Art Exhibition Books: A Few African American Art Titles

Listen people: I’ve been quite fortunate to receive lovely, thoughtful gifts this season, so after viewing the “30 Americans” art exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts, it was hard to justify purchasing a heavy stack of books on the subject of African Americans and art. I took photos instead. (Photographing these titles means that…

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“The Essential Self: Meditations On The Politics of Identity”

I have enjoyed many an hour in galleries, museums, and—quite frankly, folk’s homes and work spaces—looking at visual art, artifacts, photographs, maps, and what-have-you, “reading” what these things have to say to me. Do you do that? Its kind of like being on the soul’s treasure hunt, looking for visual resonances, dissonances, and clues about…

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Living For Change: Grace Lee Boggs, A Beautiful American, (1915-2015)

A friend sent me an email today to let me know about the passing of Grace Lee Boggs. She lived to be a strong 100 years old! If you don’t know anything about this woman, I encourage you to learn about her and soak up some of the great spirit with which she worked and…

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World Literacy/International Literacy Day Observance, 2015

Here is just a partial list of daily interfacing with words: *instructions for taking prescription drugs; *ingredients in the foods we eat, and recipes for food preparation *GPS directions, street signs; *directories and signage—both indoors and outdoors—that helps us get to where we want to go; *instructions for usage of technology *instructions for assembling furniture…

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New Generation African Poets Series

an abbreviated version of this was posted to goodreads on July 27, 2015: The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony by Ladan Osman My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am saying that I have finished reading this rich collection of poems only because I read from the first page to the last but I am still reading it….

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Love at First Sight Part Two: The Woman Who Read Too Much by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani

OMG!—It is finally beginning to act like summertime around here and as you may well imagine, part of me is hardly interested in blogging. Still, there are some writing assignments I gave myself….. Remember two months ago when I posted about falling in love with the title of the book, The Woman Who Read Too…

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Vessel: poems by Parneshia Jones

Scheduled to facilitate a workshop in Detroit titled “People & Places: A Creative History of Family and Home,” a few weeks ago, I wanted to begin putting together a small “anthology” of examples to share with participants now and in the future. Parneshia Jones came on my radar when I learned that she often writes…

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