I think of myself as a pretty well grounded person with a strong sense of who I am and what I want. What I do is more important than what I have. And what I have been doing is working within a sector of the arts where access, collaboration and process is important. So, I am still a bit of an idealist who has been lucky enough to be relatively successful career-wise.
I went to Shanghai to take my afro into a new cultural context, develop my leadership skills, learn Tai Chi and cultivate healthy habits (whilst contemplating that Darfur connection). My daughter, 12, came too.
You can be my friend if...
you look forward and you are excited by new possibilities, want to see the world, have interests you are passionate about (even if they are not an exact match with my own), laugh often and are comfortable in your own skin and on this planet. I like being introduced to new authors, music and perspectives on life as well as finding like-minds.
I have worked in the arts, first as a visual artist, then curator/organiser/manager for well over twenty years now. After a career that's been mostly about joining organisations in crisis, I have finally started working (with a colleague) on setting up something from scratch. Scary but really exciting. Spent some time in Shanghai working in a Science Museum. That was amazing. And a great time for reflecting on what I am for. Now I am back in Birmingham UK (my home town), working on one art-meets-science project, re-grouping and making some changes.
This may take some time: Today I have been listening to a couple of Bettys - Davis and Roche, Brooklyn Funk Essentials, MeShell Ndegeocello and Toots & The Maytals.The latter has left me feeling like I want to listen to a little UK Ska/Two Tone and then who knows? Recently been listening to Skunk Anansie, The Clash, Abbey Lincoln, Gil Scott Heron, Nneka, Grace Jones, Janelle Monae, I have tried making a list of artists but its pretty random. So lets try genres.... I was brought up listening to reggae and still love old school reggae, roots and dancehall (but not much interested in current dancehall). jungle and drum & base, rock, punk and ska, electronica, blactronica, and Love jazz, but not the smooth variety, Love funky music like pfunk - bootsy collins, parliament, funkadelic, etc.Love old school soul, Donny Hathaway and Curtis Mayfield ......Fell in love with Living Colour
A Soldier's Story, To Sleep With Anger, Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Rue Cases Negres, Daughters Of the Dust,
I love Toni Morrison; Beloved may be my favourite book of all time. But my taste here is as eclectic as in music. I really loved Anne Donovan's Budha Da, although I have no idea what made me pick it up. I am currently re- reading Madame Bovary just because.
Don't really have any favourites in this category.
I used to read Straight No Chaser back in the day both to feed my knowledge as a promoter (I organised jazz gigs for a short stint) and generally hear about new music etc..........
wow, i didn't expect you to reply so fast. according to your activity feed you hadn't been on since March. i wasn't very hopeful lol.
anyway, thanks so much for all the info! best believe i snatched up my shampoo and conditioner immediately to check this out. my shampoo (Head&Shoulders) is LOADED with sulfates. makes sense, because the whole reason i was concerned was because whenever i just shampoo'd and didnt use conditioner my hair was practically crunchy. my conditioner on the other hand (Herbal Essences) has just about every good alcohol listed on the site you linked, so that's a plus; my hair is in pretty good shape right now, i guess the credit can go to that.
thanks again for the info. i'm really trying to get a good regimen worked out since i plan on dying it in a couple of months. i'm not too worried, my hair seems to take chemicals well as it is, just not too much heat.
hey, i read your thread in the kinky hair forum about washing your daughters hair. you said that you don't wash your hair with shampoo anymore and i was just wondering what do you do instead, just a rinse before you put the conditioner in?