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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Supporting Our Own!; Grooming Our Youth for Greatness

Marian Anderson visiting her old South
Philadelphia neighborhood. 
 One of my favorite read-loud books for young children is When Marian Sang by Pam Muñoz Ryan. I cherish it not only because it does a great job introducing young people to Marian Anderson, but because it does a fabulous job showing how Ms. Anderson's community, supported her as a young child and teen in terms of helping her to pay for the best teachers to groom her amazing talents.

I ask you to consider supporting Auguste's College Expenses Fund because I dare say he, a Philadelphia son, is on a path to transform his community. Here is the link to learn more:

Photo by Richard Avedon

1939 concert Anderson gave at the Lincoln Memorial-Do you know why?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Support A Worthy Teen's College Fund

Paintings by Kehinde Wiley 

The following is an excerpt from a poem, Ode to Liberty, written by Sojourner, my daughter now 21, when she was 13 about her city and its most vulnerable inhabitants . I always found the 1st stanza, inspired by her brother Auguste, now 18, and so many other brown boys, so poignant,
Please consider supporting Auguste's College Expenses Fund. Here is the link to learn more:

An Ode to Liberty
By Sojourner Ahebee
I have a brother and he is brown
My mother tells her son that the world is his oyster
Lay claim to all around you, she begs
And he smiles and believes in dreams that can’t be scaled down.
As he gets older, like now, like 10 years old
My brother, who is brown, tall like the Sahara Desert on stilts,
Handsome like the Grand Canyon in a rainstorm
Has only the weapons of a violin and a painter’s brush
And a bedroom plastered with heroes to calm his fears of the things foretold.
Maybe not his fortune, doesn’t have to be
But the wails of a mother tied to the wails of another
Linking hundreds of death cries over lost sons,
Released in one year, cascading through one city
Can spook a little brown boy thinking about living...

* Paintings by Kehinde Wiley  

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Mural Arts Philadelphia - Art Ignites Change

Mural Arts Philadelphia is one of the city's bright lights!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge; Author to Appear in Philadelphia

The Library Company of Philadelphia, as part of its
Juneteenth Freedom Seminar will present Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of
Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge,
on Thursday, June 15, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19107. Registration is required:
Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar

"Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave, who risked everything to reach freedom. Though she lived a life of relative comfort, this was nothing compared to freedom, a glimpse of which she encountered first-hand in Philadelphia. So, when the opportunity presented itself, Judge left everything she knew to escape to New England. Yet freedom would not come without its costs. At just twenty-two years old, Ona became the subject of an intense manhunt led by George Washington, who used his political and personal contacts to recapture his property."

* Source -Library Company of Philadelphia

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Poet Derek Walcott; The Caribbean's Grand Literary Voice Has Died

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Poet Derek Walcott- Photo Black Kudos

Love after Love

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
-Derek Walcott, 1930-2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The 52nd Anniversary of the Assassination of Malcolm X- Bullet Cry by Poet Louis Reyes Rivera

Give a listen to the late, phenomenal poet Louis Reyes Rivera and his poem Bullet Cry:

American Masters - Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

The Incomparable Maya Angelou

 The first feature documentary about her life, American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Risepremieres nationwide Tuesday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) during Black History Month as part of the 31st season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series. PBS Distribution will release the film on DVD the same day, with additional bonus features, and on Digital HD February 22.

Rigorous Magazines' Inaugural Issue - Octavia McBride-Ahebee

David Nakabayashi-Land of the Free

Two of my poems, concerning the Ebola crisis, was recently published in Rigorous :

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