Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Oakland Pide 2015

Mark your calendar for the Bay Area's 2nd largest and one of the most diverse LGBTQ pride celebrations in America!
Sunday, Sept 13
see website for details

Song Of The Day.... & Daily Reflection 06/3015

Song Of The Day....

Today's Reflection:

“Don't forget this, too: Rumors aren't interested in the unsensational story; rumors don't care what's true.” ― John Irving

Monday, June 29, 2015

Song Of The Day.... & Daily Reflection 06/29/15

Song Of The Day....

Today's Reflection:

“All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.”― Friedrich Nietzsche

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Review of, "Mr. Loverman" by Bernardine Evaristo

I was close to finishing, “You Can't Do That on Broadway!: A Raisin in the Sun and Other Theatrical Improbabilities” by Philip Rose when I said to myself and the Universe, “I’d really like to read a well written book of fiction.”

As I was leaving the South Branch of the Berkeley (CA) Public Library I happened upon a display that was set up to celebrate June as LGBT Pride month. I stopped to look at the books, dvd’s, and other media. I was thumbing through, “Kehinde Wiley” by Thelma Golden a collection of and information about his artwork which I had become fascinated with after seeing, “Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace” at a film festival and also on PBS. I also noticed a dvd of the documentary, “Call Me Kuchu” about Gay Activists in Uganda. I walked around the other side of the display and noticed a book cover that featured a smiling handsome older gentleman of African descent who was nattily dressed in a suit, with a colorful vest, hat, and beautiful jewelry. The title said, “Mr. Loverman” which made me smile thinking of the song by Shabba Ranks. Never having heard of the author, Bernardine Evaristo I read the front and back inside flaps. The combination of the summary, reviews on the back cover, as well as the cover photos was enough to pique my interest, so I took it to the self checkout machine and decided I’d finish my current book so I could start this one in the morning.

I hadn’t read a book of fiction that kept me riveted since, “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” by Ayana Morris about a year and a half ago. I was hoping this book would be of the same distinction.

I began reading the book and and was immediately drawn into the characters and story. So much so that when the characters began speaking in their patois I could hear the sounds of the voices I’d assigned to them in my head. (To quote Sheldon from, “Big Bang Theory” - “I’m not crazy. My mother had me tested.”)

The chronicle of of Barrington J. Walker’s life is told in current time and through flashbacks by himself, his long time friend and lover Morris, his family, and several supporting and supplemental characters. Taking place in Antigua & London, two places I’ve never visited but found very familiar by Evaristo’s knack for imbuing her writing with vivid descriptions of people and place that came to life for me.

Each character is fully explored and enhances the plot. I process reading cinematically so it was easy for me to want this to become a series akin to, “Downton Abbey” because even though I was not close to finishing the book I was already interested to see what would happen to these people over time.

Touching on topics of love, family/familial relationships, heritage, marriage, colonialism, politics, child rearing, outing/being out, and a myriad of other subjects Evaristo has puzzled these themes into a clear and concise parable.

By the 4th chapter I’d posted on the facebook pages of my friends Stephen St. John who is of Caribbean descent (Trinidad & Tobago) & Haqumai Sharpe to get the book, read it, so we could discuss it. About halfway through the book I began counting the pages left because I wanted to slow down my reading so I could savor the story like some of my mother’s cooking. Something I no longer get to experience often so when I do I take special care to taste every delicious bite.

I am thankful for the discovery of this book as well as a brilliant writer whose other books I am looking forward to making part of my collection. Conjuring up the request of finding a well written book of fiction was definitely fulfilled by this choice.

Jair, The Literary Masturbator is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, vocalist, activist, and arts curator living in Oakland, California.

His work has appeared in numerous magazines, print publications on-line,as well as anthologies, "Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam's Call", "Mighty Real: An Anthology of African American Same Gender Loving Writing", and "Tapestries of Faith: SGLBT African American Stories of Faith, Love & Family".

His book,”Touch: Poems & Other Writings of Love, Erotica, & Sensuality”, is available through several on-line booksellers.

He has appeared at and curated numerous spoken word events and festivals and is currently Co-Coordinator of the Nommo Spoken Word Ensemble at City of Refuge UCC.

You can contact Jair at theliterarymasturbator@gmail.com, follow him on Twitter: @litmasturbator, and like his Facebook page facebook.com/jairtlm

Jair is a Libra, Laker Fan, and former Staring Contest Champion of Mrs. Worthington's 4th Period English class at Albert Monroe Jr. High in Inglewood, California.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Song Of The Day & Daily Reflection 06/26/15

Song Of The Day....

Today's Reflection:

“Some things you don't have to promise. You just do.”― Rick Yancey

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Word Of Mouth Food Pantry -- Free Food Give Away....





Song Of The Day.... & Daily Reflection 06/25/15

Song Of The Day....

Today's Reflection:

"I think that sexiness should be in the subtleties." -- Rachel Zoe

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Song Of The Day... & Daily Reflection 06/24/15

Song Of The Day....

Today"s Reflection:

Today's Reflection:

“Insight is not a lightbulb that goes off inside our heads. It is a flickering candle that can easily be snuffed out.”― Malcolm Gladwell

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Song Of The Day & Daily Reflection 06/23/15

Song Of The Day....

Today's Reflection:

"What then did you expect when you unbound the gag that muted those black mouths? That they would chant your praises? Did you think that when those heads that our fathers had forcibly bowed down to the ground were raised again, you would find adoration in their eyes?" -- Jean-Paul Sartre

Monday, June 22, 2015

Song Of The Day & Daily Reflection 06/22/15

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”― Rachel Carson

Friday, June 19, 2015

Song Of The Day & Daily Reflection 06/19/15

Today's Reflection:

“Sometimes your light shines so bright that it blinds people from seeing who you really are.”― Shannon L. Alder

Celebrate Juneteenth!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Song Of The Day & Daily Reflection 06/17/15

Today's Reflection:

"Spoken word poetry is the art of performance poetry. I tell people it involves creating poetry that doesn't just want to sit on paper, that something about it demands it be heard out loud or witnessed in person." -- Sarah Kay

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Oakland's Queer Open Mic....

Song Of The Day & Daily Reflection 06/16/15

Today's Reflection:

“You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.” ― Shannon L. Alder

Monday, June 15, 2015

Jewel's "Last Dance"

30 More Days Until Jackie Washington Day

Please Enjoy This Amazing Rendition Of, "Yield (Before You Hit Me With Your Love)"

Song Of The Day & Today's Reflection 06/15/15

Today's Reflection:

"I think if we were less afraid of our own brilliance and ability and power, we would have a lot fewer problems." -- Suzan-Lori Parks

Friday, June 12, 2015

I'm Guest Hosting At Spectrum Queer Media's Open Mic

Song Of The Day & Today's Reflectuion June 12, 2015

Today's Reflection:

“To hear never-heard sounds,
To see never-seen colors and shapes,
To try to understand the imperceptible
Power pervading the world;
To fly and find pure ethereal substances
That are not of matter
But of that invisible soul pervading reality.
To hear another soul and to whisper to another soul;
To be a lantern in the darkness
Or an umbrella in a stormy day;
To feel much more than know.
To be the eyes of an eagle, slope of a mountain;
To be a wave understanding the influence of the moon;
To be a tree and read the memory of the leaves;
To be an insignificant pedestrian on the streets
Of crazy cities watching, watching, and watching.
To be a smile on the face of a woman
And shine in her memory
As a moment saved without planning.”
― Dejan Stojanovic

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Song Of The Day & Today's Reflection

Today's Reflection:

“Let me ask you this: How many days do you have left, if any, in the life you promised for yourself yesterday?”― Dave Matthes