According to George Bernard Shaw, “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” Shaw’s sentiments manifested themselves this past weekend, when Tosin’s cousins and their children vacationed in the DMV from Nigeria. They used the opportunity to visit Rebecca’s mom, Tosin’s aunt, who lives and works in Maryland. We were glad to link up. Our […]
I’m coming back from our family trip to California to help my wife’s “Granny” (foster mom) celebrate her 80th birthday. Our trip took us from San Francisco to Los Angeles to Santa Monica, then back to Los Angeles. I made this video of Jaz’s first time at Santa Monica Beach.
So, I’ve had this manuscript for three years. I sent it out and I’m still working on getting it picked up. This is another trailer for Point Blank. (Here’s the first.) Check it out!
Three months ago, I posted the poem, “The Light Inside,” which was inspired by my daughter, Jazmyn King. I wrote that poem while my wife and I awaited her arrival. She’s six weeks outside of the womb, now! Here’s the video for the poem:
A lot’s happened since October. I started two new jobs — one full-time (communications specialist for a national nonprofit) and the other part-time (senior editor at a global hip-hop journal). Though the former, more so than the latter, leaves me less time and energy to blog here, I couldn’t be happier. With both positions, I […]
EDITOR’S NOTE: I’m writing this article as the Communications Specialist at Generations United. I had a great opportunity to catch Ms. Edelman’s talk earlier this week. Marian Wright Edelman’s pep talk earlier this week came from a different place. It wasn’t the usual eloquent oration of a gifted speaker whose decades of fighting for disadvantaged […]
Curtis Crisler’s unnamed speaker is a griot of sorts. His distant kin, fleeing from Jim Crow and southern domestic terrorism, joins the 5 million African Americans who decide to roll out. But they aren’t the first to do so. Others left before them during the first Great Migration (1910 to 1930), which swept two-thirds of 1.6 million […]
I rarely post my personal business here, unless I’m writing about literature. But I just had to share these photos taken by my friend and soon-to-be celebrity photographer Marlene Lillian. Here’s her note that opens the wedding album: I met Alan when he told me to crash Dr. Tony Medina’s Creative Writing Boot camp class at […]
The panel of poets at a Baltimore City Library quietly considered an audience member’s question: “When did you know you were a poet?” Evie Shockley, a presenter, smiled as the response brewed in her mind. She’d been asking herself the same thing until she took a poetry workshop led by Lucille Clifton. If you wrote […]
The speakers in both Major Jackson’s 11-part poem “Urban Renewal” (from Leaving Saturn) and Audre Lorde’s Coal are both city dwellers coming to terms with the changing landscape. They fear possibly being displaced and mourn the once familiar structures city officials left “crumbling to gutted relics.” The speakers aren’t alone in their suffering. “A chorus […]