March 24, 2017

      Marjorie Brown (grandmother) and Carla Brown (self portrait). Part of 30 Days Has September series 2011 

Often, you will hear someone say that they had a “full circle moment.” I think two nights ago I indeed had one of those moments. You might recall I mentioned that I had the best birthday to date celebrating my big 40th last summer. Part of the reason I can say this was because I had the opportunity to see Misty Copeland’s performance of Firebird at the Metropolitan Opera House. This was my coming out as a real adult birthday, with me and my date cleaned up to...

February 6, 2017

Image courtesy of Docs in Progress,

"Docs In Progress is pleased to announce the participants in our fifth annual Fellowship Program. Selected through a competitive application process, these ten Fellows represent a variety of professional backgrounds and are at different stages of their careers and their current documentaries-in-progress.

Their films range in topic: deeply personal family legacies, anthropological explorations about the keepers of cultural traditions, insights into how different Americans view the current state of politics; stories...

April 21, 2016

                                     Prince, Purple Rain courtesy of

* Due to recent events, I had to add this post. I apologize, this was hastily thrown together.

Dear fellow creatives,

The bad news is that we all won’t be icons. The good news is that you can still create work that will be remembered and valued. I truly believe there can only be a handful of super nova stars whose lights shine so bright only for the purpose of providing inspiration for the tiers of talents. You may not M...

May 23, 2015

Decision making time - for real. I had found myself in a bit of a quandary recently.

First, I would like to say how much I love NPR. The other day I was listening right at the crux of my dilemma. The story was about Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers and Millennials; what the expectations were/are of each for that slice of the pie, that “America Dream.” In short, Baby Boomers, you were the last of the golden age where you can get a job, turn it into a career and have a stable place to work for the next 30-40 years of your life.  Your rewards will include a white a picket fence, 2.5 children and ret...

July 19, 2014

...I am the super happy one in the middle. My name is Carla Joelle Brown. I am 38 years old, born and raised in Baltimore, MD. When my sister and I were small, we would spend a lot of the summer with our cousin at the Grahams. This was always the highlight of the summer.  Since the Grahams retired when I was 5 years old, we had their full attention. Often, we would “go up to the country” to Jellystone, and stay in their trailer, where it was stored there when it was not in use. This was normal to me because we did it so often. This was the ultimate summer for us as small children; we we...

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