Friday, October 03, 2008

10-5-2008~Zora & Richard's Kids On W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News & Radio...

One Full Year On The Air!!!

October 2008's Theme Is "Our Time!!!"

Date: Sunday October 5, 2008

Time: 4PM C/5PM E/2PM P

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Topic: Zora & Richard's Kids...A Living Literary Legacy...

The following are beautiful people influenced and inspired by the towering twin towers of creative genius in the African American Literary Canon, Lady Zora Neale Hurston & Sir Richard Wright...To me these giants are true literary royalty...They are the wide-eyed children of the Harlem Renaissance who grew up to become the proud parents of the Modern African American Literary canon...They are the pioneers who braved the elements in order to blaze a path for future generations to follow...

Although they were treated like 'paupers' during thieir lifetime and died relatively young, their phenomenally rich literary achievements have secured them both a place in immortality...They were not as they say 'ahead of their time', but were in fact 'so much of their times', that it took many others a while to catch up!!! Check out these two classic W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News & Radio interviews to hear the reason why Zora's & Richard's legacies are indeed living ones and are forever intertwined in the annals of African American & American Literary History...

Our featured guests and topics include...

1.) Sis. Patrice Gaines~4PM C/5PM E Hour

Topic: Writing & Speaking Truth To Empower...21st Century Griot...

Definiton of a Griot:
A.) (GREE oh) the name for a western African singer/storyteller who recites oral history; also called a bard or jeli...
B.) Mali and Senegal, traditional keeper of cultural traditions and history of the Mandeng people of West Africa passed through generations kept in form of music and dance, recitations and metaphorical statements. Usually the music form begins slow with singing and becomes fast with dance...
More About Our Distinguished Featured Griots...

A summer day in 1970 changed Patrice Gaines's life forever. She was in a Charlotte, N.C. jail, charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a needle and syringe. Her mother, unable to bring Patrice's two-year-old daughter Andrea inside to visit her, directed Patrice to look out the window when she returned to her cell. Staring out a narrow opening, Gaines saw her grandfather in front of the jail holding her daughter while her mother pointed to the third floor window. Her daughter looked all about."She is searching for me and she can't find me," Gaines thought, as tears trickled down her cheeks. In that moment, she vowed to do all she could to change her life.Thus began a long and arduous journey, which Gaines chronicles in her autobiography, "Laughing In The Dark: From Colored Girl to Woman of Color— A Journey from Prison to Power."

Gaines outlined her path to change in her inspirational book, "Moments of Grace, Meeting the Challenge to Change."

She has been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show and was featured on a segment of Dateline. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Essence Magazine. She has been a commentator on National Public Radio and Pacifica Radio. Today, Gaines is a freelance journalist, writing teacher and motivational speaker, telling her story at colleges, conferences, prisons and drug rehabilitation programs around the country. She is a restorative justice trainer and a "justice reform activist," who encourages discussions on forgiveness in her lectures and coaxes people to redefine "justice." Her goal is to drastically change the U.S. judicial system and prison industry.

Gaines is also devoted to working to empower women, especially those who have been incarcerated. To that end, she and longtime friend Gaile Dry-Burton plan to open The Brown Angel Retreat Center in the Charlotte, N.C. area. The Center will offer a respite from judgment, a place for healing and learning as well as a program of courses and counseling aimed at assisting women in becoming mentally, spiritually and financially healthy.

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2.) 5PM C/ 6PM E/ 3PM P~Bro. Clyde McElvene, A Self-Professed Bibliophile, Visionary And Co-Founder Of...

Topic Of Discussion: How To Do The Write Thing Right Now!!!

The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation - the nation's resource center for writers, readers, and supporters of Black literature. The only organization of its kind that provides culturally sensitive services and guidance for Black writers at every stage of their development.

What Is Our Mission?
Founded in 1990 by novelist Marita Golden and bibliophile Clyde McElvene, the Foundation’s mission is to discover, develop, and honor Black writers. The programs of the Foundation preserve the legacy and ensure the future of Black writers and the literature they produce. The Foundation was named for two geniuses of American and world literature, Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright.

Why Is Our Work Important?
Historically, the African American community has lacked viable institutions dedicated to supporting creative writing either as an artistic expression or a professional endeavor. No educational institution, professional organization, or existing non-profit has responded to this need as comprehensively as the Hurston/Wright Foundation. The Foundation is the only organization in the nation that provides culturally sensitive services and guidance for Black writers at every stage of their development.

Since 1990, the Foundation has created a wide range of new opportunities for Black writers. In the process, the organization has also increased the awareness and appreciation of Black literature, while simultaneously serving underserved areas of the Black community, and increasing the appreciation of literature.

Who Is Involved?
The Hurston/Wright Foundation is led and supported by a diverse board of directors and an advisory board of notables from the national literary community that includes Toni Morrison, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Terry McMillan, Chinua Achebe, E. Ethelbert Miller, and hundreds of community volunteers.

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