Friday, March 31, 2006
IPS Founder Marcus Raskin slipped me a CD of his music before I left. So tonight there will be no listening to Usher, Mahalia Jackson, Kirk Franklin, Four Tops, Alicia Keys, Sun Ra, or Dolly Parton. It's going to be Raskin and his "Elegy for the End of the Cold War. This is classical baby.
The otherside of Ellington.
The Washington Jewish Music Festival presents
Hasidic New Wave and Yakar Rhythms
RHYTHM & JAZZ: On the Edge of the Afro-Semitic Diaspora
Sunday, May 21, 7:00 pm
In advance: $15; Discounted Member, Student and Senior Price $10; Children under 10 $5
At the door: $20; Discounted Member, Student and Senior Price $14; Children under 10 $7
VENUE: Carnegie Institution of Washington,
1530 P Street NW(16th and P)
In an electrifying synthesis of rhythm and jazz, the premiere traditional-experimental Jewish jazz group Hasidic New Wave teams up with an improbable partner—the renowned Senegalese Sabar drum ensemble. Riveting to the eyes, exhilarating to the ears and provocative to the mind, these musical explorations expand the horizons of Afro-Semitic and Judeo-Muslim creative collaboration. Their first joint performance, at the New York Jazz Festival in 2000, was ecstatically received and broadcast on Black Entertainment Television’s “BET on Jazz.” They subsequently performed at New York’s Knitting Factory, Makor and The Museum of Jewish Heritage, and toured throughout Europe and North America. This is the collaboration’s Washington, DC debut. Renowned pianist Marilyn Lerner and vocalist Adrienne Cooper join as special guests.
Yakar Rhythms’ members (Alioune Faye, Ousmane Sall and Abdulaye Diop) have played with all the leading Senegalese artists from Youssou N’Dour to N’Diaye Rose and have recorded internationally with such luminaries as Stevie Wonder and Peter Gabriel.
Hasidic New Wave (featuring trumpeter Frank London of the Klezmatics, saxophonist Greg Wall, bassist Fima Ephron and drummer Aaron Alexander) have used their knowledge of traditional Jewish and contemporary African-American musics to forge a new synthesis that has garnered acclaim for their four CDs and their live shows.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Just like Harlem in the 1920s? Everyone must have been
at Busboys this evening. Members of Sweet Honey,
Michon Boston, Yusef Jones, Dottie Green, Tony Regusters, Thomas Stanley and Paula, Harlee Little...there was a little Langston in me, laughing and having fun. So many folks in the Langston room. Alexis Peskine was having his art opening - The French Evolution.
Cool Thomas Stanley slipped me a copy of THE GIFT - LIVE AT SANGHA: November 6, 2004, William Hooker, Roy Campbell and Jason Hwang.
Life is good.
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David introduced me to members of his staff, gave me a tour and talked about what his organization has been doing. They have a great space on 9 Hillyer Court (behind the Cosmos Club). David was kind enough to give me a catalog of Kara Walker's SLAVERY! SLAVERY! which was on display back in 2002 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In a previous E-Note, I made reference to Walker's current exhibit at the MET.
News Alert 6:29 a.m. ET Thursday, March 30, 2006Journalist Jill Carroll Released in Iraq American journalist Jill Carroll, who had been held hostage by insurgents in Iraq, was freed Thursday in Baghdad after nearly three months in captivity. Carroll, 28, was turned over to an Iraqi political party and seen by Washington Post reporters.
What does Willie Mays know about Bonds possible use of steroids? Hmm...Say What? Say Hey?
Hammerin Hank's records should stand until John Henry comes along. Look for Bonds to talk about early retirement or fake an injury for a couple of months. McGwire needs to answer some questions too. Poor Sammy Sosa. Who's going to translate this sadness into Spanish? Look for some big balls to roll soon.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
New book out:
WHAT TO EAT, WHAT TO DRINK, WHAT TO LEAVE FOR POISON by Camille T. Dungy.
This is another Red Hen book. Golden eggs?
"The Bush administration recently chose not to seek additional money for reconstructing Iraq, even though the $20 billion spent to date has failed to restore the country's infrastructure to prewar levels. Law-enforcement officials are intensifying their probes into fraud and corruption that is believed to have occurred."
- Wall Street Journal, 3/29/06
I'm going with the little brother.
Another NFL first will be a Monday night doubleheader: Minnesota Vikings/Washington Redskins playing at 7PM. San Diego/Oakland will be the second game.
Oh, and what about the one black guy on the lacrosse team? What did he see? What did he not see? What did he not hear? Will he be as quiet as C. Thomas when this case goes to court? Is this a black lacrosse player like Jim Brown at Syracuse? Someone is going to have to be a hero here.
Speakout and do the right thing. Walls of silence up against DNA evidence. Will someone place the blame on the woman because she went to a private party and guys were drinking and well ---you heard it before. They were white and young and things just went too far. Which brings me back to a poem ("Poem about My Rights") by June Jordan after she was raped:
and if after stabbing him if after screams if
after begging the bastard and even if even after smashing
a hammer to his head if even after that if he
and his buddies fuck me after that
then I consented and there was
no rape because finally you understand finally
they fucked me over because I was wrong I was
wrong again to be me being me where I was /wrong
to be who I am
March 28, 2006
Contact: Kate Havelin, 651-642-1242
TWIN CITIANS URGE RELEASE OF CAPTIVE JOURNALIST
Twin Cities writers and journalists will gather outside the Federal Building in Minneapolis on Thursday, April 7th at 11:30am to call for the release of Michigan freelance journalist Jill Carroll, who was kidnapped while covering the war in Iraq. April 7th marks the three-month anniversary of Carroll's disappearance.
Two Minnesota unions are working together to build pressure for her release as well as to honor all journalists who have been killed, wounded, or kidnapped in Iraq. The Twin Cities chapter of the National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981) and the Minnesota Newspaper Guild/Typographical Union (CWA Local 37002) have organized the vigil.
Since the Iraq war started three years ago, 86 journalists have been killed while reporting there. Reporters Without Borders notes that “The war in Iraq has proved to be the deadliest for journalists since World War II. A total of 86 journalists and media assistants have been killed in Iraq since the war began on 20 March 2003. This is more than the number killed during 20 years of war in Vietnam or the civil war in Algeria.”
"There is a common saying that freedom is not free, and neither is freedom of the press. Journalists like Jill Carroll choose to work in dangerous places so all of us can be informed. We Minnesota writers and journalists want to stand with our colleagues who have chosen to put themselves in danger so that all of us can better understand what is happening in Iraq," said Rob Ramer local freelance writer and National Writers Union executive committee member. "Jill Carroll is in captivity and being threatened with death because she ventured outside of the relative safety of the Green Zone in order to report the full picture of what is happening in Iraq. Whether you're a journalist or not, all of us depend on people like Jill Carroll so we can make informed decisions about our world."
On April 7th, at 11:30 am, outside the Federal Building and Courthouse at 4th Avenue and 4th Street in downtown Minneapolis, members of the two local unions will read the names of their fellow reporters who have been killed while trying to report the news.
Reporters Without Borders has launched an international awareness campaign about the risks faced by journalists in Iraq. It has also published a survey documenting the circumstances of how the 86 journalists died. Reporters Without Borders defends imprisoned journalists and press freedom throughout the world.
For more information, check www.rsf.org.
Can you make sense out of this (The New Yorker) review of Mariah Carey's singing by Sasha Frere-Jones?
"Carey's freakish vocal ability explains part of her appeal. In the same way that people went to a San Francisco Giants game in order to see Barry Bonds hit a home run, people buy Carey's records in order to hear her do things with her voice that no one else can do."
The key word here is "freakish." Is Carey on steroids? Should we question the fact that she might break the world record for the most No.1 songs before she turns forty? I've never been a serious Carey fan. I like to remember a singer's voice and not just her legs.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Check the cover of THE NEW YORKER (April 3, 2006). Yep...big number 25 must be Barry Bonds.
A sly way to hint at steriod use.
Friday, April 21, 2006, 4 PM
The Meeting House, Oakland Mills Village Center
5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045
Reading and refreshments.
$25 per person
destined to be.
- Paul Laurence Dunbar
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Monday, March 27, 2006
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Former Liberian president Charles Taylor facing charges of crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone. How can one person destroy so many lives? We see this happening in country after country. Power corrupts and yet we have the potential to do so much good. When will things change? 15 years?
Here is a ethical question: Should bad dictators be aborted in their mother's wombs?
Do they have a right to life...A life that will destroy so many others?
Do we have a choice?
Sunday, March 26, 2006
The Writer's Center board meetings are always funny. I enjoy the group. A Sunday kind of love.
I didn't get back home until early afternoon. Bills to pay. Gosh...it takes so long to do. I spent about an hour just writing checks. I took a break and went downstairs and watched the UConn/Mason basketball game with my daughter. It was like old times...both of us laughing...this time at Rudy Gay. The kid better not try and enter the NBA too soon. Where is his defense? Mason was lucky to pull the game out. They better make those freethrows in the next round or the slipper won't fit.
One thing I did today was send some money to the Carter Center in Atlanta. Jimmy Carter is one person I admire. I keep near my desk a picture of me and him shaking hands in the White House back in the seventies. It's important to contribute to organizations that are doing things to improve our world. I think we should all strive to be peacemakers; to fight injustice and suffering world-wide.
Tomorrow I'm heading over to the Howard University Gallery of Art. The 35th Annual Faculty Exhibition is up until April 21st. Don't miss.
OK...back to reading Poet Lore submissions and doing taxes.
1- What's after Hip Hop?
2- It's not about bringing our troops home but where are they going nex?
3. What do we do if Black/Hispanic riots become a national problem?
4. Will you give to the American Red Cross after a major US earthquake?
5. Why are we building walls in Israel and now Texas? Is the wall an outdated concept like privacy?
6. So aliens land from outerspace and request a meeting only with the Haitian Government, what do we do?
7. A US law is passed preventing the playing of all music by Sun Ra. There are no protests at historical black colleges.
8. The Cubs win the US World Series but the World Baseball Classic is now the World Series.
Cubs lose again?
9. Kwame Brown is an NBA all-star with 5 championship rings.
10.Buddy Bolden is elected mayor of New Orleans.
Put the Nation in your pocket, until I get back.
The Textile Museum
2320 S Street, NW
Saturday, April 1, 1-4 PM
Saturday, March 25, 2006
FEMA stands for FIX EVERYTHING MY ASS.
the way a small animal, a rabbit or a fox,
stumbles into a passing car's beam of light.
Sometimes I am the driver.
- Yehuda Amichai
Alexis is represented by Tonya Jordan. She can be reached at: 202 297-1053.
Cool A.L.Nielsen walked into BusBoys a little after 10AM. Aldon Nielsen is one of the best literary scholars in the US. Someone should do a very long interview with him...send it to a place like the African American Review. I still think A.L. must have been playing sax once in SunRa's band of space travelers. Check his criticism out...avant-garde stuff too. Years ago this guy was writing wonderful poems and making claim to the first Larry Neal Award.
I was waiting for Karen DeWitt. Karen always reminded me of Roz Cash the actress. It was good to see her, and just talk for our hours. Karen is like family, she makes a guy feel like a girlfriend and the time passes quickly. Karen is one of those African Americans who made a difference everywhere she worked: NY Times, NightLine...
Karen and I went from Busboys to Mocha...we also stopped at Creme on U. It was the first time I went into the place. Nice folks. I understand now why Starbucks has to place a store on both sides of the street. Folks like me are like chickens that don't cross -what's on the otherside? Well...now I know.
Karen and I sat in Mocha and lovely Jyotika and child was there. Oh...what an Angel of a child.
Jyotika with that gorgeous Mom- glow. Sitting at the next table was Alfia Johnson who is going to do a one-woman show one day. Something to look for...
While in the Mocha, I received a phone call from the Amazing Ginger G. Get well soon G.
Around the middle of the afternoon I slipped back into Busboys. The Black Arts Movement was sitting at a table: Askia Toure, Marvin X, Lamont Steptoe, Tony Medina, cool Fred and Alan. It was like Black Fire without Baraka and Neal.
I ducked into the Langston Room for the HAM-Arts Night organized by Wilson High School students. Fun time for all. Poetry, music and performance. The guest poets were Naomi Ayala, Sarah Browning and Shahid Buttar. It was nice meeting Fiona Kohrman and MT Connolly.
Before calling it a day and heading home I ran into Sage Morgan-Hubbard at the bookstore.
I remember when she was in Middle school with my own children...now she is a young woman giving art to the world.
On my way back home I ran into Jarvis Grant on the bus; another Howard - Cook Hall guy from the old days. A master photographer who is responsible for giving eyes back their sight.
Jeffrey Coleman sent me a copy of his new book of poems - SPIRITS DISTILLED.
It's a Red Hen Press book. Coleman has a couple of upcoming readings in the area:
Georgetown Branch Library on April 10th. 7PM
The Writer's Center on April 29th
Karibu Books on May 25th at 6:30 PM
Coleman's book is highly recommended by Lucille Clifton and Norman Dubie.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Washington Post Photo
|Sad to see the protests in Paris become violent. On the front page of the Washington Post (today) is a guy bashing a car. Who is this guy? Where is he from? What womb did he come out of? What is this guy's politics? According to the Post article, hooded gangs of youth emerged from side streets after the peaceful march of 140,000 protesting job laws. This is a worldwide problem. I remember going to protests years ago and there would be folks taunting and wanting a confrontation with the police. If the police did bang a few heads, the media next day ignored the purpose of the march and simply wrote about property damage. I hope we won't see important movements for social change held hostage by few crazies out to play clockwork orange. I'm also getting tired of folks running around with ski masks. Have you noticed everyone wears them these days - terrorists as well as police. Prisoners as well as guards. What type of human rights fashion statement is this? Who invented the hood? When did the hood create the hoodlum?|
Is this the curse of being on the cover of Sports Illustrated again? Adam Morrison was laying facedown on the hardwood too.
Talking about the city, last night the Humanities Council of Washington DC celebrated its 25th Anniversary at the Arts Club of Washington. Awards were given to the Founders of the Council:
Sophy Burnham, Roderick French, E. Ethelbert Miller, Delano Lewis, Maria Otero, Samuel F. Smith and Cynthia Smith. It was joy time. Alan Jabbour was playing his fiddle, there was a Hand Dance demonstrations and simply good times shared by all. Mayor Williams was there and having fun too. Also in the audience was the amazing Ginger G. She loaned me a copy of the film Chameli by Sudhir Mishra. Michon and her Mom gave me a ride home and just being around these two lovely ladies made it a desert of an evening.
Around 10 PM, there was a ground delivery of a package to my home. A crackerjack surprise -WIND IN A BOX, a new collection of poems by Terrance Hayes. Hayes is one of those African American male writers who is changing the landscape of American poetry. What's needed are a few major critics to step forward and begin writing about these guys: Kevin Young, Tom Sayers Ellis, Major Jackson, A. Van Jordan, Jess -US. These writers are the New Dunbars. They have removed their masks and are on the move - living in every state you can imagine...no more Harlem baby...these guys are in Texas, Vermont and Steeler country. Folks need to put down those black romance books and start romancing the poems these men are writing. The New Dunbars(that's just me doing some branding) is the most important occurance in African American literature since Morrison danced with Sula and Walker discovered purple before Prince. So what's needed to get this news out? A cover story in Poets & Writers, a big Sunday New York Times Magazine story, and maybe a long piece in The New Yorker or on NPR. But wait...the world has changed. Why wait. Let's just Blog away and promote these guys. They are changing the literary world. It's sad that many of the African American literary critics are stuck in the Black Arts Movement like it was Europe. Get out of Europe. Move beyond the Sixties. This is 2006.
A new century, a new literature, New Dunbars.
Oh, I know there will be feedback from all those young talented African American women poets, who feel I'm overlooking their work. Nope. I'm just tired of reading about how young black men are victims and thugs. I look around and Black men are taking care of business. Let's just celebrate them. So Honoree -don't get upset with me. I love you madly.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
|In other news...|
There are many young black men around this country working hard. They
will help improve conditions in this world. I received my son's mid-term
grades and was very happy to see a 3.5 average. These are the stories
that are out there in many homes. We just need to tell them and
encourage other positive songs to be sung. Everyday young black men
should count their blessings and then they should do something to bless
others. In many ways I feel my children bless my life.
Marvin Gaye Park To Be Dedicated on April 2nd 2006 at 3 pm
A resolution to change the name of Watts Branch Park to Marvin Gaye Park was
passed at a D.C. Council meeting last month. It's a long swath of land that
winds through Northeast, and it played a prominent role at the beginning of
Gaye's musical journey. For more information on the dedication ceremony, contact
Steve Coleman at 202-462-7275 or visit http://www.washingtonparks.net/wattsbranch.html
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
A woman hands me a small brochure. I open it and read:
"Did you know that God has a special invitation for you? He doesn't require that you dress up to approach Him or turn over a new leaf to impress Him. You can come just as you are. This is the most important invitation you will ever receive. "
I guess it's heaven and not Hampton for me.
Hair codes until some white person says it's OK ? I have no idea what dress for success means. Bill Gates looks like he is always going to a science fair. So many people making money outside the office. People making money in their underwear. The folks with money always wear whatever they want. Folks who are poor put more money into clothes than ideas.
A good business is built around a good product and service to the customer. Give me a polite Rasta with dreads over a person with a suit who thinks I'm invisible.
The English Department at St. Mary’s College of Maryland at Historic St. Mary’s City is accepting applications for a one-year sabbatical replacement to teach three courses a semester, including first-year composition (two each semester), creative writing, and advanced fiction. MFA or PhD required. $30,000 plus benefits. Applications due April 15. To apply, please submit cover letter, dossier, and short writing sample. Write to Robin Bates, Chair, Search Committee, at 18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Mary’s College of MD, St. Mary’s City MD 20686. SMCM is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Visit our website: www.smcm.edu
Here is where there is a lesson for all of us. It takes courage to address certain issues. I think however we can disagree without going overboard and hurting ourselves. I knew Belafonte's comments in Venezuela were going to become a problem as soon as he said them. Poor choice of words? I think it's important to oppose the war in Iraq without creating a rhetoric war here in the States. It makes it difficult to organize and support a strong anti-war movement. Now folks want to make Belafonte an issue. I think this Belafonte "incident" tells us a lot about the King family- which might be no different from the Jacksons of Gary, Indiana.
We also need to think about creating "new" cities in other parts of the country. These cities would be built for Katrina victims. They would be high-tech. The best schools and public housing would be constructed. Each city would have it's own police force, teachers, etc. Emphasis would be placed on providing skills to everyone who lives in the area. The towns might be business towns...linked to a corporation that invests not only in their product but the people who use it.
If we think about building "new cities" elsewhere then we move people out of hurricane paths, etc. Natural disasters have a way of changing things; we just have to make sure it's for the better. We need to think New Ideas and not just New Orleans.
The World Baseball Classic was a big business success. Major league baseball made a profit. It's a nice way to move beyond the steriod issues. The next Classic will be in 2009. Look for the US to be more serious about these games. Everyone else is. How it will play against March Madness is something folks will have to think about. Look for more baseball teams to come from Europe. Major league baseball might even start playing more exhibition games there...it's all about the market. Look for China to enter this too.
All that stuff about stars getting injured will be push aside as folks begin to make big bucks.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
In the New York Times today there was an article about lung cancer and how it strikes nonsmokers. I remember before Zoe Anglesley died how she felt her illness was due to the workplace. According to the Times, there are other factors besides smoking that can give you lung cancer:
- Secondhand smoke
- Exposure to asbestos
- Indoor radon
- Workplace carcinogens
- Scarred and irradiated lungs (people with repeated lung infections like bronchitis and pneumonia
- Air pollution
- Poor diet (a diet deficient in fruits and vegetables)
Monday, March 20, 2006
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Fun time in New York. Yesterday I walked around the city. I was on St. Mark's Place and thought of those Saturdays when my brother and I walked around the Village. I spent the late afternoon with my friend Elana, a fantastic painter who lives on Bleecker. We had lunch at Noho.
I went into a couple of bookstores before descending back to the Wall Street Inn.
On Sunday around noon, my sister and I took the ferry over to Staten Island for my 2:30 reading at the public library. Not that many people came out but the show goes on. It's good to spend some family time with my sister.
Friday, March 17, 2006
He presented me with a gift of Ibsen's Poems. I'll try and visit Norway in August.
While in Busboys I ran into so many of my dear friends: Buddy Bev, D-Man, and the amazing Ginger G. Don was behind his book counter and even Menkie was in the house. What a place.
Pam walking around being as lovely as ever. Where was Andy and Derrick? This was Black Press Week and the luncheon was at Busboys: www.BlackPress.org.
HipHop info: www.hiphopmatters.org
Harlen Levy's Op-Ed piece in the New York Times (March 17, 2006) on DNA is a good piece.
Check it out:
" DNA databases should expand, but some fundamental principles should guide their development: government should aim DNA collection at those most likely to commit the crimes DNA can solve (rape and murder); before expanding collection, it should focus on improving laboratories and testing samples from unsolved violent crimes sitting untested in storage closets or refrigerators; and it should recognize (as have some but not all of our courts) that it does not have an unlimited right to every person's DNA without showing of special need."
Could she even win upstate New York? Now what about Condoleezza Rice? I think she is very smart but wouldn't she represent the same policies as Bush? Do we just want to see a black face in a high place. Is this a new show -Governmental Idol?
Don't, Don't, Don't believe the hype...
There were more storytellers than there were stories, so that everyone in the family had a version of history and it was impossible to get close to the original, or to know "what really happened."
- Lyn Hejinian
Thursday, March 16, 2006
It's so important we keep the African American cultural movement-moving...photography, painting, music, literature, dance and theater. Keep it going. Move or Die.
Talking about cultural events. Some of the best poetry readings have been taking place at the Poetry Coffeehouse at Grace Church in Georgetown (1041 Wisconsin Ave). 202 333-7100.
Remica Bingham, one of my Bennington students will be reading there on Tuesday, March 21st, 7:30 PM. On the 28th of March, poet Brandon Johnson will be kicking it with jazz and Donato Soviero. BJ has a new book out- THE STRANGERS BETWEEN.
Writer,Jose Edmundo Paz-Soldan (from Bolivia) will be giving a talk about Evo Morales on March 23rd, 6:30 PM at the Iglesias Conference Center Auditorium, 1330 New York Avenue, NW.
1. Terrorism and organized crime out of control
3. Environmental disaster(s)
4 Civil War
What does a Government do when earthquakes begin to fly with Bird flu?
There is a good review of Gretchen Edgren's THE PLAYMATE BOOK: SIX DECADES OF CENTERFOLDS by Joan Acocella in THE NEW YORKER (March 20, 2006). It's amazing how our culture has been breastfed for so many
Johnny Grey Eyes
Polls? I think it was Nixon who said a president shouldn't think about them. You can't lead or govern if you do. So Bush numbers are low. Do you really care? Are we going to kick him out of the White House like this is a reality show? I think that would be dumb. The issue
here is not Bush (a person) but his ideas. I was very happy to see Bush talking again about his 2002 Doctrine. This is the most important doctrine to be developed since the end of the Cold War.
This is the Doctrine intellectuals, think tanks and as well as Congress, should
be looking at and debating. For example, think about how these "new" ideas might
affect a highly robotic military. Would the US intervene in more countries,
knowing the cost of human life would be kept low because of robotic soldiers and
vehicles? How close would the new Doctrine bring us to nuclear war?
Would the US ever use a nuclear weapon in a preemptive war?
Just a few things to think about...once again it looks like we must think about the unthinkable.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Fedric M. Miller, professor of History at St. Joseph's University, will be speaking on the following topic:
"Who Slept in Washington's Bed?: The President's House, Slavery, and Marking Sacred Space at Independence Park."
April 20th. 5PM
Charles Sumner Schooll'
1201 17th Street, NW
Howard University Gallery of Art is having the opening reception of The 35th Annual Faculty Exhibition, Friday, March 24, 2006, 4PM-7PM
Howard University Gallery of Art, 202 806-7070.
I had a morning meeting with Sarah B. at the DCJCC. We are planning a "Windows & Mirrors"
program for May 21st, 7PM. We will be presenting the music of HASIDIC NEW WAVE and Alioune Faye & YAKAR RHYTHMS. More details in future E-Notes.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Steel Pulse playing... EARTH CRISIS (1984).
Gerald Early has a review of Taylor Branch's AT CANAAN'S EDGE in the latest issue of THE NATION (March 27, 2006). In it one will find one of the more honest summarys of King's life:
has a review of Taylor Branch's AT CANAAN'S EDGE in the latest issue of THE NATION (March 27, 2006). In it one will find one of the more honest summarys of King's life:
"Addicted to sleeping pills, cheating habitually on his wife, downing straight whiskeys in quiet moments (which his denomination forbade), smoking cigarettes while trying to cope with the constant threat of death and consumed by self-righteousness, egotism and guilt over his affairs and his fame, King comes across as an amazingly courageous, if fatalistic, man, by turns practical and romantic, and far tougher that our plaster-saint version of him comes close to suggesting. He accepted the real possibility of an untimely death with the Christian shrug of "if it is God's will." And what else could he do? He could hardly fret about staying alive, and he was far more concerned about threats to his family. He worked astonishingly long hours, embarking on grueling fundraising tours and adeptly dealing with the press. He tolerated a group of nearly unmanageable advisers and the grand egos of all the clerical members of the Southern Chrisitian Leadership Conference, who knew that he ultimately called the shots, and who remained loyal to him to the end. Although he was not an especially good administrator, he was deft at handling the domineering personalities around him, much as Duke Ellington handled the stars of his band. He was a star in a way that no other black leader before or since has been."
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Sunday, March 5, 2006
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Washington, DC – Today, Ellis Gordon, Jr., husband to bestselling author and mental health advocate, Bebe Moore Campbell announced that his wife was recently diagnosed with a neurological condition that will require her full attention for recovery. During recovery, Campbell will continue her writing, but her other activities and appearances have been cancelled for the next 90-120 days.
Ms. Campbell’s physician, Dr. Keith Black, a world renowned neurosurgeon who made the diagnosis stated, “With the prescribed treatment for her condition and with the proper time to heal and rest, there is every reason to believe that Ms. Campbell will have a normal recovery and will resume her regular schedule of activities. She is in the best of care.”
Calls and expressions of concerns have been received and acknowledged by Campbell’s family. “We appreciate the care, love and acts of concerns of our many family and friends,” said Gordon, Jr. “Your continued prayers are invited.”
The family requests that the public respects Ms. Campbell’s privacy during this time. “She needs this time to heal and recover so that she may return full time to her life’s work and continue with her passion and one of her greatest gifts from God, writing,” Gordon Jr., said.
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The air had that prostitute tease...In other words if you want more warm weather you're going to have to pay. Punishment is what this all looks like if you have a bible close to your bed or in your purse. Tornadoes, global warming, earthquakes, rain; cold one day and hot the next. Homes being knockdown by the wind and folks rushing to get to the next shelter like the three little pigs. These must be wolf days, what do you think? Mother Nature ain't no suicide bomber, so wiretapping is out.What should we do? Prayer is not an option. It's obvious we need to pay more attention to the environment.
- John Chaney
Chaney departs with a Diz/Bird type of comment. The hipster coach at Temple. I cheered for him the way I always wanted Thompson to win at Georgetown. It was like believing in Joe Louis or Jackie Robinson. I wish Chaney had won the big one.
One thing to note in the World Baseball Classic...Ken Griffey is hitting very well.
That can only mean one thing. The poor guy will suffer an injury between now and the end of April. I wish this guy had stayed in Seattle. Can you see him and Ichiro in the same outfield?
Monday, March 13, 2006
Talkin Busboys...I was reading Derrick Brown's chapbook THE UNSCENE. Here is another poet with a DC flavor in his mocha poems. The strength of this collection rests on Brown's Sweet Home Men Series. Special in this book is "Thirty Mile Woman Sixo's Song." Here is a sip:
Gather me. Love
the pieces that
Give me back to me
in all the right
- Derrick Weston Brown.
Nearly 250 Howard University Students Spend Spring Break in New Orleans Assisting with Restoration Efforts
Instead of spending spring break having “fun in the sun,” nearly 250 Howard University students have opted to participate in the University’s 2006 Alternative Spring Break (ASB) journey to New Orleans, Louisiana, to assist those devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
Students, chaperones, and team leaders departed the University on Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11, at 5 p.m. on a 20-hour bus trip to New Orleans and will return on Saturday, March 18. Participants are being hosted by St. Bernard’s Parish where they will sleep in tents and receive three daily meals.
ASB provides an opportunity for an eclectic mix of Howard students to join together in service. In this weeklong endeavor, students, including graduate and law school students, have traveled to New Orleans to assist with continued restoration efforts along with Habitat for Humanity. They also will participate in various outreach programs, including service projects with various schools, to assist survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
“These students feel humbly commissioned to take action and affect change this spring break instead of just returning home or partying all week as many college students often do,” said Alexis Logan, ASB student coordinator.
“Each year, ASB exposes students to diverse cultures and religious traditions through service and activism,” said Rev. Dr. Bernard Richardson, dean, Howard University Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel. “Students are immersed in unique settings or atmospheres to provide immediate assistance and reflect on the challenges prevalent in many communities throughout society. Concepts of social justice, economic disparity, and community outreach are explored through the lens of spirituality and faith. The experience forms a foundation for students to understand their role and responsibility in helping to rebuild shattered and struggling parts of society through vocation and service.”
This service opportunity is coordinated by the Office of the Dean of the Chapel and sponsored by the Spiritual and Ethical Dimensions of Leadership Initiative.
Muslim Journal (March 17th). Sad to see the story about the hate crime committed against The International League of Muslim Women in Detroit. To help restore things and make donations, here is an address:
Detroit Headquarters of ILMW
Detroit, MI 48228
In the March 13th issue of Jet magazine there is a reference to E. Ethelbert Miller under National Headliners. It's about the poem "We Embrace" that will be engraved near the entrance to the DuPont Circle Metro Station.
Is Ebony magazine next for the colored poet? I cry Dunbar and wish I knew him.
I spent the early morning hours reading stories in D.C. NOIR edited by Pelecanos:
"The Names of the Lost" by Richard Currey and "First" by Kenji Jasper. I thought Jasper's first novel (DARK) was very good and should be required reading in DC high schools. I didn't care too much for DAKOTA GRAND his second book.
Before heading to work I had to take care of some city business down around 5th & D. I asked a guard for directions and he sent me two blocks out of my way. For a moment I thought I was in a bad western or maybe the last bit of footage in Blazing Saddles. I sat in the lobby of a building that had that old Eastern European feel to it. Maybe I was living under a dictatorship and didn't know it.
I took the 70 bus up to Howard. Spring break and the place is empty - except for the geese. Hmm. See an earlier E-Note. I pointed north and they looked at me funny.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
"Ichiro Suzuki, not known for his power, hit Jake Peavy's third pitch of the game into the right-field bleachers to give Japan a 1-0 lead."
Hey man...Ichiro can hit homers when he wants to. The World Baseball Classic is going to have to compete with March Madness. That's going to be difficult unless it's the US against Cuba for the championship. Look for the Dominican Republic to have their say about things.
Please tell me Mike? Please, Please, Please.
He is having a fundraiser on March 24th, 6:00 - 10:00 PM at Los Arrieros, 7926 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. 20910.
"In any case, Bonds's records must remain part of baseball's history. His hits happened. Erase them, and there will be discrepancies in baseball's bookkeeping about the records of the pitchers who gave them up. George Orwell said that in totalitarian societies, yesterday's weather could be changed by decree. Baseball, indeed America, is not like that."
- George F. Will
Mar. 10 (vs. William Paterson)
Men’s Basketball Suffers 52-45 Loss to William Paterson in NCAA Tournament Sectional Semifinals
3/10/06 – Junior Malcolm Thomas (Baltimore, MD) scored 11 of his team-high 13 points in the second half for Widener, which saw its season end with a 52-45 loss to William Paterson at the NCAA Tournament sectional semifinals in Virginia Beach, VA.
Widener (23-6) went on a 12-5 run to close to 50-45 with 24 seconds left thanks to eight points from Thomas, including two 3-pointers. But the Pioneers could get not closer despite holding William Paterson (23-7) without a basket in the final 4:16.
Senior Kris Clarkson (Philadelphia, PA) had 11 points and 14 rebounds with junior Essien Ford (Baltimore, MD) netting 10 points for Widener, which shot just 32 percent (14-of-44) overall and 27 percent (6-of-22) in the second half. The Pioneers were held without a basket for an 8 1/2 minute stretch in the second half.
The loss ends a standout career for Clarkson. The 2005-06 Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year finishes 16th in school history with 1,136 points and also grabbed 694 rebounds. He entered the game leading the league in points, rebounds, steals, blocks and offensive rebounds.
It was the furthest Widener has gone in the NCAA Tournament since a quarterfinal appearance in 1987. The loss concludes a season in which the Pioneers were ranked as high as second in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Poll and received votes in the D3Hoops.com Top 25 poll.
Luis Martinez scored 22 points for WPU, which only shot 38 percent (18-of-47) from the floor and 4-of-14 from 3-point range.
Ford scored seven first-half points as Widener trailed, 26-21, at intermission. Clarkson and Blakey netted five points, but the Pioneers shot only 36 percent (8-of-22) from the field in the opening half.
Maybe a good field/no hit type of guy. A .250 hitter at best. So these are the folks who are leading us? Funny how they remind me of the type of people I pass on the streets and they don't see me. I'm as invisible as the third world without a famine or a coup. I'm a walking conflict waiting to explode. Write about me in a policy report, bookmark my expressions and turn me into a memo.
who stirs first and sees, there
in the first dawn,
- Louise Gluck
- Kurt Vonnegut
"Since Nigeria gained independence, in 1960, its rulers-military and civilian alike - have systematically squandered or stolen some $400 billion in government money."
"...most the the windfall oil profits of the last few years have gone toward refurbishing mansions for the elite."
"The U.N. Human Development Index ranks Nigeria as having one of the worst standards of living, below both Haiti and Bangladesh. For all its oil weath, and after seven years of governance by one of Africa's most highly touted democrats, Nigeria has become the largest failed state on earth."
Yesterday I read Dr. Wafa Sultan's and circled her comments:
"The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions or a clash of civilizations. It is a clash between two opposities, between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality."
OK...which side are you on?
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Since 2000, an average of about 400 immigrants have died every year trying to illegally enter the U.S. across the U.S.-Mexican border. About 240 people died trying to cross the Berlin Wall during its 28-year existence.
One player to watch this year is Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez. How good is this kid?
If you want to know what Hoyt Wilhelm knew then order THE KNUCKLEBOOK by Dave Clark.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Knuckleball.
Friday, March 10, 2006
The evening unfortunately ended on a blue note. My wife called and told me that our son's basketball team (Widener U) was defeated. So that means an end to his freshman season. Next year he should be a starter and facing new challenges.
I'm going to enjoy the weekend...listen to that warm weather outside. Ah...
- Dr. Richard Duffield/Biology professor
Yes, we love to geese.
Dr. Duffield received his doctorate from the University of Georgia. He received his B.S. from Muskinggum College and his M.S. from the University of Massachusetts. He is a graduate professor in the
Department of Biology. Dr. Duffield is the author or co-author of twelve published articles. His research interests can be divided into six areas. Early research publications focused on the chemical ecology of
insects and the role of these secretions in their biology. Education: B.S., 1967, Biology, at Muskingum College.
Later in the article George Wallace - yes a guy by the name of George Wallace is quoted as saying "They have become a nuisance speices throughout the east coast, and have been known to cause problems on college campuses and golf courses. Some people hire dogs, and used chemical repellants to chase them off."
Hmmm...I've heard that before.
one of the leading poets in the Arab world. She lives in Saudi Arabia. In corresponding with her I felt other writers might be interested in what I said:
I don't think it's about developing or writing an "I" poem. I think as poets we must begin to see the "I" in others. A good political poem is also a very personal one. This is why the political poet should always write about love. It's not just passion but also desire and the seeking of the beloved community. A place where we celebrate each other for our sameness and our differences. I seek the common language, and the love between tongues.
2006 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship.
U.S. is spending $5.9 billion a month.
$1 billion for Afghanistan.
This is 18% more than fiscal year 2005.
There are other numbers too...
How much is each human life worth?
When will this end?
In the current issue of the THE CURRENT newspaper (DuPont neighborhood) there is an article by Ian Thomas about this project.
Talkin DC...I dropped by the Takoma Park Library on my way home. I returned the Michael Jackson book that Jefferson wrote. On the shelf for new arrivals was D.C.NOIR edited by George Pelecanos. This book was in the window of Kramers bookstore. I saw it last night while waiting for Del. I didn't get a chance to check it, but that's why we have the public library. Well I read Pelecanos delightful intro as well as his story "The Confidential Informant." This is a fun book.
Everyone should be reading it on the Metro. You could read maybe 1-2 stories by the time you arrived at Vienna. This is also a lunchtime book when you don't have a date or maybe your part of the city lacks the good looking people. Why sit doing nothing when you can read a story that will pull you right into a DC neighborhood. If the Metro section of the Washington Post printed fiction this would be it. This book is like wet paint on a new condo. Do we still live here?
D.C. Noir baby...dark like us.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Howard when poet Leon Damas was here. She was his assistant. So much fun laughing again. Tamara just released her book of poems SOUL QUAKE. Info: soulquake.com
Book Illustrations are by E. J. Hobson.
The new issue has an interview with Amy Gerstler. I had the opportunity to teach with her at Bennington. That was my last positive experience there. Amy is a wonderful person and poet. The G stands for gem. Amy's most recent book of poems is GHOST GIRL (2004). She won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1990 for BITTER ANGEL.
THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS: 40 YEARS OF LEADERSHIP IN THE ARTS
American University, Katzen Arts Center
Register online at:
www.american.edu/katzen/nea by April 15, 2006.
Address by NEA Chairman Dana Gioia on May 18th.
Who should attend?
Graduate students in arts management, public policy, various arts fields, and arts education.
Arts critics and journalism students.
Provisions is one of best places for progressive artists and activists in the area.
Other news... a possible trip to Norway this summer. More later.
Contact: Tom Gradel, 773-561-1040
Gerard Colby, 212-254-0279
For Immediate Release (February 28, 2006)
Gerard Colby, President of the
National Writers Union, , the nation's union
of freelance writers, has joined the international organization Reporters
Without Borders in calling for the release of American freelance journalist
Jill Carroll, who was kidnapped on the outskirts of Baghdad on January 7th.
Carroll was writing freelance articles for the Christian Science Monitor at
the time of her abduction. She had planned to interview a Sunni politician
in one of the more dangerous neighborhoods in Baghdad when several well
dressed men took over her car and apparently killed her interpreter. Her
Carroll's abductors demanded the release of all female prisoners in Iraq,
and set an initial deadline for January 20, which they later extended to
February 26th."With the deadline of Jill's threatened execution now passed,
and no definitive word of her safety or whereabouts, we must assume that
she is still alive. We as freelance journalists must redouble our efforts
to bring attention to Jill Carroll's plight and the difficulties she and
other freelance journalists have been facing in Iraq," Colby said in a
prepared press release.
"Iraq is becoming more dangerous by the day," he said. "Only
last week, a woman reporter for Al Arabiya newspaper, Atwar Bahjat, and two
of her associates were murdered in Samarra near the revered Shiite shrine
that was bombed. Sadly, she was one of the journalists who was working with
the Christian Science Monitor to try and obtain Jill Carroll's release."
Colby noted that freelance journalists are particularly at
risk in Iraq, since they do not have the same protections in Iraq that
embedded reporters have. "Jill Carroll herself wrote about reporters
'becoming virtual prisoners in their hotel rooms,'" Colby said. "She
described how embedded journalists are not allowed to venture beyond
armored cars and the heavily protected Green Zone.
"Jill Carroll, on the other hand, was going out into Baghdad
neighborhoods, talking to civilians, getting their stories. "That's how
much she cared about getting the truth to the American people about
conditions in Iraq."
In his statement, Colby pointed to a report recently released
by the New York Committee to Protect Journalists describing Iraq as the
deadliest country for journalists in the last quarter century. Since the
war began in March, 2003, 61 journalists have died, surpassing 58
journalists killed in Algeria from 1993-1996.
Colby also joined Reporters Without Borders in calling for the
release of two Iraqi journalists, Reem Zaid and Marwant Khazal, who were
abducted outside the offices of the Iraqi Islamic Party, a Sunni group, on
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Alan Greenspan's book? Not that many. They might buy it but they are not going to read it.Another big advance for a big book while little people get nothing.
Who controls the literary reserve board? Is it ethical for poets to take hostages?
I HAVE SEEN THE BEST MINDS OF MY GENERATION
DESTROYED BY MADNESS, STARVING, NAKED,
POETRY WORKSHOPS IN GEORGETOWN
The WORD WORKS, in cooperation with Grace Episcopal Church of Georgetown,announces four Saturday In The Works Workshops from 10 am to 2 pm:
March 25: Free Verse Line Breaks, a workshop examining poetic lines as a unit of meaning led by Kim Roberts.
April 8: Poet Stage Right! Tips on voice project and stage presence led by Karren Alenier.
April 22: Writing As If Your Life Depends On It, a forum for writing original poems led by Grace Cavalieri.
Teasing the Poem into Existence While Dismissing the Muse, a forum for writing original poems led by Rod Jellema.
Each class costs $55. Those students who pay by check and who register by March 15 may take a discount of $5 on each workshop. Visit wordworksdc.com
or call 301-581-9439 for complete information. Class location is Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave, NW, DC.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
This ain't good.
Reporters Say Bonds Used Performance-Enhancing Drugs.
San Francisco Chronicle Reporters Say Slugger Used Human Growth Hormone,
NEW YORK (March 7) - Major League Baseball home run record holder Barry Bonds used a vast array of performance-enhancing drugs, including steroids and human growth hormone, for at least five seasons beginning in 1998, according to a book written by two San Francisco Chronicle reporters.
An excerpt of "Game of Shadows," which provides details of the San Francisco slugger's extensive doping program, appears in the March 13 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.
I typed my name into the Kartoo engine(I like it better than the Dog) and discovered a treasure chest of stuff I had written (and have no knowledge of today). A good way to develop a bibliography.
Haroun and the Sea of Stories
produced by the Theater Alliance
March 2 through April 2 at H Street Playhouse
1365 H Street NE
and then April 6-9 at Roundhouse Theater in Silver Spring.
performances are Thursday, Friday Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 2. you can visit the website for more info or to buy tickets! theatrealliance.com
Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Washington Post Article
The "lock" was the metaphor that made the film not the car crash. Folks were either locked in or out of cars, getting their locks changed, or unable to lock their doors. But what did the Ads give us - the white man/black woman image. The "lovers" embrace? Geez, was their relationship really the central part of the movie? Other than being in an actual crash - No. But it provides the dropkick that even Doug Flutie would be proud of.See Crash Trailer