Artist: Stephen Abban Junior

  HISTORICAL ANTIQUITY – HARRIET TUBMAN An artistic composition of Harriet Tubman, the protagonist of the Underground railroad. The background of the piece depicts secret letters written during the underground railroad. Executed in mixed media, Acrylic, and permanent marker on canvas. It measures 127cm x 127cm.. Composed by…

…and here’s Johnny

If you have anything to do with music at any event in legendary Muscle Shoals, you are bound to know Johnny Belew.  If he isn’t front stage, you can believe you will find him backstage, quietly doing whatever you need him to do.  In fact, he’s always extending…

Idea, Perspective, and Curation: Brandon Harris

I met Brandon Harris by Messenger, and finally, Wakanda-hugged him at the exquisite Tennessee Valley Museum of Art exhibit for which he worked as a curator. I was in awe at the splendor of Michi Meko’s When It’s Black Outside: Notes from the Before Times, an exhibit that highlighted…

New Directions: A Tribute to my Mom

When I think of the word abundance, I always think of my mom. She grew up in challenging situations – her dad died when she was very young, and her mom cleaned houses to bring home enough to support the family – which, even in those days, was…

HEAVEN: An excerpt from 57th Street

Heaven On 57th Street we were jammin’! Some of us had more than others, but we all played together and knew better than to step on Mr. Anderson’s newly manicured grass.  We were village-raised children who played by seasons – a season for tops; yo yos; bolo bats;…

Sarin’s Thai: larb pla duk ( Catfish salad)

Ingredients 3 1–pound whole catfish, whole, cleaned with heads discarded ¼ cup Cilantro 2ts[ Dill ¼ Mint 1 Radish ½ cup Scallions 2 Shallots, medium ¾ tsp Palm sugar or light brown sugar 1-1/4 tsp Thai chile powder or other hot chile powder Roasted rice powder Radishes, cabbage…

A Day in the Life of a Teacher: Cassie Mebane

  Photo by Seema Miah on Unsplash When a person decides to become an educator/ teacher, they go into the profession hoping to help shape and mold the best adults for the future. Just think about it, we have a hand in every profession and career. Little did…

The Positive Power of You: The Vibration of Abundance

Answer your first thought when you hear abundance?  Money? Winning the Lottery? An overflow of finances?  Show Me The Money? Right? And why not think of money first? Our whole existence seems rooted deep around the Money Tree. Wait, didn’t our parents tell us that tree didn’t exist?…

Part Of The Package

    Abundance – An overflowing fullness; ample sufficiency; great plenty. Affluence. Just in defining our topic, I began to feel good. Light, bubbly, clear, free, and expectant is a few of the words that come to mind. Now, I felt it: I was warming up. What have…