Journeys of an Afro-Atlantic Envoy: With George Nelson Preston on Harlem Heights

frontis: Forever Between Two Renaisances.  Triptych from Tristes Tropiques/Sadly, the Tropics (2016) The Museum of Art and Origins, 430 West 162nd St, NYC, NY 10032 As is our custom, I am having a twilight tea with the artist, poet, collector and scholar George Nelson Preston amidst the curated clutter of his home, studio and museum […]

Shawshank time and then deported. Dempsey Hawkins.

After 38 years in a US prison, a British born man serving life is sent back to a country he barely knew. A cold and biting January wind was blowing through Washington DC as I sat in Dulles International Airport awaiting my flight to Britain. Earlier that morning I had been lying on my bed […]

With a Weapon and a Grin:

Postcard images of France’s Black African Colonial Troups of WWI by Stephan Likosky.  (Anglen, Pa.:  Schiffer Military History, 2017)  . “C’est le blanc qui crée le nègre.” – Frantz Fanon. In light of Steven Bannor’s elevation to Gauleiter in the new Trump administration, this morning’s most poignant read’s been his mentor Josef Goebbels’ Principals of Propaganda.  By […]