Convergence Media has been a very interesting and challenging course for me. Neither technically gifted or socially fluid, I grew out of my comfort zone. This is a good thing. I did expect to learn techniques to enhance my online communication. I’m glad to say that I’ve learned and achieved much more than I expected. Had I not taken the class, I’d l still be talking about starting a blog instead of creating, editing, and managing one and thinking of others. I greatly appreciate that the instructor gave us an introduction and guidance on a number of easy-to-use apps and … Continue reading Reflecting (blog post #8)
Looking at an overview of the diaspora, you can see that its tributaries reach far and wide. History has recorded much about the diasporic populations of the western world and how the Trans-Atlantic slave trade contributed to these numbers. However, … Continue reading Where is the Diaspora?
Micah Mickles is a St. Louis-based artistic polymath. ‘A what?’ you say. I know, right. Although it fits, I struggled with the simplicity of the label ‘artist’ to describe him because his artistic talents don’t fit neatly into any specific genre of art. His body of work includes photography, interior design, furniture design, digital and acoustic music, and more. His works are incredibly diverse, but common features throughout his portfolio – regardless of the medium he uses – tend to be refinement and texture. “True artist’ may be an even more fitting label for this guy. In this video clip, … Continue reading A Conversation with Micah Mickles, Artistic Polymath
An on-the-go iPhone user, I frequently use the Notes app to keep track of everything from personal ‘to do’ lists to first drafts for online posts. I usually end up transferring the notes to another app on my phone or laptop. I recently began assisting a friend with a fundraising event. Slightly frustrated with hearing that he had things written down ‘somewhere’, I suggested he start using the note-taking app available on his smartphone. As I explained all he can do with the Notes app, I realized that Evernote app he had installed on his phone actually offers enhanced versions … Continue reading Keeping Notes or Evernote (Blog Post #5)
America is Still Bernin’ I was extremely apprehensive about incorporating Storify and Twitter to cover the March 14th Bernie Sanders rally at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. I am a new user of both apps and this was my first experience with Storify. And while I can appreciate the use of Twitter for ‘breaking news’ stories, I do not care much for Twitter as a reporting tool. However, I have to admit that I feel a bit foolish after realizing that the experience was far less painful than I thought it would be. Truth be told, the incorporation … Continue reading Blog Post #4 – Still Feelin’ the Bern
Prior to creating The Africana Collective blog, I conducted a brief survey of existing websites and blogs that have the African Diaspora as their main focus. I did find a several websites and blogs that covered specific areas of the diaspora, however, I did not find any that treated the African Diaspora as a unified entity or group of peoples. While I recognize and understand the common view that most do not view or consider the African Diaspora as a unified entity, the fact is that we share common ancestry – one which I am very proud of and strongly desire … Continue reading This blog exists because…
It’s like I’m right there! Nigerian artist Oresegun Olumide has a special talent… Though many people have compared Nigerian artist Oresegun Olumide to Leonardo da Vinci, Olumide himself attributes the inspiration for his style of art to Pablo Picasso and Michelangelo. I’ve taken a few art courses in my time and I have had the pleasure to study the works of world-renowned artists such as those that I’ve listed, as well as works of artists from various cultures around the globe. It’s possible that the comparison to da Vinci may have been intended to give people an artistic reference. While … Continue reading The Art of Oresegun Olumide
A career student, my quest for knowledge found me enrolled in an interdisciplinary studies course titled ‘Global Dimensions: Race/Ethnicity, Gender & Religion’ that was offered at my local community college in the Fall of 2015. During the first half of the course, we watched a documentary titled The Neo-African-Americans, directed by Kobina Aidoo, which challenged the subjects of the film, as well as the viewers, to define the term ‘African-American’. The instructor, Dr. Deborah Henry, also assigned two books – Reversing Sail: A History of the African Diaspora by Michael A. Gomez and Black in Latin America by Henry Louis … Continue reading Blog Editor