Category: Navigating the Arts

The Artistry OF Erykah Badu

I just couldn’t help but pay a little homage… In recent times, has there been another artist (i.e. musician, painter, sculptor, poet…) that has been drawn, written about, painted, or “filtered” more than Erykah Badu?  If there has please let this brotha know.  Either way, her Motherland features (lips, hips, and other parts), and her

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Ugandan Kids Choir – Inspiring!

Sometimes you don’t know where inspiration will come from. I am about to start a bucket drumming club with youth at the local Harvey Rice School in Cleveland on Tuesdays.  Since proclaiming that I would start such a club, I have been in need of a push – just a little nudge to give me some

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The Warrior Poet – a tribute to Da Ghost

The past few months have been a bit of a challenge.  In fact, this whole year thus far has been more than a challenge, but I am thankful in the moment.  In late April I lost the earthly presence of a friend and brother Rayshawn D. Armstrong a.k.a Jigg a.k.a. Da Ghost, Most Wanted Trapped in

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On the Ngoma Vol. 2 – Umojah Nation at Jilly’s

So, after a small hiatus (it seems), Umojah Nation hit the stage this past weekend at Jilly’s  in Akron and we had an amazing time.  I have so much fun with my band mates, we are such a family, and in many ways this has helped sustain my inner being.  I have had periods of

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Navigating the Arts Vol. 7 – An intro to Afrobeat

I’ve been slowly creeping into the Afrobeat world lately (at least in Cleveland).  It all started when I went to the Femi Kuti concert at Beachland Balllroom a couple of years back.  We were straight up blown away by the sights and sounds.  It was colorful and loud, but that was okay because there were about 20

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Living the Dream through Art and Collaboration

Calling Ohioans “Buckeyes” goes back to the 1830’s.  The buckeye is seen as a sign of good luck.  Ohio State seems to personify this “myth” of luck, always winning everything, growing at an astronomical rate, leading in education, etc.   Well the Buckeye neighborhood of Cleveland could say just the opposite.  This area once showed

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