Art

Bernie Basley Photography: Belize

The Blues comes wrapped in a tranquil and beautiful country, BELIZE.   Diverse in culture and inviting to the senses, Belize is a willing subject for photographer, Bernie Basley. – Bernie Basley Bernie loves to take pictures.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in TV Production from Columbia College Chicago,…

A Woman for Every Season: Charlene Carter

Charlene Carter has a smile that signifies her vitality. She is an exuberant trailblazer that shares her many gifts and talents in the Shoals area. The oldest of 3, Carter revels in the fact that she is fabulously 60. “We can be free at any age.”  She grew…

Moments of Joy

Every Wednesday afternoon, I drive to Room in the Inn, the homeless ministry in Florence. On my drive to the center, I am usually filled with self-doubt. I am socially awkward, and I always try to get there early enough to nab the snacks and supplies duty so…

PUERTO RICO: PEPE VILLEGAS

I asked Pepe Villegas to share his artwork dedicated to Puerto Rico, since the ravaging of this American island by  hurricane Maria.   This work needs no text; it reveals the pain of Maria, yet Puerto Rico emerging.-Victorine   Please send donations to Puerto Rico Recovery Fund – Pepe…

Frank Malaba: Soul Stirrings

 The ocean is a flapping endless salty fabric that sounds majestically in tune with its infinite purpose to remind me that all of life could easily be enveloped and silenced in one swipe. And yet the seagull’s squawk is allowed to dart in and out of its roar…

Kwong Chow Games

Garden Spices loves watching  Bernie’s muse, daughter, Garnet, as she grows.  She is in full dance gear for the gala of the Sports Day at Kwong Chow.  Dad is right there with his camera. – Bernie Basley Bernie loves to take pictures.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in TV…

Small Spaces Standing Tall: Rhonda Hardy

You met Rhoda Hardy through her dolls, Bronzeville Beauties.  Of course, a sense of an artful space was to be expected, but the volume of color and dimension was explosively vibrant.  Space smaller, but widely welcoming. –Victorine                      …

A Fine Feast with Artist, P. J. Stewart

We had toured art galleries and shops throughout the prominent Bronzeville community in Chicago.  It was lovely to view so many works and wares steeped in rich culture, identifiably rooted from Africa.  We cut our tour short; it was a healthy appetizer.  We knew our feast awaited us…

Miracle

  In the moment I left my mother’s pink, velvet cocoon and its folds, I believe I arrived in this world fists clenched because I held onto what is rightfully mine without question… My dignity. In the new world we inhabit, a welcoming team awaits us to show…

Daughter of the Water, Woman of the Leopard

  James Robinson·Sunday, May 7, 2017   They say stars fell on Alabama, what a beautiful night that must have been. Afrika fell on Alabama, with words of a thunderous storm of heritage lost. A daughter of the water flowed over our lives, powerful as a Blood Moon….