Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thank You Tananarive Due For Your Time at Spelman College

Celebrated author, filmmaker and Spelman College professor Tananarive Due has done it again with the Octavia E. Butler Celebration of Arts & Activism! And it's all going down today - on the campus of Spelman College. But if you can't make it, the 5:00 pm panel will be LIVE STREAMED via this link. The full schedule also includes a Black Science Fiction Short Film Showcase and Tales of the Conjure Woman, a reading with Tananarive and  Nnedi Okorafor, and a social justice talk back with Adrienne Maree Brown

The 5:00 p.m. panel includes award-winning authors Junot DíazNnedi OkoraforDream HamptonAdrienne Maree BrownJohn Jennings and Bree Newsome. Several of these authors participated in a virtual speculative fiction writing workshop earlier. Here is a video of the workshop. 

And on a personal note, I have had the pleasure of covering most of Tananarive's fantastic events in the two years she's been the William and Camille Cosby Endowed Professor in the Humanities at Spelman. I've also had numerous conversations with her about everything from parenting, politics and natural hair to her incredible creative output in various mediums and the development of my own process around storytelling. 

I am beyond grateful for the time she spent with the Spelman community and with me. I will really miss her as she moves on to higher heights. 

So, if you missed any of her events over the last two years, here are some recaps below, most of which I'm proud to say I had a hand in producing. I'll add a few more through the end of the year to this space. Keep following Tananarive everywhere - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Website - because she's gifted and giving - a powerful combination! 

And I hope you're Enjoyceinglife because it's dazzling. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

True Story: Back in the Mid-90s, Talib Kweli Gave Me a Mixed Tape....

True Story: In the mid-90s, I lived in Brooklyn, right around the corner from Nkiru Books, where a pre-BlackStar Talib Kweli used to work. I'm sure I bought books, magazines, incense and jewelry from him, since I regularly patronized what was once the oldest African American-owned bookstore in Brooklyn.

On one of my visits, he gave me a mixed cassette tape and told me to check out he and his boy Mos Def. He asked me to let him know how I liked their flow. 

I never listened. 

In 2000, several years after they released their classic "Mos Def and Talib Kweli are BlackStar," they bought Nkiru and turned it into a nonprofit organization and center to promote literacy and cultural awareness for people of color. 

#MissedOpportunity #NeverFoundCassette #YouNeverKnowWhoIsInYourSphere


Here are some of my faves from these talented artists. Please share yours and keep Enjoyceinglife. It's dope.

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