Photo of the day

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Black Women Art Festival in Philly

Hello blogger family! I mentioned in an earlier post that I was invited to participate in the BWAF in Philly. It was a good experience. Met a lot of artists, exchanged information, etc etc. It was interesting. It was also my first time in Philadelphia so it was glad I was able to take some time off for this.

Well there's so much I want to say about this show but it's one of those "you should have been there". Anyway I'm definitely going to try to do a show here in Boston. Traveling with a heavy portfolio is no fun...

On an another note. I apologize for not blogging as much as as used to. Besides from being busy, I've been writing in my journal and keeping a lot of things private. It's hard to share certain thoughts when people around you such as friends and family don't accept what you do and try to kill your dreams with their negativity. So I decided to lay low and keep to myself. And believe me when I say there's a lot of things in my personal life that I wish to share but in order for me to stay positive and trusting my instinct, I have to stay quiet for a while. Whether it's taking breaks from social media, turning off my phone, staying home, it's something that I have to do in order to accept the changes around me. I grew up in a very negative environment where my family members don't get along with each other. There's a lot of hatred, jealousy, gossiping, and I didn't know that being around that type of environment would create inner turmoil and negative thoughts. The past couple of years I slowly drifted away from family members and close friends who  drained my soul and started training my mind to think positive. Not a lot of people accept change and will try to pull you back into what they know and think is right. It hurts and it's scary to break free from your own blood, but at the end of the day I have to do what's best for me and trust my instinct...

Hope this all makes sense...

Picture of the Day

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Photographer James Petrozzello's gorgeous portraits capture the strong beauty of the FELA! dancers paying tribute to the original Fela Queens. "I have long been a fan of Fela Kuti – the musician, the political figure, the icon," James told Okayafrica. "The first time I saw his 'queens' I was struck by their radical style. I wanted to make these photos to pay homage to their beauty and to bring attention to the women who contributed so much to Fela's life." (Portraits of the original queens can be found here.)
FELA! has just returned from a triumphant "homecoming" in Lagos, and has upcoming dates in Amsterdam, England and in select US cities including Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
more pictures here.