Urgently Standing @ the DIA

This past Friday as part of the Detroit Institute of Art’s Friday Night Live! Series (Fridays, 6:00-10:00pm, free for Detroit residents) the museum presented: An Evening with Jessica Care Moore and Aku Kadogo. The program described the performance as, “Part theater, poetry slam and dance hall, the performances of these women from different generations pay homage to African American poets and performers, including Jayne Cortez, Sonia Snachez and Ntozoke Shange.” I would add that Aku especially set the room ablaze with energy performing her poem dedicated to Grace Lee Boggs, called Urgently Standing. This local artist made a visceral appeal to those gathered to recognize the abundance and transformational potential of this beloved city as well as the urgent need to talk about it. Graciously, Aku has added her poem to our Unending Conversations of Hope.

Urgently Standing
For Grace Lee Boggs
By: Aku Kadogo

I am standing here
urgently
I am urgently
standing
I urgently got to
Talk about it
I gotta talk about it
I gotta talk about itContinue reading

Time Management

By: Zakia Carpenter

For a couple weeks I’ve been thinking about history and the present with respect to utilizing time, as if time were something that could be braided, woven, folded, or unraveled like colorful fabric.  Obama has brought me back to this idea that we as individuals interact with elements which seem so much larger and grander than us.  He reminds me that nothing exists in isolation, that everything leaves its mark on everything else. Even, perhaps especially, time does not go unscathed. Continue reading