Tag: Arts & Culture

  • Hip-Hop and Homelessness

    Spare Change News Exclusive: An Interview With KRS-One By Nakia Hill As the “Teacha” of hip hop, KRS-One, the artist, prepares to travel to New England for his teach hip hop tour, Kris Parker, the person, reminisces about the irony within the connection of homelessness and hip-hop and how he once lived on the streets […]

  • “Voices and Visions 2011: Art by and for the Children”

    This past Wednesday, over 1,000 people attended the Home for Little Wanderers annual Voices and Visions fundraiser. Held at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, the highly successful event attracted some of Boston’s most influential people to view stunning art displays and donate to the organization. The Home for Little Wanderers is an organization […]

  • A Candle for Lina

    Her skin is like mud, where horses trample O Can’t you see it, Her skin is like mud, where horses trample O can’t you see it, can’t you see it? In Haiti, misery makes everything pale, grungy, weathered, attenuated, wasteful, sallow, dumb, grinded down, pocketed. When it’s done, we swap grinning for crying, we trade […]

  • Project 50/50: The Beginning

    On the first day of the New Year in 2010, I climbed up into an old pickup truck that I named Bubba, with my dog Zuzu in the passenger seat. I began a mission to spend one week in every US state helping the poor and hungry who live on our American streets. I was […]

  • "Dire Means" A Book Review by Marc Goldfinger

    “We will never have peace in the world until men everywhere recognize that ends are not cut off from means, because the means represent the ideal in the making, and the end in process, and ultimately you can’t reach good ends through evil means, because the means represent the seed and the end represents the […]

  • The Purloined Heart IV: The Horrific Final Act

    Clark Bent eventually filed for divorce from his wife and moved in with Joey Defalco. He refused to go to work because he wanted to spend all his time with Joey Defalco. He would follow him around everywhere. When Joey Defalco had to go to work, Clark Bent would go into a fit and began […]

  • A Tale of Inner City: The Virus (Part One)

    [Taken from the Diaries of the Damned—written before the Tales of Communion——Insect-O-War.] The day was grey on the interstate to Inner City and Dean sat in the passenger seat fitting a new collar onto the dropper. He stripped the edge of a dollar bill, ran the thin strip of paper through his mouth to wet […]

  • Gulp Fiction: Fireflies On the Wind: On Leaving Haiti Part III

    [Excerpt from my book “Sparks in the Dark: A Lighter Shade of Blue, A Poetic Memoir”] As we moved into the early nineteen eighties, my stepfather’s mechanic business in Haiti began to crumble. Up until that point, we were always well provided for. The wife beater was undoubtedly a good provider. My mother did not […]

  • Fireflies on the Wind: On Leaving Haiti Part II

    Jacques Fleury: The Haitian Firefly [Excerpt from my book Sparks in the Dark: A Lighter Shade of Blue, A Poetic Memoir] Imagine this jumpy scenario if you will. The house was full of activity. Five sisters, four big country husbands, four cousins, three stalwart maids and about four tenants with kids who rented parts of the house […]

  • Spare Change News 18th Anniversary Silent Auction Gala

    Come join Spare Change vendors, staff, and Homeless Empowerment Project board members at our 18th anniversary celebration, which will culminate on Saturday, May 8th with a silent auction gala. The event will be held at the Inn at Harvard from 6-9pm and will feature over 40 items on which to bid. The donations that we’ve […]