Rent Parties 1930’s Should Make a Comeback!

Back in the 1930’s  when things   were really hard, folks found a way to get by. After the great migration of African Americans to the North, the struggle for every day life  continue in great ways. Racism was still alive, but collective communities worked together against the struggles. From the sharecropping fields of the South to the…

Mothers of The Church.. Missionary Sunday

I grew up in a Baptist Church. I enjoy watching the women wear the  most amazing hats on Sunday Morning. My mother Louise Dillard worked with many of the organization in the church.  She went home to be with the  Lord in 2008. She wore the most colorful amazing hats on Sunday. However her hats…

Why Black History?

Why Black History? Over the years I have always been fascinated with history. I attended high school in Columbus, Ohio. I was very blessed to have a mother and father who encouraged education and knowledge. I grew up attending Union Grove Baptist church in Columbus. My pastor Reverend Phale D. Hale baptized me when I…

The Lena Baker Story

I ran across the movie on TV One last week. I really enjoyed the movie, but is so tragic. The many lives that have been damages by the racism  in America. Tichina Arnold best know as “Pam “ from  Martin Lawrence sitcom of the 90’s brought her  A game in the role. The movie was…

Guilty Pleasure…. Black Marching Bands!

  It all started at South High in Columbus, Ohio. I played in the marching band for three years. It was the only thing that helped me “like” high school. I  played the flute for ten years, piano for ten years, Viola for 7 and anything else I could make music on. That included the…

Your Gang and Some of Our Gang

  A couple of months ago before relocating to Maryland, I had some time in-between packing to watch some TV. Along with writing and painting about history I love to watch old movies. Turner Classic movie decided to run a marathon of all the  historical Hal Roach Classic Our Gang Series. They aired 48 hours of…

Big Mamma Thornton is the Blues

It is not often that I run across a blues musician with a big voice, big talent, and  a vibrant strong stage presence. While searching YouTube for juke joint music from the Delta I came across Big Mamma Thornton and fell in love with her sound. The first note that came from her went deep into my soul calling to the …

Donald McKayle…. Legend

While researching info about African-Americans  on the Chain Gang I ran across this dance piece by Donald McKayle. I was taken with the piece so I started researching more about him. There are so many great legendary people in the black community that go unknown. Our history is deep and being made very day by…

Meet James Crow

Meet James Crow I started using the term in 2000 after relocating from Colorado Springs to Baltimore, Maryland. We lived in Colorado Springs  for about 5 years. It was the Christian right-wing mega church ministry political mecca. Over 400 Para church ministry are located at that time in the Springs. That included Focus On The…

Angersession!

Over the years as a visual artist I have painted countless pictures from photos of the Great Depression. I wanted to document the effects it had on the Black community through the arts. Many of the photos I found revealed the devastating losses and hopelessness of many across the country both White and Black. The…