Thanks for the scroll through! Topics: creative arts, music, news, activism, culture, fashion, business & philanthropy. I'm a Ugandan born-NYC raised artist, political science grad & Hip Hop head.
There's Kwanzaa and Black History Month--and then there's Black August. What's the "31 Day Salute" got that the others don't?
When you're a musical genius but you're never mentioned because you're also a dark skinned Black woman making history from the 1930s-70s...
(YouTube link inside) Why do some have and others have not? Is "the common good" subject to politics, economics and social wealth? An analysis of Oscar and Grammy nominated youth, arts, and leadership training organization "Impact Repertory Theatre" from Harlem, New York City.
This research project and short film was presented in 2013 for induction into the Society of Fellows at Pace University's Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.
Seems like ever since the beautiful Adeola Ariyo from Ghana/Nigeria became Elizabeth Arden's first African Brand Ambassador, more stories about African models, designers, and "African inspired" fashion weeks have flooded the media-waves.
They say "youth is wasted on the young" but the NBA's reigning Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard proves otherwise. What's his story and exactly what did he take from the legend Kobe Bryant?
My first digital collage based on a song in three movements: "Revelation, Resistance and Relevance."
How are today's activists using digital platforms to boost their missions and make social change from social media?
Whether Khaled's classic Snaps or Kanye stirring the talk around mental health, Hip Hop culture's always serving up more than one "Major Key" on feeling better, achieving your goals and living the "Good Life."
*YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IS IMPORTANT*
(RIP) A secret meeting of youth, activists and street soldiers is called by a woman to organize and "mosh" for change.
Stirring up as much hope as hot topics, my first video project connects three Hip Hop songs to relevant issues and social trends like "bad bitches," immigration and personal success.
Table of contents and executive summary of the first strategic business plan of "Ottoo Brand Artivism," an arts, activism, financial education and community development nonprofit based in New York City and Uganda. This organization was launched on May 24, 2013 by Emilia A. Ottoo and her father Dr. Richard E. Ottoo.
An exclusive exchange from "behind the wall." Kasim, a voice from the DMV streets and the new generation of activism talks FLEA Days, Tupac Shakur, Baltimore, Kwanzaa, Women-Comrades, and the revolutionary experience of Black August.
Jumpsuits, jumpsuits, jumpsuits... When Hepatitis C and medical care in prisons are actually "cruel and unusual punishment."
Besides paying homage to all the winners and hard working professionals of the live stage, here's some resources and starting points for all the young or aspiring artists out there.
A sample outline of the nonprofit Ottoo Brand Artivism's pilot workshop in financial education. This workshop was given with youth ages 9 to 25 at the Impact Repertory Theatre org in Harlem, New York City in 2014.