A fabulous trip with the Ngumas for a cabin stay outside of Hocking Hills State Park. Outdoor hot tubs, hiking and, of course, we had to visit the caves! So beautiful. Just south of Columbus, OH.
Once again the Umojah Nation crew came to Cleveland in style! This time it was Chalk Fest 2017. It was an all day performance - literally morning to evening, with a few breaks in between. And as always, the Cleveland Museum of Art hosted a great event. Like Pops asked when he visited the Museum … Continue reading Umojah Nation at Chalkfest 2017!
I had a great time at the BCALA Conference in Atlanta! In case you don't know, BCALA stands for Black Caucus of the American Library Association. No doubt, I am honored to be a librarian of African descent. I often wear my garb to work proudly, even though I have been questioned on it at times … Continue reading BCALA Conference 2017
Feel like those Sonic Boom days... I forgot how much you have to work out to drum in a parade! Shout out to Gil (Cody) and the crew. Great times.
At least that's what they say. Well, I'm asking for donations - it's for Uplyff, Inc! - it's for the Children! Check it out. Nuff Said 😎
Nice time recording demo tracks at Studio 78 with Sausalito Jazz Trio (+one).
As I navigate this plight across the Afrikan Diaspora, I am in constant need of inspiration. You will find here a passage from Paul Laurence Dunbar - a reminder that once you have honored the struggle with action, then take the time to heal. Dunbar was a courageous and brilliant poet. His works are truly … Continue reading Daily Prayer: For Healing
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 … Continue reading Verses: Knocking off the Nerves
Stefano - Tracey - Egan - part of the Umojah Nation Family getting in a good rehearsal. https://www.pinterest.com/alijamalboyd/dis-a-reggae-music/
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 … Continue reading Hip Hop, Is that YOU?!?