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African Voices Magazine

African Voices Magazine Devoted to publishing fiction, poetry and art from the African Diaspora. African Voices Communications, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization, has a history of providing leadership within the arts community through the magazine and our public programs.

For 19 years, African Voices has published more than 700 emerging artists and presented community programs to expand access to the arts.

For 19 years, African Voices has published more than 700 emerging artists and presented community programs to expand access to the arts.

Join us in celebrating moms everywhere. Sharing this powerful tribute by Kevin Powell in honor of our moms. Thank you fo...
05/07/2022

Join us in celebrating moms everywhere. Sharing this powerful tribute by Kevin Powell in honor of our moms. Thank you for honoring mom, Kevin!

Our Mothers

(for my aunt, Birdie Lou Powell)

By Kevin Powell

What would we be without you?

Even God herself

Knows that our mothers

Are miracle angels

Swiping away the sun’s burns and tears

With their leatherlike hands

We mean

Mother mom ma mommy mama mami

Give birth to the earth daily

READ ENTIRE POEM: https://africanvoices.com/avblog/our-mothers/

Join Reel Sisters this Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 11 am- 4 pm for our first in-person Screenwriting Intensive in Harl...
04/07/2022

Join Reel Sisters this Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 11 am- 4 pm for our first in-person Screenwriting Intensive in Harlem at The Greenroom, 264 W. 124 St. (across from Magic Johnson Theater). REGISTER: https://bit.ly/3qRqF5e

Thankful for the National Endowment for the Arts spotlight on African Voices for our American Rescue Plan grant!“The 202...
03/12/2022
NEA American Rescue Plan Grant Spotlight: African Voices

Thankful for the National Endowment for the Arts spotlight on African Voices for our American Rescue Plan grant!

“The 2020 lockdowns showed the world our artists were essential to keeping our spirits nourished and communities connected during a time when fear and anxieties were high,” said Butts. “We brought families together virtually through artistic performances, film screenings, literary readings, creative workshops and community chats. Our arts community is America’s heartbeat and conscience.”

— Carolyn A. Butts, founder/publisher of African Voices

https://www.arts.gov/stories/blog/2022/nea-american-rescue-plan-grant-spotlight-african-voices

Here's our conversation with African Voices Founder and Executive Director Carolyn Butts about what receiving a National Endowment for the Arts American Rescue Plan has meant to the organization and its community.

Congratulations to Sheree Renée Thomas for winning the Hall of Fame Award!
03/09/2022
Sheree Renée Thomas Wins Hall of Fame Award

Congratulations to Sheree Renée Thomas for winning the Hall of Fame Award!

The 2022 Darrell Awards Jury is pleased to announce that the 2022 inductee into the Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame is Sheree Renée Thomas for her truly extraordinary contributions to literacy in b…

Sharing two love poems by Kevin Powell in honor of Valentine's Day! Please share & comment! Join us in celebrating love....
02/14/2022

Sharing two love poems by Kevin Powell in honor of Valentine's Day! Please share & comment! Join us in celebrating love. Here's a short excerpt from "For You."
For You
by Kevin Powell
I could stare at you all day
Even in pitch blackness
You are a beautiful genius—
I draw you with the soft fingers
Around my heart
We make funny faces
With our bare feet
Laughter is the lotion
We put on our bones
After the shower
Our eyes make love
Like two birds
Twirling in a field of passion
I have never met anyone
Like you in my life
I am both excited and terrified
Excited because we have been here before
Perhaps in post-war Paris
Or the Harlem Renaissance

https://africanvoices.com/avblog/two-love-poems-by-kevin-powell/

Reel Sisters Tea & Cinema Series kicks off with a special online screening of Sisterhood, an inspirational film about wo...
06/29/2021

Reel Sisters Tea & Cinema Series kicks off with a special online screening of Sisterhood, an inspirational film about women's pick up basketball players featuring Harlem's Ladies Who Hoop! VIEW SISTERHOOD NOW: https://reelsisters.org/tea-and-cinema-series/

On Friday, April 23 at 6:30 pm, join African Voices & Lewis Latimer House Museum for a virtual artist talk with three ar...
04/22/2021

On Friday, April 23 at 6:30 pm, join African Voices & Lewis Latimer House Museum for a virtual artist talk with three artists from Brooklyn and Queens! Artists and poets Keisha-Gaye Anderson, Sherese Francis and Jacqueline Herranz-Brooks will perform and discuss their art in celebration of National Poetry Month. "My Soul Will Be A Star: the Resilience & Creativity of Immigrant Communities" will focus on using the power of words and images to promote healing. AV Poetry Editor Lora Tucker and AV Art Director Derick Cross will lead the artist talk! The virtual exhibition will run through June 30, 2021.

RSVP via Eventbrite:

https://africanvoices.com/avblog/calendar/my-soul-will-be-a-star-exhibition/

African Voices is proud to publish our first post-COVID Spring 2021 edition! Guest editor Michel Marriott celebrates the...
03/13/2021

African Voices is proud to publish our first post-COVID Spring 2021 edition! Guest editor Michel Marriott celebrates the art of memoir writing with the celebration of ten rising storytellers featured in our print & online editions! Please subscribe & reserve your edition now: https://africanvoices.com/avblog/subscribe-via-paypal/

Register for African Voices Memoir Writing Workshop led by Michel Marriott! Our Spring 2021 workshop begins March 24, 20...
02/16/2021
Memoir Writing Telling the World Your Story (Spring 2021)

Register for African Voices Memoir Writing Workshop led by Michel Marriott! Our Spring 2021 workshop begins March 24, 2021, 6:30 pm ET/3:30 pm PT! Enjoy 8 virtual sessions and begin your writing journey in a nurturing environment! REGISTER:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/memoir-writing-telling-the-world-your-story-spring-2021-tickets-136846189637

A nurturing online memoir writing workshop for writers interested in developing stories about their life experiences. 8 sessions.

Mystery writer Valerie Wesley Wilson is in the top 5 L.A. Times winter reading list!
02/06/2021
Review: 5 winter mysteries that turn up the heat

Mystery writer Valerie Wesley Wilson is in the top 5 L.A. Times winter reading list!

A roundup of 2021 so far features old favorites (Mosley, Kellerman, Winspear), a couple newer voices and and settings ranging from Ghana to our own back yard.

Please join Reel Sisters as we host our 1st Virtual Filmmakers Awards Ceremony & After Party tomorrow, Nov. 17, 7 pm. We...
11/17/2020

Please join Reel Sisters as we host our 1st Virtual Filmmakers Awards Ceremony & After Party tomorrow, Nov. 17, 7 pm. We will pay a posthumous tribute to our Reel Sister & friend Cecelia Antoinette. Charles Reese, our Master of Ceremonies, will join Cathleen Campbell and our Reel Sisters family in celebrating CeCe's contributions as friend, mentor and supporter of our arts community. To RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reel-sisters-filmmakers-awards-after-party-2020-tickets-128409447113

Congratulations to poet Kevin Young on succeeding Lonnie Bunch as the director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of A...
10/01/2020
Smithsonian taps N.Y. cultural director to lead African American museum

Congratulations to poet Kevin Young on succeeding Lonnie Bunch as the director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“The museum has really cemented the case that we’re telling an American story that is particular but also for all Americans,” he said. “It’s a leader in how a museum can be a creative place of engagement, a place that speaks to us on lots of different levels. How can we chronicle this particular moment? How can we provide a look at the pandemics of covid and racism? I’m looking forward to continuing to do that in an innovative way.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/smithsonian-taps-ny-cultural-director-to-lead-african-american-museum/2020/09/30/35f90d34-0291-11eb-a2db-417cddf4816a_story.html?fbclid=IwAR0kD7bhDvEHihcKSwXXLIpaYJn08eszcv6VDsnZ-F-jKBWwd-OB3lKSiQ4

Kevin Young is a poet, teacher and curator.

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Our annual programs include: Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series (www.reelsisters.org), a festival committed to providing opportunities for women of color filmmakers; Rhymes, Rhythms & Rituals, an outdoor poetry concert in the park series; Cultural Circle Conference, a writer’s conference; and Get Your Read On! (GYRO!), a family literacy campaign to empower young people by encouraging them to develop an interest in reading and writing. GYRO! is part of African Voices’ Art for Kids program and targets low income communities. In 2008, The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program awarded GYRO! a grant to engage 300 students in reading Zora Neale Hurston’s "Their Eyes Were Watching God."

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