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

Thinking About bell hooks

When bell hooks passed away last month, the tributes and remembrances were immediate. No one expected the fierce and brilliant hooks to go rest with the ancestors so soon. She was powerful in so many ways. bell hooks showed us transformational ideas could be easy to understand. She gave language to ways of thinking about… Continue reading Thinking About bell hooks

5 Songs For The End of The Week

“Cultivate your own aesthetic and your own universe. Create your own universe and share it with people you respect and love. “-André Leon Talley Many greats have covered this gospel classic. LaVern Baker’s interpretation builds on Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s version, transforming it into a foundational Rock N’Roll record. In the pantheon of great Aretha… Continue reading 5 Songs For The End of The Week