30 “Dates”: 6 – 10

Date 6: Second Line Sunday, Treme Sidewalk Steppers–Feb 18, 2018 I lament how few Sundays I make it out to see the second-lines during the spring. Every social aid and pleasure club has a week where they take a route in the city to second-line. It is an event not to miss as folks come…

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30 “Dates”: 1-5

Part of my Journey to 30 was to go on 30 “dates,” with date loosely defined as going somewhere new or participating in something I haven’t done yet in the region. Date 1: Luna Fête–December 2017 The Arts Council of New Orleans describes Luna Fête as and event that “transforms New Orleans’ historic architecture into…

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Rules For Life

(above: Djoniba Dance Centre’s 2012 spring show; Senegalese Sabar w/ Marie Basse-Wiles) I ran across this list of advice, Rules for Life, when I was living in NYC between 2011 and 2012. I remember being struck by this list. So much so that I created a little art project for myself: I wrote each rule on a piece…

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Book 17: Gathering of Waters–Bernice McFadden

This may be the first book on my list I really didn’t enjoy, which is unfortunate because I was truly looking forward to it. The book cover is a set up; it is not at all an accurate reflection of what the story is about. Gathering of Waters is a deeply engrossing tale narrated by…

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Journey to 30

Today begins my 30 days countdown to turning 30 years old! So I thought it would be the perfect time to share my Journey to 30 goals that I set just before my 29th birthday. In true form, I set some lofty (potentially over-ambitious) goals to work on over the last year of my 20s/in…

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The Perils of Being a High Functioning Procrastinator…

…and the perils of starting things and never finishing them. At any point in time I have 5,000 ideas for completely different projects: Baking the perfect yellow cake from scratch with strawberry buttercream frosting; Making indigo dyed textiles that can be framed or turned into pillow cases or even lightweight blankets; Choreographing a parade piece…

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Book 12: The Bluest Eye-Toni Morrison

I’ve been hearing people talk about the importance of this work for years, and yet it was one of the few texts by Toni Morrison I wasn’t particularly interested in reading. I added it to my list because it seemed like it was time that I learned for myself what all the discussion was about.…

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Book 10: Silver Sparrow–Tayari Jones

This is another book that I came across through one of those lists that circulate of “books all black girls should read” or “the essential books black women should read in their 20s” or “the definitive list of black woman authors every black woman PERSON should know” or something of that sort. I thought it…

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