Nov 302017

Happy birthday to Shirley Chisholm!

She was the first black woman elected to the United States Congress, the first black major party candidate to run for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

This portrait is from the First Street Community Garden in NYC.

Jan 202014


Yousuf Karsh- Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We all have the drum major instinct. We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade. … And the great issue of life is to harness the drum major instinct. It is a good instinct if you don’t distort it and pervert it. Don’t give it up. Keep feeling the need for being important. Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love. I want you to be the first in moral excellence. I want you to be the first in generosity.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr. from “The Drum Major Instinct” Sermon given at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta Georgia 1968

There are so many great points made in this sermon. It’s a really good read and so much of it continues to resonate with life in the world today.

Dec 052013



Happy Repeal Day!

Eighty years ago today, on December 5th, 1933, the 18th Amendment was repealed and Prohibition ended.

Here are some places to celebrate in Los Angeles-

  • All of the 1933 Group Bars (Sassafras, Thirsty Crow, Oldfield’s, Bigfoot Lodge, La Cuevita) have $1 cocktails from 7-9pm-