The creator and the stories behind the untimely obituaries featured in the Black Obituary Project.
My report for FSRN.
2016 has been challenging–a definite high point has been rekindling my love for painting. It started in a hospital room earlier this year and grew from there. Wishing you a Very Merry Happy.
“Lena Nozizwe presents Alice Princess is Fresh” Recipe Mustard Greens with Peanut Sauce | Ndiwo Za Mpiru Wotendera
Mustard Greens with Peanut Sauce
Ndiwo Za Mpiru Wotendera
2 bunches fresh mustard greens
¼ tsp salt
1 bunch green onions chopped
½ lb cherry tomatoes
⅛ tsp crushed black pepper
½ cup peanut butter
¼ cup water
Hot cooked rice
1. Wash greens carefully. Trim off any rough stems. Hold three or four leaves together and tear into small, even pieces.
2. Bring small amount water to a boil. Add salt and greens. Cook until greens are tender.
3. Turn greens over in pan and add chopped onions, whole cherry tomatoes and pepper. Cook until slightly limp.
4. Form creamy paste with peanut butter and water. Pour paste over entire surface of greens Cook slowly 10 minutes stirring constantly to blend. Continue to cook until moist, not runny. Serve with rice.
There must be something special about Iowa for me to have bought a snow globe there. Outta visits to 45 different states, it’s the only state snow globe in my collection–which does not make it much of a collection I suppose. I worked on a memorable feature story that meant a couple of visits and interaction with some impressive people who were part of a child abuse SWAT team.
On my way out after my first trip to Iowa I remember writing postcards at the Drake Diner. Postcards that really annoyed my waitress because they all had photos of pigs or corn stalks. She schooled me that there was more to Iowa than that. Of course my snow globe features pigs and corn.
But my waitress was right. She gave me a good tip. I’m not trying to get a vote, but I do like Iowa and I will watching the caucuses closely tonight. If I happen to see an ear of corn or a snorting pig, well, that will just be a bonus.
The setting: Paul Kantner’s San Francisco crib which had a stunning view of the the Bay Bridge. I was there with a cameraman, the talented Scott Hall, to conduct an interview with the co-founder of Jefferson Airplane for a television news series about the 1960s. One of my questions included asking him about the sexual revolution.
Paul: It was wild.
Me: How wild?
Paul: Come upstairs and I will show you
Paul and Me: *Laughter*
Note: I did not go upstairs, but walked away from the interview thinking that Paul Kantner was brilliant and funny.
From 2014 through 2015 a number of my assignments have been about police accountability.
“#Thugs”: From Ferguson to LA 2014-2015 is a compilation of photographs and interviews from my reporting.
The book is now available on Kindle.
DACA. Same Sex Marriage. Sandra Bland. Skid Row Karaoke. PrEP. The end of Rentboy.com
I have had the opportunity to report on quite a variety of news and feature stories in 2015 and it is hard to chose the most significant.
But you kind of have to at year’s end.
So here goes, in no particular order, the most memorable features.
Delighted to hear that the trailer for my film, “Saturday Night Bingo with Miss Rosie,” won second place in the Individuality category of the My Hero International Film Festival.
Last year “A Father to Dye For” was a finalist in the festival, which is held in Santa Monica. I got to walk the red carpet with the star of the film. If you have not seen it yet, you can watch it here.
The film also came in second in the ALFA Short Film Competition 2014 and it made for a wonderful premiere.