2012 Blog of the Year Award!

It has been very encouraging to receive a few blog awards lately and thanks to Nizy over at Nizy’s Life Compendium, Eunice at Living and Loving, Rynnie at Modest is the Hottest I received five “Blog of the Year 2012 Awards”.

Below are blogs I think deserve this award because of the inspiring content:

  1. Nizy’s Life Compendium
  2. Crazy Fun Sexy Guide for Women
  3. CloudIn
  4. The Tale of My Heart
  5. Tripod Trippin’
  6. Coco J. Ginger Says

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I Was Nominated for the “Sunshine Award”

Today I got a sweet surprise when Mahogany over @ Crazy, Fun, Sexy Guide for Women nominated me for the, “Sunshine Award”! Her site provides free words of inspiration, bliss tips and video blogs that help women live a life of joy. Follow her on twitter: @CrazyFunSexy. I really appreciate Mahogany for thinking of me!

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How My Picture Got into a Yoko Ono Exhibit!

I really, really love Yoko Ono-her spirit, her art and her boldness. While in London I was able to visit the Serpentine Gallery located in the beautiful Kensington Gardens. The purpose for my visit to was to view the Yoko Ono exhibit To The Light which featured the Smiles Film.The purpose of this film according to Yoko is to fulfill her ultimate goal in film-making by making a film that includes a smiling face snap of every single human being in the world.  At the end of the exhibit gallery visitors are invited to add their picture to the film which I did with my new friend Ariana a fellow traveler from New Zealand. See the picture below:

Smile!

Even if you can’t make it to the Serpentine Gallery you can still add your pearly whites to the film via Twitter, Facebook,Instagram, Pinterest and many other social media sites, just visit: www.smilesfilm.com. To learn more about the Smiles Film from the lady herself see the video below:

Black Contemporary Artist Continuing our Creative Tradition

For thousands of years people of African descent have created wonderful pieces of visual art, most of which was stolen by “archaeologist” and is held  in museums throughout the Western world. In spite of the classism and racism that is prevalent in the art world there are many Black artist who are continuing our creative tradition and pushing artistic boundaries. Though many of us know that we dominate music, dancing and singing it should also be noted that from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Kara Walker Black artist  have and are currently making valuable contributions to the art world. Most often Black art is not just “art for art’s sake” but a visual call to justice. View these wonderful pieces of of art below:

By Kara Walker

The piece above  is a powerful reflection on the destruction of the Black family that occurred during slavery, though uncomplicated it shows the terror of slavery. Instead of featuring the male slave master this piece shows the role white women played in slavery thus challenging the traditional slave narrative.

“Apparitional Visitations” by Suzanne Jackson, 1973

This piece by Suzanne Jackson is a beautiful reflection on the inner spirit of the Black woman.

“Sleep” by Kehinde Wiley Photo by AP Photo/Corcoran Gallery of Art

This piece is a powerful and beautiful representation of the Black man. “Sleep” was featured in the 30 Americans’ exhibit at  Washington’s Corcoran Gallery of Art. 30 Americans’ was an exhibition of Black male contemporary artist that focused on sexuality, racism and historical identity.

“No Time for Jivin” by John Outterbridge, 1969

Rugged with a splash of red this piece gets straight to the point.

Black Contemporary Art on the web:

Black Contemporary Art

The Studio Museum of Harlem

‘30 Americans’ Brings Work of Contemporary Black Artists Together in D.C. by Jorge Rivas

Poetry Challenge Day 29:Write my Love Across the Sky

Write my love across the sky,

when you see tears of joy fall  from my eye.

With pens  of joy, hope and light write my love for all to see.

My love is imperfect,

but the image it was made in is not.

Love is not if it is hidden within the heart.

Why must we hold divine truth within ourselves

due to pride, ego and “propriety”.

I will not hide Love within my heart,

though foolish I may seem,

so write my love across the sky for all to see.

GelGems (I love them) on train.

GelGems (I love them) on train. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Poetry Challenge Day 21: I Will Keep Writing….

I will keep writing,

I will keep pushing,

I will keep smiling,

I will keep laughing,

I will keep loving,

I will keep walking

Though I may face pain, rejection and rain.

I will keep on because so many have sacrificed for me.

I will press on because God has empowered me.

I will rejoice in a love that will last for eternity.

Sculpture created at Project Onward a gallery and studio for artist with developmental disabilities. -projectonward.org

 

Poetry Challenge Day 14: Clarity

         Quartz taken at the Museum of Natural History in NYC

I used to see into the mirror of my heart dimly, but now I see clearly.1

Clarity is more valuable than diamonds, rubies, emeralds and

all the precious stones deep within the earth.

What lies within is the greatest wisdom,

release all you own to obtain it

and once you have this truth sell it not.2

1. 1 Corinthians 13:12

2. Proverbs 23:23

Poetry Challenge Day 13: Calypso Sunnyday

The sun dances upon her skin,

engulfing her in a caress more passionate than any of her lovers,

a heated breeze

swirls around her,

she dances with the steel drum.

Her joy is apparent

to all who witness her worship.

A crowd gazes at her,

yet she hides in plain sight.

A calypso Queen-

the sun is her crown.

        Created at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens by Isaiah Zagar

        Created at Philadelphia’s Magic Garden by Isaiah Zagar

Poetry Challenge Day 10: The A Train

           NYC MTA Transit

We’re riding together but sit worlds apart. The stockbroker, the mother, the hobo living in separate realities, yet riding in the same car. The A Train zips from beaches to hoods to ground zero. Our liberal metropolis is a kingdom of progressive “niceties” . The A Train is a silver chariot carrying us through our politely segregated city.