Mississippi Meets Macedonia

I am traveling to Macedonia in southeast Europe to lead some training for the IDEA organization.  The International Debate Education Association (IDEA) "gives young people a voice through education, debate and by raising their awareness about worldwide issues."

I will be serving as the expert/trainer in the areas of protest poetry and Hip Hop lyrics.  There are also comics, and graffiti artists serving as well.

Over the next week, I will be sharing the following topics:

-Defining Bias

-Defining White Supremacy

-Moving Toward Activism

-Creating an Activist Mission Statement

-Protest Poetry

-Writing Your Own Protest Poem

-Writing a Group Protest Poem

As I write this, I am supposed to be going into my second day in Macedonia, but as I prepared to travel to southeast Europe, I ran into a few . . . glitches.  Okay, someone was struck by lightening on the runway.  Omen?  Check out this video and  see.



A Special FATHER’S DAY episode of the FEMININE PRONOUN Series (#19)

This is a "very special episode" of the FEMININE PRONOUN Series. Father's Day is coming up and I am the daughter of a Poet. Eugene B. Redmond is a foundational Black Arts Movement poet, professor emeritus, cultural griot, and author of Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro American Poetry. I may be biased, but he is also the CUTEST of the BAM poets, and the BEST smelling! I hope you all have an awesome father's day, and even if you've lost your dad, or you don't have a relationship with your dad, celebrate a step dad, an uncle, or even a little boy who you think is going to be a awesome father one day!

Who Are We, Really? The Five Questions Every College or University Should Ask Itself (PART TWO OF A FIVE PART SERIES)

Support and love are interchangeable words. And like love, support is an action word. Love without action is empty. It’s just fondness. Or maybe the absence of intentional harm. To this end, many organizations think support means to have good thoughts about, or good feelings toward, or not to be …

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!



The FEMININE PRONOUN Series #11: Black Books, Black Children, & Black Love

7 April 2016 EYESEEME Blackwood Scholars_THUMBNAIL

This episode of The Feminine Pronoun youtube blog series finds me sharing the power and resonance of Fannie Lou Hamer with a population she loved -- children. The EYESEEME bookstore (the only black children's bookstore in St. Louis) provided a welcoming space for the inquisitive crew and their mentors.

The FEMININE PRONOUN Youtube Vlog #10: Black Poetry & Black Church

In this week's episode of the Feminine Pronoun series, your intrepid poet (me:) signs books at New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church. I sold and signed copies of my book, *chop: a collection of kwansabas for fannie lou hammer*. It's being carried in their book store, the LIFE CHANGER book store. You get a glimpse of the rocking church choir and the very supportive literature loving members.

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; …

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!