Book of the Quarter

Destiny’s Dilemma

An African American woman moved home to take care of her dying mother giving up the opportunity to experience a world beyond segregation. Zoraida Hughes Williams finds that some things have changed about her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas while some have stayed the same, like Hell’s Half Acre, an area where saloons, prostitution and gambling runs wild. Like most of the residents, she wants to keep her head down and stay away from trouble, but it comes in the unlikely form of an Anglo Baptist preacher. He messes up everything and almost gets them killed.

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Why Do I Do Art?

I am telling you a story. Visually.

Visit my collection and see the story.

Sometimes we live under a stigma and have a hard time seeing something that looks like us as beautiful.  Embrace your hue. Remind yourself that when God created you, He was happy with you.

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TV Show of the Week

This is a Regina recommendation. I mean I have watched it and thought it was amusing, but she is a fan. I am still on the fence (only because some of the characters are annoying) But the story has it moments where it is funny.

If kind of reminds me of Mary Tyler Moore in and I’m Gonna Get You Sucka kinda of way. The main character has a good heart in a very naïve kinda way surrounded by a cast of characters that..well. You need to experience them for yourself. I am sure you will find a favorite in one of them.

Try this show. It is on ABC.

Art of the Month

This year I am going to tell you a story. It is a very long story but deserving. I am going to add some color to history. Many of these stories you know, you might have put them all together. Allow me to.

People of African descent have always been here. Racism tries to make us believe that Africans were not smart enough to leave the continent until a European or Asian showed them how. Not true.

Simon was from a city in Northern Africa in Libya. It was settled during the time of Greek reign. It was the oldest and most important of the five Greek cities in the region.

The first story I share goes back to 33AD where a Jew name Jesus is carrying the weapon of his destruction down a road. Beaten and exhausted, Jesus needs help, so they get a man who is fresh in from the country, a man from Cyrene. This man is from a Greek city on the continent of Africa. He used his two feet to get from one place to another.

Something about this man made him stand out from the crowd of people following Jesus. Something obviously physical because they thought he would be able to bear the burden. Here is the beautiful thing, God knew he would be able to carry it. Simon’s two feet and strong back carried the cross.

I don’t know if Simon was on a trade route or maybe he was visiting Jerusalem as a practicing Jew, but he was far from home. He was bigger and stronger than any in the crowd. His sandaled feet followed the path God had him on. It changed everything for his family.

God wrote us into this story. People from Africa were there. We weren’t standing on the sidelines. We had a role to play.

Where we came from didn’t limit where we were going. It never has.

In 2022, I am going to add some color to history.


You are capable. Write down everything you accomplished this month. Even those little things. Learn to appreciate those little things. Continue to remind yourself that you are capable. You have skills and talents. You accomplish a lot every day. Appreciate your talents and skills. Value yourself.