Joan Morgan: Poetry, Salsa, Jamaica & 3 Interpretations

Joan Morgan. Entrepreneur. Writer. Mother and loved and admired by many including yours truly. Joan was one the first people I met in NYC back in June 1992. This story was filmed at Joan’s Spur Tree Birthday soiree with 3 of her girlfriends sharing stories and qualities about Joan. Joan Morgan is an award-winning journalist and author and a provocative cultural critic. A pioneering hip-hop journalist and entertainent writer, she began her professional writing career freelancing for The Village Voice before having her work published by Vibe, Interview, MS, More, Spin, Giant and numerous other publications. Formerly the Executive Editor of Essence and one of the original staff writers at VIBE, Joan Morgan is the author of When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost — a fresh, witty, and irreverent book that marks the literary debut of one of the most original, perceptive, and engaging young social commentators in America today. Her work appears in numerous college texts, as well as books on feminism, music and African-American culture. She is currently teaches “The History of Hip-Hop Journalism” at Duke University.” So that’s what I do. Here’s a bit about who I am. I’m a Jamerican girl, born in hills of Westmoreland Jamaica and raised in the South Bronx whose been lucky enough to carve out a career writing about the things I care about most: among them hip-hop culture and the lives of black women. I have an amazing kid whose wit, courage, kindness and heart inspire and humble me everyday. I’m a New Yorker, a city girl through and through. I love great restaurants, stilettos, a good mojito and fine wine but I live in the country so I can hear myself think. I write from my office overlooking the river with my dog at my feet. All things considered its a pretty good life.

Georgia: Family Business, Hair Culture, The Wall & Customer Service

Meet Sister-in-Laws Jodie Patterson and Kiara Ellozy , the founders of Georgia. Part beauty store and part salon, Georgia harbors a soft spot for the frizzy-haired masses. Named after co-founder Jodies corkscrew-curled daughter, the inviting space was designed by Christian Wassmann and Serge Becker, the creative mind behind hot spots like the Box and Bowery Bar. — Their inspiration is Harlem native Madam CJ Walker..As a manufacturer of hair care products for African American women, Madame C. J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, became one of the first American women millionaires. http://www.georgiany.com/index.php

PryorCV: NYC Homeless Entrepreneur, Economy, Carpentry & Art

 PryorCV defines himself as a “working artist”. This NYC Small Story began while walking along Houston avenue (just across from the Angelika theatre), my eyes were drawn to an array of small painted cardboard squares layed out on the sidewalk. On the corner of Houston and Broadway, you will meet Pratt University art school graduate Pryor. He calls himself a “working artist” as opposed to street vendor or pop-up store. While in the homeless shelter, he saw an opportunity in the excess cardboard. He revived his love of painting and used the cardboard around him as a cavas and began making art. It all started in 2008…Its a trying but optimistic story.

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