One of the many things I love of about photography is being able to capture moments that may never happen again. Shout out to all the people who made 5Pointz one of the most amazing places in the world.
We ought to aspire
To be more than a
Breast, flailing hair
Waist and hips
Of a young girls
We ought to aspire
To be something
As we are
As we ever
© Akinfe Fatou 2013
The profoundly remarkable Ntozake Shange! I'm so grateful that I was blessed with the opportunity to hear and embrace her. To let her know how her extraordinary work has influenced and inspired me. To tell her I love and cherish her. The evening was transformative and one of the best Valentine's Days I've experienced.
Qoutes from the Evening:
"Despite my debilitation, in my dreams, I can dance. Every night I can fly."
"I wanted something that reached out, that flowed. I wanted something FEMALE. I did it because no one else was doing it."
On Diane McIntyre's Choreography - "Movements were more than numbers, more than bodies, they were the vocalization of your persona."
On the Black Arts movement - "We learned to write with a double consciousness so that our words didn't cut us anymore they cut others."
Advice to young writers - "Don't edit yourself, don't stop your images because you don't know the strength of them yet, what they might become."
won't you come celebrate with me
won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.
~Lucille Clifton (1936 - 2010)
A remarkable creative rendering by Sheila SM Slaughter for the March 31st WWBPS Avant-Garde Sensual Surrealism Reading! It remains one of my favorite gifts!! She's amazing!! Make sure you check out her work!♥
"A fine of $100 and six months in prison will be imposed for anyone found teaching a slave to read or write, and death is the penalty for circulating any incendiary literature.” (Excerpt- 1939 SC Slave Codes)“ Tonight these forbidden ones move around the room as they please, they sit at whatever table they want, wear camel-colored field hats and tomato-red kerchiefs… Some have just climbed out of the cold, wet Atlantic just to be here. We shiver together. If my name is ever called out, I promised my girl poet self, so too would I call out theirs.” ~Nikky Finney
Hello beautiful people, I am working to raise funds for The Akinfe Fatou Project. Your generous donations will make all the difference in our continuous effort to utilize literary art as a platform for peace, healing and change. Please click the link below to support and share with others you think may be interested. Our goal is to raise $3000.00 by December 19, 2011. You can also make ongoing donations since events and giveaways will be happening throughout the year. Click the link below to donate. Thank you in advance for your kindness and support!!
*Just wanted to update everyone and also say thank you very much for your kind donations and continued support! As of 12/17/11 we have exceeded our goal of raising $3000.00 for the project! I can't thank you enough, but I do ask that you continue to support the project, upcoming events and future ventures. May the Creator bless you with abundance, joy and affluence!*
Candlelight Vigil and Art Exhibit in Recognition of Domestic Violence Survivors
October 5, 2011 - @ The Columbia Art Center
What an amazing experience, ambience and energy!!! Stories of triumph and resilience. It was truly and honor to have been a part of such a remarkable event. A very special thank you to Linnet Caban and everyone one who contributed to/participated in the event! Thank you for all of the positive feedback and support. By request and due to an outstanding response, please see one of the poems I performed below. Let us continue to do God's work and stand for those who may not be able to stand for themselves.
I stayed... because I
Didn't want my children
To be without their father
So I... stayed
I stayed, because he told me
He loved me, because, he was
The only man, that ever loved me
And I... stayed,
Because he said he would take care of me
Because, I was too afraid to leave
Afraid to be... alone...
I thought I deserved it, I felt..
Undesired and helpless
So, I... stayed
I stayed because, black eyes and
Purple lips... can be concealed
Because if I left he would find me
And beat me worst
So I... stayed...
No I, stayed because
I needed to understand him better,
And this, this was all just, a misunderstanding...
Because..he said, he was sorry...
And I stayed... because, it would hurt
More to walk away...
Because..everything was in his name,
Because... my father was the same way???
So I, stayed...
And the day that I didn't wake...
I was still to blame...
The children, the children, they, were so
beautiful, at the funeral
Long ponytails and plaid skirts
There I stood, over the dry hollowness
Of my body wondering, why, I... stayed
Akinfe Fatou © 2011
I'm so excited about Once As Lovers being made available on Nook, Kindle & iPad. I received so many requests regarding eReaders in the past and toiled with the idea of joining the eBook revolution for a while. Something about the feel and experience of perusing the chapters of paperbacks was a bit difficult to let go of. Luckily I didn't have to and neither do you! Not only can I have the best of both worlds you can too!! Make sure you add Once As Lovers to your library today!! Fall in love all over again!!!!