Happy Black History Month, or Black Futures Month, depending on who you ask! 2018 is off to a great start for Futuristically Ancient! See the news below: *The Afrikan Poetry Theatre is hosting Past, Present and Futurism at the Museum of the Moving Image on February 24th from 2pm-6pm. The day includes film screenings, such […]Read More Moving on the Wires: Museum of Moving Image + Brown Girl Begins + More!
Happy New Year to you all! I hope 2018 will be a year full of blessings for everyone and thank you for staying with me on this journey! I’m looking forward to a year filled with magic and to start, next Tuesday at 8pm, I will be on the radio show Exceptional Scribble with Francine […]Read More Moving on the Wires: Happy New Year ! + Exceptional Scribble
With everything happening in the news that frightens me about the future of this country and world, I turn back again to the importance of the archive, storytelling and truth-telling for marginalized communities. Last month, I went to archivist and writer Joyce LeeAnn and researcher and writer Akeema-Zane’s workshop In the Middle of Things: The […]Read More The M(N)STRY: Activating the Archive Through Poetics
Etymology of Legacy: late 14c., legacie, “body of persons sent on a mission,” from Medieval Latin legatia, from Latin legatus“ambassador, envoy, deputy,” noun use of past participle of legare “send with a commission, appoint as deputy, appoint by a last will” (see legate). Can the archive be our arsenal and the archivist our warrior in this current war on memory and information? […]Read More The M(N)STRY: The Legacy of Black Arkives
Lucy’s Bone Scrolls is officially here!!! Thank you to everyone came to the reading on the 17th and for those who were unable to make it, below you can watch a video of the reading from the night and view pictures! The book is available here for purchase and please write a review. View pictures […]Read More Moving on the Wires: Lucy’s Bone Scrolls Has Landed!!!!
What happens when an enslaved person is given the tools to express her desire for freedom after being captured? When a young child taken from Senegal to Boston and renamed after the slave ship on which she was brought is then taught to read and write in not her own language and history, but in […]Read More The M(N)STRY: Phillis Wheatley and Fugitive Imagination
Currently I am in the revision process of my poetry collection, and I was looking for a few inspirations for one of the poems in it. British-Jamaica dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson came to mind and it lead me to one of his poetry recordings, “Reality.”Read More Astro-Caribbean: Riddims and Revolutions (Music!)
Yesterday was the anniversary of Nat Turner’s rebellion, and with the growing controversy surrounding the film due to Nate Parker’s rape trial from 17 years ago, my desire to watch the film has been mostly vaporized. But last weekend as I went through my photos, I came across Delphine Fawundu’s “Mende Woman on Nat Turner Plantation” […]Read More Modern Griots Recap: Poetic Fragments from “Black Magic: Afro Pasts/Futures”
Hey everyone! I have exciting news! On June 26th from 2:30-5pm, I will be facilitating a workshop at the Lewis Latimer House Museum! If you are not aware, Lewis Latimer was a 19th-early 20th century African-American self-taught inventor and draftsman, who worked with Thomas Edison and was greatly involved in the development of the light […]Read More “Space:Queens”: Poetic Inventions Workshop
Hey everyone! I’m sorry I was quiet on here last month. Due to illness, work and some technical difficulties, I wasn’t able to do much posting. But I wanted to share for National Poetry Month the chapbook I made for the DIY chapbook challenge. For my, chapbook, Lucy’s Bone Scrolls: The AF Mystery School, I wrote […]Read More Moving on the Wires: Lucy’s Bone Scrolls Chapbook!