Art

In the Beginning…

  In the beginning, back when I epitomized what loneliness meant, Meeting you seemed preordained, as if you were heaven sent. Out of my personal darkness, something in you brought light. And I truly believed there would be happiness every day and night. In the beginning, it seemed…

Asha’s Attic

Upon, walking up the steep narrow stairway that leads to Asha’s Attic you are greeted with an oversized children’s book titled Asha’s Attic and a handcrafted sign created by the owner to let you know you’ve arrived to the most original resale shop in Chicago. The attic, as…

The World According to Craig

“Craig Applegarth is an inspired Photographer with an eye for the exquisite beauty in his native surroundings in Florence, Al., and beyond. Craig adapted photography as his main hobby after several long years of struggling with alcohol- addiction and recovery. After a spiritual awakening and sobriety, Craig discovered…

The Process

When people find out I’m a writer, or they finally meet me, an inordinate amount of people tell me they want to write a book, or they have a book in them, but they don’t have the time. I smile, trying not to grimace because the typical person…

Speakeasy: Christian J. Collier

I was invited to speak at Unity Church of Chattanooga.  Preceding me, a young man entered the mic at with a prayer.  This prayer took me Home to a place where I would enter into an affirmation of what life might be through listening to this voice/these words. …

Hey Mississippi

Just south of Memphis, I start receiving waves from strangers. I’m in a different world,far removed from urban dangers. Now I’m looking at the billboards advertising local greasepits. And I’m hit with a sudden craving for fried catfish and grits. I roll down the windows to catch that…

Creative Freedom: Karen Joy Jewelry

Her Chicago kitchen smells like the warmth and glow of family, and her home studio reflects the precious time spent cultivating each piece of her jewelry. It is creatively designed.  Karen Gill has created a bit of heaven with a whimsical flair, but she takes the craftsmanship of…

Freedom Is…

Freedom is My family Coming over On boats To try And die In a place Where opportunity Is more important than Survivability.     Freedom is The bra burners The sitters The marchers The ones who Got raped Got killed So that I Can stand in A booth…

Derrick Charles: Hands On!

Derrick Charles is always at work.  Whether painting, creating a mural, or providing visual art for jazz or Spoken Word, he is giving Chicago a heartbeat. Born in Chicago, Charles studied at the International Academy of Merchandise and Design in Commercial Arts, but is mostly self-taught.  His works…

Rhonda Hardy and Her Bronzeville Babies

Alice Suell, born 1910 in Vidalia Louisiana, was an active member of Olivet Baptist Church: “In 1938 I waited anxiously in the crowded Chicago Union train station for my four young sons who had traveled on their own from Louisiana. I had been in Chicago for one year…