Black Art Matters: Pierre Jean-Louis

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Artist Pierre Jean-Louis creates the universe in Black women’s hair. His work has been all over social media [I only have an ig account, but dang!] and various web + pop culture sites. I thought I’d share for those who haven’t yet let their eyes be blessed.

all works by Pierre Jean-Louis

like it’s golden

I visited Stone Mountain Park for the first time last week. If you’re passing thru Atlanta or its many suburbs and you enjoy nature beyond The Discovery Channel, hiking/walking and beautiful views, I’d say give it a gander.

Thanks to Josie over at Mind Jo Business for re-sparking my interest in taking this trip! I will be going back since it took less than an hour to get there. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and seeing the sunset from such heights made it extra special. The mile-long hike made me feel like beast! Aaaannd the sore legs the morning after were so worth it.

 Trips don’t always include passports,  pricey hotels or touchy airport TSA; sometimes all you need is a Google search, maybe $20, a snack bag and some free time. Hope you all are exploring and getting outdoors as much as possible.

[P.S. This park is also famous for some nonsense as it still has confederate soldiers carved into the mountain and a confederate flag flying high near the start of the walk-up hike. But we can remove symbols all day, right? That won’t change the hate this nation was built on and perpetuates. That won’t change the hate in people’s hearts [or area where their hearts used to/should be]. But besides those two things, it’s a beautiful park. End rant.]

about this past weekend

brdgI’m definitely enjoying adulthood more than ever. I hope you can say the same. So many people look forward to the weekend or next month or their next vacation or next summer instead of finding and creating ways to enjoy the now. I agree that there should always be something to look forward to, but it should be a daily occurrence! There are so many faraway places on my bucket list and I don’t see why I can’t reach them all in my lifetime. But until the time comes, I make it a point to find closer, much cheaper ways to venture.

This weekend I went to Heritage Park in McDonough, GA, a city just south of Atlanta and north of Macon. It was hot as bleep so we didn’t stay too long, but I got some cool photos and learned a little history that I found pretty interesting:

schlhsOla Schoolhouse Kids of all ages learned here in one room. Apparently this was normal in rural America before the 50s. I just can’t imagine.

ckhsDetached Cookhouse This one I found the most interesting. So the kitchen was always at risk of catching fire[which it still is!] so it was separate from the living quarters. Just in case it did, the family wasn’t completely at a loss. But how annoying would going back + forth be on a rainy/snowy/hot/crispy cold day??

loco1934 Steam Engine Locomotive

cbn181-year-old “Settlers” Log Cabin I’m assuming they didn’t have too much money or land because it was so small! But the placard states that a ten-person family used the house just to rest because they played and worked outside most of the day. Although it wasn’t mentioned, this could have quite possibly been slave quarters.


snflwrgrdnThere’s also an on-site community garden with flowers, fruits and veggies. {Although I don’t get why they call it community if they ask you not to pick the produce or flowers?} Supercute, right?? And the bees helped this sunflower look like a smiley 🙂

sidenote: Walking under party cloudy skies and 90+ degrees, slightly hungry and very sweaty, my sister was like “just think, our ancestors had to work in this all day! EVERYday! We have to be, like, the strongest people on earth.” Agreed. So I shut my spoiled mouth up from complaining about the weather. I enjoyed my little outing despite the heat.

It’s a pretty cool spot if you live in/near the area but I wouldn’t go as far to say make it a point to see it. There’s regular park stuff like walking trails and a playground as well as a real helicopter, a veterans’ museum and veterans’ memorial if you’re into that.

Next planned outdoor adventure is Vickery Creek Trail! CANNOT wait!

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Make it a great week! As always, thank you for reading + subscribing!

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