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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Monday Poets Featuring Octavia McBride-Ahebee & Sekai'afua Zankel at the Free Library of Philadelphia



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Audience members enjoying this evening of poetry at the Phila.
Free Library Monday Poets Series/Photo-Andrea Walls

     
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So honored to be included in The D'Archive. These are photos from the Philadelphia Free Library's Monday Poets Series featuring myself -Octavia McBride-Ahebee- and Sekai'afua Zankel . Thanks Andrea. You can see more of her amazing work at www.thedarchive.com
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McBride-Ahebee listening intently to Zankel's performance. Photos/Andrea Walls

Octavia McBride-Ahebee reading and signing her books at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Monday Poets-Feb. 10, 2020- Photos AndreaWalls

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Monday Poets at the Free Library of Philadelphia Presents Octavia McBride Ahebee & Sekai'afua Zankel

Poet Sekai'afua Zankel and Percussionist Extraordinaire, Poet, Playwright Karen Smith

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Kirwyn Sutherland Reads from New Collection - Jump Ship- at Penn Book Center


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So honored to celebrate with Kirwyn Sutherland the release of his new poetry collection Jump Ship! His featured reading yesterday, at the Penn Book Center, was phenomenal. Kudos to poets Husnaa Hashim, Wes Matthews and Kassidi Jones for sharing their work as well. Humbled to have been a part of the lineup.

Shoutout to the Faye, the events coordinator at the Penn Book Center, who was so welcoming and who has a fierce, upcoming lineup of writers passing through- Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Feminista Jones, Sonia Sanchez just to name a few.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Moonstone Arts Presents Poetry Through the Generations; Sojourner Ahebee and Octavia McBride-Ahebee -



Sojourner and I were honored to share our journey through generations of poetry with poet Charles Carr.Our Our conversation aired on Philly Cam.

I also took this opportunity to pay tribute to Rose Martin and those first educators in our lives who ignited those passions that would come to guide our existence. Martin, now deceased, was a teacher at the Overbrook Elementary School, in Philadelphia. Each year, in the 1970's, she organized the Black Poetry Panorama, in which just about every student, from kindergarten to sixth grade, had to learn and recite several poems for this huge and anticipated event. Hosted at Overbrook High School, students dressed up, came out with friends and family and recited their poetry.

Imagine a community of about 400 households filled with African-American children learning poems by Langston HughesPaul Laurence DunbarNikki GiovanniClaude McKayRobert HaydenJames Weldon JonsonGwendolyn Brooks and Countee Cullen to name a few.

This was more than 50 years ago and even my mother, now deceased, who had Alzheimer’s near the end of her life, could still recall and recite Langston Hughes’ poem "The Negro Mother" because of the time she helped me to memorize this very long poem for Martin's event.

I came of age in a school setting and a neighborhood community that saw magic in words, knew the power of a poem to inspire and respected the writer as one who could be part of a vanguard.


Moonstone Arts Presents: Philly Loves Poetry Feburary 2020 from PhillyCAM on Vimeo.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Pendeja, You Ain't My Steinbeck; Criticism of the Novel American Dirt


Pendeja, You Ain’t Steinbeck: My Bronca with Fake-Ass Social Justice Literature


Monday, January 20, 2020

Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Museum of Black Joy; A Healing,Photographic Journey of Black Transcendence

Join photographer Andrea Walls on a healing journey through 365 days of imagery depicting non-traumatic Black Life in Philadelphia  and beyond, including those that document transcendent acts of art and resistance.

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The Project

Enter the d'archive or follow @urbanarchivist to join Andrea Walls on a 365-day photographic journey of discovery, as she locates and documents scenes that embody ordinary expressions of joy, wonder, freedom, transcendence, and solidarity. 
Photos- Andrea Walls

Friday, January 17, 2020

Erica Armstrong Dunbar Discusses Her Book She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman with Writer Lorene Cary






Erica Armstrong Dunbar discusses her new book She Came to Slay; The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman with writer Lorene Cary at the Philadelphia Free Library.  Cary's play, My General Tubman, is currently being performed  at Philadelphia's Arden Theatre. https://ardentheatre.org/event/my-general-tubman/2020-01-16/


Monday, July 1, 2019

Continuing the Celebration of LGBTQ Pride with Trans Soul Singer-Songwriter Shea Diamond

Shea Diamond- Illustration by Emily Gage



The discovery of Shea Diamond is my absolute magic. 

I love how she belts out this lyric- "...the voice inside your soul is trying to sing you home...


"Trans soul singer-songwriter Shea Diamond embodies transcendence. Imprisoned in male correctional facilities for 10 years, searching for something to carry her through her incarceration, she found her voice.
In 2016, the singer introduced herself with the powerful “I Am Her,” and two years later, on Friday (June 29), she released her triumphant debut EP Seen It All."  Henry Youtt



Please, please listen to this acoustic version of Seen It All.