Rules To Live By: André De Shields

Photo by Lia Chang Tony Award winning actor André De Shields’ three cardinal rules for sustainability and longevity. Cardinal Rule #1: Surround yourself with people whose eyes light up when they see you coming. Cardinal Rule #2: Slowly is the fastest way to get to where you want to be. Cardinal Rule #3: The top… Continue reading Rules To Live By: André De Shields

A reflection on current conditions

Judging by reactions to the ever more disturbing news of the day, it's clear some people you know haven't paid attention to an iota of the 246 year-old horror science fiction melodrama with heaping spoonfuls of adventure and hints of romance called “The United States of America." The journey of the hero has been lost… Continue reading A reflection on current conditions

5 Songs For The End of The Week

Joy Oladokun has crafted a body of work full of beautiful melodies and deep meaning. Her songs inspire the desire to memorize every word so you can sing along. She has said, “My favorite artists are the ones you can believe every word they’re saying. And Tracy Chapman is literally a master class in that.”… Continue reading 5 Songs For The End of The Week

Links For The Voracious

“Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.”-Mae C. Jemison Museum guards spend more time with an art museum’s collection than anyone else. The Baltimore Art Museum’s newest show, “Guarding the Art” is curated by 17 museum guards. Kellen Johnson describes the inspiration for the works he selected for the show. “Liner Notes For The… Continue reading Links For The Voracious

5 Songs For The End of The Week

“come celebratewith me that everydaysomething has tried to kill meand has failed.”-Lucille Clifton, an excerpt from the poem “won’t you celebrate with me” I love this Bettye Swann cover of the Aaron Neville classic. A timeless, flawless hit that embodies pop, R&B, and the standards of the Great American Songbook. Yola gets down… Continue reading 5 Songs For The End of The Week

Marla Gibbs bet on herself and became a TV legend

“If you’re still breathing, it’s not too late.”-Marla Gibbs Marla Gibbs was a 44 year-old mother of two living in Detroit when she decided to become an actress. She moved her family to LA, went on auditions, and got cast on “The Jeffersons,” all while working full-time for United Airlines. Most people in her circumstances… Continue reading Marla Gibbs bet on herself and became a TV legend

A beautiful passage from professor, author, and all around genius Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom on Venus and Serena Williams. It is a powerful thing to name what it means and looks like to see yourself in the details of champions who are larger than life, in part because they are just like you. “They were… Continue reading