Here are a few images from my recent trip to The Grand Canyon. It is without a doubt MASSIVE. So massive that the brain can’t really comprehend how something so vast can be created and sustained pretty much on its own. The challenge in capturing something so immense (mid day on a beautiful sunny day might I add) is trying to figure out how to not make the images appear flat and boring. I focused on perspective in a few shots by comparing something tiny such as a group of tourists or one person to The Grand Canyon and also had some fun with the editing. Overall, it was a great trip and a photography bucket list item that I can now cross off 🙂 Check out my images below!
We also made a stop to The Hoover Dam.
And here’s someone doing exactly what the tour guide told us not to do. There’s always one…and in this case, I saw more than one person standing on the rocks on this sunny but quite windy day just to get a photo. This was the only person I managed to take a photo of.
As we continue on through this journey of my past life as a radio host, I present to you my series within The B Side Show podcast “Respect Ya Elders”. This was my opportunity to use an entire show to play nothing but the classics. This edition revolved around 70’s and 80’s black cinema. The songs chosen were the musical background to classics such as Sparkle (the original), Fame (the original), Claudine and Super Fly. I also took the liberty of adding clips from other classic films such as The Education of Sonnie Carson, The Warriors and The Mack to fully round out the show. According to my labels, this episode premiered in December 2008 and I must say, IT STILL SOUNDS DAMN GOOD! Listen below and judge for yourself!
The B Side Show “Respect Ya Elders Pt. 4” Originally aired December 2008:
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I took a much needed vacation to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and I even succeeded in not turning my entire trip into a full on photography assignment! I decided to take one camera (my camera “B” aka Nina) and one lens (Canon 50mm f 1.8). While I did get to spend days on the beach soaking up the sun, explore the island and R-E-L-A-X, I also spent an entire day in Old San Juan snapping away. Puerto Rico is a beautiful island filled with rich culture, delicious cuisine and beautiful (and colorful) architecture. Check out the photos below!
If nothing else, the country most certainly feels divided. As a NYC’er I am constantly blown away by our ability to hunker down when necessary and come together for a greater cause. Protests, petitions, community check in’s and various other ways have made themselves present throughout my city to resist the corruption, hatred and ignorance currently plaguing the highest level of our government. One thing that I’ve heard about that gave me a glimmer of excitement is the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment’s “One Book, One New York” reading imitative. It’s a call for NYC’ers to all read the same book with an NYC connection or theme at the same time which will hopefully lead to discussions about something other than that guy that won the election (well at least that is my hope). People are being asked to vote on which book should be read by February 28th here (http://www1.nyc.gov/site/mome/initiatives/1book1ny.page). The Mayor’s office also snagged the help of a few celebrities (the dreamy Gincarlo Esposito, Danielle Brooks from Netflix’s Orange is the New Black and William H. Macy of the hilarious Showtime hit Shameless to name a few) to campaign for the cause. The books on the list include:
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Personally, I’ve already started reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book and I believe it is a very important book for everyone to read but I’m thinking I will try and read them all. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a classic that I actually own but I’m almost ashamed to say I’ve never read and the other books are new to me so why give them a shot? For more information head over to the official website and cast your vote!
This is my favorite playlist to date! Music to inspire, make you dance and keep you going. Enjoy!
Optimistic – Sounds of Blackness
Ghetto Heaven – The Family Stand
Back II Life (However Do You Want Me) – Soul II Soul
Keep on Movin’ – Soul II Soul
The Power – SNAP!
Don’t Make Me Over – Sybil
Don’t Walk Away – Jade
If You Love Me – Brownstone
Tennessee – Arrested Development
Mr. Wendal – Arrested Development
Revolution – Arrested Development
Fight The Power – Public Enemy
Finally – CeCe Peniston
Keep on Walkin’ – CeCe Peniston
Sending My Love – Zhane
Hey Mr. DJ – Zhane
Tell Me – Groove Theory
All Around The World – Lisa Stansfield
I Will Survive – Chantay Savage
People Everyday (Metamorphosis Mix) – Arrested Development
A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to visit the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. and I must say, I’ve never been so overwhelmed in the most beautiful way possible. The sheer amount of information, history, culture and energy in the museum is astonishing. I managed to get a few iPhone photos (apologies if they are sideways, still can’t figure that out) and video to share but they do it no justice. If you can, stalk the museum’s website for timed passes and experience this gem in person.