Join us for an uplifting, soul stirring evening of spoken word, song, personal testimonies and thought provoking dialogue as we take you on a journey, and tell our stories of being…..
Through Our Eyes, Black Beauty Defined

Stories on the Color Complex, Black Aesthetics, Self Esteem & Body Image in the Black Community.

Rahnda Rize
David Little
Deborah Powell-Wright
The One Sun Lion Ra
Just Greg (Greg Corbin)
Aziza Kinteh
Poetica & more!

Sounds by Dj Soul
Photographic works by Randy Burton

Date: May 21, 2014
The Art Sanctuary Gallery
16th & Bainbridge
Philadelphia, Pa 19146

Time: 6pm - 8pm (w/reception)
Admission: FREE (RSVP requested but not required)

This is a Celebration of Black Writing Conference event - In the Sanctuary Series, Sponsored by PECO, Presented by Rahnda Rize
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I write for young girls of color, for girls who don’t even exist yet, so that there is something there for them when they arrive. I can only change how they live, not how they think.
—  Author, Poet and Playwright Ntozake Shange, who was a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at this year’s Celebration of Black Writing festival.
…I wanted to tell a story that was authentic to African American culture – authentic to the point where it was not like something you could turn on the television and see. I wanted it to be more like a foreign film and so deeply into the culture that it appeared to be foreign.

Julie Dash

QUESTION: Who else feels this same way about books?

“From the time I began to read, as a child, I loved to feel their heft in my hand and the warm spot caused by their intimate weight in my lap; I loved the crisp whisper of a page turning, the musky odor of old paper and the sharp inky whiff of new pages. Leather bindings sent me into ecstasy. I even loved to gaze at a closed book and daydream about the possibilities inside.”

Rita Dove, poet and author. She served as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1993-1995.