Saturday, September 18, 2010

Summer Madness Ends and Kool and the Gang is not well known today!

We are now feeling cooler breezes in the mornings here in the low country, as summer comes to an end.
Charleston and Georgetown counties allow continual access to the awesome waterways of the Atlantic Ocean via Myrtle, Litchfield, Pawleys & Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms, and Folly Beaches.  We are also naturally blessed with the five rivers in Georgetown - the Waccamaw, Black, Sampit, North and South Santee Rivers, and in Charleston with the Stono, Ashley and Cooper Rivers.  We have no choice, but to honor Yemaja and Oshun, here in our ancestral land.

I am honored to have the privilege of teaching and learning from young people residing in Charleston, Georgetown, and Horry counties.  As a teaching artist, I am in constant awe and a perpetual life long learning process.  The youth of today approach us baby boomers with such an incredible wealth of everything.  They are wiser, on many levels, yet as the often quoted text says, weaker on many levels.

Parents, educators, and such often discuss what has happened to the joy of reading, writing, and conversation.  We observe our youth having preference to text messages, rather than speaking directly to others.  Will electronic e books spill over to the young techie buffs, who have become addicted to the electronic media screen?

I have noticed that as children approach the fourth grade, they tend to take less creative risks, and are much more concerned with what others think of their art works.  My first and second graders, on the other hand, are awesomely unique in their creative approaches to the projects which we explore.  I have worked in three schools over the last few years and made this observation.  This is particular interesting, as one observes the degree of conformity which is encouraged during the early childhood years of pre school / child development and kindergarten grades.  The next time that you visit the early childhood hall, please notice how every child is given a cookie cutter, look alike piece, and encouraged to make it look like every other child's.

As adults, we can encourage our children to make their art in whatever way they like, and do not try to follow someone else's response to the art assignment.  We can also ask ourselves how we form our own definitions and opinions of what art is, and its value in our lives?  How many of us have discouraged our children to explore art as a career because we believe that it is a starving field? These internal dialogs will directly impact on what messages we portray to our children about art.

We must encourage our children to create and show them the relationship between creativity and the enhancement of problem solving ability.   True art is made by risk takers which speaks to our emotional sides by making us feel and drawing guttural response.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Art Commemorates enslaved Africans in Yonkers, NY
public art project which commemorates the lives of enslaved Africans who lived at the Philipse Manor Hall in Yonkers, New York – six of whom were the first to be manumitted by law in the United States in 1787, seventy six years before the Emancipation Proclamation.

Black History Facts - the African American Story

Black History Facts - the African American Story

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Black History Facts - the African American Story

Black History Facts - the African American Story

Black History Facts - the African American Story

Black History Facts - the African American Story

Black History Facts - the African American Story

Black History Facts - the African American Story

Mom of 'Precious' Actress Sings in NYC Subways 'To Pay The Bills'

Mom of 'Precious' Actress Sings in NYC Subways 'To Pay The Bills'

Documentary Film

Across The Kings River
A Documentary Film by James Weeks:

Across the King’s River artfully weaves African shamanism and modern science against a backdrop of friendship, family and the larger issues of vanishing cultures and languages. Fascinating profiles of diviners, healers and world class scholars create an intellectually invigorating and soulful journey that takes viewers to Nigeria, West Africa, the United Kingdom, and Senegal, West Africa.

Directed By:

Stanley Nelson

Produced By:

James Weeks

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Black History Facts - the African American Story

Black History Facts - the African American Story

Native Youth Language Project
Santa Fe, NM, February 1, 2010 – The Indigenous Language Institute (ILI) received a $15,000 grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colorado. This award supports ILI’s “Native Youth Language Project: Ancient Voices, Modern Tools”.

This post comes from the Gullah Geechee Nation.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Charleston's Historic Black Burial Grounds Are At Risk

Old Burial Societies Look To Continue Tradition

Today in Black History

Black History Facts for Today by

February 7
Benjamin Banneker, inventor, surveyor, mathematician, and astronomer, began to help lay out Washington, DC, under the supervision of Major Andrew Endicott, IV on this date in 1791.Father Patrick Francis Healy, the first Black awarded a Ph.D. degree, was born in Georgia on this date in 1834.

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Charleston, SC Magnolia Plantation hosts African American Foodways event Feb. 20 & 21, 2010
My name is Michael Twitty. I'm a burgeoning culinary historian and my focus is on the foods and cooking traditions of my ancestors, especially those who were enslaved African Americans. Through my writing, ...

Quote Of The Day!

"To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women". 
Angela Davis

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sister Saadeka Joyner-Chandler's Memorial

Saadeka Joyner-Chandler, life partner of Osei Chandler, Charleston Reggae Radio Personality made her transition on last Wednesday morning.

Services for
 The Late Mrs. Saadeka Joyner-Chandler

Tuesday February 9th, 2010
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Visit with Family from 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Palmetto Mortuary, Inc
1122 Morrison Drive
Charleston, SC 29403

Memorial Service
Wednesday February 10th, 2010
12:00 Noon
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church
7396 Rivers Ave
North Charleston, SC 29406

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to
The Scholarship Fund for Saadeka’s Grandchildren
CO Credit Union
117 Spring Street
Charleston, SC 29403

The Will To Survive: The Gullah Geechee People