Join the Counter Narrative Project as we celebrate Essex Hemphill on his birthday. Essex Hemphill (April 16, 1957 – November 4, 1995) was a black gay poet, editor, and activist. His work explored the desire, rage, power, and pleasure of black gay male experiences. He was also an important HIV activist that amplified through his work the experiences of black gay men living with HIV in ways that were both complicated and courageous. We believe that Hemphill's work is extremely relevant today, and offers a vision that must be preserved. This event will consist of writers and activists reading Hemphill's poetry and then a discussion. This event is co-sponsored by Charis Circle's From Margin to Center Literary Program. The suggested donation is $5, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM in EDT
Charis Books and More/Charis Circle
1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30307
Please register for our Annual Ujima Men's Collective Conference October 21-23, 2016. We are in Fort Lauderdale, FL this year so please make your reservations now. Early registration is going on until April 1, 2016. So, if you want to save on the registration fee please log on and register today... www.ujimamen.net. We are also accepting abstracts. There may be a subject that you want to present to other Black same gender loving men and those that love and support us. Check out our website and join us at the Ujima Men's Collective Conference 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
For more information please contact us at 813.391.6710 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in the LIGHT,
Lorenzo Robertson, Conference Coordinator
813.391.6710 ~ www.ujimamen.net
For folks in Atlanta, the Counter Narrative Project in partnership with Morehouse College Safe Space and the Alliance Theatre is hosting a staged reading of the play "Choir Boy" by Tarell Alvin McCraney.
The play grapples with black masculinity, identity, sexuality, freedom, music, and the consequences of not conforming.
In the words of the playwright: "Choir Boy' is a play about an all-male prep school, Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys. It chronicles the senior year of a kid named Pharus Young who is lead of the choir, which is sort of the calling card for the school. The inspiration was dealing with a young man who may not fit into what we think of as the model of young black men and the trials of that year." -Tarell Alvin McCraney
Seating is limited so get your tickets ASAP: https://choirboy.eventbrite.com
For more info contact: email@example.com
It's fair to say that white America wouldn't have elected an African-American president without the integrating effect of black music - from Louis Armstrong to hip-hop - and black drama and fiction, commercial as much as 'serious.' Joe Haldeman
Daryl Lynn Coley - A Voice & Singer Like None Other - Ocotber 30, 1955 - March 15, 2016
Daryl Lynn Coley (October 30, 1955 – March 15, 2016) was an American Christian singer. At 14, Coley was a member of the ensemble "Helen Stephens and the Voices of Christ". He began performing with Edwin Hawkins in the Edwin Hawkins Singers and then worked with James Cleveland, Tramaine Hawkins, Sylvester, Pete Escovedo and others. Albums of his include Just Daryl, He's Right On Time: Live From Los Angeles, When The Music Stops and others.
Daryl Lynn Coley was born in Berkeley, California on October 30, 1955, spending his formative years in Oakland, California. His parents separated when he was five years old, with he and his two siblings being raised by his mother in a solid Christian home. Musically, Coley was first influenced by his mother. Daryl stated, "In my house there was gospel, classical and jazz. I had that kind of musical influence." During his childhood, he learned to play clarinet and piano.
In 1968, when Edwin Hawkins released "Oh Happy Day", the contemporary arrangement caught Coley's ear. In December 1969, at the age of 13, Coley first heard Helen Stephens And The Voices Of Christ, and by February of the next year had become a member of the nationally acclaimed ensemble. During his high school years, Coley was a student of Phillip Reeder, Castleers choir director at Castlemont High School. Reeder helped Coley broaden his musical boundaries and even influenced him to advance to college. Coley's career advanced further as he pursued studies in college; being a top student, working toward a business degree, and even assisting in teaching college courses. However, when things began to open up musically, Coley took a break from his studies.
Coley eventually began performing with Edwin Hawkins in the Edwin Hawkins Singers. He played keyboards for The Hawkins Family from 1977 until he left to collaborate with James Cleveland in 1983. Later, he served as musical director for Tramaine Hawkins when she launched her solo career. Concurrently, Coley branched out in secular circles, singing in jazz clubs, working with artists like Sylvester, Pete Escovedo, and others. He would later collaborate with jazz artists such as Nancy Wilson and Rodney Franklin, and pop artists such as Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire fame.
In 1986, Coley released his solo debut album Just Daryl, originally released in 1986 on First Epistle/Plumline Records. The album was nominated for a Grammy award, and was later re-released in 2006. After the success of Just Daryl, he moved to gospel stardom, releasing critically acclaimed albums highlighting his jazz-infused vocal stylings. In 1990, Coley released He's Right On Time: Live From Los Angeles with Sparrow Records, climbing to the #3 spot on the gospel charts. His following album When The Music Stops, released in 1992, reached #1 on the gospel charts.
In 1991, when his albums released under Sparrow Records were achieving national success, Coley fell sick, experiencing flu-like symptoms. When he visited his doctor (more than two weeks later), he was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, which caused him temporary blindness. He continued to struggle with diabetes
An evening remembering the life of Arlevia Livingston and promoting Suicide Awareness
For the Love of Levie
DOORS: 7:30 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM
For the Love of Levie
Joi Rhone Presents "For the Love of Levie": A fundraiser, bringing together Bay Area Artists who have donated their time and talents to increase awareness around suicide and mental illness in our community, particularly for our youth and young adults.
Arlevia "Levie" Livingston was a 4.3 GPA student, scheduled to graduate from high school in May. She spoke 2 foreign languages (Mandarin and Japanese) was the school's water polo #1 goalie, and holds the school record for the heptathlon. Although blessed with many gifts and loved ones, Arlevia struggled with severe depression and bullying. Like many high school students and young adults, the rigors of social pressure, academics, and athletics dimmed her spirit’s light and on February 20, 2016, she took her life.
WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE ... Join us on May 2nd ... WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. 100% of the proceeds will go to SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education).
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“The great man say that life is pain," Coydog had said over eighty-five years before. "That mean if you love life, then you love the hurt come along wit' it. Now, if that ain't the blues, I don't know what is.” -― Walter Mosley
“It [the Harlem Renaissance] was a time of black individualism, a time marked by a vast array of characters whose uniqueness challenged the traditional inability of white Americans to differentiate between blacks.”
― Clement Alexander Price
“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” -― Yoko Ono