A Note from Mel

Make the connection…

Exhibit: (Un)Lock It: the Percussive People in the Go-Go Pocket by Thomas Sayers Ellis August 5, 2011

(Un)Lock It: the Percussive People in the Go-Go Pocket by Thomas Sayers Ellis

Opening Reception, August 5th, 6-8pm

Exhibition Dates: August 5 – October 7

The Gallery at Vivid Solutions

 2208 MLK, Jr. Avenue S.E., Washington, DC 20020

(202) 365-8392

 

“Go-Go is a non-stop, vernacular dance music unique to Washington, D.C. and the Pocket is the percussive conversation between or beneath Go-Go grooves and songs. This photography project takes its title from a term “Lock It” used by the Go-Go community to describe a perfectly played (or locked) Go-Go Pocket. The goal of the Pocket is Home Rule and its anthem is “Bustin’ Loose,” Chuck Brown’s classic call for “The Bridge.” In a city as Capital as Washington, this work is a percussive attempt to reclaim the pictorial power of photography for D.C. residents, the folk who (as Walt Whitman once wrote) “do the real living and dying in this land.””

 

Gypsy & the Bully Door (Capital Fringe Festival) July 20, 2011

Ocean Ana Rising Inc.

presents

Gypsy & the Bully Door

Written by Nina Angela Mercer/Directed by Eric Ruffin

 

 

 

“Sara – fortune teller & member of the “We Bomb Truth Over Lies” graffiti movement – is haunted. The City eats its residents, exiling their spirits to Sara’s apartment, while Go-Go & its Mayor BirdMan funk eternal.”

 

The Warehouse

645 New York Avenue N.W.

Washington, DC 20001

Contact: 866-811-4111

Tickets: $17

 

Showtimes:

 

Tuesday, July 12th, 10:00 pm

Thursday, July 14th, 7:45 pm

Saturday, July 16th, Noon

Tuesday, July 19th, 7:45 pm

Friday, July 22nd, 6:00 pm

 

[American Journal] by Robert Hayden May 2, 2011

here among them     the americans     this baffling
multi people     extremes and variegations     their
noise     restlessness     their almost frightening
energy     how best describe these aliens in my
reports to The Counselors

disguise myself in order to study them unobserved
adapting their varied pigmentations     white black
red brown yellow     the imprecise and strangering
distinctions by which they live     by which they
justify their cruelties to one another

Read more…

Excerpt courtesy of Poets.org

 

An Open Letter to Ms. Kelley Williams-Bolar January 28, 2011

An Open Letter to Ms. Kelley Williams-Bolar

 

January 28, 2011, 11:33 a.m. 

 

Good Morning, Sis,

 

I hope this letter finds you in brighter garbs and rid of those thick black and white stripes. I hope it finds you rid of their intent.

I watched you yesterday morning on CNN, your hair tied on top of your head. A cornrow unbraided, released into a curl over your kitchen. I know you, sis. What they tried to do to you. Steal your color. Your dreams for your babies. I saw purple coming from your eyes. You knew what they were trying to do. You knew they didn’t want their money back…or you teaching in their schools. Plainly, tempered, you said it how you saw it.

I, on the other hand, was rolling my neck at the TV screen: Puhlease. Example made. Time served. Sister’s disenfranchised. Goals blighted. The kids see it and will never forget. Will be extremely cognizant of their PLACE in this country. Another sad, tragic story. Agh.

That was me; not you. You were me, still. We know the things we will do for our children. Folks can say or rule how they want. Those are our babies. Our love knows no zones or quotas.

I am writing you today, one criminal mother to another. We know these school systems give us some and keep the rest. But, of course, Sis, that has nothing to do with me and you.

Yours in the light and struggle,

Melanie Henderson

 

Literary Apartheid by jessica Care moore July 21, 2010

http://afrostoshelltoes.com/word/2010/07/18/literary-apartheid-by-jessica-care-moore/

 

Third World Press Event, 4.24.2010 April 6, 2010

 

Third World Press Foundation Fundraiser

Saturday, 24 April 2010 Contact : Quraysh Ali Lansana: 773-651-0700

Parish Gallery 1054 31st Street N.W., Washington, DC 20007 

Third World Press Foundation Fundraiser hosted by Quraysh Ali Lansana and featuring Haki R. Madhubuti and Walter Mosley Saturday, April 24, 2010; 7:00 – 9:30pm at Parish Gallery 1054 31st Street N.W.; Washington, DC 20007; ph. 773-651-0700 There will be readings from Brian Gilmore, Melanie Henderson, Tony Medina, and Venus Thrash Suggested donations: $50 for a gift bag and one book or $100 for a gift bag and three books To get tickets, visit http://www.twpfoundationdc.eventbrite.com

A message from Dr. Randall Horton about the Third World Press event:

“Please come out, all are welcome regardless of whether you can make a donation or not. Come out and support one of the oldest Black presses in the country….also, please pass around and tell your friends…….we need your help to make this a success….”

See you there!

 

Easy (after Afro Picks!) December 16, 2009

 

Easy

(after Afro Picks!)

 

That afro pick lean

lean forward

for extra cover,

Sunshine in dull

word placement

world placement,

Her neck, her back,

tight z patterns carry

all of that good stuff

(and some artificial

remembrance for them

to work out)

Meanwhile,

Sistergirl

won’t budge,

Won’t tilt

a degree further,

fear of a falling coif,

Combs too plenty,

too brown,

don’t worry.

Your fro can’t

hit the ground.

 

 

– Mel