African Diaspora

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: 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

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 […]

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, […]

Did You Hear About: “Women In The World” – WIM-N’s Film Festival

By |March 28th, 2017|

Today is the kickoff for the “Women In The World” Women In Media – Newark’s Women’s History Month Film Festival, which runs through April 6th. I originally planned to add this to my events calendar in my lovely sidebar on the right, but this occasion felt […]

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 […]

Lotus Moment: Morphous Out In The Open

By |October 10th, 2016|

Why This Is Awesome: I’ve passed through Union Square plenty of times in last three months, but as I made my way to my destination, I kept telling myself that I must take a moment to check out this new installation on the north end […]