African-American culture

A Return To Afropunk

By |September 16th, 2019|

You may recall 2 years ago I spent a day out at Afropunk for the very first time. And although I’m not a big fan of crowds and can never attend a music festival for more than one day, I had a really good time […]

Steal This Quote: Paul Robeson

By |September 8th, 2019|

As an artist I come to sing, but as a citizen, I will always speak for peace, and no one can silence me in this.
— Paul Robeson, American singer, actor and human rights activist

Steal This Quote: Langston Hughes

By |June 2nd, 2019|

Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people — the beauty within themselves.
— Langston Hughes, American poet, novelist, and civil rights activist

Lotus Moment: Ann Lowe and Behold

By |May 26th, 2019|

Why This Is Awesome: Last year, I made what I’m sure will not be my only visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. Since then, I’ve been meaning to share photos and commentary on that day inside a building […]

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 […]