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Words without Borders -This month, Words Without Borders features literature on the theme of Italian migration across diverse genres and landscapes. The writers here—from Algeria, Germany, India, Albania, and beyond, all writing in Italian—grapple with the most important questions regarding migration in Italy: who is Italian, what is the Italian language, and who deserves to write in it?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My Name Is George Junius Stinney Jr; A Powerful Animation Project About the Youngest Person Executed in the U.S.

   George Junius Stinney Jr. (born October 21, 1929, died June 16, 1944) was, at age 14, the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Painter Beauford Delaney Returns to the Scene Thanks to People like Monique Wells

Delaney in his Paris studio in 1967. His style ranged from simple urban scenes and portraits to the abstract.Credit  Estate of Beauford Delaney.
Thursday's New York Times featured an article about Monique Wells and her herculean efforts to raise awareness about the singular talents of African-American artist Beauford Delaney. Like Delaney, who is now deceased, Wells is an African-American expatriate who has lived in France for more than 20 years.
I am so proud to say that this is the woman who my daughter, Sojourner Ahébée, has been working with as an intern this summer, in Paris. Do read about Ms. Well's project and support it!!!

Here is the link to the article:

The Time of Your Life,” 1945, by Beauford Delaney, whose life and work are the subject of revival efforts in Knoxville, Tennessee and Paris. CreditCourtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York            


Friday, September 9, 2016

Close to the Window- Project 1324 and Sundance Institute's Short Film Challenge

Poet Sojourner Ahebee and Filmmaker Kira Bursky- Check out their collaborative film project and vote to send Kira to Sundance 
Filmmaker Kira Bursky featured in Seventeen Magazine

This is an important feminist project. Sojourner’s poetry urges girls and women to name those 
things we historically keep silent about and Kira’s insights and filmmaker’s artistry poignantly 
delivers this message.  Sojourner stated that, “the film is in part about depression, but also about 
Black, female existence in the world and all the challenges that accompany being a Black girl. We 
worked really hard on this project, took risks, opened up, and the result was a really funky documentary/moving poem.” 

Please view this short film and VOTE for it and offer a COMMENT. Every vote puts these young 
women closer to becoming finalists in the 2016 Sundance Ignite Fellow Program!
 Let’s support them!!! Here is the link to do just this:

Saturday, August 27, 2016

2016 Fall Courses at the Barnes Foundation

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The Barnes Foundation

Philly folk, check out the course offerings at the Barnes Foundation this fall. Scholarships are available. I am interested in this one.
Albert Barnes and African American Culture
6–8 PM
Instructor: Kimberly Camp, MSc
Explore Dr. Barnes’s ideas about education, activism, and art in the context of his interest and involvement in black culture of the early 20th century. Discuss larger issues of art and race that are debated among museum professionals.
$200; members $180
Here is a link to more info:

Woman in an Abstract Field - After Beauford

 As many of you know, Sojourner Ahebee, my daughter, is a 2016 BOSP Continuation International Fellow for the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. She is currently serving as the Paris intern for the .Wells International Foundation

By Beauford  Delaney-Untitled (Woman in an Abstract Field)
(1966) Oil monotype, with hand-painted additions in oil, 
on cream wove paper
Image courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries
Please read the following poem Sojourner was ask to write inspired by this Beauford Delaney painting of Marian Anderson. Read this on  the 
Les Amis de Beauford Delaney  blog: Here is the link:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

From Paris With Love; AfroPUNK Features Sojourner Ahebee's Review of the Seydou Keita Photography Exhibition

Writer Sojourner Ahebee in Paris  at the Keita Exhibition 
Here is the 2nd part of Sojourner Ahebee’s review of Seydou Keita’s photography exhibition recently hosted in Paris. In this section, she focuses of Keita’s portrayal of women in his work. Keita, from Mali, was one of the great photographers emanating from Africa. Read on.

For the complete review read Entree to Black Paris;an amazing blog.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sandra Bland by Kai Davis, Nayo Jones and Jasmine Combs

“I know what it is to be crushed. To have hope drained from my bones, a trembling black woman with trauma stretching across generations. I’ve been crying for centuries. I cannot stop. I know what it’s like to have one foot in the grave. To have a freezer stacked with liquor but an empty fridge. To come to stagnancy and decay in my own bed; my nightmares clamoring out of my own skull. Panic attacks shaking me until I, too, am a prison. I’ve wished death on myself many times but it was never my idea.”

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents MacBeth July 8-31, 2016

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“I grew up close to the shore, and I have always loved spending time at the beach,” the Los Angeles-based artist Kadir Nelson says of his cover for this week’s issue. “When I was young it meant time with my dad, and now that I’m a father myself I relish the long summer days spent with my own children.”  
Do check out some of his other New Yorker covers: 
Kadir Nelson’s painting for the cover of this issue which celebrates the Schomburg Research Center, in Harlem. He says he wanted to create “a stylistic montage as an homage to the great Harlem Renaissance painters: Aaron Douglas, William H. Johnson, Norman Lewis, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Archibald Motley, and Palmer Hayden.” Also on Nelson’s mind were artists and performers like the Nicholas Brothers, Billie Holiday, and Duke Ellington; the activist Malcolm X; and writers such as James Baldwin and Zora Neale Hurston.

“I wanted to capture the memory of Hurricane Katrina and its aftereffects—the spirit of New Orleans, its resilience, its culture,” Kadir Nelson says of his cover for this issue, which coincides with the tenth anniversary of Katrina. “And one of the first images that came to mind was a kid playing music, an image somber and hopeful at the same time.”

*Source- The New Yorker 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Octavia McBride-Ahebee Reads at the Columbia North YMCA

   Here is a video  to an excerpt of a poetry reading I gave last month as part of National Poetry Month's festivities in the city. I shared a wonderful afternoon of tea and other goodies with an equally lovely group of women at the Columbia North YMCA.