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You’re Working Late Tonight

As an older Black American living in today’s turbulent times, I see how some things have changed, yet others have not. It is quite a paradox to have seen this nation’s first black president and in subsequent years see so many of my brothers and sisters unduly harassed…

Who’s Looking Out For The Children?

Photo by Allie on Unsplash   During this pandemic, K-12 students comprise one of the most vulnerable groups. Children are reliant on the decision-making skills and empathy of the adults in their orbit. During the spring semester, students generally focus on state-mandated tests, promotions to middle or high…

Creatively Inspired: Zac Watson

Zac Watson is 14 years old in the 9th grade.  His main interests are music (jazz and classical), cooking, skating, working out, freestyle biking, and hanging with his girlfriend. Beginning at age 12, .Zac taught himself how to play piano, which then branched off into music theory and then…

Dreaming of Better Days…

When the ‘shelter in place’ order went into effect, my family and I had just returned from vacationing in Hilton Head, Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. The world I’d known was suddenly a thing of the past, and over those first few days, I canceled trips to…

Artistic Clarity: Style of Raub Welch

  “Josephine and the Beauty School Suite” 48″×48″ mixed media I missed an opportunity to witness the beauty of Raub Welch.  During my visit to Chicago last summer, my Sister-friend, Janis Gipson invited me to attend a gathering at the Bronzeville home of Raub Welch.  She knows that…

Kerrigan Casey: Artist/Activist

  “I have been practicing realism since I get commissioned a lot for portraits. I’m doing a new infest in painting murals (which is so much work). Just basically working to produce content that inspires me and others. “- Kerrigan “A lot of people aren’t into taking action…

Blossom: Spotlight on Pratik Mamtora, aka, Angel

  I hope I don’t embarrass Pratik by disclosing my nickname for him, but he is nothing less to me than an angel.   I met Pratik at a community talent event I hosted, as Pastor of Living Spirit.  He addressed me and exclaimed how moved he was…

Words by Dr. Russell Clayton

THE PATH OF YOUR TRUE SELF When you are evolving, you are on the path of growth, and following your true self. When you are static you are not growing, and following your lower self. Anytime you’re being less than your authentic self, you are creating and starring…

What I Learned from Robert and About Him

Four months prior to meeting Robert in Ljubljana, Slovenia, I had a dream about divorcing and marrying a new man on the same day. This profound experience truly challenged me, as I was quite lonely and expanding my spiritual endeavors. When we met in a December 2000 seminar,…

Project Say Something: Educating Allies

In Alabama, we often get education wrong. Despite our low nationwide rankings, our insistence on maintaining corporal punishment in schools, and our reluctance to move away from the football-coach-as-history-teacher model, the most serious flaw seems to be a determination to hold on to white supremacy and bigotry. White…