20 Young Writers Of Color Share Their Favorite Poems

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Article originally published in  The Huffington Post by Priscilla Frank Arts Writer.

“The vulnerability and realness I’ve witnessed within the poetry world is unlike any other medium in my mind.”

In December, The New York Times invited noted writers, actors and public figures to share their favorite poems, reaching out to people like Ta-Nehisi Coates, Elena Ferrante Tavi Gevinson, Lena Dunham and Junot Díaz, among others.

After reading the published list, Tabia Alexine, a Los Angeles-based curator and creative, was disappointed. “It was a compelling group, but not as diverse and intersectionally colorful as I’d hoped,” she explained to The Huffington Post. Soon after, Alexine embarked on a project of her own, reaching out to young writers of color she admired to bring the original list the multiplicity both readers and writers deserve.

Alexine collected the perspectives of 20 new voices, each explaining the power of a single poem. “The responses reflect a spectrum of experience among the writers,” she explained. “But I did notice that several poems discussed discovery, social justice, and resistance through existence and survival.”

Looking forward, Alexine hopes future articles in outlets like The New York Times will represent a wider range of backgrounds and perspectives. And that the cultural landscape at large will follow suit. “I hope to see poetry and art by talented persons of color more widely distributed via TV, film, in commercials, at events, galleries, and conferences,” she continued. “I love seeing books like The Breakbeat Poets sold at major retailer, Barnes & Noble. I also believe performance poets and writers deserve increased honorariums for their work. I want to be a catalyst, pushing all of those things forward.”

Right in time for Black History Month, Alexine’s diversified anthology speaks to the importance of poetry to voices too often marginalized or silenced. “It can be such a powerful platform for truth-telling, disruption, affirmation, and empathy,” she said. “The vulnerability and realness I’ve witnessed within the poetry world is unlike any other medium in my mind. These 20 individuals are unapologetically taking up space and making noise as writers, activists, performers, educators, literary editors, students, and so much more.”

Learn about their favorite poems, and the stories behind them: 

http://goo.gl/jZQGlp

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The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. 

Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

The Author

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Rebecca Skloot is an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; and others. She has worked as a correspondent for NPR’s Radiolab and PBS’s NOVA scienceNOW, and is a contributing editor at Popular Science magazine and guest editor of The Best American Science Writing 2011.
               She is a former Vice President of the National Book Critics Circle and has taught creative nonfiction and science journalism at the University of Memphis, the University of Pittsburgh, and New York University. Her debut book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, took more than ten years to research and write, and became an instant New York Times bestseller.
                She has been featured on numerous television shows, including CBS Sunday Morning and The Colbert Report. Her book has received widespread critical acclaim, with reviews appearing in The New Yorker, Washington Post, Science, Entertainment Weekly, People, and many others.
                It won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize and the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, and was named The Best Book of 2010 by Amazon.com, and a Best Book of the Year by Entertainment Weekly; O, The Oprah Magazine; The New York Times; Washington Post; US News & World Report; and numerous others.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is being translated into more than twenty languages, and adapted into a young adult book, and an HBO film produced by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball. Skloot lives in Chicago but regularly abandons city life to write in the hills of West Virginia, where she tends to find stray animals and bring them home.

She travels extensively to speak about her book. For more information, visit RebeccaSkloot.com, where you will find book special features, including photos and videos, as well as her book tour schedule, and links to follow her and The Immortal Life on Twitter and Facebook.

Beware Of Fake Messages From Fraudsters Pretending To Be Yahoo Officials

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Desperate people take desperate measures. The amazing discovery of technology doesn’t benefit or facilitate education and online business alone. Some fraudsters rely on the internet to commit their crimes. As the FBI, the police and the crime preventive try to make internet free from scams, frauds, crime etc, the criminals too try to spread their tentacles to out run the preventive measures. 

Below are some of the mails for mostly yahoo e-mail users. You may think such mails are genuine when you receive them, but actually they are fake. The people responsible want certain secret information from you to enhance their criminal activities.

Member info <stevenmj7@aol.com>

To joenKmmm@yahoo.com

Nov 10 at 11:31 AM

Yahoo! Mail

Dear Yahoo User,

Your mailbox has exceeded the storage limit of 1 GB. You can not receive new messages until you update your mailbox.  Click to update.

Sincerely,

Yahoo Mail Officials.

Yahoo Mail <oekeoma@mdslogistics.net>

To joenKmmm@yahoo.com

Today at 10:04 AM

Dear Customer,

We received a request to terminate your Account and the process has started by our Mail Team, Please give us 24 hours to close your Account.

To cancel the termination request click https://login.mail.com/cancel.php?account=cancel %40yahoo.com&cc=504e1eb49

All files on your yahoo mail including (Inbox, Sent, Spam, Trash, Draft) will be deleted and access to your Email address will be Denied.
Regards,

Yahoo Mail Account Services

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Please do not reply to this message. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.

Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory

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Experience key U.S. Civil War battles through the eyes of a black stallion whose future generations will carry notable military leaders into American wars. Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A U.S. Civil War Horse Perspective: 1861-1865 is the first of a series of historical fiction books used to pay tribute to the American men and woman who served honorably for our country.

The main character, Lucky, finds the will to survive many battles that defined America. Mine Eye Have Seen the Glory was crafted to remind its readers that the Civil War was not that long ago. With a dose of imagination, the key book characters saw the same defeats and triumphs the men experienced while fighting for their respective sides—North or South.

The Author

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Clint Goodwin writes books to reconcile post-war challenges. As a result, he has published two books of a seven-book series promoting American history – through the eyes of a cavalry horse. His books are written for those who value historic-fictions, equestrian work life, patriotic service, and story lines free of inappropriate and distracting language.

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: U.S. Civil War Horse Perspective 1861-1865 is the first book that brings to life, the saga of Lucky. This novel delivers a coming-of-age story where the protagonist (a courageous Confederate black stallion) embarks on an epic journey of self-discovery. Experiencing the harsh realities of life will take my character from innocence to experience, a veteran of war. His future generations will fight for the United States of America on the deserts and high plains of the West, to the muddy rice paddies and hills of Vietnam. It is a creative and effective approach to learning American History, while being entertained.

Comanche’s Wars is a story about a protagonist—a young black stallion from Virginia—embarking on a journey of self-discovery during America’s aggressive push to the West. Stonewall’s journey will parallel that of a nation’s story that embraces the tribulations and triumphs on the battlefields. With a dose of imagination, the book’s key characters saw the same defeats and triumphs men and women experienced fighting for their land, cultures, traditions, and ways of life.

http://www.amazon.com/Mine-Eyes-Have-Seen-Glory/dp/1631221442

The Kidney Sellers: A Journey Of Discovery In Iran

Rarely does an adventure story carry such social significance as in this groundbreaking ethnographic research book. Dr. Fry-Revere’s exploration of the medical ethics of compensating organ donors takes us deep inside Iranian culture to provide insight and understanding into how Iran has solved its kidney shortage.

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The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran addresses the question: How it is possible that in Iran there is a waiting list to be a donor, while in the United States hundreds of thousands of people have died for lack of a kidney?

Dr. Fry-Revere is the first Westerner ever to witness firsthand Iran’s organ procurement system. She shares what she discovered in this fascinating book: part diary of living in a dangerous country, part ethnographic essay, and part tale of people working together to overcome death and financial ruin.

The Kidney Sellers is a shocking, thought-provoking true story.

The author

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Dr. Sigrid Fry-Revere
I’ve enjoyed cultural discovery and solving real life problems my whole life. I started traveling with my parents when I was six. Since then I’ve been to more than 40 countries and lived in six of them. The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery brings together all my passions — medical ethics, learning about a generally misunderstood culture, and working to solve a critical policy issue — the organ shortage. With this book, I hope to share these passions with you in an entertaining manner and motivate you to think beyond cultural limitations to help save American lives.
           EVENTS: Please see http://www.stoporgantraffickingnow.org/events/ for a list of my live appearances.All author royalties from my book go to support the Center for Ethical Solutions SOS (Solving the Organ Shortage) project.You can see photos from my trip to Iran at www.thekidneysellers.com — click on “Gallery”Learn how you can get involved in motivating Americans and Congress to make living kidney donation easier and safer in the United States at www.stoporgantraffickingnow.org.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Sigrid-Fry-Revere/e/B001K8ZHO0/