The Black Woman’s March [Clip Two :: @Virtuous_Queen_ Perspective]

Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter!   Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter!   Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter!   Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! Black Read the full article…

Voices Of The Unheard by @ajh_books

Baltimore is our home. We love the literary and arts communities that reside in the city, but also the people who also call Baltimore home. For generations, the people have had their voices silenced, gone unheard. While people condemn “rioters” and “looters,” saying that they are destroying the city, let it not be forgotten that Read the full article…

The Black Woman’s March [Clip One :: @LovnMyLocs Perspective]

I was surfing the internet and happened upon an article about a Rekia Boyd vigil in NYC that had an embarrassingly low turnout. I believe the numbers were less than a hundred people. I was surprised and disappointed to hear that such a large city who has been active in many other things movement related Read the full article…

A Poet’s Toolkit :: 20 Poets Worth Reading By B. Sharise

Ntozake Shange Sonia Sanchez Tyehimba Jess Harryette Mullen Victor Hernandez Cruz Larry Neal Jayne Cortez Quincy Troupe June Jordan Amiri Baraka E. Ethelbert Miller Yusef Komunyakaa Rita Dove Shel Silverstein Sterling Plumpp Sylvia Plath Gwendolyn Brooks Etheridge Knight Camille T. Dungy Elizabeth Bishop

A Poet’s Toolkit :: 10 Poetry Prompts for Writer’s Block By B. Sharise

Write a haiku about a mirror. Your poem should express jealousy. Write a shape poem about a skyscraper or city skyline. Your poems should express loss. Write a persona poem about a candle. Your poem should express wisdom. Write a list poem about your first kiss/intimate experience. Write a free verse poem about a conversation Read the full article…

A Poet’s Toolkit :: A Brief Glossary Of Poetic Terms By B. Sharise

Alliteration: the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words Assonance: the repetition of vowel sounds at the beginning of words Figurative Language: Language that is not meant to be taken literally Hyperbole: an exaggeration Imagery: the use of descriptive words or phrases that re-create sensory experiences for the reader. Metaphor: a comparison between Read the full article…

For Those Who Find Yourself Embarrassed By “Riots” In Baltimore By B. Sharise

For those of you who find yourself angered and/or embarrassed by the “riots” in Baltimore:   your indignation is no loom. it will not stitch together the broken of that Black man’s spine nor will it make him stand. your disgust is no potter’s wheel it will not shape him warm-blooded laughing and living anew. Read the full article…