Everyone loves a bit of nostalgia from time to time. I think at this point, most of us are aware of a widely used acronym on social media called, “TBT,” which stands for Throwback Thursday. Throwback Thursday is the name of a weekly social media posting trend or popularized hashtag that people from all over the world use online—specifically on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, to share and look back fondly on some of their favorite memories—hence the “throwback” theme. With that being said, I want to share a proud moment of mine in which an article was written about me in the oldest Black newspaper in the country, The New York Amsterdam News.Continue reading “Ralph Gilmore: Father, Artist and ‘Mayor of Harlem’ (Circa 1/6/15)”
As I say goodbye to 2018, a year that has taught me so much through both pain and gratitude, I’m reflecting on this humbling moment in remembrance of family and close friends who’s physical presence are no longer among us. I desperately say to you all that we have to find a way to be swift to forgive, to love abundantly, pursue your passions relentlessly and to create bravely.Continue reading “Happy New Year 2019! New Aspirations. New Promises. Rekindled Hopes.”
The above words were some of the many messages of solidarity, defiance and peace that was inscribed in chalk on the city streets of Bourse Square after the Brussels attacks. Make no mistake… this was a cold, calculated attack– in which ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) is claiming responsibility for this heinous act. It’s scary to think how this could have happened anywhere in the world. Tokyo, Madrid, Moscow, Toronto, Berlin, Los Angeles, New York City… just pick any city with a major media and cultural market.
Most of us get on social media and scream, “when will it end?” “We need to come together.” “We want justice, equality and peace.” “Why won’t humanity love and respect each other for their religious, political, social and sexual preferences?” Correct me if I’m wrong, but the only thing that arguably makes us different from each other is the language we speak and the God(s) we pray to. Once we get a universal understanding that we are all the same, society will always suffer under a state of separation. Perhaps, that’s the biggest issue that plagues humanity right now and could possibly signal the end of our existence.Continue reading ““Terror has no religion.” “The whole world is my native land.” “I love Brussels.””
Hey good people! Your friendly neighborhood Ralph A. Gilmore is here. You might need to sit down and read up on all the awesome news I’d like to share with you in my very first post on my new blog, The Perennial Aesthete. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to finally have this baby up and running!Continue reading “Welcome to my new blog: The Perennial Aesthete”