Friday, November 24, 2017

The Sound of Silence: I Dare You to Give it a Try

Silence is the relative or total lack of audible sound. By analogy, the word silence may also refer to any absence of communication, even in media other than speech. Silence is also used as total communication, in reference to non verbal communication and spiritual connection. Okay so like many of you I saw the new […]

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Understanding Ramadan

August 12, 2010 by  
Filed under travel and culture

Wednesday night signaled the beginning of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and sexual activities from dawn until sunset. Fasting is intended to teach Muslims about patience, humility, and spirituality. It is a time for Muslims to fast for the sake of God (Allah) and to offer […]

Timbuctoo

There is a fascinating article in the Washington Post detailing an excavation in Timbuctoo, New Jersey. The excavation has found artifacts from over 200 years ago and open a view into the lives of freed blacks in the 1800s.   The project is being spearheaded by community leaders in New Jersey and archeology students at Temple […]

African American Vintners: Who Knew?

July 20, 2010 by  
Filed under food and drink, travel and culture

Did you know that there are African American winemakers (vintners) and they even have their own organization?  Now, as much as I enjoy a nice bottle glass of vino you would think I would be aware of such an illustrious organization.  The Root keeps me in the know with a great slide show that highlights […]

Music and Mental Health

Music has always been soothing to my soul.  No matter the tribulation, task, or terribleness, music was my way to power through the pain – whether physical or mental.  Music allowed me refuge and permission to let out whatever emotions were bottled up inside.  Suffice it to say, music has a calming effect that prevents […]

The State of Black Art

January 26, 2010 by  
Filed under travel and culture

The Washington Post’s Style section featured a lengthy piece on the state of Black art and how new, contemporary black artists are trying to break through. Allure, success, big prizes, prestigious shows — if cutting-edge black artists have so clearly got it made, why are they almost unknown outside the little world of contemporary art […]

Wanna Get Away?

October 28, 2009 by  
Filed under shopping, travel and culture

One of the perks of having a blog is the ability to sign up for all types of affiliate marketing programs,  While it’s cool to make a 3-4% commission on the occasional $20 purchase, it’s even better to take advantage of some of these deals. But as much as I’d like to fly off to […]

The President’s Taste in Art

October 12, 2009 by  
Filed under travel and culture

Or perhaps First Lady Michelle Obama’s taste in art. Whatever the case the President and First Lady had a wonderful collection to select from while decorating their new home. One of the many perks of being Commander-in-chief is to have the entire Smithsonian and its myriad of galleries and museums as your own private art gallery. On […]

(Afro) Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2009 by  
Filed under engage, international, travel and culture

No, Black History Month has not been moved.  It’s still in February. September 15th – October 15th celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. Why should this be of interest to African Americans?  Because the African diaspora spreads throughout the Western Hemisphere from the Canada to Chile. We just got dropped off at different slave ports throughout the […]

Save $$: Restaurant Weeks Across the Country

Just because the economy is in the dumps doesn’t mean you can’t dine well for a special occasion (or no occasion at all). Restaurant “weeks” have become ever more popular in major cities trying to cajole diners back into their restaurants. Open Table keeps a running list of restaurant weeks/specials for the frequent diner. Listed […]

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