BABA’S BLOG ARCHIVES

Challenged in Argentina

I’ve just ended the 1st week of a two-week tour here in Buenos Aires and I thought I would share some reflections. When I first decided to accept the career as a storyteller, one of the goals I had was to honor my ancestors. A very simple way of doing this was to wear...

read more

BABA TALKS episode 11 from Dakar

Hi Everyone! I'm coming to you from the beautiful metropolis of Dakar in Senegal West Africa. I'm currently working with the International School of Dakar and networking with several NGO's. I've been having an awesome experience thus far. I'm alerting all of you that...

read more

BABA TALKS episode 10 is available!

For those of you who haven't been "in-the-know" for the past few months, I've been publishing a little VLog (Video Log) called BABA TALKS. Nothing formal, just me shooting off-the-cuff about what's going on in the world of BABA. I just posted episode number 10 on...

read more

Sharing a Teaching Tale of Confusion

I posted an entire story that I shared with an audience of middle schoolers. Click here to view the entire 2:30 video Sharing a Teaching Tale of Confusion If you get a chance to view it, subscribe while you're there and leave a comment. I value the input of all of...

read more

2019 A Year of Promise

I think the last blog post I wrote was about receiving the Heritage Award at the Aquarium of the Pacific. That was 2017. Wow! 2018 was a whirlwind of storytelling activity. I toured Louisiana, all over California and ended the year by touring in Beijing, China. I also...

read more

2017 Heritage Award Honoree

I think the last blog post I wrote was about receiving the Heritage Award at the Aquarium of the Pacific. That was 2017. Wow! 2018 was a whirlwind of storytelling activity. I toured Louisiana, all over California and ended the year by touring in Beijing, China. I also...

read more

MY BOOK IS FINISHED!

The past few months have been a blur.  December I was touring in Spain and the Canary Islands (short video clip of part of a performance there). While in Spain I participated in a Spanish Book Festival to promote ROAD and then returned to a flurry of performances for...

read more

Why I refused to stand for the Pledge

It has definitely been a long, arduous journey but, after 6 years of self-inflicted mental torture, constant cursing and unexplainable elation, my book Road of Ash and Dust: Awakening of a Soul in Africa is "finally" complete. I am, quite literally, jumping up and...

read more

Another Bright Light Dims

It was 1975 and I was in the sixth grade at Meadows Elementary on the largest military base in this nation, Fort Hood, in the State of Texas. Just like many other children during that period of adolescence, I was transitioning into my age of reason. I was beginning to...

read more

My incident with a Hawk

i am truly one of the blessed of this earth to be able to travel the world and share with so many different people of different cultures. I received word recently that one of the most amazing souls I've ever met transitioned. His name was Seu Geraldo Tartaruga and he...

read more

AM I A SLAVE?

Yesterday I was on my way back home driving from Northern California to Los Angeles. I pulled into a rest stop and went to stand out in an adjoining field. I like to break the monotony of driving long distances by stopping to take time and enjoy the beauty of nature...

read more

Costa Rica Blog #03

I’m touring schools here in Lafayette Louisiana and having an incredible experience. Something happened yesterday that made me pause and give an issue some thought. A young girl of about 11 years old asked me, “Have you ever been a slave?” Now on the...

read more

Costa Rica Blog #02

I just finished my final performance here in Costa Rica and I’m supposed to be getting ready for my flight but I had to sit down and just write out what just happened really quickly. First of all, the performance was awesome, amazing and I’m...

read more

Costa Rica Blog #01

i am truly one of the blessed of this earth to be able to travel the world and share with so many different people of different cultures. I received word recently that one of the most amazing souls I've ever met transitioned. His name was Seu Geraldo Tartaruga and he...

read more

BABA @ The Last Bookstore

After arriving in San Jose Costa Rica on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles I was met by my tour manager and whisked away to a school for my first performance. I tried not to allow my exhaustion to show through the veneer of energetic engagement...

read more

Argentina Blog #07

At least once, sometimes twice a week I try to make time to sit quietly and listen to records. Usually before the needle rises on one of the last albums I’ve got my nose buried in the pages of a book. Time ceases to be of any consequence. I’ve...

read more

Argentina Blog #06

Yesterday I was not feeling like performing. I had that “wanna-stay-in-eat-popcorn-and-watch-movies” kind of feeling. Even though I know it is a mental test of adapting, I still keep inching closer towards the soothing sensation of apathy. Not...

read more

Argentina Blog #05

I think the last blog post I wrote was about receiving the Heritage Award at the Aquarium of the Pacific. That was 2017. Wow! 2018 was a whirlwind of storytelling activity. I toured Louisiana, all over California and ended the year by touring in Beijing, China. I also...

read more

Argentina Blog #04

The past few months have been a blur.  December I was touring in Spain and the Canary Islands (short video clip of part of a performance there). While in Spain I participated in a Spanish Book Festival to promote ROAD and then returned to a flurry of performances for...

read more

Argentina Blog #03

I posted an entire story that I shared with an audience of middle schoolers. Click here to view the entire 2:30 video Sharing a Teaching Tale of Confusion If you get a chance to view it, subscribe while you're there and leave a comment. I value the input of all of...

read more

Argentina Blog #02

Hi Everyone! I'm coming to you from the beautiful metropolis of Dakar in Senegal West Africa. I'm currently working with the International School of Dakar and networking with several NGO's. I've been having an awesome experience thus far. I'm alerting all of you that...

read more

Argentina Blog #01

I’m touring schools here in Lafayette Louisiana and having an incredible experience. Something happened yesterday that made me pause and give an issue some thought. A young girl of about 11 years old asked me, “Have you ever been a slave?” Now on the...

read more

Uruguay Blog #05

The past few months have been a blur.  December I was touring in Spain and the Canary Islands (short video clip of part of a performance there). While in Spain I participated in a Spanish Book Festival to promote ROAD and then returned to a flurry of performances for...

read more

Uruguay Blog #04

I've been experiencing a really interesting phenomenon since I've arrived in Uruguay and Argentina. I haven't spoken much about it because it is a bit embarrassing. But since I now have a portion of the answer I'll share. Each school I've...

read more

Uruguay Blog #03

Last Saturday my tour manager, Sofi, took me to the historical city of Colonia. It is one of the earliest settlements here in Uruguay. Its' history is a blend of Portuguese and Spanish Colonial conflict. Everything from the architecture to the...

read more

Uruguay Blog #02

Last Friday I visited Casa de la Cultura Afrouruguaya. I try to explore as much of the cultural landscape of the countries I travel to as possible. With a hectic work schedule and maintaining business and familial connections back in the U.S....

read more

Uruguay Blog #01

Last Saturday my tour manager, Sofi, took me to the historical city of Colonia. It is one of the earliest settlements here in Uruguay. Its' history is a blend of Portuguese and Spanish Colonial conflict. Everything from the architecture to the...

read more

Loving LoVegan in Bucharest

Last Friday I visited Casa de la Cultura Afrouruguaya. I try to explore as much of the cultural landscape of the countries I travel to as possible. With a hectic work schedule and maintaining business and familial connections back in the U.S....

read more

Goodbye Bucharest

I’ve always avoided talking about food. I don’t enjoy explaining to the, oddly, curious what I eat, why I eat what I eat or where I get what I eat when I eat. With that being said, some might find it curious that I would choose to play “food...

read more

Baba in Bucharest

Leaving Romania is a bittersweet experience for me. On one hand I can’t wait to return to the familiarity of home and, on the other hand, I’m going to miss the amazing souls I’ve crossed paths with. I have taught and been taught here in...

read more

24 Hours in Paris

I’ve always avoided talking about food. I don’t enjoy explaining to the, oddly, curious what I eat, why I eat what I eat or where I get what I eat when I eat. With that being said, some might find it curious that I would choose to play “food...

read more

Symptoms of Hebdo

Leaving Romania is a bittersweet experience for me. On one hand I can’t wait to return to the familiarity of home and, on the other hand, I’m going to miss the amazing souls I’ve crossed paths with. I have taught and been taught here in...

read more

Identity in Ecuador

I am first and foremost, a professional storyteller and so I tend to address social themes from a very formative, if not, narrative process. I also realize that my opinions will make perfect sense to some of you and to others, I will probably sound like one of the...

read more

Do Not Bite

I consider myself more resourceful than sagacious, more pupil than professorial and definitely more the initiate than master of anything, but this past week here in Ecuador has thrown me into quite a bit of self-reflection. Plain and simple, I present myself to the...

read more

Baba in Ecuador Blog I

I am first and foremost, a professional storyteller and so I tend to address social themes from a very formative, if not, narrative process. I also realize that my opinions will make perfect sense to some of you and to others, I will probably sound like one of the...

read more

5 Days to Reach 50 Years

I consider myself more resourceful than sagacious, more pupil than professorial and definitely more the initiate than master of anything, but this past week here in Ecuador has thrown me into quite a bit of self-reflection. Plain and simple, I present myself to the...

read more

The Pain of Children’s Hospital

In a few days I’ll have drank from this fountain of life for 50 years. I have had friend after friend tell me how important it is that I celebrate by having a “Blow Out,” a big party. I’ve opted for a different method of celebrating, something more reflective and...

read more

My 92 Year Old Muse

For those of you who are regulars to my blog you know that periodically I visit Children’s Hospital and go bedside-to-bedside sharing music, stories and conversation with the children. I’ve been doing this for years. Initially, when I first started, I thought that it...

read more

My 10-Minute Classroom Standoff

In a few days I’ll have drank from this fountain of life for 50 years. I have had friend after friend tell me how important it is that I celebrate by having a “Blow Out,” a big party. I’ve opted for a different method of celebrating, something more reflective and...

read more

Leaping Out Towards Myself

For those of you who are regulars to my blog you know that periodically I visit Children’s Hospital and go bedside-to-bedside sharing music, stories and conversation with the children. I’ve been doing this for years. Initially, when I first started, I thought that it...

read more

20 Years in the Making of Me

I’ve spent the last 30 odd years living in, around, and near the illusion that is known as Hollywood. I have more stories that I can’t tell, about people I shouldn’t know or, never even wanted to know, than I care to reflect on. Whatever you imagine about the insanity...

read more

Meeting Mukashi Mukashi

Since my return from Peru some months back I’ve spent most of my time, between performing, life and the occasional respite, reflecting on the past 20 years. 2014 will mark my 20th year as a professional speaker and musician. In the blink of an eye I’ve traversed two...

read more

Beyond Bird Watching

I’ve spent the last 30 odd years living in, around, and near the illusion that is known as Hollywood. I have more stories that I can’t tell, about people I shouldn’t know or, never even wanted to know, than I care to reflect on. Whatever you imagine about the insanity...

read more

Entering the School of Words

Since my return from Peru some months back I’ve spent most of my time, between performing, life and the occasional respite, reflecting on the past 20 years. 2014 will mark my 20th year as a professional speaker and musician. In the blink of an eye I’ve traversed two...

read more

The Well Poisoner

It has been a week of constant, rapid motion, daily performances and digging deep to pull from that reserve of energy fueled by passion for one’s purpose. One of the issues of being a professional speaker, musician and performer is that there is “never” a moment that...

read more

Avoid the Toilet Seat

For those of you who are regulars to my blog you know that periodically I visit Children’s Hospital and go bedside-to-bedside sharing music, stories and conversation with the children. I’ve been doing this for years. Initially, when I first started, I thought that it...

read more

Rock Star Status in Peru

I am first and foremost, a professional storyteller and so I tend to address social themes from a very formative, if not, narrative process. I also realize that my opinions will make perfect sense to some of you and to others, I will probably sound like one of the...

read more

Savoring Peru a Day at a Time

It is so funny the reception one gets when leaving the borders of your own country. Today I visited a school and was literally mobbed for autographs. Can you believe it? A lowly storytelling man with harp in hand, mobbed for autographs. I must have signed hundreds of...

read more

A Nod and A Hug in Peru

It has been a week of constant, rapid motion, daily performances and digging deep to pull from that reserve of energy fueled by passion for one’s purpose. One of the issues of being a professional speaker, musician and performer is that there is “never” a moment that...

read more

Just arrived in Peru

One of the things I do when I travel to new places is “get lost”. I do it on purpose. I know it sounds dangerous but it is really one of the best ways I’ve found to get to know a city and get to know it well. I’ll usually start with the local transit system. In...

read more

Bullied Boy Speaks

I just arrived in Lima Peru a couple of hours ago. I’m feeling the years. It’s true what they say about Father Time. I don’t make it a habit of cursing but airline seats will push even a saint to edge of madness. It seems like there is a conspiracy against anyone over...

read more

Gift from a Crying Child

Leaving Romania is a bittersweet experience for me. On one hand I can’t wait to return to the familiarity of home and, on the other hand, I’m going to miss the amazing souls I’ve crossed paths with. I have taught and been taught here in...

read more

Are My Students Ready for Life?

It has been a week of constant, rapid motion, daily performances and digging deep to pull from that reserve of energy fueled by passion for one’s purpose. One of the issues of being a professional speaker, musician and performer is that there is “never” a moment that...

read more

Baba’s Upcoming Performance!

Last Monday was the culmination ceremony for the "Speaking-Listening" residency of the middle schoolers I've been working with in Santa Ana for the past four months. The road getting them through the barrage of speaking and listening challenges over the last few...

read more

My Honor Defended by a Little Girl

As always, I want to do my best to keep my friends informed about what's happening with your favorite storyteller. I'm putting the finishing touches on the upcoming 6 week tour of Peru. I'll talk more on that the closer it gets. I do not have a single day free in...

read more

Clothing for Culture and for Change

I've been experiencing a really interesting phenomenon since I've arrived in Uruguay and Argentina. I haven't spoken much about it because it is a bit embarrassing. But since I now have a portion of the answer I'll share. Each school I've...

read more

Truth be Told – Creative Catharsis

The clothing I often wear resembles the attire worn by Muslims all across the world. I was dressed in gold kaftan today when I entered a convenience store to pick up some water and snacks. The man behind the counter kept staring at me as if he had a question he wanted...

read more

Affirmations Raining Down on Me

When I was a child I used to hear the elders in my life toss about the phrase, “Truth be told.” I never quite understood what it meant until I became an adult. “Truth be told” is a testimonial phrase. It is what a person will say when they want a listener, or reader,...

read more

Jamaica Blog Day 6

It has been a week of constant, rapid motion, daily performances and digging deep to pull from that reserve of energy fueled by passion for one’s purpose. One of the issues of being a professional speaker, musician and performer is that there is “never” a moment that...

read more

Jamaica Blog Day 5

I've been experiencing a really interesting phenomenon since I've arrived in Uruguay and Argentina. I haven't spoken much about it because it is a bit embarrassing. But since I now have a portion of the answer I'll share. Each school I've...

read more

Jamaica Blog Day 4

Day 5 is the final day of the Ananse Sound Splash Storytelling Conference & Festival for me. This is a bittersweet day of mixed emotions. On one hand I am excited to be returning home to the comforts and familiarity of my life. On the other hand, Jamaicans have...

read more

Jamaica Blog Day 3

I did a little experiment in the classes I taught today. I had four classes of about 28 students per class. We’ve been working the past few weeks on speaking/listening skills, specifically as they relate to the process of interviewing and being interviewed. This is a...

read more

Jamaica Blog Day 2

For those of you who haven't been "in-the-know" for the past few months, I've been publishing a little VLog (Video Log) called BABA TALKS. Nothing formal, just me shooting off-the-cuff about what's going on in the world of BABA. I just posted episode number 10 on...

read more

Jamaica Blog Day 1

I started my day workshopping with a group of teenagers who weren’t real familiar with storytelling. It worked out really well. We ended up doing the storytelling together, the entire group, on stage. I was proud of my little group of novice tellers. There was one...

read more

Heading to Jamaica…

It has been a week of constant, rapid motion, daily performances and digging deep to pull from that reserve of energy fueled by passion for one’s purpose. One of the issues of being a professional speaker, musician and performer is that there is “never” a moment that...

read more

My Day with Dads

I've been experiencing a really interesting phenomenon since I've arrived in Uruguay and Argentina. I haven't spoken much about it because it is a bit embarrassing. But since I now have a portion of the answer I'll share. Each school I've...

read more

Did they find joy in Malala’s pain?

Day 5 is the final day of the Ananse Sound Splash Storytelling Conference & Festival for me. This is a bittersweet day of mixed emotions. On one hand I am excited to be returning home to the comforts and familiarity of my life. On the other hand, Jamaicans have...

read more

Elders in all shapes and sizes

I did a little experiment in the classes I taught today. I had four classes of about 28 students per class. We’ve been working the past few weeks on speaking/listening skills, specifically as they relate to the process of interviewing and being interviewed. This is a...

read more

Education is Not Child Care

While in Mali some years back, I roamed the countryside in search of an elder willing to share folktales and stories with me. I needed someone with wisdom and depth whose feet I could sit at and drink from their fount of knowledge and experience. I ended up in a...

read more

Compensated in Crackers

I am excited that the Chicago Teacher’s Strike has ended but there is a troubling issue, for me at least, that went ignored. In spite of a dramatic seven-day assault on our senses through ritualized rhetoric, and well-tailored talking points, not a single soul offered...

read more

Dominican Republic Day 4

Day 5 is the final day of the Ananse Sound Splash Storytelling Conference & Festival for me. This is a bittersweet day of mixed emotions. On one hand I am excited to be returning home to the comforts and familiarity of my life. On the other hand, Jamaicans have...

read more

Dominican Republic Day 3

On the 19th of November I’ll be boarding a plane heading to Jamaica to attend a Storytelling Festival & Conference. I’m excited because I won’t only be performing but I’ll be presenting a paper as well. I’ll make the paper available online as soon as the...

read more

Dominican Republic Day 2

I’m just returning from a small workshop in the city of Watts. It was a gathering of children their fathers. I facilitated the group on how we, as men, can build on our relationships with our children through using storytelling as a mechanism to bond. This was one of...

read more

Dominican Republic Day 1

I've been working with both adults and children for more than 20 years, helping them to develop as speakers and listeners; promoting the Art of Storytelling as an instrument of instruction. Recently, I was working in a classroom with a group of 11 and 12 year olds....

read more

Yes to Violence No to Sex

It has been a week of constant, rapid motion, daily performances and digging deep to pull from that reserve of energy fueled by passion for one’s purpose. One of the issues of being a professional speaker, musician and performer is that there is “never” a moment that...

read more
Share This