Gratitude: January 2019

Just sharing one of the things that lifted my spirits this month…. Jeremy Dutcher is a classically-trained queer Canadian Indigenous tenor, composer, musicologist, performer and activist. He is a member of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) band of the Tobique First Nation in North-West New Brunswick, and after doing a research project exploring old wax cylinder recordingsContinue reading “Gratitude: January 2019”

Angélique Kidjo sings Blewu in front of world leaders for Armistice Day

I was exceedingly proud to receive this video of Angelique Kidjo singing this song in Ewe (my family’s language!!) to world heads of states as part of the Armistice Day Celebration. May the spirits of the ancestors do their best on this lot. Ay yi yi. Here are the lyrics in English and then belowContinue reading “Angélique Kidjo sings Blewu in front of world leaders for Armistice Day”

Making Them Pay: Tales from the Immutable Stack

This is pretty much the entire text from the talk I delivered at Paymentsfn 2018 on May 24, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. In his story The Mystery of Marie Rogêt, Edgar Allan Poe wrote “Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger, portion of truth arisesContinue reading “Making Them Pay: Tales from the Immutable Stack”

Gratitude: April 2018

You know the drill. Before the month is out, I just want to take a moment to give thanks for a few things that have been giving me (sorely-needed) life this month. 1) Drake’s “Nice for What?” I’ve been having a tough month and this song and video came right on time. As the sayingContinue reading “Gratitude: April 2018”

Gratitude: September 2017

A few things I was grateful for this month: 1) Sydette Harry’s AffectConf Talk Finally! A talk at a tech conference by a black woman about *us* and how *we* survive and what *we* need. 2) Orphan Black I realized I was a season behind so I raced through season 4 and am just roundingContinue reading “Gratitude: September 2017”

Gratitude: February 2017

Wow, this month blew by lightning FAST!  Before the month is out, I wanted to make sure I took a second to express gratitude for a few things that moved me this month. ONE Were she still alive, the great black queer activist, theorist and poet Audre Lorde would’ve turned 83 on February 18th. IContinue reading “Gratitude: February 2017”