#ThePeopleOfGrandRapids

In this series of work, Alfield Reeves has been capturing the lives of real people in Grand Rapids. This photo series is birthed from a collection of things: my love and desire for perspective and wisdom, my passion for photography and writing, all intertwined with my discontentment of living in Michigan. A pretty obscure combination,…

#MyBlackLifeMattersSeries

…I decided to use my gift of photography and my love for engaging people and culture to start the #MyBlackLivesMatterSeries. The goal of the series is to highlight people – black people especially – to bring not only their faces to the forefront, but their voices and opinions as well.

Deeper Still

This article was first published in the Kerux magazine here. I confess that I was somewhat of an oddity as a child. There are some who might argue that I’ve retained this quality into my adulthood. When I was about eight years old, my family was part of Brethren church plant in Grand Rapids. Actually,…

Book Review: “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I have never read a book as raw and as real as Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. While it is only 152 pages in length, it took me over a month to complete the book from cover to cover. I had to put the book down several times to process the intensity of the author’s words and his brutal honesty concerning the world he experiences as a Black man living in the United States.

Smoke-Stained Sky

Walking the streets of Bethlehem during the protest was not a fearful event for me. I perhaps never felt safer, even at the sound of tear gas shot into the air and watching the smoke in the distance.