art and politics

An Anchor For Artists: The Nina Simone House

By |January 14th, 2018|

Is Newark on the verge of developing its first artists’ housing co-op? That was the $64,000 question asked at last week’s community meeting for the future Nina Simone House in Brick City’s South Ward neighborhood. Spearheaded by the Mayor’s office along with the Newark Community […]

Steal This Quote: Albert Camus

By |October 15th, 2017|

The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
— Albert Camus, Algerian-born French novelist, journalist and philosopher

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, […]

Steal This Quote: Bertolt Brecht

By |June 25th, 2017|

Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.
— Bertolt Brecht, German poet, playwright, and theatre director

A Different Kind Of Summer Reading List

By |June 18th, 2017|

Last month, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t buy any more new books for the year. And up until last Saturday, … I had kept that promise.

Don’t judge me!

My intentions were well placed. You see, I love the concept fashionistas and stylists […]

Lotus Moment: By The People

By |May 8th, 2017|

Why This Is Awesome: There’s an old aphorism that says the personal is political, and I’m inclined to agree.

Just as this beautiful facade of the Newark City Hall building was crafted to reference history, ideology and innovation, the personal lives that we share with one another […]

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 […]

Where To Find Me: Gal-Dem

By |November 29th, 2016|

No one can deny that 2016 has been a year of immense change. Whether your year has been full of opportunity and joy or distress and despair, it would fair to say that if you’re lucky enough to see 2017 on the horizon, you can […]

Steal This Quote: Shirley Chisholm

By |November 22nd, 2016|

You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining.
You make progress by implementing ideas.
— Shirley Chisholm, American author, activist and politician

Bearing Witness To Forced From Home

By |October 3rd, 2016|

It’s been said that the current Refugee Crisis is the largest displacement of global citizens in modern times. But it’s hard to fully grasp how massive the exodus truly is without consistent visual confirmation and first-hand reports of how frightening this epidemic has grown over […]