As a native of San Diego, I’ve always heard people (mostly non-natives) complain about the city. How it’s wack or there’s nothing to do, or my personal favorite, is there (insert group) out here? However, contrary to popular belief everything that another city has this city has. It may or may not be on the same scale but, it is here.
Art is my thing, I’ve been in the San Diego art scene for a little over 5 years, from poetry, to music (no I don’t sing or rap) and painting, I’ve seen and heard It all. To a non-native you wouldn’t be able to find us unless you knew someone in or around the scene. With the help of social media is has been more people to come out to the black art events but in my opinion it’s not enough to turn heads. Over the past 5 years I have watched the Art scene in Southeast come together, it’s been slow but steady on the rise.
As the Assistant Art Director of the Southeast Art Collective, our goal is to have the Southeast filled with art. Like Barrio Logan once you enter into that neighborhood you know where you are, you know the location by all the beautiful art that are painted on walls and utility boxes. That is one of the goals of the group. Another goal is to open up an art gallery/space in the community. Although we have other locations in which we use to host events and showcase our work. We would like something to call our own.
Just recently (Saturday, May 18th) the Malcom X library held their 4thannual Malcom X celebration, in this celebration there was a program of poets, various vendors, a guy came and spoke about the black history of San Diego, and other speakers all in which they spoke about the black community. And there was even a portion called the Legacy in Black Food Festival that featured southern cuisine and food from the African Diaspora that was there. You paid $10 and got to sample 6 different all black eateries. On that beautiful Saturday I saw some people that I knew and some I didn’t however, it wasn’t enough. I know that event could’ve been better than it was. Now grant it, it has come a long way seeing as if I have participated as a live artist in this event for the past 3 years. But something was still missing, more people. The complainers that Black art is not in San Diego, or that there is nothing to do. Where were you? How can we get to you? Do newsletters work anymore? I know that social media can help but I am one to admit that I will like something, click interested or going and even take a screenshot for a reminder and still forget or not even attend an event. I’m not perfect but I don’t complain that this or that isn’t there.
After this event my art team the Southeast Art Collective will get together to discuss it, the likes the dislikes, what we can do to make it better etc. If you have any suggestions or constructive criticism, please by all means let us know. Our goal is to get people out there and to enjoy and buy black art, to recycle the black dollar, with no complaints.
The next events that we have on our schedule are:
June 1st – Bell Middle School at 10am
June 29th - Final Summer Art Show 1pm-4pm at The Community Spot in Oceanview
July 6th – 4 Corners of Life Celebration
There are more events
Ways to get involved in the Southeast Art Collective follow us on Instagram as a whole or individually. Share our work, we are nothing without the voices of the people. Become a sponsor for the art gallery, we are currently looking for sponsors or if you know someone who would be interested in helping, forward their information to us.
For more information on how to get involved and events with The Southeast Art Collective email: SESDCOLLECTIVE@GMAIL.COM
A$HCA$H is a black creative in San Diego, CA. She is the Assistant Art Director and co-founder of The Southeast Art Collective. You can find her on all social media @ashcashiam
I had been wine tasting a whopping one time before I visited Boutique Vino in San Diego’s, Downtown, East Village. I was headed to meet a friend and catch up on what had been going on. I was super excited to be meeting her at a Black owned wine boutique as I would not have many experiences to compare this one to. Upon my arrival, there on the patio sat one Black man chatting on his cell phone. As I entered the boutique that man followed and greeted me. I said “Hello,” and asked if he was the owner. His response, “Yes” with an outstretched hand. I explained that I was there to meet a friend, Jasmine, and that my name was Tinicia. His face lit up, “Jasmine, she hasn’t been here in a while.” The owner of this wine boutique knew exactly who I came to meet and was welcoming and excepting. Go figure.
He asked what I would like to sip on, as I explained that I was used to drinking Moscato and liked sweet wines. Justice, the owner, began to school me on the different types of wine and started me off with…well I can’t remember the name of the wine but, there was a giant T logo which of course meant that it was my destiny.
Three glasses of wine, a cheese, meat, and olive platter later, myself and Jasmine were wrapping up our convo., preparing to leave. At the same time an older white man walks in to the boutique. He explained to the Black, welcoming, excepting owner that he was on a fixed income and could not afford anything on the list. He asked to look around, picked up a few knick knacks such as books and records, and when he finished, headed towards the door. As he exited, he turned to Justice and stated, I’ll come back when I’ve saved a little money and can buy something. But you’re not the owner, You probably just work here.”
923 E St., San Diego, CA 92101
(Dear Black Restaurant),
You realize you need to feed my soul?
Fellowship, a timely fashion, good music,
Exceptional cuisine should be your goal.
At-MUST-FearPhere conducive to a relaxing escape,
Healthy so that I do not cheat
Yet, still has Amazing taste.
We sat together, so serve our meal together
So that we may bless the meal with HIS Amazing GRACE.
A clean environment, nice neighborhood, be open on schedule, I want to feel safe
And, if I enjoy myself, on the next visit, I am definitely flooding your place.
When I am not satisfied, then apologize, take a percentage off of the check
Servers come with a smile and friendly attitude and that tip will be fatter, I bet
A few Sins that I should mention so pay attention; cold greens, unseasoned sides and the worst of all…raw chicken. Are you charging for that refill? Lawd please forgive ‘em. Tiny portions , LARGE prices, why you wanna act like that? I’m not here to bash you or talk bad about you but, if I give you suggestions have ya shit together the next time I come back!
In closing I came for an experience so just be prepared to deliver
It’s up to you to set the tone and 1st impression, now that, you shall remember.
The Music Box Concerts
K. Michelle came through at the Music Box (1337 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101) and blessed us with a superior performance.
There is something so personal about an artist who SPEAKS to an audience. That’s that genuine LIVE experience. The type of experience that makes you feel like you know the performer on a level that’s deeper than the song.
Some were sitting, most were standing, lots were swangin’, and everyone was engaged.
She took a sip of what I can only guess to be her new signature drink, Jack Daniels, before stating matter-of-factly, “I said Love‘em all, not Fuck ‘em all.”
“I always try to go, it doesn’t matter where it is, that there’s a love for some music and some R&B and some song writing.”
DA CHICKEN COOP
Chicken and waffles, beef briskets, gizzards, fried chicken skin, mac & cheese, ribs, fish, greens, cornbread, okra, and tamales are just a few things you can get at Coops West Barbeque and Da chicken coop. Both owned by Bradrick Cooper, Mr. Copper, or as many know him by Coach Coop. Bringing you a genuine southern dining experience.
We personally had the opportunity to eat at Da Chicken and speak with Mr. Cooper “No Frills, no Thrills, just great food at great prices!” Coops offers indoor dinning and Da chicken coop offers patio dining. Great service and food is amazing. I mean where else can you get tamale fries.
Da Chicken Coop is located at 2605 Lemon Grove Ave Lemon Grove, CA 91945. Coops West Texas BBQ is located at 2625 Lemon Grove Ave Lemon Grove, CA 91945. Tell them Black San Diego sent you
San Diego’s Black Girl Magic
Are you looking to buy a home? Looking for a new hair style because it’s a new year, new you? Or are you ready to get fit and start living healthy or are you ready to launch your own business and walk in your purpose. Will look no further, San Diego has that Black Girl Magic and its right here in Sunny San Diego! From Salon owners, Real Estate Broker to Gym Owners. The women of San Diego are making moves in all fields of business. The Hashtag #BlackGirlMagic symbolizes the power of these phenomenal women here and around the world. In the Nielsen Company’s latest consumer report references “#BlackGirlMagic” to describe power the power of the black woman stating:” While it started as a social media hashtag and rallying call for Black women and girls to share images, ideas and sources of pride in themselves and other Black females, it has also become an illustration of Black women’s unique place of power at the intersection of culture, commerce and consciousness.” African-American women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S. According to the“2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report” The growth rate is 1.5 times the national average. With over 1.3 million business owned by black women.
Support the Black Women of San Diego in business and find their business listed in Black San Diego Directory.