Intentional Prayer

I think that artists must have a degree of narcissism to achieve their best work. That idea might apply to everyone, for we all want to be seen in our best light. Is it possible to take the focus away from yourselves and still create inspirational art?

I am going to apply “honesty” in the creation of my work. An intentional reason, “Nia” will also guide me. Another idea I have is fostering “mutuality” with other artists. We could draw on the work of each other (younger and older artists) from the perspective of fellowship, knowledge and respect.  More than professionalism, it is love.

How Some People Act

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I teach my classes at the Sanchez Center in the Lower 9, a venue that I had sought and been fighting to attain for a very long time; as in over 20 years for a NORD partnership. A not so random woman who is actually at the center at least twice a week asked me a question about being in the studio at a certain time that set me off – off like people never see me get set off or reach down to a certain level. I admit that I am usually the person being over accommodating to a fault and to my detriment. I also admit that I was taken aback by what I perceived was her questioning my authority.

The following week, the director of Sanchez, a young wise man, called me in his office to explain that the woman later told him that she had admired my work and wanted to perhaps take my class. I thanked him for the explanation and kept it moving. I did not believe her purported statements because of many reasons, but the point of the situation is three fold:

  1. A wise person knows how to keep the peace.
  2. “Humility is a coat that we must all put on each day, even when the climate is sunny and bright. It’s not about being right, it’s about making things better.”  Charmain Carter, J.D.
  3. The director is running that center very well and from what I have experienced, treating everyone with respect and dignity!

I cannot give him a raise or promotion …

Unpacked August 22, 2015

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Music: Ballaké Sissoko, Lizz Wright, Taalam Acey

Costume: Rodrina Rouege

Photography: Sekou Fela

Choreography: Greer E. Mendy

This evening’s performance is excerpted from an evening length work written and choreographed by Greer Mendy. Most often we associate unpacking with returning home from “somewhere”. The return need not be from beyond physical spaces of family, work, business, and even vacation, but also from outside and beyond mental, emotional, spiritual spaces. Thus to “unpack” is an action of coming back to return within and emptying to create new spaces …

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History in Real Time

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My earliest cultural and history lessons were my grandmother showing me her Booker T. Washington Half Dollar commemorative coin; and listening to my father singing every verse of Life Every Voice and Sing, while he explained that school started with that anthem every day,  “… tru to our God, tru to our native land.” My first spiritual lesson was watching my grandmother’s brother pour libations on the living room floor in the St. Bernard Project, as he acknowledged the family’s deceased relatives by saying their names, while the other elders nodded their heads and said amen.

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from My Daughter

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its the last 10 days of ramadan….have you been fasting with me?? lol smile extra these last couples days as they are very important. seek God and seek forgiveness. if you wake up in the middle of the night for any reason and even just for a second…say a quick prayer. i’ve been praying…for you….and i ask….that you are happy and content and fulfilled in yourself and your craft and your contribution to our world AND MY LIFE and that God awakes (doesnt let go out) a passion in you to KEEP GOING. YOU ARE THE BOMB YOU ARE ALL THAT YOU GOT IT GOING ON…..sister girl…..MAMA……MUFFIN I LOVE YOU SO SO SO SO MUCH. God made you beautiful and passionate and strong and I AM ALL THE BETTER FOR IT. thanks

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