Artist a Day Challenge (6): The Disrupters

Change is not always an organic process, sometimes it needs a little nudge. When it came to diverse cultural representation within Los Angeles museums in the 1960s, LACMA in particular needed a few nudges… and a good push toward progress. One late December evening on Wilshire Boulevard in 1968, a curious crowd formed around the Ahmanson’ building … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (6): The Disrupters

Christian Louboutin and His Stylish Take on “the Gaze”

  If you walk up to any makeup counter or shoe salesperson wanting to create the perfect nude lip or find a classic nude pump you will likely get one shade.  What if that nude looks nothing like your skin tone?  Why is the universally accepted nude distilled to a single ivory hue? If you’ve never even thought of … Continue reading Christian Louboutin and His Stylish Take on “the Gaze”

Artist a Day Challenge No. 19: Ava DuVernay and Bradford Young

Director Ava DuVernay delivered a wakeup call for me as I found myself stuck in a #OscarsSoWhite funk over the lack of recognition she deserved for Selma.  If my attitude was ignited over Selma’s snub (the best picture nomination, while good was overshadowed by non-recognition of the directorial triumphs of DuVernay and David Oyelowo’s performance as … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge No. 19: Ava DuVernay and Bradford Young

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Reflections on Service, Sacrifice and Self

For the past 10+ years my office has been a supporter of our local YMCA in Downtown Los Angeles, and every year we sponsor the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Brotherhood breakfast.  I have been asked to attend this event no less than 6 times and each year I curiously look at my fellow attendees invited to the breakfast.  The … Continue reading Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Reflections on Service, Sacrifice and Self