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Photo of the Week No. 46: Haze in The City

November 17, 2018

This Photo of the Week was taken last week when I was in that glorious city, San Francisco, for AfroTech. Generally speaking, the image captures a beautiful sight: the Golden Gate Bridge standing tall and commanding attention as she always does, the seagull gliding by, the choppy blue water and the rowers sailing in it. But the elephant in the room (photo) is the hazy sky. Unfortunately, it’s a by-product of the customary fall fog but also of the fires burning in the Bay Area. Air quality is extremely unhealthy. All around The City, I observed passersby wearing masks to protect themselves. This photo also evokes a tinge of sadness, knowing that it is a snapshot that documents the effects of the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, the Camp Fire. Prayers up to those who have lost their lives and/or property, and the resilient firefighters working tirelessly to contain the blazes.

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Photo of the Week No. 45: “Family Ties”

November 9, 2018

This Photo of the Week was one of many that I captured on a recent trip to visit family in Detroit. To the untrained eye, these may look like your run-of-the-mill wooden clothes pins. But to me, they’re artifacts from my many summers spent at my grandparents’ house. Even though my grandparents have a dryer, we would often hang our clothes out to dry on the clothes line in the backyard. At first I dreaded the task (I’d much rather play on the swing or jump on the trampoline), but I soon grew to enjoy it. It’s hard to explain, but the sense of accomplishment I felt when I finished hanging a load of laundry was palpable. The chore was also an opportunity to hear stories from my grandparents about my dad, aunts and uncles’ antics growing up. Seeing the wear on the clothes pins made me wonder just how many lessons and laughs, and how much love is contained inside these “family ties.”

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Photo of the Week No. 44: “Pattern Party”

November 3, 2018

I love a good pattern. My eyes are innately drawn to them, and that’s why the complexities found in this Photo of the Week grabbed my attention. Located just steps away from the Charles H. Wright African-American Museum in Detroit, this sculpture makes quite a statement with its abstract curves and shapes, and, well, patterns. The black-and-white piece — Charles McGee’s “United We Stand” — is quite striking, as it features stripes, dots and an array of geometric shapes. And this is just one corner of it! If you’re ever in the Motor City, you’ve got to see it in person.

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Photo of the Week No. 43: “Home”

October 26, 2018

This Photo of the Week is dedicated to a place I once called “home.” This image is the address of my paternal grandparents’ house on the westside of Detroit. It’s a beautiful brick wonder full of character, warmth (Grandma has the heat cranked up to 80-something degrees at all times), love and memories. When I was about 6 years old, my Marine father was deployed to Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War, and me and my little brother Robert went to live with my Grandma Clara and Granddad Freddie while he was overseas. When my dad returned safely, this would be our summer home every year when school was out. Last week I found myself back there for a much-needed visit with my dad. My grandparents are getting up there in years — Grandma is 84 and Granddad is 93 — and while their health isn’t what it once was, their spirit is stronger than ever. It did my heart well to go back home, even if for only a few days. (*Cues “Home” from “The Wiz.”)

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Photo of the Week No. 42: “Itty Bitty Toes”

October 20, 2018

Look at those itty bitty toes! They belong to my newborn nephew, Marquis, and they are the most precious star of this Photo of the Week. Last Saturday, I had the privilege of meeting my baby neph for the first time, and he is the cutest, tiniest bundle of joy. Of course, the little guy was sleeping most of the time, but that didn’t stop me from capturing a few precious moments. There’s something about babies’ tiny feet that make me swoon. So adorable, right?! I look forward to watching these itty bitty toes grow over the years. Congrats to my sister, Ayesha, and brother-in-law, Skylar, on their beautiful baby boy!

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Photo of the Week No. 41: “Paint It Black (And Yellow)”

October 11, 2018

This Photo of the Week is striking as an image that captures a special moment in time, as the paint on this petite, square canvas hasn’t yet dried. It’s fresh. It’s as if the artist is just outside of the frame pondering his or her next brushstroke, or whether the painting has reached its completion. The artist deliberately selected black and yellow to fill the canvas, and is generous with covering the block. The stripes and swipes in the piece make quite a bold statement in such a small space. Alternate titles: “Not-So-Mellow Yellow (And Black),” “Abstract Bee,” “Quaint Paint,” and “Madness on Canvas.”

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Photo of the Week No. 40: “Love on Top”

October 3, 2018

This Photo of the Week was captured a couple of months ago while I was strolling through my boy bestie’s neighborhood. The meaning behind title of this image is quite obvious: “Love” is literally on top of the coffee shop in that lovely shade of red. And of course, Beyoncé’s jam of the same name comes to mind. I also think about the notion of love always coming out on top. Consider the location. This photo was taken in West Hollywood, where a large population of our LGBTQ neighbors live. I’m reminded of how much strife this community faces for simply loving who they do. In any event, I hope you’re feeling the love as you read this!

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Photo of the Week No. 39: Tulips by the Twenties

September 25, 2018

This Photo of the Week features a beautiful flower bed filled with lily white tulips. This picture was taken this past spring during a jaunt to Magnolia in Waco, Texas, for their magical Spring at the Silos event. This image is fresh on my mind as I get ready to head back to Texas — this time Houston — for a quick work trip. I love the contrast here of the fresh, lush flowers against the backdrop of the rugged, rust-stained silo. I wonder if the local flora will be as impressive in the fall. I’ll report back, of course. In the meantime, get into these alternate titles: “Too Legit Tulips” and “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.”

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Photo of the Week No. 38: I Spy in the Sky

September 19, 2018

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a ginormous gold hand? So random! This Photo of the Week was taken during a recent trip to New York. I happened to glance out of an 11th-floor window and had to do a double take. What would possess a person to put a massive hand atop a building? A radiant gold one at that. Well, at least I now know the culprit (I’m convinced there’s nothing a Google search can’t find!). This shiny hand sits on top of the Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attraction in Times Square. I have to hand it to them though (See what I did there?! LOL). It’s quite the conversation starter. I just love how this sculpture(?) is out there shining, doing it big on a New York City rooftop — an Easter Egg of sorts hiding in plain sight. What a treat this is for those who are lucky enough to catch this scene! Keep your heads to the sky, observant ones 🙂

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Photo of the Week No. 37: Bouquet of Brushes

September 12, 2018

I could stare at this bouquet of brushes for hours. This Photo of the Week showcases the simple, effortless beauty of a jar of paintbrushes. For some reason, the brushes as a metaphor for people came to mind. Think about it. They’re all intertwined, each unique but experiencing this shared circumstance. The paintbrushes have varying degrees of wear and tear, and exude their own style. Which one are you? Maybe you’re the thin blue brush that’s just over it. Maybe you’re the exact opposite: The skinny white brush — poised, unblemished and ready for action. Or maybe you’re more of the strong, silent type like the brown brush directly behind it. Or the one completely out of place, on the table top. I think I identify with the wild-bristled little brush with the slightest flecks of white paint. It’s been through a lot. Its bristles are unruly but it’s standing tall. It still has work to do. Still has some fight in it. Here’s to seeing the extraordinary in the smallest, ordinary things.

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