Diversity Through Laughter

Here is an article I wrote for this week’s Mountain Xpress: Asheville likes to celebrate diversity, and we’ve got the bumper stickers to prove it. But when it comes to actually experiencing diversity, that’s another story. “I come from Miami, and I’m so used to seeing a diverse group of people, all kinds of people, hanging out,” says Tiffany Gill of The Color ME Brown Project. “I’d like to see more of that here in Asheville.” Victoria Blount, the nonprofit’s creative director, puts it this way: “If you’re in a certain demographic, there’s a ton for you to do. But … Continue reading Diversity Through Laughter

Liberation Through Cooperation

This is an online story I wrote for the Mountain Xpress about a great group: The Ujamaa Freedom Market, which promotes “Liberation through Cooperation,” is a worker-owned cooperative mobile market which brings fresh local foods to underserved communities in Asheville. According to its website, Ujamaa “promotes social, economic, environmental and food justice by serving as a model for self-sufficiency while educating and inspiring healthy relationships with food in order to strengthen the quality of life and health and well-being of the community.” Co-owners Olufemi Lewis and Calvin Allen have been operating a weekly booth on Depot Street, selling locally grown … Continue reading Liberation Through Cooperation

Recent Stories

These are stories I’ve written for the Mountain Xpress recently: “East-west Revival” 10/15/13 Feature on the opening of Wood & Spoon and the growth in “East West Asheville.” “Mexican Consulate Plans Visit” 10/12/13 Blog post about the Raleigh-based Mexican Consulate’s visit to WNC. “Hot Wings” 10/8/13 Feature on the Haywood Lounge and owner Hosea Jackson. Photo by Max Cooper Continue reading Recent Stories