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June 18, 2018

Last year I was able to attend a press conference at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago about Hurricane Maria relief efforts. One of the main speakers was Lin-Manuel Miranda.

I'm so excited to see this article in print. The hurricane did tremendous damage to th...

April 28, 2018

This was a film I did for an "Art as Activism" class at NEIU. I shot and edited the film by myself with an iPhone, digital camera and iMovie. The quality isn't the greatest, but the message is important. Tyler Fabeck, who attended my alma mater, Columbia College Chicag...

March 1, 2018

Today the U.S. transitions from Black History Month to Women's History Month.  It seemed only logical to me that a good way to go from one month to the next was through song. After all, there are many great Black female artists, many of whom aren't celebrated nearly as...

February 20, 2018

Last week, a former student of mine went to pick up lunch. She, this beautiful, intelligent African-American woman ordered and was handed her take out box, complete with a sticker of a monkey and watermelon. 

In the fall of 2016, I was directing a show at...

February 16, 2018

Marvel's "Black Panther" officially opens today and it's already a box office success. There's a lot of great things to comment on, but as to not give anything away, here are five things to know about some of the fascinating women of Wakanda, the fictional African land...

February 15, 2018

Not all that long ago, I was in one of my  professor's offices. A school shooting had recently occurred. It wasn't on my campus, but a school shooting anywhere impacts schools everywhere. The topic of the shooting came up and I could not believe the professor matter of...

February 14, 2018

Earlier this week, I had long conversations with family and friends about the irony of Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Christian season of Lent, falling on Valentine's Day. My initial reaction was the Church wanted everyone to really feel that good old Catholic gui...

January 31, 2018

I don't believe in New Year's resolutions very much. I believe more in setting goals and trying to find ways to achieve them. When I reflected on 2017 and what I hoped to do in 2018, one thing I really wanted to do this year is read more.

I love books. One of my fa...

January 29, 2018

While everyone is taking about everything they hated about last night's Grammy's (and yes, there is A LOT to be upset about), I want to point out one thing I loved: Seeing parents with their kids. 

If you watched the show, you probably noticed that Beyoncé and Jay-Z bro...

June 29, 2017

Throw back Thursday to that time when some of the head shots I took of the amazing teens at Step Up were used for Spa Ritual's Step Up Orange nail polish ads! The ads were featured in Modern Salon and blogs. Did you spot any of these ads anywhere? Know of one I missed?...

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