Juneteenth memories

Juneteenth is our first African American holiday. But it almost did not happen. The word Juneteenth is colloquial phrasing for an approximate June date when enslaved African Americans in Texas learned that they were free. June 19, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, also known in Texas as Emancipation Day. But like many black…Continue Reading

Quakers to host slavery talk

The local Quaker Peace Committee will host our next Coming to the Table (CTTT) meeting on Saturday, June 6 at their Friends House in Union Square area. As the Co-Leader with Julie Finch of CTTT NYC-Metro, I am pleased to extend an invitation to newcomers to learn more about our mission. Background: “Coming to the…Continue Reading

Flowers, parades, memories

Flowers decorated the graves of dead soldiers who fought in the Civil War. It was a beautiful, lovely tribute to those who paid the ultimate price. Our national holiday was initially called ‘Decoration Day,’ named for the local flowers that were placed at those Southern burial sites. Today, the holiday is known as Memorial Day.…Continue Reading

Top 5 Food Poems

          My top five food poets were chosen in honor of National Poetry Month and Earth Day. Actually, I was somewhat inspired to think about my ‘top five’ things in life after watching Chris Rock’s comedy “Top Five,” where various folks were asked to list their top five rappers. I don’t…Continue Reading

Turks & Caicos memories

Turks & Caicos is where I go to unwind and un-plug. “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” – Audre Lorde Spending time at the beach is my way of caring for myself. Here are photos from a recent trip to Turks & Caicos, a…Continue Reading

Wise, wonderful women quotes

By Monique Y. Wells, Guest Blogger (In honor of Women’s History Month 2015) We women are wise and wonderful! As Dr. Glenda Newell-Harris said during a recent interview in my Huffington Post UK piece Successful Women Entrepreneurs Give Back series: “Who better to uplift us than ourselves?” Here are ten quotes by wise and wonderful…Continue Reading

Audience development

  Audience development can be seen in show business, politics, and the Civil Rights movement. How do you get people to show up, vote or march? Marketing experts are now re-examining how they use this important communications strategy. I was intrigued by the experience of co-producing “On Kentucky Avenue,” a musical tribute to Club Harlem…Continue Reading