inner > outer: a haiku

pretty skin hair teeth
such a beautiful disguise
trumped by mean spirit

inner > outer ©2017 KBW

Sup, blood?

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artists L to R: Derrick Phillips Sr, Justin Anderson and Goldi Gold

So I’m mad late, but you I know I gotta share the arts with you all! P.A.C. (Popular Art Culture) was a showcase of Tupac-inspired artworks. It coincided with his forty-sixth birthday and the release of All Eyez on Me. Did anyone see it? Thoughts? Are you a Tupac fan? I’m a fan, not hardcore, but he jams. I have a few t-shirts. I had a few of his albums back when, before my old laptop got stolen. And I grew up listening to his music so I can rap along with a few bars.

Now, as an adult, I realize he was a strong, necessary force in music. I understand why the powers that be viewed him as a threat that needed handling. His songs transcended color lines and age brackets and I truly believe his voice had enough impact to bring people together and cut the strings from the puppet masters. Or at least awaken the masses + make us think. Tupac was just a good balance of intelligence, “wokeness”, sex appeal, intimidation and street smarts. Although he never reached his peak, he definitely left his mark.

I always enjoy witnessing how one subject can produce a myriad of interpretations. A few artists ventured outside of commonplace paints and pen and utilized broken records and even a repurposed a thin brick options board to birth their vision. The P.A.C. Show illustrated the many facets of Tupac Shakur- from intellect to Bishop the bully to the king and every man in between.

I loved every piece at The P.A.C. Show, but KD’s dope earrings were all I could afford. For now!

Check out the artist lineup (captioned) and search the hashtag #allartonme on Instagram to see more of their work and support! (I’m sure I’ll update this post with all of their url’s, but not today.)

As always, thanks or tuning in.
long live Pac ❤

Black Father Exposed

These are the kinds of images that we need to see and promote promote promote. I salute all of the consistently involved dads and father-like figures today and daily.

Head in the Cloudland

Cloudland Canyon had been on my radar for over a year; I mean, look at it. After my trip to San Juan, I thought hey, where can I hike that resembles heaven without hopping on a plane? 

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Cloudland is one of sixty Georgia state parks and is located in Rising Fawn about two hours northwest of Atlanta. I don’t mind driving, but I hate narrow, two-lane highways. Half of the drive is narrow, two-lane highways. Designate a driver that you trust(I only trust me), because of course, these roads that wind wind wind are the only means to reach the opening of this glorious canyon. There is zero room for error, so you might drive over the side or oncoming traffic won’t leave you enough room and you may crash + die. But it’s so worth it.

We walked down six hundred steps to reach the canyon’s floor. Yea..six HUNDRED. Reason one: waterfalls. And yea, to walk the same amount of steps back up is no joke. I expected to have Serena Williams-esque thighs at the end of the ascent.. but nah. Didn’t happen. I’m still feeling the burn, and we took this trip last month! I suggest a good stretch pre- and post-hike. And mad water intake throughout.

Being here reminded me of how tiny we humans are, how nature is a restorative and that nature always wins. I can’t wait to return in autumn to capture the transitioning foliage.

To learn nerd facts about Cloudland Canyon and see more pretty pictures, check out the Georgia State Parks site. Get out there and enjoy this free beauty, y’all! It awaits you.

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This trip was sponsored by BlackPackerz

All photos captured with my handy Galaxy s13

Advice From a Tree

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Advice From a Tree:
Stand tall and proud
Go out on a limb
Remember your roots
Drink plenty of water
Be content with your natural beauty
Enjoy the view

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artwork ©Ry-Spirit