art and politics

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 […]

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

Lotus Moment: Matters Of Government

By |October 29th, 2018|

Why This Is Awesome: With one of the most important elections in my country only one week away (although I think we should consider all elections equally important), I’m reminded of this great shot I captured this past July in downtown Newark. That statuesque building […]

What Is The Artist’s Role In Gentrification?

By |August 20th, 2018|

About a year ago, I attended a local community meeting here in Newark for citizens concerned about the changing face of the city. You see, Brick City, after 50 years of neglect, economic disenfranchisement, and disproportionate criticism fueled by racism, xenophobia and class discrimination, is […]

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 […]

Steal This Quote: Magdalena Abakanowicz

By |July 2nd, 2018|

Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind, born out of struggle
between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality, in our mind.
— Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish sculptor and textile artist