African-American culture

A Day Out At Afropunk

By |August 27th, 2017|

You might not have heard, but there’s something special that happens every August in Brooklyn that has caught the attention of music fans, music festival fans, culture vultures and lovers of all forms of individuality. It’s called Afropunk. Or AfroPunk. Or is it AFROPUNK?

Either way, […]

An August Beginning: Jitney at The Samuel J. Freidman Theatre

By |January 20th, 2017|

Last night, the New York theatre community welcomed the first (and ironically, the last) of August Wilson’s plays to Broadway. Jitney, one of Wilson’s 10 plays sharing a universal, yet intimate tale of African-American life throughout the 20th century, was the first chapter in this […]

Steal This Quote: Shirley Chisholm

By |November 22nd, 2016|

You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining.
You make progress by implementing ideas.
— Shirley Chisholm, American author, activist and politician

Lotus Moment: Grafstract In Progress

By |September 12th, 2016|

Why This Is Awesome: While taking care of business this Saturday along Halsey St., I had the good fortune to park my car in front of a mural in progress being created by Fumero, a Brooklyn-based artist, muralist and designer venturing out to our side […]

Steal This Quote: Miles Davis

By |July 17th, 2016|

 When you’re creating your own shit, not even the sky’s the limit
— Miles Davis, American jazz musician, composer and artist

There’s A Light Up In Harlem

By |July 10th, 2016|

The past month has left us with some of the most turbulent moments of 2016. It seems we can’t turn on our TVs, radios, computers or smartphones without being met with another harrowing or frightening tale of our world shifting violently in one way or […]

Oh How I Wish We Could Keep Shuffling Along

By |June 27th, 2016|

When I heard the news that the Broadway tour-de-force, Shuffle Along, was set to close on July 24th — a full 2 months earlier than its original closing date in September — I, along with so many others, immediately shouted “Why!?” How can such a work […]

#TonysSoDiverse … And They Were … But

By |June 13th, 2016|

Although yesterday’s news headlines were dominated by tragedy, I’m happy to inject a little bit of light, beauty and art into the ether and share my respect and appreciation for the darn-near flawless awards ceremony that was the 70th Annual Tony Awards that took place […]

Lotus Moment: The Collector

By |May 9th, 2016|

Why This Is Awesome: Here at Incandescere, I celebrate art in its many forms. Whether it be dance, food, or stand-up comedy. I prefer to enjoy it one experience at a time, but there’s nothing quite like the opportunity to collect my next round of delights […]

Cheadle Takes Us Miles Ahead

By |April 25th, 2016|

Last week, we marked the passing of one of the most celebrated American music icons of the last 30 years. Many of us fought the news with disbelief, frustration, and finally acceptance in the form of remembered anecdotes, animated gifs, and laughter through tears. Some […]