Writing

Twelve Questions with Ryosuke Tanzawa

Ryosuke Tanzawa is a Japanese-born, New York-based filmmaker who is helping visualize the trailblazing music of young rappers and singers in and around the city.

Life Embedded Into Yarn with Naima Dobbs

A conversation with Naima Dobbs, a versatile fiber artist from Atlanta who designs headwear, tapestries, and other crochet pieces. She walks us through her artmaking practice and her creative goals, and she shares what textile art helps uncover about our lives and histories.

nwaobiala: Reaching and Reflecting Through Art

A conversation with nwaobiala, a multidisciplinary experimental artist, about art's position in personal and communal development, the importance of initiating conversation through creation, and how artwork can powerfully navigate queerness, body, generational trauma, and more.

Black Narrative Expression with Maassai

A conversation with Brooklyn rapper, singer, and curator Maassai about creating narratives thru art, making music for other Black women, and the potential for art as a platform for revolution -- as well as previewing new music set to release in 2020.

Obi Agwam and Black Stories in Paint

A conversation with Obi Agwam, a painter from New York, about his growth as a painter, his approach towards creating art, and how his Blackness impacts his visuals.

Art and Community Building with Elijah Maura

A conversation with Elijah Maura, an illustrator and multimedia artist, about his artistic influences, his lack of concern for any external gaze, and art's role in building community.

REESESHOTIT and Artistic Freedom

A conversation with REESESHOTIT about her photography, her creative process, and identity as a young Black artist.

Diamond Gray and “Stranger in the Village”

I talk with Ms. Gray, an artist and high school teacher, about her spring art exhibition, and its relation to themes of family, blackness, and artistic intention.

Winter Musings

In this post, I share about several topics that were on my mind during my winter semester of school.

SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 02: (L-R) Eli Harold #58, Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel on the sideline during the anthem prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick, August Wilson, and the Denial of Black Freedom

Despite a massive time difference between playwright August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean," and quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protests, both showcase a similar understanding of the relationship between blackness and freedom in America.