Saturday, November 18, 2006

you are a jazz funeral i stroll in blue bath water
or
when the saints come marching in, congo square is gonna be all-the-way live



i traipse your canals
the scent of 9th ward slumbers

bathes your second-lines a tin-like
tuba’s juice sweeps forehead

i seek your chicory coffee
it sets in cheeks and warms
the tonsils
beignet dust freckles breasts

daiquiris dance lips your
rum sweetens thighs swathed
in rues and remoulades

i skip your west bank make
mardi gras with indians and creoles
who take all night to say baby

and juju me good on mid
night river dates (a man who flicks
black like sunshine and speaks french
is a dangerous thing)

you are a city of walls and bridges
held together by dollar-plaster
and color-struck brick

i loiter your levees scratch my
name in their flesh like present tense breath
ebony is (always) here

you are a jazz funeral i stroll in blue bath water
or
when the saints come marching in, congo square is gonna be all-the-way live



i traipse your canals
the scent of 9th ward slumbers

bathes your second-lines a tin-like
tuba’s juice sweeps forehead

i seek your chicory coffee
it sets in cheeks and warms
the tonsils
beignet dust freckles breasts

daiquiris dance lips your
rum sweetens thighs swathed
in rues and remoulades

i skip your west bank make
mardi gras with indians and creoles
who take all night to say baby

and juju me good on mid
night river dates (a man who flicks
black like sunshine and speaks french
is a dangerous thing)

you are a city of walls and bridges
held together by dollar-plaster
and color-struck brick

i loiter your levees scratch my
name in their flesh like present tense breath
ebony is (always) here


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Come to the Co-op and see this documentary,
share some food beforehand or just your thoughts afterward - to read more about this film or watch a preview,

visit the American Blackout website www.americanblackout.com.

Spread the word, come and bring a friend!

Fri 11/17, Potluck 7.30pm & Movie 8.30pm

Whatever you think you know about our election systems or Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, this film will make you question further why the news media fails to accurately inform the public. Directed by GNN’s Ian Inaba, creator of Eminem’s “Mosh” music video, American Blackout critically examines the contemporary tactics used to control our democratic process and silence voices of political dissent.Many have heard of the alleged voting irregularities that occurred during the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004. Until now, these incidents have gone under- reported and are commonly written-off as insignificant rumors or unintentional mishaps resulting from an overburdened election system.AMERICAN BLACKOUT chronicles the recurring patterns of voter disenfranchisement from Florida 2000 to Ohio 2004 while following the story of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. Mckinney not only took an active role investigating these election debacles, but has found herself in the middle of her own after publicly questioning the Bush Administration about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Featuring: Congressional members John Conyers, John Lewis, Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, Bernie Sanders and jounalists Greg Palast and Bob Fitrakis.

“…a muckraking indictment of … the systematic disenfranchisement of African American voters…” Kenneth Turan, LA Times

Calendar of Events

  • June 1- Official Launch of Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative
  • May 10, 7 pm, Gumbo YaYa @ Roses and Bread Women's Poetry Reading, Performance/Body Insallation, Brecht Forum NYC
  • May 10, all day, Experimental Theatre Final Performances NYU
  • May 7-8, all day, Gumbo YaYa, MA Symposium NYU
  • April 23, 6 pm Gumbo YaYa, -ism Gala NYU
  • March 26, 7 pm, Gumbo Yaya/ or this is why we speak in tongues, Tisch School of the Arts, Forum Series
  • Feb. 7, Brecht Forum, 730, moderating NO! film screening
  • Jan. 4, Common Ground Theatre, 8 pm, performance art night---Holding Space (a love poem for Meghan Williams)
  • Dec. 12, Ripple in Brooklyn, 8 pm, sharing poetic vibes for a jazz/blues show
  • Oct 27, Duke University, 9:45 am, Women Engage Hip-Hop Panel
  • Sept 14, PS @ Tisch, How Much Can the Body Hold
  • Sept 19, Righetous AIM, NC A & T
  • August 31-Sept 2, 75TH Highlander Anniversary
  • Anti-prison Industrial complex performance, Durham, NC
  • April 30 Shout Out, Carrboro, NC
  • April 24 Fingernails Across Chalkboard Reading, Washington, DC
  • April 14 Poetry Month Reading, Durham, NC
  • 3/31 Ringing Ear Reading, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Wednesday 3/21 - 7 pm Miller Morgan Auditorium, Performative Healing and the Work of Ntozake Shange, Lecture