Soapbox Cincinnati »» State of the Arts

31 08 2011

Check out my article about the Arts Centers in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, including  Kennedy Heights Arts CenterBaker-Hunt Art and Cultural CenterThe Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, the Clifton Cultural Arts Center and parProjects.

The online magazine was emailed to subscribers yesterday soon after it was published on the Web. You can also find it here.

Here’s a little sneak peak:

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Cincinnati Magazine »» The Dynamo of OTR: Cedric Michael Cox

6 10 2010

Check out my article about visual artist Cedric Michael Cox featured in this week’s issue of Cincinnati Magazine!

The magazine hit shelves this month and is available all over the Cincinnati area. You can also find it online here.

October 2010 cover of Cincinnati Magazine

The cover of the October 2010 issue of Cincinnati Magazine.

Here’s a little sneak peak:

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Cedric Michael Cox is wide awake as he trots down the stairs of the Kennedy Heights Arts Center. He was up most of the previous night, preparing for an exhibition at the Weston Art Gallery, but the hours spent in his Over-the-Rhine studio don’t show. The 34-year-old seems as fresh and feisty as the kids waiting for him in the classroom of the old mansion on Montgomery Road.

Cox is managing 11 kids—three white, the rest black, like him. In blue jeans, with his dreadlocks loosely pulled behind his head, he doesn’t look like much of an authoritarian. With his easygoing smile and the fact that, at five-foot-one, he’s shorter than some of the preteens enrolled in “Camp Create,” you might mistake him for a cool older brother. But the kids know who’s in charge…

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CityBeat »» Back to Bass-ics: Bootsy Collins’ online Funk U

9 07 2010

Check out my article about Bootsy Collinsonline Funk University, featured in this week’s issue of CityBeat!

It’s available all over Cincinnati, wherever fine alt weeklies are sold — and by “sold,” I mean handed out for free.

Here’s a tiny sneak peek:

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Quill »» Generation J: Can non-profit news pay off for Gen J?

4 06 2010

Check out my article about non-profit journalism featured in the latest issue of Quill, the Society of Professional Journalists‘ national magazine.

 

The cover of the May/June 2010 issue of Quill magazine.

In retrospect, I can see why the folks at SPJ asked me to write this piece; I fit the demographic for the Generation J column (a feature that covers young journalists each issue) and I had some applicable experience.

They knew I’d learned a little bit about non-profit journalism while working with the San Francisco-based, non-profit online magazine called WireTap through a fellowship last year.

For this story I also talked to a couple other journalists with far more non-profit experience than me — the former executive editor of WireTap,Kristina Rizga, and a reporter at the Chicago Current, Adrian Uribarri (who had previously worked with a non-profit called the Chi-Town Daily News

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The Progressive »» Returning the Banjo to Its Black Roots : The Carolina Chocolate Drops

5 05 2010

Check out my article about all-black folk band, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, featured in the May issue of The Progressive! The article hits shelves and mailboxes nationwide this month.

Here’s a tiny sneak peek:

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Erykah Badu and the Definition of “Art”

8 04 2010
Photo, Erykah Badu at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2009

CC Image courtesy of tnarik on Flickr

By now you probably know Erykah Badu‘s “Window Seat”  music video stirred a little controversy recently. In it, she strips down to nothing at the site of JFK’s assassination in front of a bunch of tourists who weren’t told it would go down. And if you don’t expect some of us to get worked up over naked bodies, you don’t know Americans very well.

Badu says she was making an artistic statement. Some of her defenders are pretty persuasive. But critics like Bill O’Reilly say the video isn’t real “art.”

The argument actually reveals the weaknesses in our use of the word “art” itself.  The appropriate question is not “Is it art?” The real question is,  “Is it good art?”

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URB.COM »» Georgia Anne Muldrow

18 02 2010

Check out my article about producer/singer/songwriter/ rapper/pianist Georgia Anne Muldrow, featured on URB.COM!

Just follow the link: URB.COM | Georgia Anne Muldrow: Everything Coming Up Roses

When I interviewed her over the phone, Muldrow had a very distinctive way of expressing herself. Her unusual turns of phrase were so interesting, I compiled a list of my favorites. The ones listed here didn’t make it into the final piece for URB. I like to call them…

Muldrowisms

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