H&M “Monkey” Hoodie

H&M has received a lot of backlash for a hoodie they posted to their site. The issue stemmed not so much for the hoodie itself but the child they chose to model the hoodie which bore the statement, “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle”.  The child, a young black boy is seen posing in the hoodie…

“Happy” New Year

New Years is always a difficult time for me. I would always spend New Years Eve with my parents and after Dad’s accident, welcoming a new year meant ushering in another year without my Dad. Every year since, around this time, I get into a funk. This year it didn’t hit me on New Years…

12/31/17 Reflections

Originally posted to noelclark.com on 1/3/17. (note: 12/2016: the Sioux Tribe and protestors celebrated a victory of having the dapl rerouted, but the fight over protecting human rights, environment, and the land of the Indigenous raged on as the incoming @realdonaldtrump administration exchanged power with the @barackobama administration. Today, as we enter 2018, the fight…

Prayers to the family of Parris Lane

I remember seeing her boys, always laughing and dancing. That’s all they wanted to do. She nicknamed him “Lil Red” for the reddish tint of his dark brown hair. An energetic boy, her first born son, who grew into such a handsome young man with unlimited potential. While I stood at his candle light vigil,…

#SpiritedSolitude: The Reflection

#SpiritedSolitude noelclark.com shares a taped conversation with stage IV cancer survivor turned medical marijuana advocate, Kyle Kostic and artist, Lorenzo P. of lorenzopphotography.com as we discuss self-imposed isolation as a form of Spirited Solitude. Told by doctors he had less than a year to live, Kyle Kostic began living on his own terms. He packed…

#AnalogAngels

#AnalogAngels Great night of art curated by @gregsstuff Last night I stepped out to Fat Free Art Gallery on the Lower East Side with my friend and artist, Lorenzo P. of lorenzopphotography.com for the #AnalogAngels show. My artist friend @ronnierobny had a piece in the show and invited me out. When I saw him at…

Are you happy?

When studying Philosophy, the teachings of Marcus Aurelius stood out to me. Before learning of Stoicism, there were tenants of it that I already carried with me. Still, there were others I had to develop but could see myself growing into over time. After talking with a friend about my love for Marcus Aurelius’s “Meditations”,…

Happy Birthday, Thelonius Monk

I discovered Thelonius Monk years ago through a book my Mom encouraged me to read. Very happy she urged me to read that book because it was within its pages where I discovered my love for jazz. I’ve mentioned Thelonius Monk in a previous blog stating, “Monk is one of my personal favorite jazz greats,…