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Yes to Amanda Trusty! #ROAR

December 9, 2013

I absolutely LOVE this video and all that it says! Thank you Kelley for sharing it! “Amanda Trusty (New York performer) has dealt with pressure from the entertainment industry to be a certain size and weight for over ten years. This is her way of finally letting it all go. Watch her peel away the …

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Still, Reflective, and Solo (Thanksgiving 2013)

November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Please enjoy it the way that you see fit. Today I’ll be still, reflective, and solo. My only mission for Thanksgiving 2013 is self-care. I’m neither sad nor depressed. I’m not anti-social and I’m definitely not anti-family (shout out to the McCullough and the Silver families). The last 14 months, however, have …

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Sobriety Has Its Place | An African Life Lesson

March 14, 2013

#myheartisfull | Last week you couldn't tell me that I wouldn't be writing constantly about my first trip to Africa; that I wouldn't be taking family and friends along with me, every step of the way, via my blog. "That's Bananas!," I would have said. I'm back in the US now and I'm still processing, …

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Familiar Faces in #Nigeria

March 8, 2013

I have never seen so many familiar faces so far away. It truly is good to be home. And now, after a great night in Abuja (the capital city of Nigeria), I'm headed to Yola to give my arts and activism lecture to the students at American University of Nigeria. You can follow me on …

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On African Soil

March 8, 2013

  A little after midnight (ET), Thursday, March 7, I was flying over the Atlantic Ocean listening to “Water No Get Enemy” by Fela Kuti. Preparing for this trip to Africa has been a challenge. It was so last minute that I hardly had time to catch my breath (note: Don’t read that as a …

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Africa? Yes, Africa!

March 7, 2013

February 19, 2013. A director from American University of Nigeria sent me an email to invite me to speak on the business side of art and entertainment – all expenses paid plus an honorarium. He said I had come strongly recommended by a mutual friend, Kevin Powell. He also said that if I was interested …

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The Schomburg Welcomes April R. Silver, 4/9/13

February 25, 2013

If you are having trouble reading this email, you may view the online version Please Forward The Schomburg Center and AKILA WORKSONGS present ELEVATING: 20 YEARS OF ARTS AND ACTIVISM A Conversation with APRIL R. SILVER Moderated by Curtis Stephen More Updates to Come! Find and Share This Event on Facebook!  www.facebook.com/events/360416330732233/ ABOUT APRIL R. …

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What’s Not Being Said about Haiti (Ezili Danto)

January 12, 2013

If you are having trouble reading this email, you may view the online version Forward Dear POB! Family, My heartfelt prayers are with the people of Haïti on this, the third anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake of January 12, 2010. I have never been to Haïti and don’t know that anyone on either side of …

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This Crisis Has No Holiday: Hurricane Sandy in Haïti

December 24, 2012

If you are having trouble reading this email, you may view the online version A Message from My Good Friend (and Fellow HU Bison) Marie-Yolaine Eusebe… December 2012 Bonjour! During the holiday season, now more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to you, our donors and supporters, who have made our progress this year possible. …

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Far Rockaway and the NYC Marathon

November 2, 2012

If you are having trouble reading this email, you may view the online version [NOTE: This originally posted via Put On BLAST! (R) and was written the same day the NYC Marathon was called off, but before it was announced.] Oh Sandy, Dear Sandra (Part 1) Far Rockaway and The NYC Marathon by April R. …

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Be Persistent, Yes But…

November 11, 2011

It is important to be persistent and squarely focused on achieving one’s goals but it is more important to have faith while pursuing those goals. Work motivated by faith is void of anxiety. Nothing kills a well-intentioned plan or idea quite like anxious energy. And it’s annoying.

We got nuttin’ but love for you, Heavy!

November 9, 2011

Since last night and through this morning I’ve been contemplating the words, “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.” Reportedly, those were the last words of the iconic Heavy D. It is said that he was in distress before he died yesterday afternoon. My heart is filled with sadness for his family and friends. I’ve been …

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“And if you cannot work with love…”

September 26, 2011

We’re in the last quarter of 2011 and I can’t believe how turbulent it’s been. In this 9th month, I’m looking back at months of loss, death, fatigue, mistakes, and worst of all betrayal by people who I thought were compassionate human beings. I feel as though I was born all over again, at 43; …

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NYPD’s Ferocious Appetite for Black and Brown Men

September 6, 2011

[originally posted September 6, 2011 via Put On BLAST! ®] Good morning, This email blast was scheduled days ago, simply to remind my POB! subscribers about the upcoming court date for the Monumental 5 [www.monumental5.bucktownusa.com]. But the New York Police Department (NYPD) is at it again and I need to fold in the latest news …

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The Monumental 5 Still Need Our Support

September 6, 2011

AS OF TODAY, THE CHARGES AGAINST THE MONUMENTAL 5 HAVE NOT BEEN DROPPED! Join Us in Supporting the Monumental 5 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 at 9:30 am NYS Supreme Court 100 Centre Street Part F, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10013 [click HERE for directions] How It Works: If you come to court to show …

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I’m Keynoting at San Jose State University

August 25, 2011

social entrepreneur, activist, writer/editor APRIL R. SILVER Founder and President, AKILA WORKSONGS, Inc. Will give the keynote address to incoming freshman at  SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY     THIS MONDAY AUGUST 29,2011 12 – 2pm Martin Luther King Library One Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192 TOPIC: “Redefining Success: Essential Tools for Extraordinary Student Living.” …

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“Psychology Today: Stop Publishing Racist & Sexist Articles” (from Change.org)

May 19, 2011

The following is from Change.org. Go to this link to SIGN THE PETITION. On May 15, 2011, Psychology Today contributor, Satoshi Kanazawa posted an article entitled “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” (now removed from their website, but reblogged here). We demand that the Psychology Today editorial board publicly account for …

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“Sing Your Song”: Harry Belafonte on Art & Politics, Civil Rights & His Critique of President Obama

May 17, 2011

A Family Watches “Freedom Riders” by Stanley Nelson

May 16, 2011

I went to my brother and sister-in-law’s home in Virginia two weeks ago for Mother’s Day. Jenny B. Silver had wished for an extended Mother’s Day weekend with her children so we obliged. It was a sweet weekend of enjoying each other’s company and playing with Hoshi (my brother and sister-in-law’s dog). Saturday, we took …

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Get Rid of “Communication Debt”

April 25, 2011

Get out of what I call “communication debt.” If you owe someone a return phone call or email, set aside time (every day if you have to) to get ride of those debts. Even if your reply email is to say “It’s going to take a little extra time for me to get back to …

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