“Pessimism is a Self-Fulfilling Malady”

Doubt - Death - Disillusion?   I have grown tired of living in a world full of hate and hurt.  Whenever I begin to break out of such limited thinking and living, I found that so many negative energies seemingly exist just to put me back.  I'm often reminded that... "Pessimism is a Self-Fulfilling Malady"  … Continue reading “Pessimism is a Self-Fulfilling Malady”

Front Row at Alvin Ailey’s!

(So, this happened a year ago - but the experience is long-lasting)   Yep, I splurged a little, made a quick road trip to downtown Toledo, OH and was escorted by ushers to the FIRST ROW of the Valentine Theatre.  After a short wait, popcorn and a whiskey sour, the lights went out, and the performance … Continue reading Front Row at Alvin Ailey’s!

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 … Continue reading Daily Prayer: For Our Children

7 X 6 – A New Life Cycle Begins!

42 Years and I am honored to be alive, in this present state.  I receive blessings daily and offer thanks to the ancestors.  From Emma to Otis, John Charles, Penford, Lizzie, James, Little, Johnny, Lucinda, and countless others - amazing people - Pam, Ray, Will, Ryan, Thaddeus, Justin, Jonathan, Kai, Dr. Williams.  Ashe' Asante sana. … Continue reading 7 X 6 – A New Life Cycle Begins!

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... … Continue reading For My People by Margaret Walker Alexander

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 … Continue reading Umojah Nation Opening for Morgan Heritage!

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 … Continue reading A Day with Jerry Pinkney

3 Movies that inspire ME as a father

#3 - Chef I get great inspiration from this movie - a southern guy works to redeem himself after a failed marriage and has to learn how to be a responsible, attentive father, while maintaining and/or creating the career that he wants. I really struggle with these same things. I love every moment that I … Continue reading 3 Movies that inspire ME as a father

Daily Prayer: Submission

Plenty of times you sent help my way, but I hid and I remember once you held me close, but I slid There was something that I just had to see that you wanted me to see so I could be what you wanted me to be And I think I've seen it, but I … Continue reading Daily Prayer: Submission