Personal perspectives on art, culture and how society is affected by our relationship with both
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 […]
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, […]
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, […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Remember six months ago, I — along with a few creative optimists — built a new vision board as part of my New Year’s celebration?
Well, what’s even harder to believe than the fact that 2018 is half over is that I’m actually making a wee […]