Art & Mind

Personal perspectives on art, culture and how society is affected by our relationship with both

The Check In – This Is What Self-Care Looks Like To Me

By |June 24th, 2019|

Two weeks ago, I asked dear readers, “What Do You Consider Self-Care?” I mentioned that I was planning to gain a little R&R after a particularly hectic week for one of my current revenue streams. And that’s exactly what I did … in my own […]

What Do You Consider Self-Care?

By |June 10th, 2019|

As I gear up for an especially hectic week, I’m telling myself to keep my eyes on the prize. The prize being the 4 days off I’ll have next week as a reward for the insanity that is currently underway. With two demanding positions filling […]

Now That’s How You Do A Book Launch: Bohemian Manifesto Redux

By |May 6th, 2019|

I’ve never been one for crowds, cliques or entourages. Subsequently, I’ve never really been a part of a team that wasn’t a requirement for a school project, work assignment, community-organized event, or gym class. Being a part of a group or associated with a label, […]

Can A Person Become More Cultured?

By |April 2nd, 2019|

The month of March is now in our rear view, and although my work schedule was as busy as ever, I made sure to find time for celebrating my birthday month just the way I like it — with a little arts, a little culture, […]

You Will Know Them By Their Art

By |March 11th, 2019|

I’ve been nesting a bit lately. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve bought a new rug, two new bookcases, and some art for the wall in my hallway. Although I really liked the images and the way they made me feel as I walked […]

Remember This Quote: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By |January 21st, 2019|

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done
you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights activist and orator

Here’s What Happened – 2018 Edition

By |December 10th, 2018|

It’s that time of year when many of us are prone to look back on the past 12 months and hope that what we set out to do was somehow, against all odds, accomplished. It’s also that time of year when many of us set […]

Let Artists Be Artists

By |November 19th, 2018|

I know the title of this post sounds pretentious, but watch out, because in a few seconds, it’s going to sound presumptuous and offensive too. Here’s why: Although it’s not a new phenomenon, there’s been an outbreak in recent years of this disease I like […]

What Is The Artist’s Role In Gentrification?

By |August 20th, 2018|

About a year ago, I attended a local community meeting here in Newark for citizens concerned about the changing face of the city. You see, Brick City, after 50 years of neglect, economic disenfranchisement, and disproportionate criticism fueled by racism, xenophobia and class discrimination, is […]

Representation Matters … On Every Level

By |July 30th, 2018|

You’ve seen it. I’ve seen it. The soon-to-be-born will see it shortly after they take their first breath. You know … the mantra, the hashtag, the popular adage: Representation matters.

It’s a topic that is popular in its exclamation, but rarely parsed to discuss what it […]