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Venusian Update - Black History Month 2023

20 Feb 2023 | Posted Under History
Greetings Venusian!

This has been the busiest Black History Month of my life! Seriously! 
25th Annual Harlem Book Fair!
We're celebrating 25 Years of the Harlem Book Fair, where my book Lyrics for Langston debuted in 2012. That's when I walked into the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for the first time. It's the same place where Langston Hughes's ashes are buried. It brings me joy to promote my literary lineage and heritage. I invite you to visit to hear our audio presentations at https://harlembookfair.com
2 Readings this Wednesday 2/22!

3pm PST /
6pm EST

Tribute to Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Feminism

I'll perform remotely for an event hosted by Bob McNeil at the Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas, New York City. Join us on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89133790982.
For more info, visit www.nybrowning.org.

7pm PST

"Black Fire This Time" at Bird & Beckett

I'm joining Heather Buchanan of Aquarius Willow Press who included my poem "Plight" in the anthology "Black Fire This Time." This will be an amazing night of poetry mixed with jazz. I love improvising with a great band! You don't want to miss it. Join us at Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery St, San Francisco, CA 94131 (map).
Past Events

Wednesday, February 1

The Women in Business Council of the Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce hosts events on the first Wednesday of even-numbered months at the Triton Museum of Art. This month, I was given an opportunity to recite my work and share a new poem entitled "Mask-Era" (see the video). I even sold my very first painting that was infused with my poetry!

Friday, February 3

The Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose welcomed Stardust, Tachiya Renee, and me for a First Friday panel that was "Layered" about hair! See more on ICA's Instagram. And if you missed it, here's a link to my closing performance of "Good Hair" on YouTube: https://youtu.be/LAKoSwF9aNs

Saturday, February 4

Shout out to the African American Community Service Agency (sjaacsa.org) who invited me to help kick-off Black History Month. I recited a firey set that day that included "Ujamaa", "Blacker Than Thou," and "Amen." It got real quiet. LOL If you know, you know. This is me dancing next to Mama Crystal Calhoun (a party starter) during the break to a mix spun by @djignacia who's also a visual artist and energy curator. We had fun!
Update on "Lil Red"
Remember the animated short I mentioned in my December update! It's a grant-funded short film called “Lil’ Red is Riding the Wrong Way in the Hood.”

I’m excited to be working with Mutai Emmanuel, an amazing animator from Kenya on this important project. Look for more info about the purpose of this project future!

I'm excited to share this sneak peek of four of the main characters!

For more behind the scenes footage, please consider becoming a patron!
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Working at Urban Sanctuary!

As the new Arts & Culture Organizer (ACO) at Urban Sanctuary, I'm working with a wonderful team to bring more Arts, Spirituality, and Activism to San Jose. Stay tuned for more updates and watch our event calendar at https://urbansanctuarysj.org.

Keep looking up and keep looking out.
You'll have a lot less fear and a lot less doubt.

Love Always...

Venus

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