Melting Pot

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…

Choice: Chiang Mai

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

Changes in Traditional Indian Family Structure

  From joint family to nuclear family the so-called Indian family structure changed a lot during the last three decades.  I remember growing up with my grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins in the same house. Every day, when I look back, life was a bittersweet struggle to fit…

Beyond Bloodlines

The concept of family, for me covers a broad expanse of relationships that include, and go a long way beyond biology. Although my mother was born and raised in Alabama, she left home at 14 and rarely returned to visit the south. Our family dynamic changed drastically when…

One.

However we define family it means a lot. It is a blessing when we can see how all of life connects us as One family. In early 2015 I was blessed with an opportunity to visit many places in Asia for almost 3 months. We are taught early…