A magazine editor who commissioned me to do a piece of art once told me “you’re an artist, not an illustrator. You don’t follow directions.” He bought the work anyway. Same thing happening with my mask, which became a mindfulness exercise and one with four pieces of paper towel as a filter. Upcycled fabric. Used… Continue reading mask making
Imani Perry’s Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry is on the menu for my next “Gender, Race and Urban Space” class. While reading the book for a second time, I decided to charge a pair of cordless ear phones first seen on an undergrad in my “Antebellum America Swagger”… Continue reading unexpected pairing: miles and lorraine
My “Gender, Race and Urban Space” course moves this week to postwar Greenwich Village and the experiences of writer Hettie Jones, former wife of poet-activist Amiri Baraka. Her movements away from her suburban Queens home to one of the centers for creative output and radical politics after World War II pose tensions with those of… Continue reading how she became hettie jones
You know it’s getting getting getting kinda hectic (Snap/The Power for us old skul types) when you are prepping for a new course called “Race and Music in the UK”, your first for your university’s Alabama at Oxford study abroad program, and a pile of books to be considered keeps getting taller and taller. How… Continue reading music and race in the uk
My sorority sister kindly pointed me to this video I’d earlier seen. Fitting as today is the 84th birthday of my late former father in law Grant Green. Happy Birthday, Grant! You’re keeping it funky!
What a night. Regina King, Best Supporting Actress winner and Ruth Carter for Costume Design and Hannah Bleachler for Production Design and Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor and Spike Lee for Best Adapted Screenplay! About time on the Oscar tip (School Daze and Mo’ Betta, my all-time favorites from you.) Hats off to Barry… Continue reading o-s-c-a-r
While waiting for my connecting flight to Birmingham from Gainesville, I learned Roy Hargrove had died. Forty nine years old. Having studied the life of Grant Green, a jazz guitar great gone too soon at age 43, I know the scene is a hard one. My first time seeing you, you were saying good bye… Continue reading rest in peace, roy