African-American culture

Where To Find Me: New Jersey Stage Redux

By |February 11th, 2019|

If you recall, dear readers, last year I began contributing to a statewide arts and culture magazine called New Jersey Stage. The online publication occasionally picks up my arts-related blog posts here on Incandescere, but I also serve as an arts reviewer for certain events […]

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

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 […]

Where To Find Me: The Core Magazine

By |June 11th, 2018|

When I share with you, dear readers, places where you can find my writing, typically it’s in a location you can easily find online. But this time around, the “Where To Find Me” is in a digital publication called The Core Magazine. That’s right! For […]

Reading Between The Lines: Der Vang And Whitehead @Newark

By |February 11th, 2018|

Last week saw the continuation of the year-long academic showcase Writers at Newark Reading Series, hosted by Rutgers University-Newark’s MFA Creative Writing program. On Tuesday, February 6, students, professors and Brick City residents welcomed Walt Whitman award-winning poet Mai Der Vang and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson […]

Voices In The Library: Queer Newark Oral History Project

By |January 30th, 2018|

As it’s been mentioned many times in the past year, Newark is changing. It’s been on the come-up for a few years, but in the last 2 or 3 trips around the sun, it finally seems to be … well, coming up. But despite what […]

An Anchor For Artists: The Nina Simone House

By |January 14th, 2018|

Is Newark on the verge of developing its first artists’ housing co-op? That was the $64,000 question asked at last week’s community meeting for the future Nina Simone House in Brick City’s South Ward neighborhood. Spearheaded by the Mayor’s office along with the Newark Community […]

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