Kay Bourne Arts Report – Issue #17

Contents

POETRY, RHYMES AND RHYTHM TO SOOTHE THE SOUL

ACT ROXBURY CELEBRATES YOUTH WRITERS

THE HEART STOPPING POETRY IN MOTION

BLACK REP IN RI RAISES THE ROOF ON ALBA

RAGTIME EXTENDED

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE HEDGE

QUALITY INDEPENDENT FILMS THRU TCOF

THE FIRST WEEKEND CLUB – NOW IN BOSTON

SAVE THESE DATES!

UPCOMING EVENTS

THE ZION TRAIN HITS DORCHESTER


POETRY, RHYMES AND RHYTHM TO SOOTHE THE SOUL

by Kay Bourne

20ee59b692c8b0806827b1d1c537fe1f.124.83 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #17VCR, a poet of the people, takes to heart the wise adage, “write what you know.” You’ll chuckle at some of his rhymes and be emotionally touched too at his take on the people who inhabit the black community.

Born, raised, and continuing to reside in Dorchester, the 1986 graduate of Hyde Park High went on to Northeast College of Communications and New England School of Art with the idea of getting into the music industry.

Poetry became his beat, however. He writes and performs his own pieces that reflect on life in Roxbury, and he sponsors regular programs where other poets from the community can be heard. His VerBaLizAtiOn open mic series has been going on for six years to showcase spoken word, hip hop, and song and dance performers. VCR also programs films at these evenings, as well. The 7 – 9:30 pm evenings hosted by VCR take place in a gallery at the Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists, 300 Walnut Ave in Roxbury, and are sponsored by the Museum. For more information, you can contact VCR at 617-480-7663.

The next VerBaLizAtiOn is MAY 25, VCR’s mother’s birthday. The featured poet is the teenaged, poised, and dynamic, SOFIA SNOW, recently published in the “2006 Roxbury Literary Annual Youth Edition.”

VCR can be heard on his own CD, “Poetic Insanity,” which is available at Tape Connections in Grove Hall and Skippy Whites in Egleston Square. The release contains some of VCR’s most popular verse: “Tooth Decay,” “Alphabet Killaz,” and “That Other Brother.”

Other poets whose work VCR reads regularly include Askia Toure, Saul Williams, The Last Poets, Amiri Baraka, and Langston Hughes. “I get a lot of soul and strength from them,” he says, “the words, the concepts they use, they inspire me to a revolutionary state of mind and one that is creative as well. They push me to write better.”

This year’s African American Theater Festival featured a poem by VCR entitled “Love & Nappiness.”

“I wrote it originally to be performed at a natural hair show; it’s a poem regarding black hair with a message that there’s nothing wrong with the nappy, dreads, braids, very short Afro hair styles. You don’t need to get weaves, perms, extensions. You don’t need to do that because the way you look is a gift from God and only God can tell you that you’re beautiful.”

An exerpt from “Love & Nappiness” -by VCR:

“…Relaxers doesn’t really make you relax And it’s not really just for you! You want to be dark and lovely, right? Boot that European culture out your nappy apartment And get yourself a real roommate Your hair is as genuine as a precious African sculpture “African I ain’t no African!” Why so ashamed to love what you have inherit in yourself?…”


ACT ROXBURY CELEBRATES YOUTH WRITERS

From Annie With The Wig On, Poems By Ted Thomas, Jr.

1941fe581a83a49ba374880825ce9b33.80.124 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #17 Eleventh grader, SOFIA SNOW writes in the same social activist/political tradition as established poet VCR – and to stirring effect, as her performance at Hibernian Hall last week demonstrated.

One of the numbers of gifted young writers printed in ACT Roxbury’s newly released “Roxbury Literary Annual 2006 – Youth Edition”, Snow’s rapidly “spat” verse “A Public Service Announcement” fired off a wake up call of pointed barbs at teachers and school administrators who’re asleep at the switch.

The event was a dinner for teen writers who’d attended a writer’s workshop during February school vacation week and their families. Twenty two students from throughout the city, including the Orchard Gardens neighborhood adjacent to Hibernian Hall in Dudley Square proudly shared the publication with moms, dads, grandparents, and siblings.

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