art and politics

Steal This Quote: Cyril Connolly

By |March 29th, 2020|

Better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self.
— Cyril Connolly, British writer, critic and editor of literary magazine Horizon

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 Journey Through A Life Anything But Common

By |January 12th, 2020|

I was supposed to start the new year focused on creating more than consuming, that is, working on bringing more of my ideas to life instead of polishing someone else’s. And yet when I heard last week that the esteemed rapper/actor/activist Common was holding down […]

Steal This Quote: Albert Camus Redux

By |December 29th, 2019|

Through the years, what I have always found at the heart of my sensibility is the refusal to disappear from this world,
from its joys, its pleasures, its sufferings, and this refusal has made an artist of me.
— Albert Camus, Algerian-born French author, philosopher and activist

Steal This Quote: Cesar A. Cruz

By |November 3rd, 2019|

Art should comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable.
— Cesar A. Cruz, Mexican poet, educator and human rights activist

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

Lotus Moment: A Truly Green Machine

By |August 25th, 2019|

Why This Is Awesome: Five years ago this August, I visited Canada for the first, but I hope not the last, time. I’ve since shared with others my advice and opinions on our neighbor to the north — as far Toronto, that is, and I […]

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 […]

Lotus Moment: Mourning In Unison

By |April 16th, 2019|

Why This Is Awesome: Today, millions around the world are mourning in unison. Sharing photos, stories, and tears. Commingling together the way humans do when they experience a loss. We get personal. We get poignant. We grieve.

I, too, have walked the halls of the Cathédrale […]