Thursday, July 29, 2010

Interviewing Ntozake Shange Tomorrow!

Tomorrow I'll be interviewing Ntozake Shange and I'm feeling a bit like I did the night before I interviewed Alice Walker - nervous.

Before I interviewed Ms. Walker, I spent a several hours on the phone with several of the most talented writers I know. We talked about questions, conversation tactics, and the work of Ms. Walker. It helped, but I was still nervous.

In the end the interview was interesting and enlightening. My nervousness fell away as I listened to her speak about issues in the world that were important to her.

I'm not freaking out as much this time because I realize that the conversation between two writers is one that is driven by both their experiences and ideas. But as I prepare to interview Ms. Shange, I am still a bit jittery about speaking to a writer who's made such an impact with her craft. Committed writers are easy to spot. They sacrifice plenty to put work into a passion that is often terribly lonely and involves difficult discipline, introspection and self-critiquing.

I'm interested in her path - as I know many of you are. So if you have anything you'd like to hear her speak on, I'd love to know your thoughts.

Peace and much love!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Caught Up In the Rapture of GloATL

My daughter and I caught an AMAZING performance by gloATL dance company this weekend. They danced to every style of music to tracks from Big Boi's newest album to the theme from Titanic.

Shimmering by moonlight, the dancers electrified the audience floating, writhing and melting across the lawn of the Woodruff Arts Center. One dancer glided through water in a mesmerizing aqua performance. Others scaled the walls and flitted through the crowd with wild energy. It was truly moving.

Several dancers including the passionate Toni Doctor - from my hometown of Decatur, Georgia - even drew my daughter into their beautiful world of vibrant and stimulating moves.

If you get a chance to check out gloATL, you'll be thoroughly impressed.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Voting Advice? GA Primary Elections

Friends and family in the Atlanta metro area, I'm voting tomorrow at lunch and doing some last minute research on candidates in the statewide and local elections. If you have any strong feelings or advice about any of the candidates below in the Democratic primary, I'm interested in the good, the bad and the ugly. Hope you're voting and enjoycenglife!

United States Senator
R. J. Hadley
Michael "Mike" Thurmond

Thurbert Baker
Roy E. Barnes
Bill Bolton
Carl Camon
Randal Mangham
Dubose Porter
David Poythress

Secretary Of State
Gail M. Buckner
Gary Horlacher
Michael Mills
Angela "Miss Angela" Moore
Georganna T. Sinkfield

Attorney General
Ken Hodges
Rob Teilhet

Commissioner Of Labor
Terry L. Coleman
Darryl Hicks

State School Superintendent
Beth Farokhi
Joe Martin
Brian Westlake

State Senator District 35
Roberta Cooper
Donzella J. James
Torrey O. Johnson

Spotted: Creative Job Seeker

I drove behind this guy on the way to work last week. I said a quick prayer that a potential employer would see his creative advertising. It's hard out there. Bless those looking and hiring.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Monica's Mature Music and Style

I'm really feeling singer Monica's mature music and style these days. She's going for longevity and class and I'm digging it. Love to hear what you think!

Listen to Monica's "Everything to Me"

Monday, July 12, 2010

Taste: More Wines By Black Africans In U.S. Thanks to Heritage Link Brands

From one glass of Rosé to $1M in sales next year, Selena Cuffe is bringing wines made by Black African vintners to the United States through Heritage Link Brands. When my brother had wine via Heritage Link at his wedding several years ago, the company was just getting itself off the ground. Now they will be providing distribution of these wonderful wines to more than 1,000 locations in 40 states. Buy a bottle, support and share!

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