Miles Davis taught the world about cool, but I didn’t really really get the message until, like, 1996 when I bought a copy of “Kind of Blue” and put that CD on repeat as I worked on collages and little drawings in my sketchbook at college. The album was out of time for me because… Read More February 29: Miles Davis
I met lifelong poet, writer, speaker and activist at the 4th National Conference on Restorative and Community Justice in Toledo, Ohio in 2013. The conference, for me, was a contentious one, because my key message was that Restorative Justice and the Abolition movement has already failed. I was harmed by an offender in 1997 released… Read More February 28: Erica Huggins
As I am still fighting this flu I will come back and add more. In the meantime, check out this awesome performance of Salt Peanut
Still ill from the flu that caught me this week, so again I will update this post once I’m recovered. In the meantime, check out this video on Romaire Bearden and his contribution to art history.
In dance history class at The University of Iowa our teacher put great emphasis on the history and influence of African American artists on the development of American art forms. One artist who performed in film and stage beginning in the 1920’s and performing throughout is life up until 1970. Louis Armstrong passed in 1971.… Read More Februrary 25: Louie Armstrong
This week I became very ill with the flue and fell behind in writing. In high school dance class (a physical education option at my school) our teacher was very inspired by the work of early Modern Dance choreographers, including Ailey, Martha Graham and more recent innovators like Paul Taylor and the Pilobolus. I remember… Read More February 24: Alvin Ailey
I read The Color Purple in high school, but all I remember of the book is a house and a river and something that starts sweet but ends ugly. Or confused. That’s all I remember. I think I saw the movie too, but all I remember is Oprah’s face and saying, “this is really good… Read More February 23: Alice Walker