The feminine Pronoun Series #24: The Winds They Are A’changing

You may think this sounds all “woo woo,” but there is a spiritual shift in the universe. I think we all feel it. Even the violent images of black death to which we’ve been subjected, are harbingers of spiritual ills that need a strong medicine. In this episode I attend a retreat for women of Read more about The feminine Pronoun Series #24: The Winds They Are A’changing[…]

The Feminine Pronoun Series #23: These Are the Times That Try Women’s Souls

In this week’s vlog I watched the democratic convention and spent time with the Hurston Hughes Scholars. HHS is a self organized group of black parents and teachers who read black literature and invite guests like me and fellow poet Cheeraz Gormon to share our work with them. Coincidentally, I was in the presence of Read more about The Feminine Pronoun Series #23: These Are the Times That Try Women’s Souls[…]

The Feminine Pronoun Series #22: How Does One #StrikeForBlackLives?

In order to create the societal pressure for real police reform, a movement must happen. Movements are built one step at a time. organizing, conversing, writing, and publicizing are all a part of movement building. Over the last week, I have made a commitment to talk with as many smart people as I can about Read more about The Feminine Pronoun Series #22: How Does One #StrikeForBlackLives?[…]

How to Grieve and Dream at the Same Time

This week’s vlog follows me through a day of workshop with the inimitable Bhanu Kapil.  Bhanu Kapil is a conceptual poet who recently worked for 15 years at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Sponsored by the Pulitzer Arts Center, this day long experience for metro area poets was named “How to Grieve While Read more about How to Grieve and Dream at the Same Time[…]

The Feminine Pronoun Series No. 20: #BLACKFATHERSMATTER

What is the secret to long life? In this video, I spend time with what is becoming an increasing rarity, an elderly black man in the person of my one and only “Daddy Dear,” Eugene B. Redmond. He’s giving longevity secrets (he’s 78) and dropping jewels. ________________________________________________________________ In the wake of the killings of Alton Read more about The Feminine Pronoun Series No. 20: #BLACKFATHERSMATTER[…]

From the South Bronx to Southeast Europe

Today was the final day of the international debate education association (IDEA) program in Macedonia. The two tracks– visual art (graffiti)/comics and hip-hop/poetry – were responsible for presenting their final projects. Prior to DJ Goce’s arrival, I had taken the students through a series of lessons designed to help them write an activist mission statement, Read more about From the South Bronx to Southeast Europe[…]

Good Beats and Good Eats

Today we went “crate digging.”  The students in me and Dj Goce’s group all piled into taxis and went to the town center. There was an open air market where used books and used vinyl was being sold. This process has been really pleasurable and improvisational. The students then went on pick samples and beats Read more about Good Beats and Good Eats[…]

Your Blues is Like Mine

I have been collaborating with a Macedonian hiphop Dj and producer named Goce (pronounced GO SEE AH). He began to talk about why hip hop was resonant with him and Macedonian people. He sees hip hop as a dissident art, as he came into consciousness of it in 1989 when socially conscious groups like Public Read more about Your Blues is Like Mine[…]

The Global Reach of Blackness

Today I presented about Fannie Lou Hamer. This is a presentation I’ve done many times now, but because of the audience it was quite different. Because the audience was European and specifically people from the Balkan Peninsula, I stopped much more frequently to explain terms. I spent time on “sharecropping” “Jim crow” and explaining why Read more about The Global Reach of Blackness[…]