My husband walked into the house today with a heavy box from the University of Alabama Press. What was inside? Several copies of the Fall 2017 issue of Alabama Heritage magazine. Among the stories is an article I wrote. The article concerns the historical actors in Remember Me to Miss Louisa: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum… Continue reading Book makes Alabama Heritage magazine
I just graded the in-class reflections for students enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Music and Young America” course this semester. I am speechless. They absolutely leave me speechless. They give me hope for the future no matter the headlines. Yesterday, I shared “Wattstax,” a documentary about a 1972 concert in the Watts neighborhood… Continue reading honored to teach these students
It’s been more than a week since I returned from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) meeting in Cincinnati. Just discussed at the University of Alabama Chapter Three of Remember Me to Miss Louisa with Lane McClelland’s class on morality and feminism. Reminded me of the strength required to… Continue reading and still we smile
It’s been a week since a link to the full length version of “The Grant Green Story,” a film about the late jazz guitarist, was shared. The documentary is now available for free on Youtube in three parts. The first is below. Enjoy.
Special thanks to Armen Boladian and Sarah Catlett of Detroit’s Bridgeport for the use of Houston Person’s “Pain” with Grant Green on guitar in “The Grant Green Story.” If you want to hear the song in its entirety under footage from the film, check it out at this link featuring a reenactment of Grant’s final… Continue reading music beneath raw footage of reenactment of final drive for beloved guitarist appropriately titled “Pain”
Since 1994, I have been working on getting a film about the late jazz guitarist Grant Green to the marketplace. In addition to being the most recorded artist for Blue Note, American’s first indie jazz label, he’s the father of my former husband Grant Jr. (not to be confused with his brother Greg who performs… Continue reading Grant Green documentary released – at last
This morning, I woke up to the sight of the Ohio River. Once upon a time, on one side lied freedom. On the other was slave territory. The history books now tell us there were different kinds of freedom. Cincinnati was the site of mob attacks on blacks before the Civil War. Although on free… Continue reading A river