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November, 2011

Rousing approval for Chin’s Souldance at New York book launch

Jamaica: Thunderous applause and a standing ovation from avid literary arts lovers cheered Jamaican writer Jean Lowrie-Chin on at the recent New York City launch of her book Souldance at the corporate offices of Ruder Finn Inc in midtown Manhattan. The audience in the jam-packed room was riveted by the passionate and dynamic readings of some of Lowrie Chin’s favorite poems and writings, some of which go back several years. Comment
Haiti: Prolific writer and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Edwidge Danticat was featured on the City College (CCNY) campus on Nov. 18. Comment

September, 2011

Brooklyn Book Festival, another success

Brooklyn: For people who love the written word, the day was perfection. By 1:00 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 18, the sun had burned off the morning pre-fall chill as Brooklynites and other booklovers ambled among paths outside of Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment
Queens: Older women were given their due on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Langston Hughes Library in Corona when Elder Betty Dopson lathered them with praise, encouragement and helpful hints for enriching their lives. Comment

‘The Peacock Elite’

Bronx: Major Owens does it again with “The Peacock Elite: A Case Study of the Congressional Black Caucus.” Comments (2)

August, 2011

Haitian poetry under the stars

Arts & Theater: On Saturday, Aug. 20, the St. John’s Place sidewalk in Crown Heights outside of Five Myles Gallery Space became an outdoor theatre. When the folding chairs were filled, culture vultures perched themselves on the cement while others stood behind stretching into the street for an evening entitled “Pwezi Anba Tonel” (Poetry in the Pavilion), An Evening of Haitian Poetry & Music. Comment

July, 2011

‘Black Woman Redefined’

Entertainment: “Black Woman Redefined” Comment

June, 2011

Queens: Only nine years old, trail blazer and CEO/President of Rub A Dub Spa Parties For Kids Inc. Jamila Thompson writes a book for tween girls called, “You Work It Girl: A Tween’s Guide For Beauty, Fashion and Other Cool Stuff.” Comments (4)

May, 2011

Storytelling literary hang in Brooklyn

Guyana: The Brooklyn Arts Council in conjunction with the Guyana Cultural Association – organizers of the Annual Folk Festival will present a full moon storytelling, scheduled on Wednesday, June 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Comment

Edward Kamau Brathwaite, Caribbean literary giant

Barbados: Caribbean poet and scholar Edward Kamau Brathwaite turned 81 this month. Born in Barbados on May 11, 1930, Brathwaite has been recognized as one of the major voices in the Caribbean literary canon. Comment

Strawberry’s advice for the lovelorn 

Entertainment: “I’ve been Shirley’s partner in radio for over ten years now… I am amazed by how she manages to balance her personal and professional life—especially as a single mother. Comment

March, 2011

Entertainment: ‘Good Lord, if that woman gets into one more car with one more gangster I’m gonna throw this book across the room!’ the reviewer thought when reporter/detective wannabe Lanie Price did the above yet again. Price is the heroine of the ongoing series of mystery/crime novels by Persia Walker but getting in cars with thugs is the least of Lanie’s problems in this latest page turner. Comment

Annette I. Smith launches ‘Etched’

Entertainment: Literati, family, friends, co-workers and proud Bajans including Consul General Lennox Price were on hand for the March 11 book launch of Annette I. Smith’s novel, “Etched” at the Barbados Consulate. Comment

N.Y. Garifuna group to honor Vincentian author

People: The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition U.S.A, Inc. says it will honor Vincentian author Trish St. Hill with the Garifuna Heritage Award during its Second Annual Garifuna Heritage Awards and Cultural Night on Mar. 26 at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture in the Bronx. Comment
Entertainment: Anybody who thinks that the medical establishment’s secret exploitation of African-Americans in the name of science ended with the notorious Tuskegee Experiment of 1932 has another thing coming. Those familiar with the book Medical Apartheid are well aware that such nefarious practices have persisted to the present. Comment
Entertainment: For some reason, most movies aimed at African-American audiences tend to be either over-the-top comedies or morality plays too melodramatic in tone to be taken very seriously. Flying in the face of that trend is “I Will Follow,” one of those refreshingly rare treats, which simply presents Black folks in a recognizably realistic fashion, ala such similarly understated classics as “Eve’s Bayou” (1997), “Nothing But a Man” (1964) and “The Visit” (2000). Comment

Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys

New York: St. Francis College and the Manhattan Institute present a talk by social critic Kay S. Hymowitz on her new book, Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys, on Monday, Apr. 4, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the college’s Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education. Comment

Haitian author reflects on revolutions

Haiti: The writer spoke with author Edwidge Danticat bare minutes after the abdication of Hosni Mubarak, and the Haitian born author found some interesting parallels between the revolutions that threw out the Egyptian strongman and the ghastly Duvalier regime in Haiti. Comment

February, 2011

New take on Black History Month

Entertainment: A white man goes on a journey to find his biological father and discovers a rich, black heritage. Detailing his search for his birth father, the shocking discovery of his hidden black heritage and his struggle to come to terms with his new identity, Fosberg’s book “Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race and Self-Discovery” was released this month in honor of Black History Month. Comment

Medgar Evers to host reading series

New York: The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College will host the John Oliver Killens Reading Series entitled “Literary Activists of the Indignant Generation” on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the E.O. Jackson Auditorium - 1638 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11225. Comment

Haiti Noir with Edwidge Danticat

Entertainment: Manhattan’s Symphony Space’s Selected Shorts was packed with literature lovers and fans of Brooklyn’s and now Miami’s–own Edwidge Danticat, while it snowed ferociously outside. The Jan. 26 evening featured two readings from Danticat’s recently edited book “Haiti Noir,” part of Brooklyn-based Akashic Books’ “Noir“ series, collections of stories of crime and criminals, and celebrating their authors. Comment

January, 2011

Entertainment: Michael Oher became famous a year ago when his inspirational story was made into a heartwarming Hollywood movie. That overcoming-the-odds sports saga recounted how a traumatized, Black teenager went from homeless to National Football League star with the help of the a well-to-do family who rescued him from the streets of Memphis. Sandra Bullock even won an Oscar for her endearing portrayal of matriarch Leigh Anne Tuohy, a compassionate Christian who altruistically invited the gentle giant to move into her house. Comment

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