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Words without Borders -August 2016: Turning Points: Women Writers from Taiwan

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.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Beauford Delaney: Sharing a Master's Art with the World!

Please view the following video, learn about the phenomenal artist Beauford Delaney and support this Kickstarter campaign.
Beauford Delaney painted by Georgia O'Keeffe

Here is the link to make your contribution:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Philly Loves Poetry Festival: Women's Day

Philly Loves Poetry Festival: Women's Day
Join Octavia McBride-Ahebee and a host of other fabulous poets as they celebrate poetry as a vehicle for social commentary and change. Octavia is thrilled to be reading her work from the anthology
Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace.
04/14/2016 06:30 PM
Philly Loves Poetry Festival: Women's Day @ Moonstone Arts 
The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, 732 S. Broad Street

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A Daughter's Love Poem for Her Mother

I just have to share this beautiful love poem my daughter wrote me for my birthday today. Give a listen!

on asking if I've ever been in love (for Mom)