Confronted by Three Future Tellers

Earlier this morning I had the pleasure of performing for a group of elementary school children in one of the most beautiful scenic areas in Southern California. On my way to the school I actually ended up getting lost. This almost never happens to me, but as I was...

Meeting Mary McLeod Bethune

February 26, 2007, I was scheduled to perform at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School in Los Angeles. For some reason I was a bit more anxious than usual. I don’t think it was because of the performance, or even the anticipation of what the students might be like. I...

Living the Legacy

I recently visited a high school that had been a favorite of mine dating some years back. I hadn’t been to the school in about 4 years or so and was extremely excited to be returning. During the previous years when I was visiting the school, there was a very...

Definitely Do Digress

I know this is going to strike many as a bit unorthodox but, one of the most fascinating and useful devices that I ever learned to use in my storytelling, from other griots, was the art of “the digression.” Normally, especially in the West, narrative delivery has a...

The Appearance of Youth

I did a performance at a school yesterday, it was an elementary school. After the performance one of the veteran teachers came over to buy my cd and she said, “you did really good, but I was worried at first.” I asked her why and she said, “well when...