At The Smithsonian: Views of African American Life * Opens 9/24/16

| September 12, 2016

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will open on September 24, 2016. The museum’s 11 massive galleries display, in total, more than 30,000 priceless artifacts according to its website. Founding director Lonnie G. Bunch, III says, “This is not (nor was it ever intended to be) the National Museum of Discrimination…For me, […]

Fierce Hi Heels at the Brooklyn Museum!

| November 9, 2014

I really thought I was raising whatever back in the day when I graduated from “kitten” or “Cuban” heels to a 2 incher. Of course, seeing women prancing around on sky high stilettos today has put me in my place. I don’t /won’t wear them, but I think 6 inch needle heels are fierce and […]

Sidney Poitier – Author

| September 1, 2014

“Those that stop their questioning at 75, 60, even 30, cut short their explorations and end up with permanently unfinished lives.” (From “Life Beyond Measure: Letter to My Great-Granddaughter”) Wise octogenarian Sydney Poitier has been a natural treasure for quite awhile. He’s won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Grammy. He has had […]

August Wilson Plays on Webcast!

| September 8, 2013

Mr. Wilson is one of my favorite playwrights. He wrote plays for every decade of the 20th century that would chronicle some part of the black experience in America. Through the use of his great ear for dialogue, Wilson was able to give us some insight into the daily life, both struggles and triumphs, of […]

The Los Angeles Black Book Expo (LABBX) * 8/17/13

| August 12, 2013

LABBX, the Los Angeles Black Book Expo, returns on Saturday August 17, 2013. This free event, at the L.A. Convention Center,  will have “authors, storytellers, spoken word and poetry performances, musicians, exhibitors, children’s book authors, emerging writers, publishers, booksellers, panel discussions, editors, book reviewers…” all in support of having a glorious reading experience. LABBX 2013 […]

DVD: Mr. Belafonte!

| July 28, 2013

Everyone knows who Harry is – just listening to a few chords of “Day-O” or “Ma-tilda” brings his handsome face to the mind’s eye. At 85, he is still attractive of course, but Harry Belafonte: Sing Your Song, a fascinating documentary out on DVD, fills in and rounds out the well lived life of the […]

Harlem Book Fair 2013

| July 15, 2013

Happening this coming weekend is a  fantastic yearly event involving over 200 exhibit booths, music, panel discussions and children’s activities. Great way to spend a Saturday in the city!  “The vision of the Harlem Book Fair is to partner with local and national leadership organizations under the banner of literacy awareness, affirming HBF as the […]

Chinese New Year 2013 – Year of the Snake

| February 10, 2013

Lunar New Year, February 10, 2013, marks the 4710th year in the Chinese calendar – the Year of the Snake. Not as fiery and intense as 2012’s Dragon year, 2013 should be calmer and more practical with a tendency toward stability, security and comfortable elegance. FYI: The Chinese Snake is considered to be aligned with […]

Honoring Elizabeth Catlett – Artist

| January 6, 2013

The Schomburg celebrates Ms Catlett, painter, sculptor, printmaker, activist (1915 – 2012), with music and poetry on Saturday January 12, 2013 at 6PM.. “Inspired by the Civil Rights era, the late Elizabeth Catlett became one of the world’s most treasured artists of the 20th century- defining the courage, hope and beauty of African-American life in […]

About That Mayan Calendar…

| December 16, 2012

There has been lots of talk regarding the Mayan Calendar and its apparent end of days date, 12.21.12.  Last week, we celebrated 12.12.12 – a date thought by many cultures to be lucky, fortunate, blessed – best day to marry, to be born, etc. This week, we have the 21st of December, 2012. A date […]