Madhuri MEANS It!

Have you ever read something that gets under your skin, disturbs you a bit, makes you a little uncomfortable but still leaves you feeling alive? Such is the case with Madhuri Pavamati’s now book of poetry I, Machete. As the title indicates , when it comes to poetry that is prolific and powerful, she’s a…

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Gratitude

I once got a phone call that shook me to my core. The statement was simple, the implications undeniable. “It’s praying time” the voice of Debbie Blackwell – Cook said from the other end of the line.  I didn’t have to ask what she was referring to. I already knew. Our mutual friend of a…

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US is Scary. But Aren’t We All.

I saw “Us” last week one day before it was officially released in theaters. Since it’s billed as a horror movie this was a big deal for me. I don’t do horror. When a new scary movie comes out I am not the one to jump up and say: “I can’t wait to see it!”…

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Most Peculiar, Mama

“Nobody told me there’d be days like these. Strange days indeed. Most peculiar, mama.”- John Lennon The lyrics from the John Lennon song “Nobody Told Me” are so appropos right now. The song came out in 1984 , off of the Milk and Honey album. I was fourteen, a mere teenager, and although I liked…

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Big & BAD! Broadway’s King Kong is a Bomb

I caught a matinee of the new Broadway musical King Kong last week and it was so bad I thought I was bugging. But then the reviews came out. The Observer said, “King Kong on Broadway is a $35 Million Crime Against Puppets.” I totally agreed. The New York Times called King Kong on Broadway “The…

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Naiomi Osaka: Go Ahead With Your Bad Self

I suppose that if Serena had to lose this weekend’s US Open match to anyone I’m glad it was to the humble Naomi Osaka. Even before the match, when they asked her if she had anything to say to Serena, Naomi’s response was: “Um, I love her.” She could have responded on the Muhammad Ali…

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LISTEN UP! Podcasts for Women, by Women

It seems everywhere you look people are listening to podcasts. It is no surprise, since these downloadable installments are available online and come in an array of topics and formats. Indeed, there is something for everyone so things can get a bit noisy. Sometimes it feels like everyone (a their momma!) is doing a podcast….

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Mfon Legacy Grant is Now Accepting Applications

  The recipient of the MFON legacy grant will have their winning work included in the upcoming edition of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora!   The deadline is Thursday, May 31, 2018, 11:59pm PST. ~ For more information follow the link: mfonfoto.org/the-grant/ “Our goal is to support emerging and mid-career women photographers of…

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