Art & Poetry

CULTURAL DESIGN CREATES AWARENESS AND ACCEPTANCE

    On the first day of my Ethnic Costume Design class, my students said, “Ms. H., I can sorta’ tell the influences of different cultures in fashion design, but how do we really know?” After discussion, the students and I came up with four criteria to identify…

The Cultural Explosion of Dr. Yaoundé Olu

  Dr. Yaoundée Olu “I have always been an artist in my soul and heart.” – Dr.Yaounde Olu   Indeed, Dr. Yaounde’ Olu is an artist. She is also a scientist, a journalist, an Afro-futurism pioneer, an author, an illustrator, and an award-winning cartoonist. Olu has been activating…

Bernie Basley Photography: The East

  Bernie loves to take pictures.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in TV Production from Columbia College Chicago, but now lives in Bangkok, Thailand. Bernie has worked extensively in TV production including ABC Television Network where he served as the Associate Director and Stage Manager from 1979-2001. Prior to…

For My Mother’s Eyes

Photo by Klemen Vrankar on Unsplash   Release me, Dear Mom Your gentle touch thrills me still My heart satisfied My stomach full Release me, Dear Love Let your motherhood sail My feet hold me now My thoughts enabled Release me, Dear One, Your lessons firmly within me…

Black and Essential: GW Harper

  “Imagine being both Black and “Essential” in today’s current cultural/pandemic climate. Well, I don’t have to and what I’m left with is an unexplainable sense of emptiness. A feeling that my life is practically disposable as both a nurse and a woman of color. I’m just another…

Lessons Alabama Taught Me

  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to perform an intimate and vulnerable spoken word in front of the courthouse in Florence, AL during PROJECT SAY SOMETHING’S Monument Removal Rally. I was invited by Johanna Stacy Robertson, an amazing woman and one of the founders of Beyond the Women’s…

On Being a New Father: An Interview with Daniel Knight

An Interview with Daniel Knight by Rhonda Hardy, Father’s Day 2020   I met Dan about nine months ago through my son, Ruben. We were together for dinner to celebrate with him and his new bride Tabitha. They also had the cutest baby girl, Gia, with them. She…

Prosetry: Frank Malaba

A Love Letter To Myself Still learning to find who it is I see when I look in the mirror. Still learning to find meaning in failure and success. Still learning to say my name in a kinder way. Still learning to taste what my mother tongue really…

Release: A Process

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu   Releasing is a process of realization that we carry self-imposed as well as systemic weights which detain our growth. Life circumstances and situations paint a picture replete with emotions as…

That Yo-Yo Ma

A place of peace, OOthat’s where Yo-Yo Ma OOhas brought me Pandemic outside. I’m following Yo-Yo Ma OOthrough a pleasant maze, OOup, down, and around, OOand around. That Yo-Yo Ma! More strident now, OOin a thrilling way, OOmellow, measured, and thrilling. People ill and dying OOoutside. Work to…