for us to remember to tell the babies
tell them children that we are……. from the shores of Ghana
the Ivory Coast, Cape town and Ethiopia, Nigeria and Sierre Leone
from dynasties of Egyptian Kings and Queens
who tried to keep sacred forever ancestral dreams, yet
the stories from in-side the pyramid walls
cannot be erased yall...
no one can rid us
of our connection to the root of it all
no…    tiny….   figs
The tallest tree
 in the garden
It is the root of the fruit
And the saliva on the tongue
It is the chromosome that cannot be cloned

If you don’t got it
You don’t got it

©gha’il Rhodes Benjamin, 2014
In celebration of Crystal Hanton’s


Crystal Hanton Chosen to Exhibit Her Art in a Solo Show: BLACK ESSENCE


NEW YORK CITY, NY – November 4, 2014/ –Artist Crystal Hanton is the cream of the crop. Born and raised in Harlem her first NYC exhibit, an abstract series “BLACK ESSENCE” was chosen for a solo art exhibition at AKWA UNISEX GROOMING, 923 Fulton Street, between Clinton Avenue and Waverly Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. The OPENING PARTY will be on Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 6:00 pm- 9:30 pm. Ms. Hanton exudes talent, creativity; confidence and a strong elaborate understanding of the world she lives in. In difference mediums such as inks, acrylic, and oil, she allows you to see the world through her own eyes. This young artist is very aware of life’s major intersections, tragedies, disappointments, and love stories. She shares with us her worries and her secret, her confidence and a keen knowledge of past, present and future in BLACK ESSENCE. The exhibit will be up from November 1, 2014 - December 1, 2014.
For further information about Crystal Hanton work including dates and times for exhibition showing, please visit her website at or email
The exhibition is organized by Curator Rahkeem.


Contact Information:
Crystal Hanton
Email Address:

General Information:
Tel: 718-942-7597

Monday: 11am-7pm
Tuesday to Sat: 9am-10pm
Sunday: 11am-7pm

Crystal Hanton Exhibition

Friday, February 3, 2012

Always trying to be slick!

videoCrystal was in the process of doing Natasha hair, while trying to be slick by video taping her. But of Natasha could not be fooled. Crystal could not help but to laugh while trying to play cool but Natasha ain't no fool.LOL

Thursday, September 15, 2011


(2008-present), Super 8, length variable

Synopsis: A collection of short sex shows on Super 8 film.

These films use the eye of the camera as the hole through which viewers experience an intimate show. Each show must somehow relate to the sexual but does not require nudity.

Each participant designs his or her own peepshow. Every show is shot on one roll of Super 8 color film.

Over 30 peepshows have been filmed. Please contact me if you are interested in being part of the project.