Kimberly Durdin: Catching Babies for her Community

It was a Saturday afternoon when I walked into the sacred space of RA MA East located in the West Adams area of Los Angeles. I was there to meet and do a piece on Kimberly Durdin, who is a Los Angeles based IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), Doula, Childbirth Educator and Student Midwife. […]

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Joshua June –a photographer with an eye for the truth!

Every now and again you come across a photographer that makes you want to be in front of his or her camera, Joshua is one of those artists.  I met him some years ago and I have had the pleasure of working with him.  His kind and gentle nature make him a person you want […]

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Featured Book: “Soul of a Nation” –Art in the Age of Black Power

African American art in the era of Malcolm X and the Black Panthers In the period of radical change that was 1963–83, young black artists at the beginning of their careers confronted difficult questions about art, politics and racial identity. How to make art that would stand as innovative, original, formally and materially complex, while […]

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The stunning work of Benji Reid, The Choreo-Photolist

  “I am a Choreo-Photolist – where theatricality, choreography and photography meet in a single or series of images In the 1970’s, I stumbled across the films, music, and voices which spoke to me in pictures. For me art was a means to set up hyper-realities, conversations, and to curate my curiosities. I’ve been inspired […]

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Patrick Dougher: Art, Artist, Activist, ​and Human Being Combined

Patrick Dougher was born and raised in Brooklyn. He is an artist, musician, and educator with over 30 years’ experience as a fine artist and drummer/percussionist and over 20 years’ experience in working for community-based arts and social justice organizations. He has worked as an Art Therapist at Kings County Hospital, a youth counselor and […]

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Ramulas Burgess Captures Images Simultaneously Setting Them Free

Recently Ramulas and I sat on my couch and talked about life and I rambled on about my 11-year-old starting middle school.  He listened and quietly took in all that I had to say.  That is the kind of soul he is, a listener, a caring and thoughtful person. Ramulus is strong and unapologetically determined […]

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That dude Tai Allen, POET, MUSICIAN, A MAKER OF THINGS

Yes, I know this guy and proud of it.  We have shared stages and shared non-conversational moments of the poetic kind.  I have respect and admiration for the continuous presentation of his gifts. He speaks in ways that hold us accountable as human beings.  He is in your face with that confident wordsmith kinda power. He […]

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These L.A. dancers are changing the way people protest

I found this story in the LA Times to be fantastic.  Dancers using dance to protest. Read more here: LA Times The seeds for street dance activism were planted with the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin. After Bell learned Martin’s shooter George Zimmerman was able to walk free, she immediately headed to L.A.’s hot spot […]

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The Bearded Dapper Gents are Emissaries of Change

So, as usual, I was perusing the internet for stories when I stumbled upon an article talking about these brilliant Black men making an impactful change on the world and society at large.  The article is entitled: “Sean John and This Company Are Working to Change the Perception of Black Men” read more HERE I visited […]

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The Power of Neycha

A rockstar…a healer…the embodiment of love blowing into any room.  Her fiery forward nature is what makes Neycha a force to be reckoned with.  She is transformation coupled with empowerment. A much-needed feminine force unto the world. For 18+ years, K. Neycha Herford, the founder and CEO of The ReMixed Life™ and creator of TheCrossfade™,  has […]

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Val Jeanty: A Powerful Spirit

  Few people in the world bring something different, stamped with an originality that can’t be compared.  I guarantee you’ve never seen or heard anything like the presence and sound of Haitian artist Val Jeanty known as VAL-INC.  She has been mesmerizing audiences around the world for some time, her RESUME is long, her artistry […]

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Black Hair: A Modern Day Controversy

These days I find I can continuously ask myself this question “Why is black hair such an issue?” After all,  it is an unquestionable natural state.  My hair doesn’t grow out of my head straight, it grows out of my head frizzy, somewhat curly and nappy.  That is a definitive fact.  My ten year old […]

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Ajamu Kojo –an Artist We Should All Know

It’s funny because Ajamu is a person that was a little on the periphery of my circle.  I was much closer to his wife and good friend which happened to be my best friend.  We have come to know a little bit more about each other since I left Brooklyn and ventured to Los Angeles. […]

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A Blurb of Respect for Solange Knowles

  I never expected to write anything about Solange.  I’ve always admired her from afar but kept my distance as a fan.  Her fashion bedazzled me and on occasion, I would wish myself into her closet so I could snatch pretty much all of her clothes.  I kept hearing so much about the new album […]

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