This is a belated but still relevant post about last December’s announcement by the Lonely Planet naming Asheville, NC as the “#1 Best in the U.S. Travel 2017 Destination.” With the announcement came this video: Sigh. When it came out, … Continue reading It can be a Lonely Planet when people are rendered invisible
On the heels of the Winter Solstice, celebrating the return of the light, I’ll share my December Buncombe County Urban News article (click here for a PDF of the print version). It is all about light. Here’s to you and … Continue reading Community Celebrations
Who is seen? Who is not seen? These are questions I frequently ask myself as I observe Asheville culture as portrayed in local media, tourism marketing, events, etc, etc. Overwhelmingly, the people who are seen are white, and the people who are … Continue reading Who is seen?
Today’s Asheville Action round up… Hillcrest Youth Initiative A fundraiser is currently underway for a new program for teens in Hillcrest. The Hillcrest Youth Initiative is a joint project of the Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation and YTL (Youth Transformed for … Continue reading Young People and Prayer
Connecting Through the Roots On October 22, CoThinkk held “Connecting Through the Roots,” a beautiful event where they announced their first grant recipients and presented Community Leadership Awards to four leaders of color and two allies who “play a critical role … Continue reading Community. Collaboration. Commitment.
You can read “A life remembered: Family and friends recall ‘Jerry’ Williams,” in today’s issue of the Mountain Xpress. For this story, I had the honor of spending time with members of Jerry’s family and some of his friends, learning about the … Continue reading A life remembered
If you read this blog and live in Asheville, I assume you have already decided who you are going to vote for in the City Council election, and perhaps you’ve already voted. While I did not make my city council … Continue reading Council Candidates on How to Address Asheville’s De Facto Racial Segregation
Here’s a a song I wrote and then recorded with Jason Krekel and Sheneika Smith at my house. Click here or use the player below to listen and download for free if you’d like. I look forward to conversations about … Continue reading What’s Up With Asheville?
There are hearts beating strong with love and power that grace my life. The hearts of friends and neighbors who face challenges I can never fully understand. Visionaries calling for a paradigm shift that will lift us all up, especially … Continue reading Hearts in Hillcrest
There have been a few articles related to racial diparities and our collective historical memory that have come out recently that I believe are really worth your time to read. Two feature Dr. Dwight Mullen, two feature Dr. Darin Waters, … Continue reading Recommended Articles Round Up