“Should Writers/Artists Focus on the Process, not the Result?”


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The Philly Drummer Boy: A Carol of Drums

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Drumming in the snow, drumming night and day, playing different grooves and fills along the way. Bells on cymbals ring, making spirits bright, oh what fun is to play the drums all day and night!

You’re Black; So Why Do You Talk White?

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Despite growing up as young black male in the “hood,” facing all the same challenges—like violence and poverty—my voice, moreover the way I talked, somehow made me less black than others.

Why I’m Tired of Being Told What a Man Is


Being a man involves a range of experiences, actions and thoughts, says Alex Finis. And quite frankly, he’s tired of being told what those things are supposed to be.

Protector, Provider, Comforter, Confidante: 10 Questions About Gender

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JJ Vincent asked a 50-year-old about gender, identity, self-expression, and what defines a man.

Lucky Number Seven: An Interview With Superstar Comics Artist @JamalIgle


Lucky Number Seven is a a brief interview with someone interesting in the public eye, chopped into easily consumed tidbits of data for your brain space. This time we sit down with superstar artist Jamal Igle, who just dropped the pint sized powerhouse Molly Danger on Free Comic Book Day.

One Communities’ Trash is an Artist’s Tapestry (Video)

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Artist, Ethan Estess, makes art from what he salvages at the city dump.

The Importance of Black Male Mental Health

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Anthony Carter is black, male, gay — and definitely not crazy. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t care about mental health.

Meet a Bladesmith Whose Last Name Is Shanks … For Real


Forging could be considered the second oldest profession in the world, but for outlaw biker Terry Shanks forging has become a spiritual discipline.

The Four Types of Men: Part IV – The Bard

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Have you ever had your mind changed by a book, been brought to tears by a movie, heard a song that could sum up the end of your relationship, or sat and stared at a painting? At some point, there was a Bard who channeled some divine genius and make you feel that way.

“I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail.” William Faulkner Reads His Nobel Prize Speech


“A life’s work…to create out of the materials of the human spirit something which did not exist before.”

You Don’t Deserve Me: Steve Locke’s Paintings of Men at Samson

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Steve Locke’s art is all about men and “expressing the things that people don’t want to talk about.”

New Respect For Shepard Fairey

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Mark Radcliffe praises Obama “HOPE” artist Shepard Fairey for finally admitting the was wrong.

“Why have artists abandoned their duty to say the unsayable?”

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How does one explain the lack of moral courage in modern art?

The Monster Engine: An Interview with Dave DeVries


Dave DeVries’ monumental art project transforms conceptual children’s drawings into some of strangest looking monsters ever conceived.

Comics: Jamal Igle (@jamaligle) Discusses The Ray & The Russian Firestorm

The prolific artist discusses two of his projects for DC Comics New 52, complete with sneak peeks at the work.