When A Poet Speaks…

There are poems that illuminate emotions, explain

the hereto unexplainable and recall tattered

memories, one more time…

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“Time does not bring relief…”

 

Time does not bring relief; you all have lied

Who told me time would ease me of my pain!

I miss him in the weeping of the rain;

I want him at the shrinking of the tide;

The old snows melt from every mountain-side,

And last year’s leaves are smoke in every lane;

But last year’s bitter loving must remain

Heaped on my heart, and my old thoughts abide!

There are a hundred places where I fear

To go,–so with his memory they brim!

And entering with relief some quiet place

Where never fell his foot or shone his face

I say, “There is no memory of him here!”

And so stand stricken, so remembering him!

 

            — Edna St. Vincent Malay

Beige: An Unlikely Trip Through America’s Racial Obsession

After almost five years of writing, editing

and rewriting, Leo Oladimu candidly relates

the incredible story of his life. From the

beginning, this is a memoir like no

other. For starters, the original memoir is

handprinted entirely in pencil, a true

manuscript in every sense of the word. Why?

The answer to that question and others

is revealed in Leo’s own words:

 

Beige: An Unlikely Trip Through

America’s Racial Obsession [Kindle Edition.]

 

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  “A half-Black punk rocker from DC

    with an IQ in the top 1% goes to prison in

    New York at 19 for a crime he didn’t

    commit. Eleven years later he gets out,

    and three months after that, is accused by

    the US government of leading a neo-Nazi

    terrorist plot to blow up a gathering of Jews

    at the New England Holocaust Memorial

    in Boston.

    Ten years later, he’s Black again.

   Impossible? Totally happened. Here’s how:

   Beige: An Unlikely Trip Through America’s

   Racial Obsession is my story, raw dog, no cut.

   There was a lot of hype surrounding my case

   in ’01, but even the media’s fun-house-mirror

   version of what went down with me still managed

  to strike a chord with a lot of people, particularly

  with other Multiracial folks like myself,

  leaving them with questions in their minds —

  Why? How? No secondhand account of

  Leo Felton has ever answered those questions,

  whether due to ideological dogmatism on the

  part of the writers or just due to the fact

  that the story is unique and that if you aren’t

  me you can’t truly explain how and why it happened.

  Whatever the case, the government and its press

  have never explained it.

 

  So I have.”

Gritty New York Novel

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You Have The Right To
Remain Silent

— M. M. Mc Namara

 Fifteen year old Maureen Connelly catapults over rooftops in 1950’s New York City with her bad-boy boyfriend as they navigate their gritty, multi-ethnic, blue collar neighborhood. Looking back Maureen has a unique point of view and no misplaced nostalgia for the past or the good old days. The author’s compelling, original, opinionated voice drives the biting, first-person narrative in this smart, character-driven, debut novel.  It is so much more than a coming-of-age story.  Ethnicity, race, and the norms, mores and conventions of the fifties and sixties are an intricate part of the chronicle.  The matter-of-fact, hardboiled, irreverent delivery enhances the serious subject and many ironies.  The City of New York is an integral character in this vivid, harrowing tale.  Tough, provocative, intense, powerful, dark, complex, this is a story that opens a vein, gets close to the bone, and haunts you long after you read the last page.

The author who was born and raised in New York City lives on a small island in the Caribbean.

Taino Artesan

Taino Artesan

Reposted from the Lost Taino Tribe:

Daniel ‘Guayacan’ Silva Pagan de Bieke (Vieques), Boriken (Puerto Rico) comparta su historia y trabajo como un artesano Taino. (Video en Español)

Daniel ‘Guayacan’ Silva Pagan de Bieke (Vieques), Boriken (Puerto Rico) shares his story and work as a Taino artesan. (Video en Español)

http://vimeo.com/3nvideopro/review/84523074/052a20df6c

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2013 in review

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