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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Octavia McBride-Ahebee Begins Virtual Book Tour at Blog Cat-eyed Woman


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Photography- Ruud Van Empel
   So excited to start my virtual book tour promoting my work and new poetry collection-Praise Song for Gravediggers. First stop is Cat-eyed Woman, a blog created by globetrotter, educator and writer Furaha Youngblood who is based in Panama.
   Simply scroll down to read two of my poems on her blog and discover the inspiration behind their creation.
www.cat-eyedwoman.com 
And leave me some commentary!!!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Praise Song for the Gravediggers is included in the Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon's Traveling Library

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Here is the phenomenal poet JP Howard of Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon, out of  New York. I am so thrilled that my new collection of poetry, Praise Song for the Gravediggers , is included in this salon's traveling poetry library-1st row, 3rd book from the left. Thank you for this honor. 

Octavia McBride-Ahebee Reads at the Historic Pomona Hall in Camden, NJ


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I had the honor of reading last Thursday, from my new poetry collection, Praise Song for the Gravediggers, at Pomona Hall in Camden, in the space where enslaved Africans worked and slept-sacred space. There were slave plantations even in southern New Jersey and Quakers were plantation owners like Marmaduke Cooper of Camden, NJImage may contain: 1 person, indoor
Praise Song for the Gravediggers is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Praise-Song-Gravediggers-Octavia-McBride-Ahebee/dp/1792945213

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Octavia McBride-Ahebee to Read at the Camden County Historical Society

Pomona Hall
Camden County Historical Society
1900 Park Boulevard
Camden, New Jersey 08103

So honored to be reading from my new collection of poetry, Praise Song for the Gravediggers, which is available on Amazon. 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Proud Mama- Sojourner Ahebee Celebrating the Humanities At Stanford

    I am so proud of my daughter Sojourner Ahebee,  a recent Stanford grad, who was invited by the university to share her experiences as a humanities major ( African and African-American Studies). Stanford is world-renowned for its science and technology programming, but it has equally stellar humanities programs.  Enjoy!!!


Monday, April 22, 2019

Praise Song for the Gravediggers by Octavia McBride-Ahebee


     I am so excited about my new poetry collection, "Praise Song for the Gravediggers", which delivers a geography of women/girls whose stories, once historically silenced, rise to the top to be heard and considered. Readers meet the likes of Aminata, a Malian woman, who crossed both the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea finally landing in an urban, U.S. city where she, undocumented, braids working class African-American girls’/women’s heads using the hair Indian girls/women donated to their religious shrines to receive blessings; no money. All this feminine intersection, this cast of global females, gathering in the flesh or in hair, in unassuming salons, in the hood is magical, yet buoyed by undercurrents of structural, economic inequities. This collection brings women from all backgrounds into a fertile space where world history, economic systems and current events meet to form an oasis of human exchange and storytelling.






Available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Praise-Song-Gravediggers-Octavia-McBride-Ahebee/dp/1792945213/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=praise+song+for+the+gravediggers&qid=1555963413&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Burial of Kojo- A Film by Blitz Bazawule

         
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                 A film by Samuel Bazawule                                                                                                                        This is an absolutely stunning film, by Ghanaian filmmaker Samuel 'Blitz' Bazawule, which is currently being shown on Netflix.  It is interesting in that my daughter and I had strongly visceral reactions to the film, but ones at the opposite ends of the emotional spectrum.   Nevertheless, we were both move by this film and its bold imagination. And, yes, the soundtrack is gorgeous.

Here are some links to reviews/interviews:



3. Ava DuVernay's ARRAY Acquires Surrel Drama 'The Burial of Kojo', Sets Netflix Premiere Date

Blitz 'The Ambassador' Bazawule: "Stories are ours to tell"

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Theodore Warren McBride, Sr. - Rest in Peace


My dear father Theodore Warren McBride, Sr. passed on Sunday, September 23, 2018 after a lengthy illness. We were able to celebrate his 87th birthday with him on the 15th.  He was a great husband and dad; a wonderful example of paternal commitment, love of life,  love of God and a huge curiosity about the world.  I will post a link to his obituary tomorrow.


Theodore Warren McBride  1931-2018

                                                                

Ode to Sadness                                                                               

by Pablo Neruda


Sadness, scarab
with seven crippled feet,
spiderweb egg,
scramble-brained rat,
bitch's skeleton:
No entry here.
Don't come in.
Go away.
Go back
south with your umbrella,
go back
north with your serpent's teeth.
A poet lives here.
No sadness may
cross this threshold.
Through these windows
comes the breath of the world,
fresh red roses,
flags embroidered with
the victories of the people.
No.
No entry.
Flap
your bat's wings,
I will trample the feathers
that fall from your mantle,
I will sweep the bits and pieces
of your carcass to
the four corners of the wind,
I will wring your neck,
I will stitch your eyelids shut,
I will sew your shroud,
sadness, and bury your rodent bones
beneath the springtime of an apple tree.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Sonia Sanchez Tribute at Philly's African-American Museum

 Yesterday's celebration of  poet and activist  Sonia Sanchez at Philadelphia's African-American Museum was amazing.  Area poets came out to laud this stellar talent  on her 85th birthday.  Here I am reading to her my poem of tribute to her.