FM Supreme: “Momma Loves Me”

FM Supreme continues to evolve as an artist whose connections to community, social justice and her faith make her one of the most brilliant MCs in the game. On my one year blogoversary on WordPress I am excited to share FM Supreme’s new music video “Momma Loves Me”. Her new video accompanies a powerful song full of wisdom, truth and dope rhymes.

Favorite words of wisdom from “Momma Loves Me”:

A queen on microphone/A female king get it straightened like a hot comb


Shot and edited by J’mme Love

FM Supreme is founder of Chicago International Youth Peace Movement… , and co-founder of The Peace Exchange: Chicago – Asia 2013;

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Mapping the Bronx: The Bronx Grand Concourse Cultural Map


The Bronx Museum of the Arts

Cartography may seem a daunting and boring field, but the Bronx Museum has enlivened it to be a highly interactive experience with a website that takes viewers on a journey through the literary and creative history of the borough of The Bronx along the Grand Concourse. Take a trip on the website to learn more about The Bronx via the cultural map!

Click here to check out Mapping the Bronx: The Bronx Grand Concourse Cultural Map.

Book on the Edge: Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video


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Carrie Mae Weems, Three Decades of Photography and Video (First Center for the Visual Arts)

Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video is a must-read retrospective accompanying the national tour of the exhibition with the same title. Featuring some of Weems’s most important art works, the book has essays by leading scholars, explores Weems’s interest in subject matter such as folklore, spoken and written word, and black beauty. In her artistic style, Weems is committed to a variety of issues of social justice. Her early career focused on African-American women and families and has evolved to the stories from the African diaspora, from the legacy of slavery to stereotypes and continues to evolve to include global struggles for equality and justice.

Take a virtual tour by visiting the Frist Center’s mobile site,, from your mobile device.

Asia Calcagno, Poet: Verbal Empowerment and Activism

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“As a writer I find that it is my job to be constantly inspired by everything from the desk I am sitting at to the injustices in our world. I am constantly searching for new topics to write about, but my writing usually involves topics of race, class, and gender because these identities are so personal to me. Nevertheless I am always delving into new and bold topics because as a poet, I do not believe in silence, so I turn my writing and performances into a form of verbal empowerment and activism.

My journey as a poet/performer started when I was 14. I was a freshman in high school and I won an in-class poetry slam. I have been writing nonstop. Through endless amounts of mentor-ship and having been affiliated with Young Chicago Authors back in my hometown, many doors and opportunities have opened up for me. I’ve competed twice in the largest youth poetry slam in the world, Louder Than A Bomb Festival and through that I was able to be a part of the Illinois All-Start Team for Brave New Voices. I’ve had the opportunity to perform at venues such as The Black Women’s Exposition and The Taste of Chicago. This past summer I, along with three other empowering women, traveled to London for almost two weeks to teach and perform. In London we performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall and were guest performers in the Shake The Dust Festival. While abroad I was honored to do a set at the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. I feel so blessed to have started writing and performing at a young age and to be able to make so many lasting connections with other artists.

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Though I started off as a “slam-poet” I’m now an extremely versatile poet. I wear many hats when it comes to writing. Here at Connecticut College I major in English with a concentration in poetry so I write for the page and play around with the craft but I can definitely switch up the style and compete in slam easily. I would say that after 7 years of writing and performing I found myself wanting to give back and teach the craft to youth so I do a lot of workshops with middle school and high school students. I also am vice president /rising president of my college’s spoken word club RefleXion.”

People can get in touch with me via email

You can read my poetry on my blog here

A recent performance of mine.