Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.
So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
Someone asked me once who I would save if all the members of Fall Out Boy were trapped in a burning building and I was only able to get one of them out and I said Andy cause he’d save everyone else cause he’s a super hero viking god workout master drummer that can do anything.
Dubbed the “World’s Greatest Entertainer” and “the human beat box” for his unrivaled ability to rock a crowd, Harlem native Doug E. Fresh, with reggae rapper Vicious, DJs Barry B, and Will Chill, will ring in the new year at the Museum’s 37th annual Kwanzaa spectacular.
Artistic Director of Yaffa Cultural Arts Linda Humes, with master drummers Sanga of the Valley and LeeAnet Noble, following a special opening by the Harlem School of the Arts Legacy Ensemble, guides us through a joyous holiday that celebrates the African roots of the African-American community, drawing on seven universal principles.
Award-winning filmmaker MK Asante introduces his landmark movie The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration, followed by a musical tribute to the film’s narrator, Dr. Maya Angelou. Q&A to follow with Asante and Jamilah Lemieux, Senior Editor of EBONY Magazine.
We are all here, Echelon and
Vyrters, because we believe in values such as Support and Respect, and because
we love 30 Seconds to Mars music.
But above all we(Shan’s girls) made the
choice to follow you, Shannon, because your story, your being, your talent mean
a lot for us.
I don’t know about the other
Shan’s girls around the world, but those I know are
a part of your personal guard, no matter what could happen, we will always
stand by your side, supporting you and your projects. And when times of shadows
come and start spreading rumors on which we can’t have any control, we are here
again and stronger than before, because you deserve the world.
Fighting doesn’t mean only
clenching fists, it is a state of mind, the will not to give up on anyone we
care about !! And we care about you to the moon and back !
We will never know how you
are doing on your side of the mirror, because your privacy is none of our
business, but every time you’ll look at us , you’ll always be met by our smiles
and our unfailing faith and support !
We suffer from your absence,
we suffer from the stupidity of some people on Earth, we smile when you smile,
we vibrate when you play !!
Your life inspire ours in so
many ways, we have failures, weaknesses, struggles on our own, but your
presence will always make it better.
Please always remember you
have faithful Echelon around you, that you can reach at any moment, anywhere in
the world. We are here for you.
Talented, creative, handsome,
cute, sexy, funny, intelligent, sass master, god of drummers, loveable, caring,
faithful, weak, human, wise, curious …..