aprilisms

the APRIL R. SILVER blog
(established 2008; relaunching june 2020)

Quote of the Week: James Baldwin

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

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)

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

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

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!

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”

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

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

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!

April 5, 2010

Another Select Item from Put On BLAST! (TM) Be the *FIRST* to get ALL special notices and discounts such as the one below by signing up to Put On BLAST! (TM) at www.putonblast.com (the email marketing service from AKILA WORKSONGS, Inc.) The ALL WOMEN MEDIA PANEL that so many of you have listened to faithfully …

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TONIGHT: Haiti Community Forum

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!

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

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!)))

March 31, 2010

President Obama on HBCU’s

March 30, 2010

“Will Whore for Fame”

March 29, 2010

A few personal stories have emerged in recent weeks, and as early as this morning, that have reminded me that fame has a dark ability to transform smart people into fools, and some fools into whores. As a professional in the PR and marketing field, I used to say that it is my job to …

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Sharks…

March 26, 2010

Sharks eat fish! In the sea and in business. That is all.

Yeah…I Don’t Get It

March 3, 2010

As smart as I think I am, there are a few things in this world that I just don’t get (and don’t want to). Here they are, in no particular order: 1. “For the Love of Ray J.” 2. March Madness. 3. “Family Guy” (I remember, in the beginning, when it wasn’t so over the …

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Quotes by Harriet Tubman (In Honor of Her Birth Month and Women’s History Month)

March 1, 2010

“Oh Lord, convert master! Oh Lord, change dat man’s heart!’ …Oh Lord, if you ant nebber gwine to change dat man’s heart, kill him, Lord, an’ take him out ob de way.” – – Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman by Sarah H. Bradford (1869) [same quote with less dialect]“Oh Lord, convert master! Oh …

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“Help Haiti” Fundraiser (The Video)

February 4, 2010

Across the globe, the international community is standing up to support Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquakes and aftershocks that nearly devastated the island nation. Neighboring and related Caribbean and African countries, as well as other governments throughout the world, are taking extraordinary measures to dem…onstrate its genuine concern. For example, Senegal’s President Abdoulaye …

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