Archive for the ‘Art & Culture’ Category

African in New York

Music: African in New York – The Immigrant Experience

Ghanaian artist Blitz the Ambassador talks the immigrant experience in New York with his new song “African in New York.” The song already grabbed my heart with an intro from one of my favorite movies, Coming to America starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall.

Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

What’s In Your Hand – Advice from Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

I just finished up a week at the Schomburg’s Summer Education Institute, where educators convene every July to learn about content and strategies to teach Black History in the classroom. Though I’m no longer a classroom teacher, I still find the content engaging, not to mention inspiring. One of the great aspects of the Education […]

Trayvon

A Traveler’s Thoughts About Race in America

When I heard about the Zimmerman verdict I was in shock. I really thought that this would’ve been a slam dunk. Racist man admits he stalked a teenager. He gets out the car, shoots and kills said teenager. And admits it.  So when I read “not guilty” I just stared at my phone. And then […]

Shad Cary

Saving Canada’s Black History

I’m afraid my post titles sound all too redundant. This is the second post this summer where the title is “Saving [Insert hisoric site pertinent to Black History here]. Last time, I wrote about 5 Pointz. This time, I’m writing about the Chatham-Kent Black Mecca Museum.

Girl Chief Rocker

Foto Friday – Girl Chief Rocker

My last few months in Ghana were particularly difficult, but that’s another blog post. One of my guilty pleasures to get through was engaging in music photography. I miss this as in New York, at least the venues I’ve been to, it’s hard to engage in photography.

The 7 train rolls by 5 Pointz

Art + Activism: Saving 5 Pointz

  I recently took to the graffiti mecca 5 Pointz, as I got word on twitter that it will be torn down this year to make way for luxury apartments. Over 350 murals can be seen decorating the five story industrial complex in Long Island City (LIC), Queens. The name 5 Pointz symbolizes artists coming […]

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Tourism and Journalism in Ghana

Be prepared to see more positive coverage like this about how awesome Ghana is on CNN. Ghana’s Tourism Board has partnered with CNN to promote positive coverage of the region estimating at $1.5 Million. Along with this, as well as events such as Chocolate Day, the Paragliding Festival, and Emancipation Day, Ghana hopes to make […]

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Ghanaian Art: El Anatsui Takes Over Brooklyn

Wanting to get excited about getting in the art scene in New York, I quickly took up my friends Kelly and Rebecca’s offer to visit the Brooklyn Museum on a Saturday. Kelly had written something in the email about El Anatsui. I didn’t know who or what an El Anatsui was, but I was excited […]

Opoku's work Ghetto House

Taking It To The Streets – Art in Historic Jamestown

“It looks like one of those self-made houses in Ghana. Or an opening to a small business or restaurant.” My other friend kindly remembered a hole-in-the wall restaurant on his first visit to Ghana. “Amazing food for about 2 cedis” he claimed in his British accent. Standing in front of a large wooden structure, strewn […]

Fura in Accra

Street Food Friday – Fura in Accra

In search of more street food in Accra, my friend Kaibo and I have been planting ourselves in the neighborhood of Nima over the past several weeks. Walking in Nima, I was curious when I saw these white powdered balls neatly packed in glass boxes.