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Music Break: Ibeyi

Author: Tafari, Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 7:29 PM
The visually stunning video for "River" by Ibeyi, a twin sister duo is enough to send me through changes but the haunting music & message really rock my world. If you're feeling "River" then you have to check out "Mama Says," which has an equally stimulating video & lyrical presentation. Get you some & vibe to their unique Afro style.

Working With A Sheroe: Alice Walker

Author: Tafari, Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 7:20 PM Mindspill

Last week, I was contacted to photograph one of my favorite artists… ALICE WALKER. Needless to say, I was very excited & totally looking forward to the opportunity. Fast forward to the day of the event… I woke up feeling very bad, horrible, like death was upon me. It was strange because it just hit me out of nowhere. How could this be happening on such a big day…. It took a while to pull myself together and I rushed to get out of the door with all kinds of bags in tow only feeling slightly better…. Now..., I’m on the job setting up my camera and guess what… I left all of my memory cards at home. BUMMER… What was I going to do at the last minute other than panic. Then I noticed that I had another camera in my bag, which hadn’t been used in at least 2 years and it had a memory card ready to go for… A much needed surprise!!!! After all of this Ms. Walker entered the room and I was awestruck but composed… I introduced myself & sucked in as much as I could from her. Mindspill I’ll cherish this exchange forever: Me: Ms. Walker, give me a little more leg. Ms. Walker: Just one moment. (Positions leg and lifts skirt a little) In response to her creative process... "I don't allow anything into my mental and spiritual space that I don't want." In response to what she thinks the Black community needs... “The Black community needs more imagination.” “Turn off your TV and the images that tell you who you are and what you should be.” “Hang on to your books. All of your books.” Interesting Alice Walker Fact: The first thing Alice Walker saw on television was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. being arrested. Yesterday was everything I needed as a person & as an artist! And I got my book signed. Ha! The little things in life. Mindspill

Sapeurs Getting International Shine

Author: Tafari, Friday, January 24th, 2014 at 5:30 PM
I'm such a fan of all of this right here!!! And KUDOS to Guinness for highlighting these vibrant gentlemen! "They have a simple philosophy: to defy circumstance and live with joie de vivre," explains the narrator in Guinness's "Sapeurs: a Short Documentary." I love it! h/t: Ad Week

Love Observations In Black & White

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 at 11:10 AM Mindspill

Sometimes you can just simply feel the love and passion coming from people. People with a colossal love that seems so beautiful, soulful, and groovy. Mindspill Mindspill

The Color Purple

Author: Tafari, Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 at 1:14 PM Mindspill

"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it." ~ Alice Walker, The Color Purple

We Are One

Author: Tafari, Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 5:01 PM Mindspill

This morning, I found out that Hugh Masekela, one of my art heroes is coming to Detroit next week for a performance. I actually screamed in my head a little. His music, sociopolitical voice, & background are so inspiring. "We Are One" by  South African DJ, Black Coffee featuring Hugh Masekela is one of my favorite soul-house songs. When Hugh says "Wake up Africa, the time is now. Wake up Africa, the time is now," I hear it as a rally cry for Blacks across the Diaspora to unite and fight for the changes we want to see in our people, communities, and selves. Art Credit: Brett Rubin

The Church Lady

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 7:33 PM Mindspill

I’m no Christian but even when I was, I never really liked gospel music but I do have a few songs that I like for sentimental reasons. While I I'm not into gospel, I do happen to love gospel-house music & have tons of it in my music library. I guess if you put anything to a good house beat it’s a win in my book.  One of my favorite gospel-house songs is “Be Thankful” by Jamie Lewis featuring Michelle Weeks. This is actually one of my favorite songs to work to on the elliptical machine. It get’s me pumping. Even though it opens up super churchy, I feel the power of Michelle’s voices and I love it for that. And these days, I honestly have so many things to be thankful for! Feels good being able to say that! ————————-
“Let us come before him with thanks giving and extol him with music & song. Well, I know some of you must be saying. What do I have to be thankful for? I can't pay my bills. My marriage is falling apart, my health is failing, and I just can't find a job. Well, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says 'give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.' So. Come on, life your hands and give him praise. Say thank you, thank you father…"

King Cotton

Author: Tafari, Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 9:27 PM Mindspill

"The number of [Black American] slaves increased from 700,000 in 1787 to over 4 million on the eve of the American Civil War; approximately 70 percent were involved in some way with cotton production." Gene Dattel - "Cotton and Race in the Making of America."

Feather in the Wind

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 9:37 PM Mindspill

A little soft. A lot of beautiful. Straight from Africa…..

I Got My Education, I Got My Education, I Got My Education

Author: Tafari, Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 10:11 PM Mindspill

It's been 19 years in the making and the day finally arrived. The day that I thought would never come. After each statistic class. After every accounting class, After every crazy business math class, I grew stronger, yet wondered if this path would ever end. Yesterday meant the world to me and all I could think about was how I kept pushing despite the forces that were against me weather they were real or simply perceived. I'm happy that I stuck it out for the long haul. Tafari Stevenson-Howard, Eastern Michigan University GRADUATE!!! I am thankful for the Black spirits of my grandparents Essie/Edward Stevenson & Mary/Daniel Howard and most importantly my father Robert Howard that guide me through life. For you, I pour this libation of love, pride and triumph. I am thank for my daughters Olivia and Amelia who made this hard work necessary as I HAD to show them that it’s never too late to make great things happen. I wish they could have been there for this special moment. I am thankful for the countless friends who cheered me on after every semester and endured my non-stop complaining about papers and test etc. To my long time readers, I am thankful for you being there laughing with me as I made my way on this journey. And to the Black boys out there who were told that they couldn't, I stand here in testimony telling you that you can. You can! Mindspill

My next move???? Grad school! Last year I said that I was not going to go but now, I'm feeling invincible! I feel like I can make anything happen no matter how difficult the goal is.

See photos from my Graduation Sip & See Super Jump Off here...

African Men: Hollywood Stereotypes

Author: Tafari, Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 10:30 AM
This video is AWESOME!!!

Black Folk Don’t Tip

Author: Tafari, Saturday, March 24th, 2012 at 1:55 PM
video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player I certainly tip! I also have some friends who don't or they tip poorly, so I tend to avoid going to full service restaurants with them. I'm just saying...