Honoring Black Poets for Poetry Month

Honoring Black Poets for Poetry Month 

This jubilant post proudly celebrates the annual April Poetry Month by looking back at the 32nd Annual Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry in February of 2022.

On February 19th, 2022, on Zoom, a global reading of poetry from across the globe took place from those whose ancestral heritage derived from the continent of Africa. 

The 32nd Annual Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry is an annual poetry reading in the East Bay, formerly hosted by the West Oakland Library. Each year for the past 10 or so years we have adopted the yearly theme selected by Association of African American Life and History (ASALH, founded by Dr. Carter G. Woodson). This year the theme is African American Health and Wellness. We are dedicating this program to the late Al Young, CA Poet Laureate and bell hooks, womanist, scholar, writer, activist.

The following link is to the Zoom recording of the event: https://www.facebook.com/641666915/videos/531262678165878/

Love Letter

Published on YouTube in 2020, Love Letter is a 4 minute piece of Spoken Word by International speaker Eddie Pinero.

“One of the hardest lessons I’ve learned is that something can hurt…like really hurt…like bring you to your knees hurt…and still be the right thing” – @Eddie Pinero

32nd Annual Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry

African American Health and Wellness

On February 19, 2022, from 10-12 noon PST held virtually on Zoom, will be the 32nd Annual Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry.

This year’s 2022 theme from Dr. Carter G Woodson’s Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is “African American Health and Wellness.” However, all themes are welcome.

This year program is dedicated to the memories of Al Young and bell hooks.

The event will feature Baba Kalamu ya Salaam and perhaps you. Contact the event host in advance if you are coming and you are a poet of African American descent.

There will be open mic sprinkled in with featured poets.

Last year, was the first time the Celebration went virtual and it went really well. It was a great program honoring two poets who made their transitions late 2020 and early 2021: Adam David Miller (AD Miller) and QR Hand.

This year’s event will start and end
earlier. We are looking once again for in-kind sponsors who can get the word out.

Please register in advance for Sat., Feb. 19, 2022, 10-12 noon PT:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpdu6rrzwjE9JQfvgUECVkX_rDVMtqVEpw

We will have a virtual rehearsal-check-in, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 12-1 p.m. PT Please register in advance:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87815114641?pwd=V045N1pmZW1DMjV6dm81YTV6aEdUdz09

If you cannot make the rehearsal, 1/17, let me know. I will also open the room 2/19 at 9 AM PT

Here is a link to the 31st Annual Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry and here is a link to the 30th Annual Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry blog entry.

We want to thank Nia McAllister at MoAD-SF for her help with editing the video last year and posting it to the museum
site.

We also want to thank all of our in-kind sponsors for their help getting the word out and to the poets much love.

Peace and Blessings,
Ms. Wanda Sabir
Founder, Host
(510) 255-5579 message
wolaacp@gmail.com

LIVE Now “Writings on the Wall” Poetry Readings

Writings on the Wall LIVE poetry readings, every Saturday, 7:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, hosted by Alexandro Botelho.

Original poems and creative writings read live for your enjoyment. No need to go out to enjoy a live show when you can have one delivered to you in the comfort of your own home every Saturday!

All are welcome and Writings on the Wall look forward to seeing you in the chat!

Poets & Writers:

To submit a writing to be read during a weekly livestream:

  • email diversetv.yt@gmail.com
  • – Include any contact information, business, and/or social media names that you would like shared along with your writing
  • – *Please limit submissions to 500 words or less to allow for ample time for other writers to have their work read during the performance

Woman

Woman, woman, woman, Oh! Yes you
You came from man and you know that’s true.
Even He who made you cannot refute
Your worth, the caliber bestowed upon you
A babe you were, so tiny and small
Cherished by some, by some – not at all
Ten little fingers ten tiny toes
How beautiful you are, only God knows
You began to grow so quickly so soon
You began to talk and in the hearts you dwelled and bloomed
You began to walk, you walked and fell
But picked yourself up and walked again
The years went by, you out did yourself
You found your stance and made yourself
Daily you struggle to prove to the world
That you are a woman of substance and hold
You carry the burden and smile through it all
And proudly you walk so firm and so tall
With you all life begins, with you is where it ends
Your arms are a cradle where broken hearts are mend
You are stronger than you think you just need to see
That little light of hope when hope begins to flee
Woman dear woman, you play your part
These words are spoken right from the heart.
Be strong be bold, be happy and behold
The beauty of life gently unfold.

©2021 Poet Aloysia D’souza

NFN

Transformed
My matter
Into bits
Now I’m a Non-fungible Negro

#Poleaxed
The haters
With this trick
So I’m a damned digital hero

I’m coming to
Your Twitter feed
If you cut me
I won’t bleed

I bring this world
What it needs
I’m Cyber
Johnny Appleseed

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