The FEMININE PRONOUN Series #13: The Kids Are Alright!

In this episode I prove that poetry works with seasoned adults, college aged readers and writers, and high school "novices." I travel from Illinois's capitol, where I read for the state legislators, and the Illinois Humanities administration, to McKendree University,  and I end with the brilliant young scholars in East St. Louis Senior high school's poetry club.  And guess who really blew my mind? Psych! You'll have to watch and see!

 

 

Representation Matters

I threw the bodiless blonde in the trunk of the car, hoping I’d disposed of it in such a way as to not draw attention to her abrupt disappearance. This was late night espionage. I drove around for days like this. I imagined her painted smile, and her pastel blue …

Intimate Partner Violence as an Issue of Workplace Diversity

It wasn’t this picture that fell out of the dead man’s pocket, but it was one very much like it. When I was in the first grade, a friend of my mother’s boyfriend, a man who had sat at our table and had eaten in our home, murdered his girlfriend …

What Do Black Childhood, Charter Schools, and Tamir Rice Have in Common?

Hint: Harriet Ball was her name, and she passed away in 2011. A veteran teacher from Texas, Ball was observed in the early 90s by two novice teachers, two young white men who were impressed by the way she infused the curriculum with rhythm and mnemonics that engaged the children thoroughly; …

No, People of Color are Not Here to “Spice Things Up”

In the days after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, I posted the following on Facebook: “I wake up to a world where a black led group I was a part of told the white governor to his face: we don’t trust you. I wake up to a …

The FEMININE PRONOUN Series #9: Act Local; Think Global

In this episode I Skype into a classroom of gifted students at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.  I also support local businesses like Smiles by Design and Human Spaces and Afrosexology.  Along the way I manage to mother my magical brown babies and meet with the bad ass women in my comics reading group.  I'm acting locally, but thinking globally.  Life is good!

The FEMININE PRONOUN Series #5 She Gets It From Her Daddy!

 

I didn't come up with this art centered life in a vacuum.  My dad Eugene B. Redmond, is poet laureate of East St. Louis, Illinois and the best man I know:)  Follow us around the St. Louis metropolitan as he accepts an ARCUS award, and we support other artists whom we love!

The FEMININE PRONOUN Series #6 “The World is Too Much With Me”

Follow me from my family's Friday fish fry, to my writing classroom, and into the metropolitan (East of St. Louis).  Why does my neighbor fly a confederate flag? Did his trailer come with a free one?  How does my dad continue to be so awesome?  These and many other questions are answered in episode number 6!

The FEMININE PRONOUN SERIES #7 That Moment You Feel the Bern

In this episode I speak pointedly about sexualized violence.  I spend some time with the Yeyo Arts collective, a woman centered space in St. Louis.  Later, I come to grips with my leap from the H. Clinton camp.  Thankfully my 15 year old son is there to hear me out.  I won't give it all away, but I give one of the world's greatest revolutionaries a kiss at the end.  You don't want to miss episode #7 in the FEMININE PRONOUN Series!