Archive for the ‘Art & Culture’ Category

Stevie Wonder in Brooklyn

Stevie Wonder Takes Over Brooklyn

Artists and media makers now have a new home in Brooklyn, The BRIC Arts Media. The $41 million dollar project houses art galleries, studios and a broadcasting center. Last month they celebrated all things Stevie Wonder. Check out all the fun they had below.

Ruby Walks in Hunts Point

Civil Rights Heroine Ruby Bridges Now Walks in the Bronx

*Below is an¬†excerpt of a story I wrote for The¬†Hunts Point Express, a Bronx-based newspaper. You can read the full story by clicking on the link at the end.* Pedestrians on Hunts Point Avenue next to Bruckner Boulevard can now walk with a civil rights heroine by their side. A multi-paneled mural depicting six-year-old Ruby […]

Odd Jobs: Boat Building in The Bronx

It’s not everyday you run into a boat maker in the Bronx. I took a row on the surprisingly serene Bronx River with West African immigrant Sekou Kroamh. Sekou left his country of Guinea four years ago, where he enjoyed working with his hands to build houses. Now he’s in New York working with his […]

Foto Friday: Puerto Rican Roots Music

A random Friday night in East Harlem, the band Yerbabuena plays Puerto Rican roots music, Bomba y Plena. Bomba is percussion-based and comes from enslaved Africans on the island in the 17th century. Plena was created from Bomba in the 20th century. Together the sounds make up the soundtrack of the Afro-Puerto Rican experience. Catch […]

Flags Up at the West Indian Day Parade

Foto Friday: The West Indian Day Parade

With roasted corn, over-the-top carnival threads, and every flag from the Caribbean imaginable, this past Monday New York celebrated the 46th West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn. Here is a glimpse of the scene as flags waved high to show Caribbean pride. Even a short stint of rain couldn’t stop these parade-goers.

Cake Divas in Harlem

Women Who Work: Cake Divas in East Harlem

Strolling in East Harlem on a Sunday, I was drawn by a small bakery which claimed to have “the best Pumpkin Cake in the World.” You know I had to go in! I was surprised to find it was Aroma’s Boutique and Bakery on 116th and 1st Avenue. It holds a story of a woman […]

From memegenerator.com

Racial Inequity: A Delicate Dance in the US

Below is a story on how a simple trip to the grocery store can turn into ground for racial inequality. Watch as author and educator Joy DeGruy explains the difference in treatment from a grocery store clerk between herself and her lighter-skinned sister-in-law. It’s a simple story on the complicated space Blacks navigate in the […]

The cover of Houseboy. Photo from the Writer's Project of Ghana website.

What We’re Reading: Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono

I’m happy to take part in the Writer’s Project of Ghana’s monthly book discussions. It gives me a chance to delve into African literature I would’ve not otherwise come across. Sadly, in the States the extent of knowledge of literature from the continent doesn’t go beyond the required reading of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. […]

Neema

Neema Namadamu: Architect for Peace in the Congo (Part 2)

We continue our conversation with Neema Namadamu, founder of the women’s peace organization Maman Shujaa in the Congo. If you haven’t read the first part, go back and read it here. In the second part of our interview, Neema speaks with us about the difficulties of community organizing in a place like the Congo, and […]

Ghanaian artist Delasi

Music Spotlight: Delasi’s Where Do We Go?

Spoken word artist, singer and songwriter out of Ghana, Delasi (@Delasimusic), shows us images of Ghana that we won’t find on CNN, in his video Where Do We Go? While news flashes of exotic wildlife, beaches, oil money and Hope City are seen on mainstream media outlets, in his video Delasi shows images of poverty […]