Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
This post is to honor the memory of Mr. El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X) for his birthday, May 19, 1925. You know, we sometimes forget that our leaders of the past and present were once little boys and girls who loved to laugh and play. They played games like 21, hop scotch, and hide-and-go-get-it. They became excited when they heard the ice cream truck; they loved bubble gum, cookies, and all types of sweets. They had a crush on the pretty girl or cute boy in their class.
Back then, the young Malcolm Little did not know that he would grow, fall, and rise like the Phoenix. He did not know that he would grow to be internationally known and respected. He did not know that he would carry the weight of the world on his shoulder. Malcolm Little did not know that he would die just trying to make things right -- right for everyone. God bless your soul, brother Malcolm. Happy Birthday. Peace~
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Rober F. Smith delivers a riveting commencement speech to the class of 2015 at American University. In it, he urged students to "dream big" and recognize that they are enough. He goes on to state that "A life contained is no life at all….You are enough to create ripples of change that bend the arc of humanity closer to justice." To find out more about Robert Smith's work visit his website.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
First, this painting by artist, Jonathan Green ("Horizon"), is a direct reflection of my who I am. I cannot tell you how often I am enamoured by the clouds and birds in the sky. The lovely azure scenery always grabs my attention, if only for a moment. It is God's splendor - His creation. How can I ignore it?
Well, this semester is coming to an end, and I'm getting ready for summer. Students are dropping off their final papers and I am listening to either their accolades or their worries. Meanwhile, I am thinking about writing for the summer. Even writing on this blog has been a new accurance in the past couple of days. Overall, this year has been good. Of course, I have my loose ends to tie and relationships to nurture and build, but it has been good. Every year, my goal is to become better as a teacher; so, I must read and study. That's the thing about teaching - we are perpetually a student. I love it though.
I have plans to further my studies with another degree. I'm looking into different programs here in Maryland. My goal is to do something that I find interesting. At first, I considered going into Education and Leadership, but that wouldn't hold my interest. No, it has to be about the things I love, which include literature, language, and culture. Besides, that's all that I have discussed on this blog. That's what Morphological Confetti is all about. Anyway, I have something in mind, but we will see. I'll keep you posted.
Well, today's weather is unseasonably warm and the skies are clear here in Maryland. As the song writer said, "...I think I'll go outside for a while...to take in some clean fresh air." Take Care and enjoy your day. ~Peace
Monday, May 11, 2015
Saturday, May 09, 2015
I've been inspired recently to decorate our guest bedroom in sort of Early American. I'm calling it the "Tubman Suite" in honor of Harriet Tubman, abolitionist, who was born on the eastern shores of Maryland. I need to add a few more pieces to make it more nostalgic. I feel like this is the perfect opportunity now that Hollywood is producing an HBO movie on the life of Harriet Tubman starring Viola Davis. I'm excited! Listen, if you have any ideas, please let me know. Well, happy Mother's Day to all the mothers who read MC. Enjoy your weekend. Peace~
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
Last evening, I had the pleasure of going to see SELMA at the theater. The films is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by the Rev., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., James Bevel (played by Common), Hosea Williams, and John Lewis of SNCC. I thought that it was, overall, a good film. Historically, it seemed accurate and honest in its content - more than I've seen in previous films.
It was as expected, I thought. I also felt that David Oyelowo did an excellent job portraying the slain Civil Rights leader. Specifically, It tells the story of that very important and pivotal day in Civil Rights history. The film also addresses some important relationships in Dr. King's life such as the relationship with his wife, Coretta Scott King. It was not depicted, as in other films, as a smooth and always loving relationship. It explored the difficult times as well. Also, it dabbled in the relationship between King and President Lyndon Johnson as well as The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
I've been indoctrinated and saturated with the life of the Rev., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. all of my life; so, this film was no revelation for me. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed watching. For some reason, I am drawn to any new depiction of Dr. King just like many others around the world. It never gets old. This is why this film is so important for younger generations or for people who don't know the history of the United States. It gives an explanation and perspective to the turmoil that is going on today here in the United States in places like Ferguson, Missouri (Michael Brown), Jena, Louisiana (Jena Six), New York City (Eric Garner) and many other places around the United States and the world. SELMA also reminds us that change can happen when people pull together as one. It gives us hope and for that I am thankful. Go see the film if you can. It is worth your dime and all of your time. Thank you Dr. King. We love you.
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Sunday, November 09, 2014
There is nothing like sitting at home on a quiet Sunday evening with a real book - you know - one with paper pages. However, the atmosphere has to be set with soft lights or by candle light. A nice beverage would make it perfect. From that point, the atmosphere and the book could take you anywhere your imagination allows. As for me, the above pic is ideal, but not my reality. I'm missing the custom-built book shelves. Perhaps, I will have them one day. Until then, I will work with my little space in the basement. Enjoy your Sunday or Monday depending on your spot on the globe. Oh, and don't forget to read. Peace~
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
“Generations,” a play written by Debbie Tucker Green and directed by Leah C. Gardiner is running at the Soho Rep Theater until November 9th. I had the pleasure of experiencing this play on Saturday, October 11th; I left the performance both amazed and filled with nostalgia from the set alone. As I walked into the Soho Rep Theater, I felt as if I had taken a quantum leap through space and landed in the Orange Farm Township in Gauteng. Having spent some time in a South African township, I was immediately moved by the authenticity of the set. I saw it in the well-known South African products surrounding the set; I saw it in the red, clay dirt on the floor that dusted my shoes upon entering the theater; I heard it in the Brenda Fassie music playing in the background; also, I saw it in the faces of some of the actors – most of whom were South African. One of the main characters in “Generations” is the South African-born actress, singer, and choreographer Thuli Dumakude. She was one of the many faces both on set and in the audience who had been involved with projects like Sarafina and The Lion King.
Most of the activity in the play takes place in the kitchen. In many cultures, including South African, the kitchen is a central gathering place for family and friends. Gardiner and the “Generations” crew did an excellent job of including the entire audience in the set. In fact, as an audience member I felt as if I were part of the cast. I quietly sat in my corner listening to the conversations of the family without the pressure of remembering my lines. That intimacy created by set designer Arnulfo Maldonado made the story line that much more compelling. I felt some emotional connection with some of the characters who were often close enough to touch.
Overall, Gardiner and her crew did an excellent job in capturing the essence of township living. I will leave the subject matter to the interpretation of the audience member. I will just say that it is a must see, if you’re able to make it to the show. I think that audiences will be as connected and invested as I was as an audience member. They will leave with a perspective that is different from the popular South African singing/dancing and pre-apartheid inspired productions. Instead, they will leave with a better understanding of South African as it pertains to the human condition. “Generations” is spell bounding. Please go see it and feel free to come back and share. ~Khotso
Honorable Mention: My very talented daughter, Thaka Machioudi, who continues to thrill me with her talent, beauty, and boundless creativity. Kea o rata.
More Information about Soho Rep and "Generations" @ SohoRep.org