December 3, 2019

Hello friends! It’s been awhile….

The quietness on my part has largely been due to the fact that I've had a whole heck of a lot on my metaphorical plate these past few months concerning my art studio / studio apartment culminating in me moving out of it at the end of November.

I handed in my keys at noon on Saturday. Breathe out.

Wow, what an incredible journey! And, phew, I'm glad it’s over.

As I write this, I'm hearing Alicia Keys’ song “Brand New Me” in my head…

It took a long long time to get here
It took a brave, brave...

June 10, 2019

For some time now, I've wanted to share with you a few of my favorite podcasts that are a little lesser known but so worth the listen. In Part 2, I’ll share several other podcasts that are very well known, but worth recommending. In Part 3, I’ll let you know which podcasts I’ll be checking out for the first time this summer. First comes first: Four of my current favs!



Hosted by Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, two culture writers for the New York Times

I. Love. This. Show.

It always makes me think and f...

February 16, 2019

I write a lot about soul in my blog posts on my therapy website as it’s something I think and feel about almost every day. So, I thought I’d share a personal project that is near and dear to my own soul and hopes it sparks creativity in yours.

I’m thrilled to have finally filled all 200 pages of what I refer to as “My Black Book of Inspiration.” I love the simplicity of black and white and so when my eyes caught glimpse of this simple hardbound sketchbook on the shelf of an arts and crafts store some years ago (was it 20...

July 18, 2017

Willful Ignorance by Lisa Blair 

Willful Ignorance is a challenge to middle- and upper-class white America (liberals and conservatives alike). All too often, we stand behind our supposedly patriotic belief in American exceptionalism and our unconscious sense of entitlement, ignoring how these heightened (and yet false) experiences of ourselves were born on the backs of our Black, Brown, and Native sisters and brothers. These distorted experiences of patriotism and superiority forge an undeniable link between our violent,...

April 16, 2016

Photo: Una Kariim website 

Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971 in Camden, NJ, now living in Brooklyn, NY) is known for her elaborate and colorful paintings adorned with rhinestones, enamel, and acrylic paint although she also works in photography, collage, printmaking, video art, sculpture, and installation. I selected Thomas to follow my post on Carrie Mae Weems because Thomas was specifically inspired by Weems’ exhibition at the Portland Art Museum in 1994. She was so moved by the work, she returned six times to see the exhibit...

March 26, 2016

Photo credit: Unknown 

Carrie Mae Weems (b. 1953 in Portland, OR, now living in Brooklyn and Syracuse, NY) is a visual artist who has developed an infinitely complex body of work using photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video, although she is most well-known for her photographic works. Her work is about “considerably more” than race/racism or gender/sexism (or identity, class, culture, relationships). Indeed, in all its complexity and multiplicity, her art is more essentially about the hu...

March 12, 2016

Photo by David Seidner 

Glenn Ligon (pronounced “Lie-gone”) (b. 1960 in Bronx) is a conceptual artist who works in many mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, and installation. His work explores issues of race, language, image, sexuality, and identity. Besides drawing upon his own life, Ligon often utilizes other works from visual arts, literature, and history to explore these themes. For example, he originally gained notoriety for his work titled “Notes on the Margin of the Black Book” (1991-93), which cons...

February 27, 2016

Photo: Berlin, 2005, from Wikipedia 

Adrian Piper (b. 1948 in Bronx) is a conceptual artist, author, and philosopher. Her work addresses gender identity, ostracism, otherness, racial "passing," and racism. Although I didn’t find sites describing her explicitly as a performance artist (I’m not sure why, perhaps it’s due to her own preference), I would characterize much of her work loosely as “performance art” for lack of a better term. Nevertheless, I feel she is a change agent and an awareness seeker.

I would also argue t...

February 13, 2016

Fred Wilson was born in the Bronx in 1954 to a Caribbean mother and an African American father. He describes himself as of "African, Native American, European and Amerindian" descent. Wilson spent most of his childhood in an all-white enclave in Westchester, NY where his family was greeted with racist graffiti—NIGERS [sic] GO BACK TO AFRICA—before they had even moved in.

In the late seventies, Wilson was employed in various professions including several within the art world. He was an art installer, curator, and guard at...

January 30, 2016

Photo by Derek Anderson 

Barkley L. Hendricks (b. 1945 in Philadelphia) is a painter widely known for his stunning life-sized portraits of people he knows—friends, lovers, family members—and men and women on the street, people of color from the urban northeast. I was introduced to Hendricks’ work in the exhibition “Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties” in Austin, TX earlier this year. His painting “Lawdy Mama” (1969) was my favorite piece in the entire show. It was striking and gorgeous—nearly life-size, this bea...

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