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About alligatorwoods

I'm an artist, a mom, a teacher, a reader, a learner, a writer, an adventurer! This is where I get to share my love of African and African diasporic literature, visual art, and film as well as nature, spirituality, and travel. I also share my own art creations inspired by the "above mentioned" (check the gallery). Updates and news are always happening so please check back often! Peace!

Eastern Market and the DIA

  Ever since I moved to this part of the U.S. I’ve wanted to learn more about Detroit than simply that it was the home of Motown–a feat in itself. I knew that it had once been a hub of … Continue reading

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Review of Will Allen’s The Good Food Revolution

For the past three years or so I’ve been collecting books on black people’s historical and contemporary relationship with farming. My love affair with the topic began when I tuned into John Robbin’s Food Revolution Summit, which I had been … Continue reading

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Black People and the Environment #1

  I spent a good number of my adult years in places that had vibrant farmers markets: Brooklyn, New York and Madison, Wisconsin, for example. Since moving to Michigan a couple of years ago, I’ve been thinking more and more … Continue reading

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On Botanic(al) Garden(s) and Arboretums

A couple of weeks ago I traveled to Norfolk, Virginia to visit my absolutely stunning aunt who is the equally stunning age of 78, last count. It has become a practice of mine, whenever I visit a city, to spend … Continue reading

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Yoga and Meditation: 3 Brothahs Doing Amazing Things

    Three young Brothahs are doing some a-maaaaazing work in their community of Baltimore, Maryland. Check out the work of Andres Gonzales, and Ali and Atman Smith, co-founders of  the Holistic Life Foundation. Check out this very cool interview with … Continue reading

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Review of The Chicken Chronicles by Alice Walker

The Chicken Chronicles by Alice Walker, 208pp. The New Press, 2012, $13.56 paperback Alice Walker’s The Chicken Chronicles’ full title is The Chicken Chronicles: Sitting with the Angels who have returned with My Memories: Glorious, Rufus, Gertrude Stein, Splendor, Hortensia, … Continue reading

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Review of The Coming by Daniel Black

The Coming: A Novel by Daniel Black, 210 pp.St. Martin’s Press, 2015, $11.94 paperback Daniel Black’s The Coming: A Novel is less a novel as we normally think of it, as a fictional piece of literature, than a sustained meditation on … Continue reading

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Rooted

Rooted Watercolor and ink. Again, I’ve been spending a bunch of time in nature. This is what came up the other day.

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Review of Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett

Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett, 256 pp.Graywolf Press, 2016, $9.52 paperback On a most basic level, Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett is about identity and its fluidity. But it’s also about how slavery, colonialism, and one of my favorite misnomers, … Continue reading

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Psychedelic Bee on a Psychedelic Flower

  Psychedelic Bee on a Psychedelic Flower watercolor with handmade paper I’ve been spending a lot of time in nature thanks to this gorgeous weather that has finally made its way to the midwest–absolutely in love with the Earth!

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