How Will Your Kids Learn Our History If You Don’t Teach It?

I love to draw. It is a great way to tell a story or capture a moment.

I believe stories can be told in many ways and use a variety of methods to uplift, inform and educate about African Americans and people of color.

We should tell our own stories.

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Book of the Month

Dancing During the Storm Vol 2

Dancing During The Storm is a collection of short stories that represent people dealing with the storms of life. There are times when we have to decide are we going to lay down or fight. All of these stories tell of people who are either coming out of, in the middle of or going into a storm. In this second volume, the stories deal with justice, women’s issues and deception.

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It Is Not Against the Law and Order

And we would know.

There are millions of stories in the city and Law and Order has covered them all. The long running series about crime and punishment has told countless stories in the US and UK.  Ripping pages from the headlines and current events, this new Law and Order has put its spin on some of the most heinous and unusual crimes in the world. Our Law and Order experts (Sistas!) tell you of the latest one is a hit or miss.


TV Show of the Week

So I came to this show late…but I do like to skip the hype. There was a lot of hype around this when it started. It was right.

It starts a little slow for me. But the energy gets there. The one thing I love about this limited series is that it gives me the chance to see Americans how others see us. This action adventure series is on Netflix and I enjoy how it is shot. It allows me to see my world different.

It has the ageless Sanaa Lathan and Greg Henry in it as they play cat and mouse with us. Binge it over a weekend.

Artist of the Week

General Moses is a drawing by Charles White of Harriet Tubman. She sits on these rocks like she is on a throne, giving counsel to many. The first time I saw this I remember thinking wow, what a powerful woman this was. This is an ink drawing created by Charles White in 1965.

Mother and Child Sorrow by Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller in 1962 and is a bronze cast sculpture. I love that a woman was creating art that spoke to the abuse African Americans received during that time in history. Cheers to women who tell our stories by any means.

Make A Statement

My work covers five areas. History. Faith. Cultural Diversity. Impact. Justice and Fairness.

Art is Life

Sometimes we have to remind ourselves what is important.  It is easy to get caught up in the everydayness of life. Remind yourself that when God created you, He wants to chat.

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Art of the Month

Participating in something you have no control over requires much control.

Bert Williams (1874-1922) was born in the Bahamas. In 1918 the New York Times wrote he was one of the greatest comedians in the world. Williams was also at one time was one of the highest paid performers in vaudeville and on Broadway. He and his team were one of the first African Americans to perform on Broadway, in a show titled Dahomey, a musical in 1903.

Because of his race, he was usually the solo African American performer in a vaudeville show, which meant he travelled, ate and slept separately from the Caucasian performers. He would be alone and separated from everyone else.  A white supremist groups threatened theater owners to only have one black performer per show.  When he signed with Ziegfeld’s Follies, Caucasian performers demanded he be fired, but management refused. He became so popular that others wanted to work with him.

Hattie McDaniel (1893-1952) was an African American actress and holds the distinction of being the first woman of color to win an Oscar. She won for the role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind. She appeared in over 300 films and was also a singer.

Even though she made enough money to live well, she found that it did not stop discrimination. She almost didn’t get to attend the Oscar ceremony where she won because it was segregated and didn’t allow African Americans in.  She also had to file lawsuits to stay in her neighborhood because deeds restricted African Americans from purchasing there and was denied the right to be buried in the cemetery of her choice because race restrictions. She didn’t allow other people’s rules to allow it to limit her.

It took incredible self-control to continue to work and perform routinely. It took discipline to continue to give great performances every time. It took heart not to give up and go do something that was more just.