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August 26, 2008

Quote of the Week: Harriet Tubman

August 22, 2008

Harriet Tubman has deeply moved me since I was a little girl. I have been at her feet all my life. In these entries, I’d like to share with you aspects of Harriet that many people are not aware of. Here’s one of my favorite quotes, for starters: “Oh Lord, convert master!” “Oh Lord, change …

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Verizon Wireless In Bed with “Niggas” (from Put On BLAST! July 7, 2008)

August 18, 2008

The following Put On BLAST! item was published last month. In fact, it was sent July 7, 2008 at 9:55 am. By 12 noon, Verizon has issued a statement in response to the outcry. The POB! family played a key role in pushing Verizon to address this. Read the back-story below, then (in a separate …

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The Meaning of: Muse

August 15, 2008

muse (the verb, not one of the daughters of Zeus) – to consider or meditate at at length muse (the noun; again, not one of Zeus’ daughters) – a state of deep reflectionmuse (still…not yet the offspring) – a guiding spirit; a source of inspiration; a poet and Muse (OK, now) – one of the …

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Quote of the Week: On Love

August 15, 2008

One of my FAVORITE writers is KAHLIL GIBRAN (1883 – 1931), a Lebanese poet, philosopher, and artist. His most popular work is the classic book “The Prophet,” written in 1923. If there is a book that belongs in the library of any poet, writer, thinker, seeker of knowledge, it’s this one. During my mediation this …

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In Memoriam: Isaac Hayes aka Black Moses

August 11, 2008

I was visiting a friend in Harlem yesterday when I learned of Isaac Hayes’ death. The texts and emails came one right after the other. Like most of you, I was felt a pang in my heart. “Back to back! What does this mean?” I wondered. During this corridor last year (July and August), the …

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In Memoriam: Bernie Mac

August 10, 2008

Around 8:30am, I got the sad news from Dean Meminger of NY1 News. Bernie Mac had died earlier this morning. I didn’t believe it and at the risk of insulting Dean’s journalistic integrity, I asked him “Are you sure?” Taken in with nothing but pure childlike denial, I kept saying to myself that that couldn’t …

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Poetry: “I Love You, Nado”

August 7, 2008

I Love You, Nado (inspired by Nina Simone’s “I Loves You, Porgy”) 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 …

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Quote of the Week: New Ideas

August 6, 2008

I learned this quote from performance poet, playwright, and educator MO BEASLEY (a dear friend, client, and fellow Howardite). Mo was conducting his popular “N-Word” workshop for high school students in Mt. Vernon last spring when he explained the importance of seeking out the deep origins of the word nigga, a word that many young …

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Login Be Damned!

August 6, 2008

About 4 years ago I took my first luxury vacation. I treated myself to a trip to Puerto Rico for a few days, stayed at a luxury resort, bought anything I saw that I wanted without worrying about cost (I just needed to try that once in my lifetime), and toured most of the island. …

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5 Tips for Business Email

August 4, 2008

Like many of you, I live on email and conduct the bulk of my business correspondence via email. And like many of you, I’m sure, I feel oddly disconnected if I’m away from desktop or BlackBerry for extended periods of time. It becomes this big “thing” in my head if I’m going to be offline. …

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Forty Backwards

August 3, 2008

I originally published the essay below (via Put On BLAST!) two summers ago (July 2006). Here’s the replay, with a few extra gems. The response was tremendous then. Thought you might enjoy it now. Forty Backwards Last month I turned 38. With 40 fast approaching, I’ve been more reflective than usual. I’ve begun to observe …

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Arts & Activism 101

August 2, 2008

It was in 2005 that I had one of my “A-Ha!” moments. I was directed to connect with an organization in the south that “spoke my language,” an organization that I should know: Alternate ROOTS. It was exciting to discover them. I felt like I should know them already, given my background. But I had …

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In Memoriam: Remembering Mzee Moyo

August 2, 2008

First published via “Put On BLAST!”August 18, 2007 Dear Friends and Family, I’m a little numb after having received the news of Mzee Moyo’s passing. This is sad news to have to share today. It has been suggested to me, on more than one occasion, that maybe I should leave my sentiments out of the …

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In Memoriam: Dr. Barbara Ann Teer: Blowing Our Minds with Blackness!

August 2, 2008

A Personal Journey with Dr. Barbara Ann Teer “We are here on this earth to learn how to be great ancestors!” I heard that quote from a Yoruba priest a few years ago. Leave it to the Africans to drop such pearls of wisdom with which we should adorn ourselves. The spirit world is now …

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Anniversary Celebration: Yes, there were rose petals!

April 24, 2008

What a Difference a Rose Makes! All week, I have been getting calls and emails from girlfriends and distant associates alike: “Roses petals? Did they really sprinkle rose petals at your feet, April?” That was just the beginning. When Mo and Maritri finished performing “NORMAL” (which has become the official song for independents), I made …

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Camille Yarbrough Honored at Anniversary Celebration (Good Morning Ship Mates!!)

April 21, 2008

Nana Camille Yarbrough is a living legend amongst us! She is a soul singer; a poet; a dancer; an actress of film, television, and theater; a television talk show host; a radio host; a children’s book author; a mentor; an activist; and much more. All that work can be summarized in one true statement: She …

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Anniversary Celebration: Elsa Lathan and Kerry DeBruce

April 21, 2008

From Friday night, I have some really wonderful examples of just how much of a dingbat I can be. First, I forgot to put in the program that ELSA LATHAN (of Footprints Communications, Inc.) is AKILA alumni too! Not only is Elsa a dear friend from my HU days, but she is a tireless and …

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The Most Glorious Night Ever! A Re-Cap of our Anniversary Celebration…

April 21, 2008

from Put On BLAST!Monday, April 21, 20088:000 am Some of you might remember Terry McMillian’s second book Disappearing Acts (1989). It was the love story of record when I was in college and I devoured it in two days. There is a part – and I may be sketchy on the details – where Zora …

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