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Monday, April 14, 2014

4/6 Event: Art. Love. Music. in Brooklyn!

On Sunday, April 6th I hosted Word Canvas presents Art. Love. Music. at Brooklyn's Rustik Tavern.  The event featured myself (poet/performer), Rakiem Walker Project, Cheryl Boyce Taylor, Qurrat Kadwani, Radha MUSprime and Tai Allen.

I was so excited about this event!  I have been performing, writing poetry and hosting my own signature events since 2002.  I founded Word Canvas in 2005, as a brand of performance events featuring musicians, poets and actors.  I take great pride and pleasure in curating events, bringing artists together and watching them come off without a hitch!   It was great to have a spring show with talented artists.
DuEwa & Rakiem Walker @ Art. Love. Music.

Cheryl Boyce Taylor is a notable poet and author who I've come to know and cherish, through her event series the Glitter Poemegranate Series.  I love when she performs with her Trini accent.  Her poems are smooth and bring back memories you wish you had about living in the Caribbean.  Cheryl is the mother of Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg, so she is truly a legend and has influenced hip hop in a major way.  And one day I will take her Zuhitsu Writing Workshop in Brooklyn! 

 Poet, Cheryl Boyce Taylor

I met Qurrat Kadwani some years ago when we worked for the same company; I had no idea she was an award winning actress until we connected recently on Facebook!  She is quite talented!  Qurrat has received much acclaim for her one woman show "The Call Me Q!" She is raw, beautiful and oh so talented.  The monologues she performed at Art. Love. Music. were awe inspiring.  Just watching her transform was a real treat.  Tai Allen is such a soulful singer and poet.  He really conjured the spirit of Gil Scott Heron during his performance. 

Rakiem Walker is so versatile as a sax player and he brought his trio, and they brought us jazz, funk and hip hop! I have known Rakiem for years and it's always a blast working with him.  Last time we collaborated in 2010 for Word Canvas Soul, I sang Jill's Scotts "A Long Walk" and we really had a good time with it.  It was so much fun for me to collaborate with Rakiem and his band again.  They backed me for my brief rendition of Prince's "She's Always in My Hair" and an even shorter piece of me singing Taylor Swift's "Trouble" that I paired with a poem I wrote titled, "Trouble."  My set was pretty cathartic for me as an artist.  I had the pleasure of seeing Radha MUSprime perform at Imagenation's Belletrix Exhibit in Harlem last month.  She is an MC, lyricist and truly a creative genuis as a writer. This sister is fire!! She gave us a whole set of her new performance show "The 40-year old Version" and I can't wait to check her out on April 22nd when she features at Joe's Pub. 

I wanted to have an open mic segment, but we started a bit late so there was no time for it.  But next time for sure! 

Brooklyn Book Party!: Saving Baby Doe by Danette Vigilante

Brooklyn Book Party!

Last month, children's author Danette Vigilante held a book release party for her second young adult novel, Saving Baby Doe.  Friends, family and community members were in attendance for Danette's reading and book signing at BookCourt, a friendly community bookstore located in Brooklyn.  Danette's first book, The Trouble with Half a Moon received wide acclaim.  Check out photos from Danette's book party! 

Supporters at the signing!

Danette signing books!

 Me with Danette and a young reader!

This book party would not have been complete without 
these cutie pie Saving Baby Doe cupcakes!

About Saving Baby Doe
Lionel and Anisa are the best of friends and have seen each other through some pretty tough times--Anisa's dad died and Lionel's dad  left, which is like a death for Lionel. They stick together no matter what. So when Lionel suggests a detour through a local construction site on their way home, Anisa doesn't say no.

And that's where Lionel and Anisa make a startling discovery--a baby abandoned in a port-o-potty. Anisa and Lionel spring into action. And in saving Baby Doe, they end up saving so much more.

Danette Vigilante crafts an accessible, heartfelt and much needed story for the middle grade market featuring Latino characters.

New Book: Difficult Fruit by Lauren K. Alleyne

 Lauryn K. Alleyne (photo: Rachel Eliza Griffiths)

Poet, Lauryn K. Alleyne's new book Difficult Fruit (February 2014), is the author's debut book!  Lauryn will be featured at the upcoming BOCAS Literary Festival, Trinidad and Tobago April 23rd - 28th.  Visit her website for more information. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

New Book: Bruised by Stacy-Deanne

Sugar and Spice Press (January 5, 2014) 
When Baltimore Homicide Detective Lisa Swanson and her partner Dee Quarter are called to investigate the murder of Ernest Juarez, Lisa meets wheelchair bound Jake Jenson, a man determined to find his best friend’s killer at all costs. Jake is instantly attracted to the standoffish Lisa yet can’t understand why Lisa keeps him at arm’s length.

What Jake feels is resistance toward him, is really Lisa’s distrust of men caused by a previous relationship centered on domestic violence. Lisa desperately searches for Ernest’s killer while fighting her feelings for Jake and trying to mend the pain from her past.

Jake just might be the man of Lisa’s dreams, but will she let shame and fear stand in the way of a new love?

Available now at Sugar and Spice Press, Amazon, All Romance Ebooks, Barnes and Noble, and Bookstrand.

Goddess Under the Bridge: Poems - Now available in Ebook formats!

Goddess Under the Bridge: Poems 

Goddess Under the Bridge: Poems is now available in Ebook formats!  Visit the following websites to purchase for your e-reader!
From the award nominated poet and author of Shedding Light From My Journeys, Stardust Tracks on a Road, Ten Marbles and a Bag to Put Them In and others, comes a new volume of powerful, inspirational poetry.  Goddess Under the Bridge DuEwa's fourth poetry collection is a meditation on the beautiful, the ugly, the passion, the struggle and reflection of the inner goddess looking out and reflecting the world.  The poems pay homage to Alice Coltrane, Suzan Lori Parks, Lucille Clifton, Pearl Cleage and other notable artists and thinkers.  Frazier's words shake and shout, rant and conjure moving and familiar images from the past, present and future of one's waking life.  The setting of these poems may be Harlem, St. Louis, Brooklyn, Chicago, a river, a bridge, a road or the seat of a soul. 

New Book: The Deep by Zetta Elliott

The Deep by Zetta Elliott

 The Deep by Zetta Elliott (Rosetta Press; November 2013) 
When fourteen-year-old Nyla finds herself at the center of a battle between good and evil miles beneath Brooklyn, she must learn to wield the astonishing power she inherited from the mother who abandoned her as a child.
Check out Zetta's article Plunging Into the Deep:  Black Magic for Black Girls featured at Huffington Post. 

New Book: Drinking From a Bitter Cup by Angela Jackson Brown

Drinking From a Bitter Cup by Angela Jackson Brown

Order a copy of Drinking From A Bitter Cup right now at Amazon. Click here.  At Barnes and Noble. Click here.  The publisher's website, WiDo Publishing. Click here.

Listen to Angela Jackson Brown's interview on Rhymes, Views & News Talk Radio!