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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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

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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A Little Journalistic Advice From Bruce Lee

7 04 2009

Originally published by the UC Association of Black Journalists.

A statue of Bruce Lee displayed on Hong Kong's Avenue of Stars.

A statue of Bruce Lee displayed on Hong Kong's Avenue of Stars. CC image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Bruce Lee? What’s he got to do with journalism? It’ll make sense. I promise.

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Obama Inauguration Coverage

6 02 2009

Versions of this were originally published by The News Record and the UC Association of Black Journalists.

Check out UCABJ Vice President Geoffrey Dobbins’s inauguration report at The News Record’s Web site.

Here are some images from the celebration Dobbins and Terron Austin attended: The Root Inaugural Ball

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Inauguration Report: UC Journalism student recounts unforgettable inauguration experience through personal narrative

Geoffrey Dobbins | The News Record

Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2009

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, Jan. 20, Barack Obama took the oath as the 44th President of the United States. I took the opportunity to join the millions of people who traveled to Washington, D.C. that week for the event.

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