I am a cultural historian, specializing in African American and African diasporic music history - as such, I span the academic disciplines of Africana studies, musicology, and history. My doctoral dissertation is titled Composing the African Atlantic: Sun Ra, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, and the Poetics of African Diasporic Composition. Please, if you are interested, take a look at my academic CV (current as of March 2018).
Musically, I play blues and jazz guitar, and I gig far too little. In addition, I compose music, having addressed various styles from classical to bebop to big band to Afrobeat. You can listen to some of my music on ReverbNation.com. I am working toward posting more music as well as some of my scores.
I am a self-taught web developer, having read a few books on the subject and completed a number of online tutorials. My ultimate goal with coding is to use these skills in my academic work, posting my writing and teaching materials online and participating in the broad field of digital humanities. Please check out my partial web development portfolio below.
This is a blog created using the Jekyll static-site generator, adapting a theme created by Tayan Tatli.
This demonstration portfolio was created using Bootstrap 4, also making use of the Isotope jQuery plugin. It is quite a nice page that includes two photo carousels and a number of nice, subtle CSS transitions. Also note that this is one of the first projects I have created while using the Coolors website to set a color palette for styling the page.
This is a demonstration site created using the Jekyll static-site generator and Bootstrap CSS framework. Note that while Jekyll is most useful for creating blogs, it can also be used to create entire sites.
This app, deployed on Heroku, analyses web images and identifies faces within the images (currently only one face per image, but I'm working toward getting it to identify multiple faces). The app was created using React, and it has a back-end server as well as a users sign-in database.
While this page is not an app, it does respresent a good deal of work that I have put together in an HTML page. Just a little taste of what I do as a teacher.
This is a dead simple jQuery plugin that automates the task of adding links to an HTML page. While it may be of limited use, it is officially my first NPM package script.
This is an open-source project I have been contributing to for a while. Started as a student driven project for a Udemy course title The Complete Web Developer in 2018: Zero to Mastery, this is a growing repository of resources one can use for web development. I have been involved in adding resources and re-organizing the site, and I recently created a full web page for the project so it could be more presentable than just a repository with a series of markdown pages.
This is a blog I created using the Jekyll site generator. The substance of the blog is useless to anyone but me, but this was my first experiment with a Jekyll blog. Note the minimalist structure and layout for this site - something I particularly appreciate in web design.
This is a full site created with the Zurb Foundation front-end framework. Notice that it has several subtle animations, a modal photo gallery, and a fully validated reservations page. Now if I could just get the PHP email to work...
This is another site created with the Zurb Foundation front-end framework. It has many of the same features from my coffeeshop project like a photo gallery and validated forms, but with a different design. I am currently working on this site to create a WordPress theme.