Are you there Ms. Blume? It’s me, Dindy.

Are you there Ms. Blume? It's me, Dindy. | Dindy Yokel | Blog Post | Red … [Read more...]

Artist Purvis Young Dead at 67

MIAMI, FL (April 21, 2010) – Artist Purvis Young was pronounced dead at the age of 67 at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on April 20, 2010. The cause of death will be released following autopsy. The funeral will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church (310 NW 9th Street, Miami). Mr. Young is survived by his long time companion, Eddie Mae Lovest, four … [Read more...]

Loretta & Lovett Bennett – I could chat with them all day!

Gee’s Bend, a diminutive rural community, is nestled into a curve in the Alabama River southwest of Selma, Alabama.  Populated by less than 700 residents, a statistic that has not been updated in a decade, the town was founded in antebellum times on the site of cotton plantations owned by Joseph Gee.  The residents of Gee’s Bend are descendents of slaves and some of the elders remember working in … [Read more...]

Violet Gray

38-year old Violet Mary Gray was born to Mary and Charlie McCarthy, the only full-time white residents of downtown Gee’s Bend in early 1970s.  She was born in New Vaughn Memorial Hospital in Selma, Alabama, 45 minutes away from home.  According to her mother, Mary McCarthy, “Violet was two months premature and remained at the hospital for two months after I returned home.  Selma is 45 minutes away … [Read more...]

Healer Ingrid Llera

Many offer to perform traditional Haitian religious ceremonies but all in the know point to Ingrid Llera as the authentic “serviteur” or priestess/healer in the area. She arrived via boat by herself in Little Haiti at the age of 16 in 1980. The crossing took an agonizing 11 days but Ingrid had no doubt that she was going to make it, she “needed to make the journey to obtain the wisdom and … [Read more...]