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Monday, January 9, 2012
Year of the Honey B | Poet Update via @berhenda
In This Issue
B-Thankful: The Attitude of Gratitude For All Your Support
B-Happenings: Mighty Be Our Powers, MLK Reflections, and other news and events
A Tale of She City: Stories from Shetroit
B In the City! All New Webisode Series featuring Detroit Art, Culture, Music and More
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Notes from B...
Happy New Year! Dear friends I would first like to thankyou for signing up for my newsletter and show continuous support of my art and poetry series. I have a lot to be thankful for. I will be hosting a Power of Girlhood events launching webisodes, and tending my blog. Please forward this newsletter to a friend. I try include helpful links and tips to inspire and support over all well being!
1/14: MIGHTY BE OUR POWERS Author, Activist, and Heroine Leymah Gboweee FIRST ACTION: THE WRITING REVOLUTION: 2012 is a 5 year and a "5" energy favors writers and publishers. I have been a spiritual activist for decades and now the fire is so hot I can't keep still it's time to "do". I must channel this fire a be an agent for change. Let's start a revolution, a writing revolution. Mighty be our powers sis*Star (a word coined by Dr. Makeeba Ellington) MIGHTY BE OUR POWERS is a book written by Leymah Gboweee she realized that it is women who bear the greatest burden in prolonged conflicts. She began organizing Christian and Muslim women to demonstrate together, founding Liberian Mass Action for Peace and launching protests and a sex strike. Gbowee's part in helping to oust the Liberian Leader, Charles Taylor was featured in the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell. She is a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, 2011. I encountered her on PBS this week and haven't been able to sleep since the encounter. She said what my soul knows and has known for years, the power of praying women is "unstoppable". I invite praying sisters to join in prayer and action (letter writing) onSaturday, January 14, 2012 10:00 am – 1 pm Transforming Love Community's Multi-Purpose Center 15400 Plymouth Road, Detroit, Michigan 48227 313 270 2325 WEAR WHITE All sisters of all faiths are invited Suggested Love Offering: $20.12 Facilitated by Rev. Shaheerah Stephens
1/16 9:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
Join me at the Farmington Community Library for "Do the Right Thing: Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Special Perfomances all day long. I will be reading at 11:30 am.Log on to http://www.farmlib.org/mlkday2012/ for more details.
Coming Soon! B In the City
There are three things I love: Art, Poetry, and the city! This year I am launching webisodes featureing local artists. We some great feature poets and area business that are on board....stay tuned!
Writer's Groups and General Writing Inquiries: Defying Tradition for the New Year by Oya Amakisi:
I would also invite Michigan organizations to add their calendar events directly to the Shetroit.com site!
Established in 2000, Motown Writers Network and The Michigan Literary Network was created to strengthen Michigan's Literary Community. Drawing readers, writers, authors, poets and more together, the networks' mission is to connect readers to Michigan literary works, educate and connect writers and poets to resources, provide events for authors to showcase their work and a lot more.
Membership is Free to all who are interested (readers and writers) and the networks are there for all to use to help them. Contact us to see what we can do to help you strengthen Michigan's literary network.
For more information, contact Carla Dodd by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, through Troubadour 21, All Writers' Group, Southeast Michigan Poetry Meetup, or by calling 248-961-3636.
For Head Shots and other photo needs: Asia Hamilton of Nozomi Live Photography: Head Shots, Comp Cards, and more!
Ber-Henda or simply "B" is an ambassador to the arts. She is femolutionary, television and film producer, ambassador for the arts, youth advocate, public speaker and lover of humanity. "The pen is her sword," are the words she lives by. Ber-Henda, Germanic and Greek in origin, her name means "Bear Hearted Protector." Ber-Henda Williams is the founder of Poetry, Pages, and Scribes, a monthly poetry series at the Southfield Public Library.
She has featured at the Dalley in the Alley, Detroit Festival of the Arts and has hosted many metro area cultural events. Fluent in Spanish, she writes poems in the language that has added a richness and passion to her work. Ber-Henda is in love with poets such as Fredrico Garcia Lorca, Pablo Neruda, Ursula Rucker, Prince, Saul Williams, Nikki Giovanni, and Johnny "Jy Obedele" Jenkins.
Williams lives her life in color. She is a lover of all things arts and culture and she is often referred to as an "old soul," as she often listens to music from earlier time. Ber-Henda is heavily influenced by the infancy of soul music. She not only blesses the mic but the spirit of the listener.