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Quote of the Week: Immortalize Yourself

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

“We only live once. Since we are given the gift of life it should be our persistent endeavor to immortalize ourselves. No matter what field of endeavor we choose.” ~ Michael Jackson.

When Spirit Leads…

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Right after the Haiti earthquakes, Kevin Powell and I organized several Help Haiti events and this one in particular was early April 2010. As a co-organizer of the community forum, I was supposed to arrive early to help set up. I was running late and wasn’t very happy about that. I hustled from the train …

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My Stuff on Trial (Or: The Joy of Letting Go)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

What I learned coming into 2011: I have separation anxiety about everything! Last month, my brother and sister-in-law visited for a weekend, right before Christmas. Omar barely took two steps into my apartment (which he hasn’t been in since 2004) and said, “Yeah, you have to get rid of some of this stuff. You’re a …

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Quote of the Week: Sekou Sundiata

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

“Good things come to those who wait. Better things comes to those who don’t.” ~  Sekou Sundiata

Just Answer the Question

Thursday, December 16, 2010

If someone asks you “How long will it take for you to get here?” and your reply is “Well, I have to stop by the store and then go pick up something from Karima’s house, so I should be to you by 6 or later,” then this article is for you. If the request is …

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Quote of the Week: James Baldwin

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It is very nearly impossible… to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind. James A. Baldwin

When You Feel Insufficient

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

What do you do when everything you offer seems insufficient; when you have made your point and you are STILL mis-understood; when you have decided to make improvements in your life and nothing seems shifts for the better; when none of your burdens are light and you just need some help? What do you do?? …

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“I Love You, Nado” (revised and with a picture)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Monday he came back for me, Like he had before. Deep inside I knew I had to go. With his hard hands he handled me, He handled me so… When he took me Monday I had your favorite dress on. It was like dying slowly. Tears stayed hidden, longing for our sacred union Where your …

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[From Put On BLAST!]: Guru (of Gangstarr) Passed Monday, April 19

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

If you are having trouble reading this email, you may view the online version Known to most as Guru of the legendary hip hop duo Gang Starr (with DJ Premier), Keith Elam passed away Monday, April 19, 2010. He was 43. According to reports, he had been battling cancer for some time. Guru’s classic contributions …

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[From Put On BLAST!]: Dorothy Height, 98, Has Made Her Transition

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

If you are having trouble reading this email, you may view the online version Dorothy Irene Height passed this morning (April 20, 2010) in Washington, DC. At 98, she was a highly respected, longtime civil rights leader, 2004 Congressional Award winner, and the 10th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Read more from …

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[From Put On BLAST!]: “Arts and Activism on the Air” A Success!

Monday, April 19, 2010

If you are having trouble reading this email, you may view the online version Earlier this year, we launched a radio show,ARTS and ACTIVISM on the AIR,on a new media outlet you should know about:www.blogtalkradio.com/AKILAWORKSONGS We Broadcast Every Last Sundayof the Month on the Internet.Tune In To Our Next TWO Episodes: THIS SUNDAY!APRIL 25, 2010Special …

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“Daddy’s Girl and Her Music”

Monday, April 12, 2010

Late last summer, Words.Beats.Life invited me to write an essay about my relationship to my father and hip hop. It’s not as weird as it seems. I’m publishing it here today for his b’earthday. Happy Birthday, Daidy.Daddy’s Girl and Her Music” “Don’t give up now, baby.You’re closer to your goal than you were yesterday.” — …

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A Fundraiser for RAS BARAKA

Friday, April 9, 2010

Let’s Go HU! The “HU for RAS BARAKA” Committee(Matt Middleton, April R. Silver, Kamal Harris,Christa Miller, and The Legendary Chris Washington)invites you to the BIGGEST FUNDRAISER TO DATE!SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 20106:30pm – 9:30pmSEVENTEEN BELOWRestaurant and Lounge2163 Frederick Douglass Blvd.Harlem, NY 10026(between 116th & 117th Streets) Ras Baraka is Running for Office in Newark, NJ (South …

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Poetry: Near Sunset Haiku

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hard, white-haired, poetNever knew “miss you” pangsNow unstudies love. Copyright, 2010, April R. Silver

“The Spin” on WBAI: Same Brilliant Women, New Name!

Monday, April 5, 2010

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TONIGHT: Haiti Community Forum

Monday, April 5, 2010

If you are having trouble reading this email, you may view the online version BAMIA (Black and Male in America) and BK Nationpresent“Help Haiti: What We Can Do Now To Rebuild”An Open Forum with Q & A Session TONIGHT!Monday, April 5, 20107:00pm – 9:00 pm(Doors Open at 6:30pm) Brooklyn Historical Society128 Pierrepont StreetBrooklyn, NY 11201-2711(Downtown; …

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After 17 Years…Thank You!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

I get asked about this image so I’d like to say, “Yes, that’s me in the picture.” 1995. My company had just begun its operation two years before. April 2010 marks the 17th anniversary of AKILA WORKSONGS. My feelings range from high to low, excitement to exhaustion. Some days I feel like a master, others …

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POETRY: “Grandma Mae Said” Haiku

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Looka here lil gurl, When throwed up against a wall Even cats fight back. Copyright 2010, April R. Silver

((((Let’s get the rhythm of the…hot dog!)))

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

President Obama on HBCU’s

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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