113th and Cottage Grove
In September we will celebrate Street Art. Chicago is loaded with amazing work around the city. This work is on a building at the corner of 63rd and Cottage Grove.
But you control your reaction to it. Dance. Ending this month’s videos with movement.
Is it peace? If so what does it look like? What does it sound like? We all have to find our own rhythm. What does your peace look like? Is it slow and smooth?
In place of still photography, I will replace it with video and sound to create thought provoking art for the month of August. I did the video work, but the music is by William Rosati, titled Sulking.
As these leave were floating in the water, it made me think of how this year is passing for some. We are the leaves just floating at whatever pace the water sets for us.
Where are you going?
This year marks our 10th anniversary. We have become so much more than I originally imagined. Here is a video that shares some of what we have done.
I know some of you hate this Quarantine, but just chill for a second. This thing has created some phenomenal music moments. Admit it!
Who didn’t check out Jill Scott and Erykah Badu? That was amazing.And so many people on my timeline were into it. I remember at one point they had 625K
And now all these artists are trying to do the same thing. We are living through some of the greatest music moments. Artists are trying to find new ways to connect with their audiences and it is FYAH.
I am a big fan of Club Quarantine with DJ D-Nice. This man’s love for music is so contagious it can capture me for hours. D-Nice spins on Instagram drawing such an interesting collection of audience members who often become part of the show throughout the evening. His regulars include celebrities like Halle Berry and Donnie Wahlberg, but also regular folks who follow him too. Every session is a new adventure.
Since the Quarantine, I have listened to all kinds of artists do live performances on the internet from James Taylor to BoyzIIMen to Amy Grant to Yo-Yo Ma. There have been fun YouTube edited shows that have stretched my mind about their performances. This pandemic was the best thing to happen to them and me.
So, sit and chill and listen to some of the best music you are ever going to hear. Your favorites are doing it big. Sit. Listen. Love it.
This week I celebrate graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Master of Arts degree in Journalism. I am sitting back and relishing what a life poured out to God can do.
So let me be honest. This was not on my five or ten year plan. I never dreamed it was possible, but has truly brought the verse to life that all things are possible with Him.
I will celebrate this victory each day this week. I will remember how God has been faithful in guiding me through this program in a city where I have not family or friend support. I truly trusted in Him.
Today I had ice cream. It was nice to savor the flavors of each and remember what I like about them. I mean like each of them on their own, but together it is really good.
Our lives are like one flavor of ice cream. We have plans and ideas of what we like to do. But when we give it to God and trust Him with it, He takes it to an entirely different level.
I am excited to see where I go from here.
I will spend the rest of the year explaining how African American beauty has been marginalized and how we need to appreciate our history. I am creating some art images on the subject and will have several exhibitions this year. Here is one I am working on.
It is the subject of my thesis and I have learned knowing you are beautiful is powerful. I will spend the rest of 2020 looking at different aspects of it. You can see a short video here.
It is the culmination of two years work.
My little sister shared this with me. The words are simple. The message is simple. It reminds me that every day is better than before because my God reveals Himself to me. And He is so good to me.
As your holidays and life get more complicated remember this.