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
This morning, I was going through the TSA line at the airport in Birmingham, Alabama, when I had a familiar exchange about our shared past. A TSA agent noticed a bath bomb from LUSH, my favorite store (I always get stopped for bath products) and needed to take a look at it. As he quickly… Continue reading a familiar exchange
“tell the story” – Art Blakey As I return to my research on the Florida peninsula with my hometown Miami in view and my recent visit to Iceland in view, I am reminded of how I can’t do what I do without the help of many, in this case, the participants in my initial research.… Continue reading tell the story
Today was one of those days when you realize that things are really working out no matter what. As I ended my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Music and Young America” course, a student who was completing her in-class reflection on the topic at hand said she’d never had a class where she was invited… Continue reading one of those days when..
A recent trip to Annapolis where my partner presented at a conference found me taking side trips (It was a much needed break just four weeks into the semester). I went to the Museum of American History to see a former classmate and the Ella Fitzgerald exhibit. Two days later, I traveled to Dorchester County,… Continue reading Ella, Harriet and Me
As mentioned two blog entries ago, I created a piece that will be in the “Drawing Set,” a group show that organized by the Esopus Foundation in New York and Marco Maggi. The reception is tonight. Wish I could be there. It was great to see the other works which are on display at this… Continue reading art reception tonight at NY Public Library
Yesterday students enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Music and Young America” class visited Gorgas Library. The library is located here at the University of Alabama. They learned a bit more about sampling, or taking sounds from existing music, in order to create beats. The visit provided a way for them to also become… Continue reading On Beat