Featured Artist: Travis Somerville

Travis Somerville

Travis Somerville was born in 1963 in Atlanta, GA. Growing up in towns throughout the southern United States and along the eastern sea board, he briefly studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, finally settling in San Francisco where he attended the San Francisco Art Institute, CA. His large scale oil paintings on paper mounted to canvas incorporate collage and present images of political and cultural icons associated […]

Reclaiming A Place

Behind The Myth Of Benevolence, Titus Kaphar

The canvas had been painted with the regal portrait of Thomas Jefferson then draped and folded back to reveal another portrait behind it. A sullen Sally Hemings peers forth, her bare shoulder and leg exposed, irritation and resentment just beneath her placid expression. It’s a powerful piece. In Behind The Myth Of Benevolence, Titus Kaphar seeks to question how history has remembered Jefferson as a color-blind progressive while rewriting Hemings […]

February 2018: Establishing Teams

angela hennessy - black hole

“I need a place and I need a team.” This is what I would say during my last few years as a full time consultant, with escalating urgency and to anyone who would listen. It was clear at the beginning that I wouldn’t last long as a solopreneur working from home. New York City was not conducive to coffee shop meetings, and my apartment lobby was a medical office waiting […]

Past Present Podcast: Afghanistan, Plus-Size Clothing, and Swearing

Swearing

On this week’s episode of Past Present, Nicole, Natalia, and Neil debate Trump’s proposal for Afghanistan, plus-size clothing, and why swearing is on the rise. Afghanistan We discussed the war in Afghanistan and Donald Trump’s plan to send more troops to the country. Plus-Size Clothing Clothing designers are finally designing more clothing for women who wear a size 14 or larger, but what took so long? Natalia talked about the ads […]

Past Present Podcast: Nazis in Charlottesville, the Google Memo, and Blondeness

Charlottesville Candlelight Vigil at the White House, Washington, DC USA

In this week’s episode of Past Present, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the role of neo-Nazis in the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, the Google memo, and the political power of blondeness.  Nazis in Charlottesville We discussed the deadly attack by white nationalists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia. Niki has written about her experience in Charlottesville for U.S. News & World Report and for Vox. In thinking about the history […]

Impact: LaunchCode

LaunchCode

LaunchCode is a nonprofit organization that creates routes to economic opportunity and upward mobility through apprenticeships and job placement in technology. LaunchCode partners with over 300 companies, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative startups, and matches them with job seekers through a unique mentorship and paid apprenticeship program. Located primarily in the St. Louis and Miami areas, LaunchCoders also work in Chicago, Atlanta, Fort Knox, Seattle, Portland, and other locations. LaunchCode […]

From Dying to Thriving: One Black Man’s Journey to Wellness

Willie-Jackson

Willie Jackson is a media executive, technologist, and entrepreneur. He’s the founder and publisher of Abernathy, and the tech lead of Seth Godin’s altMBA program. “A place to spend my quiet nights, time to unwind So much pressure in this life of mine, I cry at times I once contemplated suicide, and woulda tried But when I held that 9, all I could see was my momma’s eyes No one […]

Try One New Thing a Day to Diversify Your Life

The “Our City Exhibition” features a walkable installation based on Cousins’ “Mapping Soulville.”

We’re told we shouldn’t spend all our time partying as a socialite, or as a workaholic at the office, or pumping iron as a gym rat. Following the three pillars of career, relationships, and self we’re supposed to be well-rounded and live a diverse life, right? Encourage you to take that concept one step further and look at our personal roles as they fall into each of those three categories. […]

Emma McIlroy is a Wild Feminist

Emma McIlroy

I was recently introduced to Emma McIlroy and immediately developed a business-crush. The CEO of cult fashion brand Wildfang, she invited me to their monthly Free Speech event, a wild feminist spin on The Moth. I loved everything about the event, from turning the physical store into a poetry stage, pep rally, and one of the most diverse and authentic crowds I’ve experienced. Since then, I’ve become an online admirer of their […]

Featured Artist: Aisha Cousins

Photo from “From Here I Saw What Happened and I Could not Understand.” Artist in dress made of Obama fabric collected from Mali, sewn by Abdoulaye Kebe. Cousins worked with several African immigrant tailors -specifically from countries like Senegal which have a tradition of printing political fabrics- to create the garments for her project.

Aisha Cousins is a Brooklyn based artist of Afro-American and Caribbean descent who writes performance art scores as a means of creating socially engaged art projects which explore the evolution of black American culture. Her work has been performed independently on the streets of historically black neighborhoods from BedStuy (Brooklyn) to Brixton (London) as well as with institutions such as Houston’s Project Row Houses, Weeksville Heritage Center, Philadelphia’s Mural Arts […]