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What Unites Us: Turkish Short Stories

Thursday, October 5, 2017

African-American Players on the Shakespearean Stage; Ira Aldridge

I am excited this evening to see the Lantern Theater’s production of Red Velvet, a play about the life of African-American Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge (1807-1867) 
and learn more about the pivotal moment in British abolitionist history in which he played the role of Othello in London, and his fascinating career as a black actor in Europe and all that this entailed.
Cast of Lantern Theater's Red Velvet- photo Mark Garvin

Red Velvet’s run has been extended to October 15, 2017 and over the next week I will share some really interesting information about African-Americans’ long history of participation on the Shakespearean stage and interesting tidbits about the fascinating Ira Aldridge.  I leave now with one of my favorite photographs of Howard University’s Howard Players all-Black Shakespeare cast taken in 1937.  (I am not sure of the play.)  

Here is a link for more information  about The Lantern Theater’s presentation of Red Velvet, click here:   Let’s support theatre that tells our stories.

The Howard Players, 1937- Who can identify what play they were presenting?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Philly's Kimmel Center Presents Lila Downs October 22, 2017

Singer Lila Downs

Hey Philly, who remembers when one could see and hear the absolutely riveting Lila Downs singing  in Philadelphia clubs and bars more than 20 years ago? I do and I knew her star would rise.  If you haven't experienced Lila, you must gift yourself  this upcoming opportunity to see and hear her.

She's coming to the Kimmel Center  (Merriam Theatre) October 22, 2017 . To learn more about her and this upcoming performance, click here:

Periodically, I will post some of  my favorite videos showcasing her singular and dazzling talent!  Here is Lila singing Zapata Se Queda with the formidable Totó la Momposina and  Celso Piña. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Free Library of Philadelphia Launches Its CultureShare Project

Philly Folks, I will be reading this evening at the Parkway Branch of the Free Library as part of its official launch party for its CultureShare project. So join me and many amazing writers, artists and musicians as we celebrate Philly’s great cultural scene. Light fare will be on hand.

October 3, 2017
6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Parkway Branch of the Free Library
1901 Vine Street
Phila., PA

Cultureshare is a free, subscription-based program that curates and distributes locally produced art, music, writing, and performance in conversation with existing collections of the Free Library. Its objectives includes removing the financial and logistical barriers traditionally needed to consume art, highlighting voices of culture makers across diverse communities, encouraging engagement with the Free Library as a cultural institution, and supporting working artists in Philadelphia through funding and exposure.

Monday, July 24, 2017

2017 National Book Festival; Hear And Meet Roxane Gay and So Many Other of Fabulous Writers

I am currently reading Roxane Gay's book Hunger which is absolutely riveting. I will share a complete review next week.  In the meantime, I highly recommend not only this book but also the National Book Festival in Washington , D.C.   Sojourner and I went some years ago and casually ran into novelists James McBride and Joyce Carol Oates and have a wonderful conversation with them.  That year I also heard the radically prescient Margaret Atwood.
Roxane Gay/Photo -The Chicago Humanities Festival
 Here is a link to learn when and what authors will be in attendance. Roxane  Gay will be there. 

Sojourner Ahebee reading at one of the National Book Festival Events-2013

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.