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  • Steven Ivory: Nothing Stands in the Way

    Sep 9, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *”It’s here,” Kevin somberly said to me over the phone, watching from a window of his third story apartment as a U-haul van searched for parking down on Vermont Avenue. Kevin was both elated and melancholy, for on that warm, overcast afternoon he bid farewell to “Nihil Obstat.” The dynamic, moody abstract, which stretched nearly […]

  • Steven Ivory: Living Michael Jackson’s ‘Off The Wall’

    Sep 3, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    * “You’re not gonna believe it—Michael’s got a little platform that he dances on, right there in the studio.    He’s doing all kind of moves while he’s recording his vocals!” That was the first thing photographer Bobby Holland, my roommate at the time, told me when he returned to our mid-city Los Angeles apartment one […]

  • Steven Ivory: When TV Went Off

    Aug 26, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *During his 1978 soul classic, “’Cause I Love You,” singer Lenny Williams, narrating one of the most dramatic R&B monologues known to man, wearily says that to take his mind off the woman with whom he is desperately in love, he busied himself at home with all sorts of activities, including watching television “until TV […]

  • Steven Ivory: Get Stopped and Anything Can Happen

    Aug 20, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *One evening last month,  Oklahoma City,   Fourth of July weekend.  I left my family’s home and was driving back to my hotel downtown when in the distance I noticed  on the other side of the street and headed in the opposite direction, a police cruiser. Like most black men born and raised in America, […]

  • Steven Ivory: O.J. Simpson, 20 Years Later

    Jun 17, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *White people were mad as hell. I’ve never seen or felt anger around Los Angeles like I did on October 3, 1995. It was unfiltered, devoid of any of the time-honored White Guilt that  blacks in America have long manipulated and relied upon. That day, after the verdict was read, sitting at traffic lights, I’d […]

  • Steven Ivory: Why We Text and Drive

    Jun 10, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *While sitting at the light on a backed-up Los Angeles freeway exit ramp one morning, I noticed that one out of every three drivers getting onto the freeway on the other side of the divider—both private vehicles and professional cars and trucks with company names and logos on them–had their heads tilted into their laps, […]