African-American culture

My Year in Art & Culture (2015)

By |December 7th, 2015|

Here we are again about to welcome in a new year. But as I’m wont to do, let’s take a look back at this crazy year and assess where I’ve been in the world of arts and culture.

If you recall last year, I had an eclectic […]

Revolution In Motion: Where Dance & Activism Meet

By |November 22nd, 2015|

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar understood AntBoogie’s approach all too well, but she too has seen how the backlash to an artistic response to inequality can burn your project and your company as well. When her pioneering dance organization Urban Bush Women was selected to receive […]

I Know What You Did Last October (Berman, Zola & Brooks)

By |November 10th, 2015|

It’s no surprise to anyone that NYC is brimming with guest lecturers and book signings to feed its massive bookworm population. And it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that someone who has met authors as varied as Ray Bradbury, Vanessa Garcia, Barbara Ehrenreich […]

I’m A People Watcher

By |September 21st, 2015|

I suppose every writer in some way or another watches people. Some may do so unabashedly. Others are a bit more discreet. Yet when your life insists you always notice the forest as well as the trees, you can’t quite help but become enamored by […]

Steal This Quote: James Baldwin

By |September 7th, 2015|

The place in which I’ll fit will not exist until I make it.
– James Baldwin, American playwright, poet, novelist and social activist

Painted Jazz: Archibald Motley At The Chicago Cultural Center

By |March 23rd, 2015|

Today marks the beginning of a special Twitter celebration. Monday is the official kickoff applauding those peculiar institutions in a lovely tribute titled #MuseumWeek. Well, as a proud museum nerd (all deference to the awesome @MuseumNerd, of course), I couldn’t miss an opportunity to fly […]

Inspiring Minds Teaching Inquiring Minds

By |March 2nd, 2015|

February was a whirlwind of activity for this culture vulture. From website redesigns to fandom conventions to 12-hour work days spent behind a keyboard, I’m more than ready for March’s slow-paced amble into spring. But before our saunter becomes a trot, I have to share […]

Local #BlackPoetsSpeakOut on #BlackLivesMatter

By |January 3rd, 2015|

In my last post of 2014, I lamented about not taking in any poetry jams or readings throughout the year? Well, someone must have nudged Calliope to spare me the fate of missing out on Indy’s burgeoning wordsmith scene for a full year. Because lo […]

The March for Jobs and Justice: 50th Anniversary March on Washington

By |September 4th, 2013|

Last Wednesday, I participated in the 50th Anniversary March for Jobs and Justice in Washington D.C. I don’t know the official number of participants who attended the event, but I do know it gave me a reason to feel proud about the past, present and […]

Lotus Moment: The Evolution Will Be Televised

By |August 29th, 2013|

Why This Is Awesome: I participated in the 50th Anniversary March on Washington yesterday. I took many photos, but this one speaks volumes. As we were marching, city workers were busy fixing an electric line. Marchers asked the 2 men to take photos of the […]