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POETRY: Contains Adult Content

November 3, 2009

The title of this poem is not “Contains Adult Content,” LOL! That is my blog post disclaimer. This is an erotic poem, reader discretion is advised.“Just Call My Name“Your voice feels good in my earSo you can tell me anything tonight…just purr.Purr into the curve that is the nook of my neck,Just beneath the lobe, …

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Goal: Kill 140 Women This Week in NYC

October 21, 2009

I would really like to cry on the page right now, but I’ll get straight to the point. NANA CAMILLE YARBROUGH sent me a sickening email today. It warned that this week is GANG INITIATION WEEK in New York City (as reported by the Department of Education to the New York City Police Department). The …

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“Social Media is the New Pen and Paper!”

October 17, 2009

The post below is based on my tweets from earlier today: My thirty minute keynote address at the COOL TWITTER CONFERENCE this Tuesday is supposed to be a powerful set-up for a seven hour day full of workshops and real live human networking about online networks. If I can do these four things, I’ll be …

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Lift Them Up in Prayer!

September 23, 2009

Just a thought: When we ask for guidance from our ancestors, let’s ask for guidance from our ancestors who “kneel before God.” All of our ancestors ain’t elevated yet, ya know? Some of them need us to ” LIFT THEM UP” in prayer. Some of them ain’t resting in peace just yet. Sleep well on …

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The Color Blue

August 29, 2009

posted originally via Put On BLAST! listserv (www.putonblast.com) Peace, Fam. Spike Lee told Kevin Powell last night that the Michael Jackson Tribute that he’s doing (and the one that everyone is talking about) is STILL happening today at Prospect Park in Brooklyn (12 noon – 5:00pm). Disregard any rumor that it’s canceled. There may be …

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Thirteen (VERY RANDOM) Things I Learned While Off Facebook/Twitter for Two Weeks

August 11, 2009

1. PutOnBLAST!/Facebook/Twitter junkie that I am, even I recognize that fasting from social media, email, and even the telephone is good for the soul er’ once in a while. I survived! 2. TV and news fasts are even more nutritious. 3. My cue to exit: Right before the “can’t we all just get along” beer …

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Lani Guinier’s Take on the Skip Gates “Mini-Drama”

July 28, 2009

From TheRoot.comBy The Root Brass | Posted: July 27, 2009 at 11:03 amA Beer Bromance at the White House? Can Obama’s beer fest do anything to improve the relationship between black people and the cops who arrest them? Or does it waste valuable presidential time? I applaud President Obama’s willingness to step into this debate. …

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African Voices, Yvonne Bynoe, The Harlem Book Fair, and Me

July 14, 2009

I’ve been asked to speak at two events for this weekend’s Harlem Book Fair…both this Saturday, back-to-back. The first event, with African Voices magazine, is about how to use the Internet to sell your books. I have a popular email marketing service company (www.putonblast.com) and it houses over 30,000 subscribers. We service alot of authors …

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The BET Apology: A Good Thing, But Short-Sighted

July 3, 2009

This morning, allhiphop.com reported that BET has denounced the Lil Wayne and Drake performance at the award show earlier this week. Here is an excerpt from allhiphop.com: BET has expressed remorse over a performance by Lil Wayne, Drake and Young Money Records that involved underage girls during songs “Best I Ever Had” and “Every Girl.” …

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BET Network Apologizes

July 3, 2009

From AllHipHop.comBy Houston WilliamsFriday, July 3, 2009 BET has expressed remorse over a performance by Lil Wayne, Drake and Young Money Records that involved underage girls during songs “Best I Ever Had” and “Every Girl.” The songs, which have overt sexual references, were performed during the Sunday BET Awards ’09 show as a bevy of …

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Beneath Low: BET, Lil Wayne Set the Stage for Child Pornography

June 29, 2009

Last night, live at the BET Awards in Los Angeles, a room full of head-bobbing, consenting adults bounced to Drake and Lil Wayne’s back-to-back performances of the hit songs “Best I Ever Had” and “Every Girl.” I watched, underwhelmed. I wanted more “Michael” in what was supposed to be this award-show-turned-Michael-Jackson-tribute. I watched, ever puzzled …

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“To Black Women” (An Excerpt)

June 29, 2009

“To Black Women”An excerpt from “Invisible Women? A Black Woman’s Response to Don Imus Most Recent Sexist-Racist Remarks” By April R. Silver (April 9, 2007). Revised June 2009 When she reached adulthood, an enslaved African from long ago – Isabella Baumfree – changed her name. We know her now as Sojourner Truth. When Harriet Tubman …

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“The Myth of the Happy Slave” and 6 Other Comments on The Senate’s Apology for Slavery

June 23, 2009

Earlier this morning, the weekly media panel on WBAI’s “Wake Up Call” (which featured regulars Stacy Patton and April R. Silver and this week, guests Chole and Hilary Crossley) was asked to dissect and comment on an article about The Senate’s apology for slavery. The Washington Post article can be found on this site (scroll …

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“Senate Backs Apology for Slavery”

June 23, 2009

[The following news article was one of the topics of discussion for the weekly media panel on WBAI Radio’s “Wake Up Call,” conceived and hosted by ESTHER ARMAH and featuring regulars STACEY PATTON and APRIL R. SILVER. Click the post title above to get the link to the article.]“Senate Backs Apology for Slavery. Resolution Specifies …

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Me and President Barack Obama? Part 2

June 23, 2009

The National Father’s Day rally was as much of a success as it could be considering the torrential rain, thunder, and lightening that punctuated the day. For a rally that was scheduled from 10 am to 2 pm at the Lincoln Memorial and with rain that started at 8:30 that morning, the rally didn’t have …

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Dear, Mr. Silver. I Love You, Dearly!

June 22, 2009

My father is Eddie Silver, Jr. from Suffolk, VA. I am his first born and for that and other reasons, we share a special bond. I love him dearly and I’m a better woman for the man and father that he is. Happy Father’s Day, “Diedy”

Me and President Barack Obama? GTFOH!

June 19, 2009

The 44th President of the United States of America is supposed to be speaking at the National Father’s Day Rally tomorrow…the same rally where I’m speaking (see June 18 post below). I heard that he couldn’t wait to hear my remarks about “BE A FATHER TO YOUR CHILD,” and its 24 amazing contributors! No seriously, …

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I’m a Featured Speaker at the National Father’s Day Rally THIS SATURDAY

June 18, 2009

Father’s Day 2009 marks the 100th anniversary of Father’s Day. Who knew? This Saturday (June 20) at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, there’s going to be a national rally to bring attention to a number of issues related to the topics of fatherhood and strong families. I’m honored to be among many of the …

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Happy Birthday To Me 🙂

June 15, 2009

Welcome to any of my nearly 1300 Facebook friends who may be visiting this site for the first time. My blog site, “aprilisms” is where I houses my writings (essays, poetry…yeah, I write poetry, too. Who knew?). Because so many of you have stopped by my Facebook page to say “Happy Birthday” (THANK YOU!) and …

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Quote of the Week: “On Children” by Khalil Gibran

June 13, 2009

Khalil Gibran is a poet, philosopher, and artist…born in Lebanon (1883 – 1931). He is one on my favorite poets. My father introduced me to him when I was a child. On the ocassion of Byron and Kenya’s baby shower today and because they asked me to offer a blessing or a prayer, I hope …

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