A True Account of Talking to Poets About Frank O’Hara on Fire Island

Originally posted on Gallerist:

O'Hara. (Courtesy frankohara.org)

O’Hara. (Courtesy frankohara.org)

A gaggle of writers collected on the gay enclave of Fire Island Pines last weekend to honor the midcentury poet and New York School progenitor Frank O’Hara. In no particular order, their pop culture doppelgangers might include: Carly Simon from a certain angle; a kempt, healthier Phil Spector; Lady Gaga; late-career Charles Durning; a pre-“Justified” Timothy Olyphant; and Sal Romano, formerly Mad Men’s closeted gay. O’Hara met an unceremonious end nearby. After a night of partying in 1966, he stepped in front of a beach taxi. Because he had the habit of dashing off poems during his lunch breaks as an associate curator at the Museum of Modern Art and stuffing them in drawers, his work had just begun to reach its readers. He’d inaugurated the post-war trend of mixing high and low cultural references, taking the piss out of the eternal with the seemingly ephemeral…

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Eyez Of The Rainbow – a documentary film with Assata Shakur

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:

Logo of the Black Liberation Army

Logo of the Black Liberation Army (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Like most poor people in the United States, I have no voice. The Black press and the progressive media, as well as Black civil rights organizations, have historically played an essential role in the struggle for social justice. We should continue and expand that tradition. We should create media outlets that help to educate our people and our children, and not annihilate their minds. I am only one woman. I own no TV stations or radio stations or newspapers. But I believe that people need to be educated as to what is going on and to understand the connection between the news media and the instruments of repression in America. All I have are my voice, my spirit and the will to tell the truth. But I sincerely ask those of you in the Black media, t hose of you…

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Face Out: Space for Breath Reading @ Word Up Books


I will be giving a poetry reading along with friends this Thursday! Come out & support!


Face Out: Space for Breath Space for Breath is a community art project dedicated to personal reflection, creative expression, and healing practices. They are based in Northern Manhattan and wish to branch out and interact with the community. At this event, they are showcasing authors who have shared personal essays and reflections on their website (www.spaceforbreath.com), to read aloud their work about growth and transformation in a community space.



Hannah Custis

Tabitha Silver

Gabrielle Kappes

Jessica Sue Burstein

Sissy Van Dyke



Word Up: Community Bookshop-Libreria Comunitaria 

2113 Amsterdam Avenue (at the corner of 165th Street)



Thursday, July 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm


Events Page: 


Project Soundscape: 6.21.14. Afro-Cuban Jazz at Riverside Park.

6.21.14 Summer Solstice. Arturo O’Farrill, Afro-Cuban Jazz in Riverside Park.


MiXtApE: Caetano Veloso

Caetano Veloso, “You Don’t Know Me.” Transa. 1972.



MiXtaPe: cAliFoRnIa DrEaMiN ~ eDdiE HaZeL

Eddie Hazel (of Parliament-Funkadelic), Game, Dames & Guitar Thangs. (1977)


{and read this from poet LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs}


MiXtApE Meet-up: Summer Solstice Edition

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Media, Revolution, and the Legacy of the Black Panther Party

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:

An interview with Kiilu Nyasha

By Hans Bennett

Kiilu Nyasha is a San Francisco-based journalist and former member of the Black Panther Party (BPP). Kiilu hosts a weekly TV program, “Freedom Is A Constant Struggle,” on SF Live (Comcast 76 and AT&T 99), which can be viewed live at www.accessf.org every Friday at 7:30 pm (PST), and rebroadcast Saturdays at 3:30 p.m., and Mondays, 6:30 p.m.. She writes for several publications, including the SF Bay View Newspaper and BlackCommentator.com. Also an accomplished radio programmer, she has worked for KPFA (Berkeley), SF Liberation Radio, Free Radio Berkeley, and KPOO in SF.  Some of her work is archived at www.kpfa.org. and www.myspace.com/official_kiilu

This is an edited interview, featuring excerpts from Nyasha’s article: “Ruchell Cinque Magee and the August 7th Courthouse Slave Rebellion.”

Hans Bennett:            How did you join the BPP?

Kiilu Nyasha:             I started running into…

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231st Street, BX


Kathy Acker’s Notes on Algerian Revolutionaries in Aït Djafer’s “Wail for Arab Beggars of the Casbah” (1973)

Kathy Acker’s annotations on Jack Hirshman’s 1973 translation of Aït Djafer’s “Wail for Arab Beggars of the Casbah.”

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