Don’t Give Up…Video Teaching

Some times in life thing can get so hard you want to give up. Don’t give up. God has great things for you! the best is yet to come. I hope this short teaching inspire you to press on. Be encouraged! For more videos checkout our YouTube channel.

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 …

Throw Back…. When We Were Kids

I was thinking today about  being 48 and what it was like to be  a child again. When we were kids we made the best of what we had. I can recall long hours  of playing games, dolls, cops and robbers, and watching TV.  On rainy days when we were stuck in the house we…

CCC and Blacks…. Riding the Rails

I recently  read “The 1930s” a book that gave an insightful look at the country during  The Great Depression. Many books I have read  about the 1930s get bogged down in the politics of the time. I wanted to find out more  about the decade after watching a documentary on  “Riding the Rails”. These two combinations of…

Painting Black Women From History, From the Heart

  Painting Black Women From History, From the Heart Back in the early 80’s, I left Columbus Ohio to attend College in Pueblo, Colorado. For the first time in my life I was around another culture besides Black and White people. I was exposed to Mexican Americans and Latino artists for the first time. My second…

Robert Johnson at the Cross Roads

A few weeks ago I rented the 1986 movie “Crossroads”  to watch with my daughter. The movie is based off of the legend of Robert Johnson the great blues musician.  I have been working on a novel for about a  year about  the crossroads and tent revivals  in Mississippi where Robert Johnson had  sold his…

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…

Copacetic…

Copacetic – Bill Bojangles Robinson got the nickname “Bo jangles” from “jangler,” meaning contentious, and invented the phrase “Everything’s Copacetic,” meaning tip-top. Many years ago living in Columbus, Ohio my husband was Vice President of an organization that worked with  the Lincoln Theater. It is a historical theater  located in  what once known as the “Blackberry…

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…

Cabin in The Sky! Warfare?

One of my all time favorite movies is  Cabin in the Sky. Vincent Minnelli directed this great classic in 1943. He is Liza Minnelli’s  Father. It was very rare to  see  a black film with such a great cast produced in that era. A lot of film that  were produced by black filmmaker during that…

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…

Painting Landscapes on Wood

Painting Landscapes on Wood I attended the University of Cincinnati back in 1982-83. I was a Fine Arts Major.  One of the requirement among many was taking  a class in oil painting. I had never  worked with oils before. I was excited about trying a new medium.I have always love the  landscapes and genres  from…