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. https://youtu.be/fWoPJgiPkxA In the pantheon of great Aretha… Continue reading 5 Songs For The End of The Week

5 Songs For The End of The Week

Cooking and contemplating playlists are among my favorite procrastination activities. These are five of the songs that kept me company this week. I made stews, cookies, and didn’t do what I was supposed to be doing. “Trust your obsessions. They know you best. They will be things responsible for your survival.”-Shefon Taylor, artist https://youtu.be/2e7OHLqEyAA https://youtu.be/jiVhmF9EK3w… Continue reading 5 Songs For The End of The Week

5 Songs For The End of The Week

Only three more Fridays left in 2021. The new year is almost here. Congratulations on making it through another week! “Tomorrow belongs to those of us who conceive of it as belonging to everyone; who lend the best of ourselves to it, and with joy.”-Audre Lorde Faith & Majesty crossed my path as I doomscrolled… Continue reading 5 Songs For The End of The Week

5 Songs For The End of The Week

“No one is loved like musicians. Musicians are loved by people, really loved, because they give them the ability to express their emotions and their memories. There’s no other form that does that.”-Fran Lebowitz, “Pretend It’s a City” https://youtu.be/FuMm_9z06is https://youtu.be/b1Z4PAZX9Bs https://youtu.be/SujVJlCjKxU https://youtu.be/z9L6H-URx9s https://youtu.be/1N5GeOqM3QM