All posts tagged: February 2016

Reflections: Keeping Black History Alive

February 26 / 16  Hello! February is winding down and it’s time to reflect. I’ve decided to this with poems. Poems always reflect what the poet is saying. They are writing from a place of experience, a place of pure emotions and letting the reader know their story. I think I’ve said this before, this generation and the next generation need to know what our ancestors went through for us. How we are able to vote, to speak, to get the best education, the jobs…..we have our ancestors to thank for that and I want future generations to see that as well. Here a few poems to reflect on Black History….enjoy your Friday and be blessed.   On Liberty and Slavery BY GEORGE MOSES HORTON Alas! and am I born for this,    To wear this slavish chain? Deprived of all created bliss,    Through hardship, toil and pain! How long have I in bondage lain,    And languished to be free! Alas! and must I still complain—    Deprived of liberty. Oh, Heaven! and is there no relief …

Celebrating Black History Month / Music: A Look in the Present

February 22 / 16 Hello! We’re now into the final leg of celebrating Black History Month. We’re getting into Music, but I’m not looking to the past, I’m looking in the present, those that are getting our attention now. Here are a few that have already or about to break into the music scene….   Anderson Paak Janelle Monae Johnny Rain Lianne La Havas Kenzie May http://www.andersonpaak.com http://www.jmonae.com (site may be hacked…) odrepublic.com http://www.liannelahavas.com http://www.kenziemay.com You can find their music on iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, and other music stream services. I hope you enjoyed their music as much I did listen and putting this post together. Enjoy the rest of your Monday, be blessed! photo cred: glenford nunez for pitchfork.com, billboard.com, feministing.com, hotnewhiphop.com, nonesuch.com and afropunk.com

Celebrating Black History / Literature: Toni Morrison

February 15 / 16 Hello….Monday is here, Shadowbox is continuing its celebration of Black History Month. Now we’re looking at literature and who better to represent than Toni Morrison.   Born Chloe Ardelia Wofford. According to an interview, She received the baptismal name of Antony, which became the basis for her nickname Toni, when she became a Catholic at age 12. Her best known novels are The Bluest Eyes (1970), Sula (1973), Song of Solomon (1977), and Beloved (1987) to name a few…. Commissioned to write the libretto for Margaret Garner, a new opera performed in 2005. Won the Pulitzer and American Book in 1988 for Beloved. Received the Nobel Prize in 1993 and the Presidential Medal for Freedom in 2012. She also wrote a few children’s books with her late younger son, Slade Morrison, such as The Tortoise or The Hare, Little Cloud and Lady Wind, and The Big Box. Her latest novel: God Help the Child. If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you …

@ The Museum: San Diego

February 12 / 16 Happy, Happy Friday creative peeps! We are in San Diego California, taking a look at what the city has to offer in the museums area. Some have art, photography, and history museums. Here are several you can check out…..   San Diego Museum of Art / 1450 El Prado / (619). 232.7931 / http://www.sdmart.org Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego  / 700 Prospect St. / (858).454.3541 / http://www.mcasd.org Timken Museum of Art / 1500 El Prado / (619).239.5548 / http://www.timkenmuseum.org San Diego Art Institute / 1439 El Prado / (619).236.0011 / http://www.sandiego-art.org Museum of Photographic Arts / 1649 El Prado / (619).238.7559 / http://www.mopa.org The New Children’s Museum / 200 W. Island Ave. / (619).233.8792 / http://www.thinkplaycreate.org San Diego National History Museum / 1788 El Prado / (619).232.3821 / http://www.sdnhm.org ♦                                     ♦                                             ♦ …

Scene Wednesday: 28th Folk Alliance International Conference, Camp, Fair & Awards

February 10 / 16 Hello again….found this piece of news to share with you music lovers, Folk Alliance International……. all credit: Folk Alliance International   WHEN: February 17-21, 2016 WHERE: Kansas City, MO, USA Registration and all submissions for showcases opened July 1st, 2015 for the 2016 Conference. The annual February conference (now in its 28th year) draws over 2,000 artists and industry (agents, managers, publishers, labels, festival/venue presenters, promoters, media) dedicated to folk music.   Pricing: Member vs. Non-Member    Overview   The Folk Alliance International Conference is the world’s largest gathering of the Folk music industry and community (crossing a diverse array of genres including Blues, Bluegrass, Roots, Celtic, Cajun, Appalachian, Traditional, World, and Singer-Songwriter). The annual February conference (now in its 28th year) draws over 2,000 artists and industry (agents, managers, publishers, labels, festival/venue presenters, promoters, media) dedicated to folk music. Delegates who attended the 2015 conference represented the over 20 countries including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Scandinavia, Continental Europe, Mexico, and Japan. — download 2016 conference flyer …

The Scene Wednesday: TIFF Next Wave Film Festival

February 3 / 16 Afternoon! Got only one post to put up today…….The Toronto International Film Festival has something for next generation of filmmakers. (courtesy of TIFF) The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival is back! From February 12–14, TIFF Bell Lightbox will transform into a film paradise for young film lovers. We’ll have free movies for high-school students (you heard us!), amazing guests and Q&A sessions, industry workshops, the 24-Hour Film Challenge, and the always epic kickoff at Battle of the Scores. Did we mention there’s free wifi throughout the building? You might never want to leave. I’M IN. SHOW ME THE FULL LINEUP! Battle of the Scores OPENING NIGHT Battle of the Scores + Party! In this live showcase of Toronto musical talent, six high-school bands perform their original soundtracks for a short film. Winners are determined by audience votes and an esteemed panel of judges from the music and film communities. Join us immediately after the Battle for the official TIFF Next Wave Film Festival Opening Night party! WHO WILL WIN? Sing Street CLOSING …

Celebrating Black History Month / Artist: Kehinde Wiley

  February 2 / 16 Hey! February is Black History Month…for this week we have artist Kehinde Wiley. Here are some facts about this artist….. All works by Kehinde Wiley Wiley is known for highly naturalistic paintings of people in heroic poses and often uses Old Masters paintings for the poses of the figure. In my opinion, his has created a tapestry, a representation of Black America.   I’ll let him speak…….           To see and know more about this artist, go to kehindewiley.com. Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday, be blessed always!                           photo cred: Chad Batka for the New York Times, hahamag.com, huffingtonpost.com, npg.si.edu