Commitment March on Washington, photos from Gran Canaria, and a bit of Canarian history

Hello and welcome to this week's edition. Before we dive in, I wish to take note of something: I imagine it will be a bit jarring for the reader to make sense of present-day inequality in America before looking at a curated spread of travel photos right afterwards. I acknowledge this, but the idea behind … Continue reading Commitment March on Washington, photos from Gran Canaria, and a bit of Canarian history

Ongoing trouble in Belarus, a day in Rome, and some Memphis blues from Belgium

Howdy and welcome to this week's edition of the blog. No need for half-baked jokes or attempts at being witty, so let's get to it. Topic #1: Ongoing trouble in Belarus Belarus first came to my attention a couple of weeks ago while I was listening to an episode from the BBC's great podcast "Newshour." … Continue reading Ongoing trouble in Belarus, a day in Rome, and some Memphis blues from Belgium

Coronavirus spikes in Spain, Camping on Gran Canaria, and the BBC’s “Focus on Africa”

After a one-month hiatus due to traveling and some unexpected demands across the broader spectrum of existence, I am back with this weekly blog. This week's edition is concise and also includes pictures, so you likely won't need to reach for a stiff drink while reading. Topic 1: Coronavirus spikes in Spain After returning from … Continue reading Coronavirus spikes in Spain, Camping on Gran Canaria, and the BBC’s “Focus on Africa”

The Los Angeles Riots of 1992; Spotify’s Discover Weekly

LA 92 (2017) A couple of weeks ago I watched an excellent documentary called LA 92, which NatGeo TV produced and published on their YouTube channel in mid-2017. It depicts the events that preceded the Los Angeles riots in the spring of 1992, as well as the riots themselves. The style and format of the … Continue reading The Los Angeles Riots of 1992; Spotify’s Discover Weekly

Topics of racial struggle in African cinema, an example of Hawaiian music, and a brief introduction to the Hawaiian language

As I set out to write this week's blog post, the idea was to make a return to writing about three specific topics, but in the end I've written about just two-and-a-half. Oh, the limits of time -- I nearly crossed the finish line. Topic #1: La Noire (1966) Back in early June, when the … Continue reading Topics of racial struggle in African cinema, an example of Hawaiian music, and a brief introduction to the Hawaiian language

Looking for Answers Post-Shock; Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”; A Weekend Spent Exploring Gran Canaria; Un Breve Ejemplo de Escritura Española

"Most people resist change, even when it promises to be for the better. But change will come, and if you acknowledge this simple but indisputable fact of life, and understand that you must adjust to all change, then you will have a head start." -African-American tennis champion, writer, and Civil Rights advocate Arthur Ashe source … Continue reading Looking for Answers Post-Shock; Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”; A Weekend Spent Exploring Gran Canaria; Un Breve Ejemplo de Escritura Española

Racism & Inequality in 2020: Steps We Can Take Toward Direct Action

After publishing last week's post about the recent events in the United States, I received good feedback from a number of people, the majority of which pertained to the various ways in which all of us can help battle injustice. Friends and family echoed the prevailing sentiment that it's crucial to not just react via … Continue reading Racism & Inequality in 2020: Steps We Can Take Toward Direct Action

Three topics: “The Poisonwood Bible”, Tristan da Cunha, and Habib Koité

Friday May 22nd - Thursday May 28th Topic 1: Hello and welcome to this week's edition. Let's get to it. In today's world, where connectivity and technology use are ever increasing, many of us spend long periods of time consuming information via our devices, which can sometimes lead to inadvertent adventures across the vast expanse … Continue reading Three topics: “The Poisonwood Bible”, Tristan da Cunha, and Habib Koité