Mural, Mural On the Wall

 

…Who’s got the baddest ‘fro of them all?

photo: c/o Joe Nix
photo: c/o Joe Nix

I am pleased to share the completed mural by the incredibly talented Joe Nix. This piece was created for Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop in the Central District of Seattle and within a few weeks of meeting with Joe he had already completed this beauty. When asked if I wanted to be a part of the project I was humbled and hella excited—be spray painted larger than life on the side of a pot shop? Absolutely. Though I’m still fairly new to the city and the area, I have been here long enough to know that the profile of the Central District is rapidly changing (read GENTRIFICATION: the ruin of communities of color everywhere) and therefore the decision to put my kinky fro and blackness (peep the “Uhuru” shirt [meaning “freedom” for the uninitiated]) on the building makes me even happier than seeing my face every day 😉

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Coffee + Cigarettes

Hello to all you lovely people visiting this corner of my virtual universe! Thank you for coming back once more. Today’s post is a bit different from the rest as it is my first video post. Directing and styling films (in addition to writing them, of course) has always been a dream of mine, and I’m proud to present the first of many to come. For this short accompaniment to my poem, “Coffee + Cigarettes” I combined forces once more with the rest of the expanding ATWTV team. Check out our new site and drop a line if you’re interested in contributing. Otherwise, witness the beginning of a new chapter below and, as always, let me know what your thoughts (+ or – ) are.

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Black Lives Matter: Bravery Under Black Boots

Photo: Bettina Hansen for The Seattle Times
Photo: Bettina Hansen for The Seattle Times

I hesitate to share these thoughts because they are still developing and I am still sorting through many emotions. But ultimately, the timeliness of the message is more important than my discomfort. As the world is aware, a grand jury in St. Louis County decided not to indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown on Monday. In the hours after the spectacle of the announcement protests popped up in cities across the country. Frustrated, hurt, and resolute, I joined protestors in Seattle, WA as we marched through the streets peacefully demonstrating against the decision by interrupting traffic and chanting. I am not a political organizer or expert. However, I am black. I am young. I am targeted. And I am mad.

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