Category: Artist Profile

Fall and Winter Stage Shots

It’s hard to keep up when things get busy. I’m practically a one man show (a ridiculous introvert) and can’t take photos like I should! BUT, I have my crew, who has my back, and speaking of which – My Brotha Junior aka Wulfgar aka J After Dark is always cranking out the dopest photos!

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Anisfield Wolf Book Awards – 2019

As usual, one of my favorite events of the year came right on time. Filled with a crowd of librarians, storytellers, cultural enthusiasts, activists and artists, the Anisfield-Wolf Awards did not disappoint. I didn’t get the best photos this year, but the event itself was phenomenal. The overarching spirit throughout was surrounding ancestor Toni Morrison.

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Firefish 2019

After hitting Lake Erie on the kayak, we took a nice chill trip to Lorain, OH for FIREFISH 2019! It’s an eclectic, artistic wild and weird journey. Brother Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band were the headlining band. Definitely worth the hour drive. I heard that next year it’s supposed to be on my BEarthday

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Raul de Nieves at Transformer Station

I stopped by the Transformer Station in the very cool Ohio City area on Cleveland’s Near West Side for a quick peak at the Raul de Nieves exhibit. The number of figures were few (thus the quick peak), but getting a closer look at each figure, it’s easy to understand why there weren’t many. Each

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Verses: Knocking off the Nerves

Whenever I feel the heavy burdens of life I reach out to a hip-hop verse that I know pretty well.  It gives me a familiar feeling and I feel powerful because I know the verse so well. Quick tip:  As I sat in the car waiting to interview for my current librarian position, I listened

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Hip Hop, Is that YOU?!?

You all already know why I’m asking that question, right?   For the past decade or more, rap music has become outright terrifying.  I was just about to hang it up!  Talib went Tweet, twat mad, Busta Bus falling off stages (with the Luvs my CoCo dude – No!!!) Yasin Bey b.k.a. Mos Def fled

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Daily Prayer: For Our Children

Defend Lord, these Thy children in all their work and all their prayer. Spread among them the desire to know and learn and do. Let them grow in the capacity for worthy work and in all their working and thinking let them not forget the host of witnesses about them – those that love and those

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For My People by Margaret Walker Alexander

By far, one of my favorite poets and poems of all time.  I had the honor of walking the campus of Jackson State University when she was there, marching in the Sonic Boom of the South with her grandson, and serving her dinner as a waiter at Red Lobster!  Hope this touches you as well…

Umojah Nation Opening for Morgan Heritage!

Once again it was on…  Umojah Nation!  We opened up for the legendary Morgan Heritage at Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland.  So dope.  It was a hot night! I had to get a clip of one of my favorite reggae songs, No Haffi Dread… ‘Got to believe in His Majesty Oh yes, His lineage and divinity

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A Day with Jerry Pinkney

I had the honor of picking up author/illustrator Jerry Pinkey from the Hopkins International Airport for a visit and lecture at my Cuyahoga County Public Library –  Warrensville Heights Branch.  He jumped in the vehicle and we instantly began a great conversation about our art inspirations, community, and family among other things.  We hopped on

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