The Arts Blog

20 Sep
Posted by Obiora Nnamdi Anekwe

The Adventures of Blind Tom depicts the life story of Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins, an African American enslaved classical pianist, composer, and singer who performed to audiences around the world. As illustrator and writer of this children’s book, Obiora N. Anekwe uses poetry and collage imagery to tell the extraordinary life story of Blind Tom. His book is appropriate for children and parents affected by the challenges of autism and other audiences who want to learn more about America’s forgotten musical legends. This illustrative work also demonstrates how any child can overcome mental and physical challenges in order to become a successful and productive adult.

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15 Sep
Posted by Obiora Nnamdi Anekwe

For me, Alma Woodsey Thomas was a hometown, household name. Growing up in Columbus, Georgia, I had a passion for art and learning about artists who were unique and original. My first viewing of an Alma Thomas painting was at the Columbus Museum in Columbus, Georgia. I remember her paintings as bright and colorful masterpieces in different physical scales and sizes. The circular motions of her brush strokes were dazzling. The playful elegance of her artwork was inspiring.

As a youth, I had the pleasure of once knowing one of her relatives, Gertrude Sparks. I remember once seeing a number of paintings by Alma Thomas in her relative’s closet. The pieces were  very large works of art that were rare. They were unlike the previous works I saw at the Columbus Museum. Years later, I can say that her works and life story have affected me profoundly to be a dedicated artist to the craft of creating.

Born in Columbus, Georgia on September 22, 1891, Alma Woodsey Thomas attended Armstrong Technical High School in Washington, D.C. She enrolled in the teacher’s preparatory course for kindergarten instruction at the Minor Teacher Normal School. After graduation, she worked in a settlement house in Wilmington, Delaware. Thomas further studied in art at Columbia University in New York City and American University in Washington, D.C.

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19 Apr
Posted by Obiora Nnamdi Anekwe

Merriam-Webster Dictionary (2011) defines compassion as the response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help. In ethical terms, compassion originates from the Golden Rule often embodied in the principle of compassion: Do to others what you would have them do to you. The etymology of "compassion" is Latin, meaning "co-suffering." The Greeks believed that to show compassion revealed one’s weakness. In turn, they saw reason as the true and ideal virtue. But in modern times, compassion has been seen as a virtue that humanity seeks to nurture, especially in the field of medicine.

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