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Lotus Moment: Inside The Blue Bar

By |July 15th, 2019|

Why This Is Awesome: As you might recall, I mentioned in a previous post how this year marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of The Algonquin Round Table in New York. Well, I never thought I could afford to eat the famed hotel restaurant, […]

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 […]

A Lesson Lies In Ink

By |April 22nd, 2019|

On Wednesday, April 24th, the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre will host the opening night of its premier British transplant and 2018 toast of the West End, Ink, by Olivier Award-winning playwright James Graham. As luck would have it, I managed to score […]

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 […]

Lotus Moment: Embrace Duality

By |March 25th, 2019|

Why This Is Awesome: Two years ago yesterday, I returned from my first — but hopefully not my last — trip to Paris. Not surprisingly, my Instagram reminded me of those days of hopping on an Icelandair plane and traveling to the City of Lights […]

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

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 […]

Lotus Moment: White Horse Tavern Takeaway

By |July 16th, 2018|

Why This Is Awesome: I have a confession to make. Even though I live a mere 22 minute train ride away from New York City, I don’t get to explore it as much as or as often as I’d like. That’s why when I get […]

Lotus Moment: When The Mountains Tell You Things

By |May 21st, 2018|

Why This Is Awesome: I recently took a road trip that melded two of my favorite hobbies: learning about history and exploring new spaces. In doing so, it reminded me of another trip I took not long ago when I did the same thing, but under […]

Lotus Moment: Art Is Now In Session

By |March 26th, 2018|

Why This Is Awesome: Back in January, I was a “guest” of our nation’s jury selection system, when for the first time in my life, I learned about the intricate and somewhat confusing process that makes up serving on a civil court case jury.

For three days […]