Batizado 2014

Registration for Kids Belt Ceremony 2017 + Upcoming Performances

April 29th Kids’ Belt ceremony and Registration Download PDF Registration Form (Please print out a copy and submit the form in-person) Performance this coming Saturday, March 18th (all…

I Am San Francisco

I Am San Francisco: Black Past and Presence Video Series

A sneak peak at the I Am San Francisco video series that will unfold into a short film produced, filmed, and edited by Jarrel Phillips. Part 1 Part…

Photo by Danielle Hall

Ayiti Cultural Exchange 2016

Watch Haiti (Ayiti) Cultural Exchange 2016! Hosted by Daniel Brevil, musical director of Rara Tou Limen, dancers and travelers embark on a two-week cultural exchange trip to Haiti…


I Am San Francisco

KPOO Interview with Jarrel Phillips about IAMSF (Begins at 27:45) By Kheven Lagrone and Jarrel Phillips We are the San Francisco no one talks about —James Baldwin Today,…

Eu Sou Capoeira

Eu Sou Capoeira

Some of the Capoeira Ijexa kids in San Francisco, California lead by Jarrel “Chumbinho” Phillips, Jian “Aguia” Giannini, and Panda Deda, students of Mestre Urubu Malandro. Eu…


Kids Batizado e Troca de Cordões 2014

Photos by Kuan-Tung Pan

Capoeira in Asia

Volta Ao Mundo: A Taste of Capoeira in Asia

Starting with the story of five capoeiristas who depart from the San Francisco Bay Area,Volta Ao Mundo: A Taste of Capoeira in Asia is a collection of memories…


The ZSTC Project 2012 Short Film

“We Want the World to Know Who We Are,” the ZSTC Project short documentary, featured at the San Francisco Black Film Festival in June 2012. Filmed, Edited, and…


ZSTC Project

Zanzibar Stones Town Capoeira. “We Want the World to Know Who We Are.”

Art by Jian Giannini

Growing Up Black

Source: Race, Poverty & the Environment Journal By Jarrel Phillips To the Children of the Next Generation I grew up in a household with both parents and two…

Litt Young

I Am Litt Young

Your ancestors took the lash, the branding iron, humiliations and oppression because one day they believed you would come along to flesh out the dream.” —Maya Angelou By…

Photo by jarrel Phillips

Sept 22: IAMSF Exhibition Reception

PRESS RELEASE  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  I Am San Francisco: Black Past and Presence Exhibition Reception including Magazine Release Party for Race, Poverty and Environment (RP&E) Where: City College of San…

Birthday Potluck

Made With Birthday Love

I usually don’t do much celebrating for my birthday but I decided to do a picnic this year. About 150 or so people– friends, families, kids– came through…

Now Playing: Media For a Playful Planet Trailer

Besides checking out  the How We Play Exhibition curated by Jarrel Phillips, if you’re interested in finding more resources about the study of play, please watch the trailer…


Black History Month: CCSF + SFPL Events Led by Jarrel

CCSF Events Jarrel Phillips AVE and Capoeira Ijexa Wednesday, 2/11/2015, 2:00 – 3:30 PM CCSF Ocean Campus Rosenberg Library, 50 Phelan Avenue (Presentation + Demonstration) Dynamic performance of…


Capoeira Bonita De Se Ver Treinando

Post by Adecino Semedo. Capoeirando! For more info, visit,

Prescott Circus Theatre

How We Play Exhibition is Now Up at CCSF, Curated by Jarrel Phillips

“The opposite of play is not work. It’s depression.” —Brian Sutton-Smith, Play Theorist When was the last time you played? Play, in its purest form, extends beyond the…

Capoeira Ijexa Kids Batizado 2014

Youth Maculele, Capoeira Ijexa Kids Batizado and Troca de Cordos 2014

This video is a snippet of the Youth Maculele performance at Capoeira Ijexa’s Kids Batizado and Troca de Cordos 2014. A letter to all the parents present at…

Christine Joy Ferrer in Moulin Sur Mer, Haiti

Ayiti Files: Christine Joy Ferrer, AVE’s Media Guru, Dances in Haiti

Slide show/video reel by Christine Joy Ferrer Earlier this year in April, I embarked on a two-week cultural exchange trip to Haiti hosted by Daniel “Brav” Brevil, musical…

Jarrel with the Monkeys

Jarrel “Chumbinho” Phillips, Capoeira and Freestyle

Jarrel “Chumbinho” Phillips trains and performs under the guidance of Mestre Urubu Malandro’s Capoeira Ijexa. This was filmed at UniverSoul, a Cross-Cultural Benefit Show for the Survivors of…

Capoeira Class

Young Martelo’s Capoeira Combo

By Jarrel “Chumbinho” Phillips Ari, a.k.a. Martelo (meaning “Hammer” in portuguese), has been training capoeira with me for three years since the age of four. He is now…

Capoeira Ijexa & Cloud 9 Tribe

Capoeira Ijexa and Cloud 9 Tribe Perform at UniverSoul

On January 11, 2014, AVE founder, Jarrel “Chumbinho” Phillips performs with Mestre Urubu Malandro’s Capoeira Ijexa, Cloud 9 Tribe of All Tribes Zulu Nation and other students from…