Melting Pot

Bronzie De’Marco!

It started in the early ’70s.  Bronzie De’Marco saw her uncle premier as the first Black drag queen in Huntsville.  Today De’Marco celebrates her own career that spans over 50 years. Her illusions include Minnie, Patti, Whitney, and Diana to name a few, and she is an advocate…

It’s All Thai! Bernard Basley Photography

    Bernie loves to take pictures.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in TV Production from Columbia College Chicago, but now lives in Bangkok, Thailand. Bernie has worked extensively in TV production including ABC Television Network where he served as the Associate Director and Stage Manager from 1979-2001. Prior…

Let Freedom Ring!

  The Great Migration ‘Fantasy is the faculty or activity of imagining things, especially things that are impossible or improbable.’ lexico.com My parents were among those African Americans of the Diaspora that moved North during the Great Migration, which began in 1916. Our people imagined an opportunity to…

Paralysis

  Zero: Prologue Self-hatred and narcissism exist in a mutualistic symbiotic relationship, often appearing as one or the other. This is because many people use the term ‘narcissism’ colloquially (i.e., as a general diagnosis of a self-congratulatory/concerned person, with little to no regard for the myth of Narcissus…

Abby Clark: #protestspotlight

  Garden Spices welcomes Abby Clark, who plays a vital part in the Project Say Something protest against a Confederate Monument in Florence, AL.  Her work,  #protestspotlight, documents profiles of individual protesters, their motivation, and vision. Here are some of the protesters spotlighted.- Victorine Today’s #protestspotlight shares the voice…

Culture Equals Joy, not Shame.

  Culture, my own, and everyone else’s, I want to learn, share, and celebrate it! -Adriana Peeples A topic I have been a bit infatuated with for some time now. Growing up as a young child, it was the strum of Mariachi Music and Linda Ronstadt singing in…

CULTURE: APPROPRIATING or APPRECIATING  

  Painting by Carol Landry What does it mean to appropriate the culture of another? How is it different than appreciating or imitating? As a person of white European descent, this is a complex, confusing issue. A Facebook friend asked if she was appropriating a Black woman writer’s…

What if…

Welp! It’s Sunday. What If … What if you didn’t like cornbread What if you didn’t like fried chicken, yams, and greens. What if? What if you didn’t like potato salad with mustard and sliced eggs on top with a sprinkle of paprika Or, okra and some string…