December 2010 Blog Posts (32)

Look Around (Poem)


                                                           Look Around


If you think your life is bad and problems got you down

before you look to the hills for your help take some time to look around

In the heart of our city so many homeless people abound

senseless acts of violence occur all over town

there are people right beside you who hang their head down

because of shame or despair or they're looking for spare change on the…


Added by Byron Donaldson (Plain Brown) on December 30, 2010 at 12:05am — 5 Comments

Working On The Underground Railroad

 A few weeks ago I wrote on my blog about working in the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati. Thanks to some very dear friends I was able to get photos of the mosaic I completes during that summer. Andre and Sherrie Ballard of Ballard Architecture and Design went to the  museum and…


Added by Janie McGee on December 29, 2010 at 10:07pm — 2 Comments


As 2010 comes to a close, think about all there is to be truly thankful for. Many blessings and much support to all of you in 2011.

Added by Anyta Thomas on December 28, 2010 at 11:49am — No Comments

Is it OK to Be a "Type A" Artist?

"Type A" Personality = Ambitious, aggressive, business-like, controlling, highly competitive, impatient, preoccupied with his or her status, time-conscious, and tightly-wound. People with Type A personalities are often high-achieving "workaholics" who multi-task, push themselves with deadlines, and hate both delays and ambivalence.…


Added by Kanika Marshall on December 27, 2010 at 9:13pm — 1 Comment

Swizz Beatz waxes poetic about art collecting in Black Enterprise? hmmmm......


Not sure why this just doesn't sit well with me.  He's describing the ins and outs of investing in art appropriately, but I guess it sort of annoys me that the whole article/interview (including the photo of him painting himself over a Basquiat image)....seems to reinforce that the only 'sellable' Black…


Added by Amanda Williams on December 24, 2010 at 6:50am — 1 Comment




I am ending this year, this decade surrounded by Beauty! Beauty in thoughts, in actions, in all Beautiful Speeches on canvas, print, sculpted from the hearts and hands of the bodies membered on this site......


In my ears, the beautiful artistry of Crystal Winds' CD "Beautiful", so on point. Listening and Looking at the embodiment of Beauty in the Art of people that I'm proud to call Mine......


Look yall, the end, this time, has…


Added by Marian Hayes on December 23, 2010 at 3:36pm — 3 Comments

A Call For The End Of Global Apartheid

I made a random comment during a recent Facebook discussion about racial objectification or stereotyping that became a watershed moment for me. I said, “I want to know where did people from so many world cultures learn to hate blackness.” Once those words appeared on my computer screen, I heard a figurative “snap~crackle~and~pop!” as something begin to percolate from the depths of my subconscious. I tasted the bitterness of bile bubbling up into my esophagus and a flash of heat (not menopause… Continue

Added by Ivory Simone on December 22, 2010 at 2:48pm — 2 Comments


I want to do portraits. I have suffered more this year in 2010 than I have in my entire life. That's why I want to do portraits. Im not the best portrait painter but I can pull it off. In the past, doing faces was student work. But now I see doing portraits as the relationship of three souls-the artist, the subject and the canvas.

I couldn't…


Added by Denise Brown on December 18, 2010 at 6:35pm — No Comments

How to start collecting and find fine African American Art?

Henry Ossawa Tanner - Thankful Poor ( 1859 -1937)

Recently I was speaking with a friend of my who was toying with the notion of purchasing Fine African work of art. He wondered if it made…


Added by Qeturah Rasyth on December 17, 2010 at 8:41am — No Comments

Roscoe and Mama Pearl (short story)




Roscoe's caseworker led him up the cracked sidewalk toward a gingerbread house with white trim that looked like icing to him. Maybe his great-grandmother was a witch who lived in a gingerbread house like in Hansel and Gretel. He hoped she was a good witch, not a bad one, who'd use her magic to make his mother better.


"His Mama done lost her mind. She ain't` never comin' back," he heard his foster mother whisper to a neighbor.


It was…


Added by Ivory Simone on December 16, 2010 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Featured on World Footprints Travel Radio that aired on Dec. 14, 2010

Walking Israel, The Art of Dr. Seuss and Eritrea


Former NBC News correspondent and Middle East Bureau Chief, Martin Fletcher, joins World Footprints to share his new book, Walking Israel. Martin’s book chronicles his adventures and insights as he walked along the coast of Israeli. We will discuss some of the misperceptions of Israel and why a visit to the historic country is worth…


Added by Elsa Gebreyesus on December 16, 2010 at 5:16am — No Comments

Updating Your Profile For Effectiveness

Hello fellow artists and collectors. I wanted to share a couple of profile editing suggestions to aid the networking process here on the site.

I would encourage you to add some sort of avatar image to personalize your profile. Whether a head shot, a company logo or an example or your artistic talents, fill in the empty square to humanize your presence to the group.

Also share some basic info about yourself. You can do that by clicking the "My Page" tab at the top of…


Added by Martin Lindsey on December 15, 2010 at 11:16pm — No Comments

Two Books By Ivory Simone Have Been Published

Two books written by author/poet Ivory Simone are now available at

Havasu Means Blue Water (a literary fiction)

Bangkok Poetry Streams Presents, The Rainy Season, The Poems, Prose and Writings of Ivory SImone ( a collection of Ms. Simone's poetry, short stories and articles)

You can visit her author's page at

Added by Ivory Simone on December 15, 2010 at 8:54am — No Comments

Fo, Sho....


Each time I come to this site, its like stepping into a heaven.... the sensory stimulation, the thought provoking images (cliche as it may sound) is just that; wholistic, whole, a beholding of the brillance of the best and brightest among us-growing, growing growing..... a virtual museum that like the African tale of how the world was made, is making a new world on the waves of electronic water, sprinkles of earth (pigments of paints) a five finger (toe) hen called hands,…


Added by Marian Hayes on December 13, 2010 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Gift of Art.....

When the season of loving and giving falls upon us, I see the crushing arm of commercialism beating people senseless. Stress of "having" to spend time with family; stress of "having" to buy gifts for those same family members; stress of "having" to impress those same family members with a decked out house and uber-fabulous dinner.

Why do Americans practice such capitalistic, greedy, empty, thoughtless seasonal habits without soul? Witnessing these actions during this economic climate…


Added by Kristina Vallery on December 12, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Art Basel Miami: Black Artists Push Creative Boundaries

Click this link >>> Art Basel Miami: Black Artists Push Creative Boundaries

Miami played host to the international art elite, galleries, curators and art buyers earlier this month at Art Basel, a massive art show consisting of more than 20 decadent art fairs, parties and social events. Check out this slideshow of the black artists who helped shape the…


Added by Susan J. Ross on December 12, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Black Cultural Divide

Some months ago, during the heat of the conflict between the predominantly urban royalists and the rural “red shirt” insurgents in Thailand, several black acquaintances and I were having lunch discussing contingency plans in case things went from bad to worse. The women at the gathering held American passports and were all American citizens.

However, as the conversation progressed, each of these women made it clear if the sentiments toward America and Americans…


Added by Ivory Simone on December 10, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments

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