Monday, June 12, 2006

Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship: Elliott Bay Book Company Donation

In June, 2006, the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle will donate 20% of their proceeds from the sale of certain books to the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Carl Brandon Society. Books must be purchased in person or over the phone, during the month of June. Online purchases do not qualify.

The donation will be made as part of Elliott Bay's "Books for a Change" program. Titles for June include Dark Matter II, edited by Sheree Renee Thomas; Fledgling and Kindred by Octavia E. Butler; The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan; Cinnamon Kiss, The Wave, and Fear Itself by Walter Mosley; Zorro and City of Beasts by Isabelle Allende; and many, many more.

For a complete list of the books that are part of the June donation program, please call the store at (206) 624-6600 or (toll free) 1-800-962-5311, or check the online list. Then, either place an order for any of these books over the phone, or buy any of them at the store to make your selection count towards our total.

The Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund will support writers of color attending the Clarion and Clarion West Writing Workshops, beginning in 2007. It is administered by the Carl Brandon Society, a nonprofit organization focusing on the presence and representation of people of color in the fantastic literary genres. For more information about the Carl Brandon Society and the scholarship fund, please visit our website.

Elliott Bay Book Company: "Books for a Change
" — Toll free orders: 1-800-962-5311

Octavia E. Butler's Website

Carl Brandon Society

Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund

Bottle for Ogun

Bottle for Ogun by Kali Tal

Ogun, the Orisa of Iron, Metal, Technology...the force that keeps matter in motion...Ogun keeps it movin'...

As you know well, so well, Fly Folk are everywhere and this weekend I'm going to meet some more at the Solstice Summer Writers Conference, but in the meanwhile I'ma put you down on some other fly folk who may enrich your world. And as you rise each morning, don't forget, the days are long, so do get your art on!

All Best,

DRUMTALK from the list...

Check out Today's UNITED STATES STUPIDITY LEVEL on Kali Tal's thangymathang, as well as a link to Lester Spencer's NPR commentary on Octavia E. Butler.

Visit artist Laylah Amatullah Barrayn's Photography site. Her work, along with the multigifted editor Malaika Adero and many others, was recently featured in the NEIGHBORHOOD DIVAS exhibit held at Danny Simmon's Corridor Gallery.

Danny Simmons' Corridor Gallery presents...

PROPAGANDA: The Dissemination of Ideas
An exhibition of legendary graffiti artists and graffiti documentarians
Conceived by Jamestop & Curated by Ashanti Chaplin

June 25th - July 29th 2006

Opening Reception: Sunday, June 25th 2006
80's Classics Spun by DJ Dundee of Sugarcuts Inc.
B-Boy Circle hosted by Westrok
Performance by South African Sensation KESWA

Exhibiting Artists:

Danny Simmons' Corridor Gallery
334 Grand Avenue
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, New York 11238
(718) 638-8416 p
(718) 638-0741 f

G Train to Classon Avenue
C Train to Clinton/Washington

Project of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation

The last Chester Higgins, Jr. photography exhibit I saw was at the Schomburg maybe two years ago. The theme was on prayer and the photographs were gorgeous works that really lifted me when I saw them. A long admirer of Mr. Higgins, I hope not to miss this rare (?) opportunity to hear him speak about his journey in art. If you're in the NYC-area, don't sleep on this!

The Pulse of Brooklyn A Review of Contemporary Black Art

Public Programs at Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA)

An Evening with Chester Higgins Jr. interviewed by Dr. Deborah Willis Saturday, June 24th 2006, 4-6pm

Chester Higgins, Jr. devoted his life to traveling all over the world
to document the African Diaspora in all of its complexities and
splendor. This evening is devoted to the accomplishments of Chester
Higgins, Jr. as he recounts his vast cultural explorations throughout
the diverse African Diaspora. This program will be followed by a book
singing of Chester Higgins, Jr., Echo of the Spirit

Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA)
The James E. Davis 80 Arts Building
80 Hanson Place (corner of South Portland)
Brooklyn, New York 11217

Seating is limited. Please RSVP for all public programs at (718) 230-0492
All public programs are $8 for adults, $4 for students and senior
citizens with ID, children under the age of 12 are free. MoCADA is
open Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 6pm

For more info on MoCADA and public programs please visit

Art McGee contributes to POPANDPOLITICS.COM'S Talk Back blog.

Check out Yusuf Nurrudin and his co-editors' "Radical Perspectives on Race and Racism" .
An excellent resource here.