African Diaspora

Steal This Quote: Alice Walker

By |June 7th, 2020|

Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet.
— Alice Walker, American novelist, short story writer, poet and activist

What’s Really Going On

By |May 31st, 2020|

Some of you may not know this, but I find astrology fascinating. Not from a “let’s see which day is best for me to buy a lotto ticket” fascinating, but from an “everything is connected point-of-view” fascinating. And by that I mean, most of us […]

Steal This Quote: Toni Cade Bambara

By |March 1st, 2020|

The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible.
— Toni Cade Bambara, American author, activist, and documentary filmmaker

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, […]