I believe all this beauty shit started back in undergrad. You see, once upon a time I attended a medium sized HBCU in Virginia. After getting a healthy dose of freshman college basketball politics, I found myself, perhaps for the first time, unenthused by the game that I loved so deeply. I was ten-plus hours away from home and with splinters in my ass from riding the bench, I was looking for an outlet. So in search of a release, I did what any straight man with a 7 to 1 women to men ratio would do-- I studied. That's right I began studying. Applying myself in the most rigorous and intentional of ways. The subject at-hand you ask? I was studying none other, than the gorgeous, intelligent, low-cut nike-Air Force-one-wearing, coco-butter-smelling, lip-gloss- popping, brown women of the campus.Read More
In episode 3 of #CONNECTID I talk to artist and printer Chad Cordeiro of dgi Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa. This particular segment is a little different from the first two installments. This was an impromptu discussion and I was lucky enough to have my camera with me (but not my audio equipment). I also start the video off by letting you know how an unrelated encounter in London 10 months prior connected me to dgi Studio. It's hard to fathom how intertwined this world is at times.
In Episode 1 of #CONNECTID we sit down with the talented Jennifer Johns as she delivers her live recorded album AZANIA and leaves Cape Town to head back to sunny California. She discusses how a 3 week trip turned into a 10 month journey of reflection on the continent and how her experience as a Black American in Africa has shaped her.Read More