Melting Pot

Priceless Memories

Let this article be a brief token of expression of my freedom, which found its fullest expression in the places I have traveled, lived and cherished a few priceless memories. The Kolkata chromosome Kolkata is probably one of the most fascinating cities of the world. It is a…

57th Street

The Basleys:  Grandma, Bernie, Daddy, Mama, and me.  No, Mama and Daddy were not ventriloquists! I grew up on Chicago’s Southside.  The  streets that now lie desolate were once vibrant and held concert for kids like me. ‘No worry about gangs or gunshots; just the freedom on playing…

My Dream – Creative Closure

To fling my arms wide In some place of the sun, To whirl and to dance Till the white day is done. Then rest at cool evening Beneath a tall tree While night comes on gently, Dark like me- That is my dream! Excerpt from Dream Variations, Sweet…

Forever A Hero

“It must be the sleep medication kicking in now and making me feel like posting something before I head to bed. I love my life. I love the people who surround and suport me with their kindness, allowing and welcoming me to become part of their lives. It…

Goin’ In: Project Say Something

Project Say Something Garden Spices Magazine has been a fan of this ebbing organization in Florence, AL.  And now,  we invite you to learn about their intentions and their work. Project Say Something’s Mission is to unify, educate, heal, and empower communities in the mid south to realize…

Project Say Something

Project Say Something‘s mission is to unify, educate, heal, and empower communities in the mid South to realize social justice through non-violent communication and direct action against racism, poverty, and related forms of oppression. This organization is rooted in the “Dirty South,”  and it invites people to be…

Goin’ In: Wisdom, Patience, Hope

My Beloved American Friends, These are trying times for us and when I say us, I mean black people globally. Many of us feel like the discussion about the Oscars lacking diversity is an American Affair. It is not! I live in Amsterdam The Netherlands. I was born…

Goin’ In: My Choice, Staying Focused

“It is during or darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”                                                                                                             Aristotle We live in a world of limitless possibilities and boundless opportunities and because of that we have free will to choose where we direct our attention. Each choice that we make manifests…

A Voice for Choice

It irks me when someone utters the sentence, “I had no choice!” Because except for in a very few instances in life, we have, in this country, many choices, innumerable choices. Perhaps, often times, we are blessed with too many choices. For example, walk down any aisle in…

Say Something: Under Reconstruction

  I am my father’s child, but Our Father’s creation… I tell myself this daily in an exercise to honor me. But as a man, how can I honor anything but this mask of masculinity dictated by a society that says it’s “gay” to love those gays, or…