Kelundra Recommends 07.10.2020
I took this photo last week on a glamping trip in Hot Springs, North Carolina. The views from the French Broad River are absolutely majestic.

Kelundra Recommends 07.10.2020

"You can kill a man, but not an idea." These words, often attributed to civil rights leader Medgar Edgars, have been hanging out in my mind for the last couple of weeks. They are so widely applicable, because ideas take a long time to form and an even longer time to change. There's nothing like sitting in the house for…

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Kelundra Recommends 07.03.2020
“We Carry the Dreams” is a mural by Yehimi Cambron. It depicts five portraits of DACA "Dreamers,” with the stripes of American flag in the background. It is located near Capitol Avenue in Atlanta.

Kelundra Recommends 07.03.2020

Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. With all of the unrest in our country, and abroad, it's safe to say that this 4th of July feels different. In the absence of parades due to social distancing, and fireworks now feeling more like bombs over Baghdad, it's hard to figure out how to celebrate Americana. The best…

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Kelundra Recommends 06.26.2020

Lately, I've been hearing a lot of people talk about a "new normal." There's a lot of conjecture about what our new normal will be on the other side of pandemic and civic uprising. There are a lot of people and institutions in a rush to get to a new normal, but what I've found to be true is that…

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Kelundra Recommends 06.12.2020
"You’re in the Middle of the World" by Lauren Ralphi Burgess. This image is featured on poet Jericho Brown's book "The Tradition."

Kelundra Recommends 06.12.2020

This week has been a slight exhale and after the huge insuck of the last two weeks. With so many people in the streets and on social media expressing their grievances with the direction of our democracy, it's easy to get swept away with the tide. I'm reminded of  stories I've read about the Freedom Summer of the 1960s where…

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Kelundra Recommends 06.01.20

As a theater critic, the suspension of in-person performing arts experiences has been tough. My inner cultural arbiter needs an outlet to place all of my unsolicited opinions and recommendations. An arts column would be an ideal place for such whims to flutter, but NPR hasn't called yet. So, I've decided to put together my recommendations and commentary about all…

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When I needed you to speak up
"African American children peering into a Whites Only playground in Mobile, Alabama," 1956 by Gordon Parks.

When I needed you to speak up

The last few weeks have been a tumultuous time in America. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is completely unprecedented in our lifetime, we thought racism would take a day off. Unfortunately, it didn't. In addition to exacerbating inequity related to healthcare access, we also learned about too many Stand Your Ground and police killings of unarmed black…

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