Happy New Lunar Year, everyone...it's the official beginning of the year of the RAT! According to those in the know, a Rat Year is a "time of hard work, activity, and renewal. This is a good year to begin a new job, or make a fresh start"....that is exactly how mine began.
I feel truly blessed to have two of my interviews just come out this week. If you're interested, check out the links below...you should check out the sites even if you don't want to read me going on...
(Photo: Sallomé Hralima, DOPE SWAN's liaison, artist relations & membership)
WISHTANK, a Journal of Intellectual Freedom, is dynamite...you can read about RZA & chess, Banksy and other cool stuff. Thank you, Garrett and the Wishtank staff for this!! Here is the link to the interview.
And then there is DOPE SWAN, a community art organization based in New York...it is the real deal, and I'm exited to get on board as their curator/visual education coordinator. DOPE SWAN is a community arts organization focused on providing outlets that support and engage emerging creative talents within the visual and performing arts. Through collaborations with underrepresented artists and partnerships with educators, activists and community leaders, DOPE SWAN works to strengthen the connections between art, livelihood and community.We're going to make some dope things happen...watch out BK! This is the link to the interview.
I would also like to highlight my beautiful soul sister, Sallome Hralima, who is an artist/ educator/ healer/ visionary and one of DOPE SWAN's pillars (see photo above). Sallome has been running a weekly discussion panel for youth in Brooklyn, called The Stoop. Women like her continue to inspire me to keep on believing in and working toward positive change. She has been recently featured on SHADES Magazine. Check it out!
(Photo: members of the Stoop with spoken word artist, Aja Monet)