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.

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/

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/

African Voices is proud to open up our gallery with a book and art celebration for Keisha-Gaye Anderson on July 16, 6;30...
06/27/2021

African Voices is proud to open up our gallery with a book and art celebration for Keisha-Gaye Anderson on July 16, 6;30 pm! Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/african-voices-presents-a-book-art-celebration-for-a-spell-for-living-tickets-160163680881

African Voices is proud to open up our gallery with a book and art celebration for Keisha-Gaye Anderson on July 16, 6;30 pm! Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/african-voices-presents-a-book-art-celebration-for-a-spell-for-living-tickets-160163680881

Young Women Writers of Color Ages 8-18 submit your fiction and flash fiction to Her Stories Writing Contest! African Voi...
05/10/2021

Young Women Writers of Color Ages 8-18 submit your fiction and flash fiction to Her Stories Writing Contest! African Voices and Girls Read to Write is seeking stories from young girls — all genres are welcomed! Contest ends June 30, 2021!

For submissions info visit: https://africanvoices.submittable.com/submit/194251/african-voices-girls-read-to-write-present-her-stories-writing-contest-for-yout

Young Women Writers of Color Ages 8-18 submit your fiction and flash fiction to Her Stories Writing Contest! African Voices and Girls Read to Write is seeking stories from young girls — all genres are welcomed! Contest ends June 30, 2021!

For submissions info visit: https://africanvoices.submittable.com/submit/194251/african-voices-girls-read-to-write-present-her-stories-writing-contest-for-yout

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/

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/

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.

Support Three Birds, an official selection, of Reel Sisters!
09/30/2020

Support Three Birds, an official selection, of Reel Sisters!

Today’s the last day to watch my film “THREE birds” on Reel Women's Network as #PremiumContent for $1.99 - THREE-day rental! 👉🏾 https://watch.reelwomensnetwork.com/products/three-birds

As of tomorrow (Thurs 10/1), #threebirdsfilm flies to the Subscription Pool where you’ll need a monthly subscription to watch it along with other great RWN content.

🗣 Also, SAVE THE DATEs for Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series 👉🏾 10/24 - 11/17/ 2020 👈🏾 where #threebirdsfilm is an #officialselection. Visit reelsisters.org and stay tuned for details.

#IGrepost #blackwomanfilmmaker #womeninfilm #ReelSisters2020 #LoveAndActivism #representationmatters

Three Birds is one of 85+ films in Reel Sisters official 2020 line up! Congratulations to director Shannon Harris! ❤️
09/28/2020

Three Birds is one of 85+ films in Reel Sisters official 2020 line up! Congratulations to director Shannon Harris! ❤️

🗣 THIS JUST IN! #threebirdsfilm is an official selection of Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series! DETAILS TO COME!

#ReelSisters2020 #Love+Activism

Support for small businesses!
09/20/2020

Support for small businesses!

Join us on Facebook Live as the Brooklyn Business Center at Restoration presents:

Brooklyn Business Center (BBC): Intent and Impact for Small Businesses 

We discuss with the owners of
Island Pops - Khalid Hamid and Shelly Marshall. @islandpopsny
And
IV Purpose - Darnell Joseph @ivpurpose_bk

What Small Businesses need during this time and how BBC has been able to assist from providing information to assistance with Covid-19 loans and grants.

BBC assists SMALL BUSINESSES and is SUPPORTING LOCAL BEDSTUY BUSINESSES.

GRANTS AND RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AT THE BROOKLYN BUSINESS CENTER AT RESTORATION

#Shopsmallbusiness
#BedfordStuyvesantbusinesses
#BedStuy
#smallbusinesssupport
#BedStuybusinesses
#BedStuyrestoration
#shoplocal

African Voices is honored to have award-winning writer/editor Sheree R. Thomas join us for a fun 2-day writing retreat o...
08/18/2020
VIBRATION COOKIN': A Moving, Grooving Writing Workshop (2-Day)

African Voices is honored to have award-winning writer/editor Sheree R. Thomas join us for a fun 2-day writing retreat on Aug. 25 & 27, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. Use code WriteSpice before 8/23 for a discount!

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vibration-cookin-a-moving-grooving-writing-workshop-2-day-registration-116062376693

Join award-winning Speculative Fiction author Sheree Renée Thomas for a delicious 2-day writing workshop combining recipes and storytelling!

We're thrilled to have award-winning author Sheree Renée Thomas lead another creative writing workshop with AV! Join us ...
08/10/2020
VIBRATION COOKIN': A Moving, Grooving Writing Workshop (2-Day)

We're thrilled to have award-winning author Sheree Renée Thomas lead another creative writing workshop with AV! Join us for a 2-day end of the summer writing retreat! Create new short stories & poems in our writing circle! Register Now for our August 25 & 27 workshop! Please share and pass forward:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vibration-cookin-a-moving-grooving-writing-workshop-2-day-registration-116062376693

Join award-winning Speculative Fiction author Sheree Renée Thomas for a delicious 2-day writing workshop combining recipes and storytelling!

Congratulations to Valerie Woods and Sweet Magnolias! Season 2 is renewed and Valerie Woods joins the team! ❤️
07/24/2020
‘Sweet Magnolias’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

Congratulations to Valerie Woods and Sweet Magnolias! Season 2 is renewed and Valerie Woods joins the team! ❤️

Sweet Magnolias will return for a second go-round. Netflix has renewed the series for a second season, with stars Joanna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott and Heather Headley all set to return. Sweet …

Humor! 😂
07/22/2020

Humor! 😂

A cartoon by Brooke Bourgeois.

Black businesses are standing strong and asking for your support during the COVID-19 crisis. Founded in 1992, African Vo...
06/28/2020
AV POWERED BY PEOPLE DRIVE! organized by Carolyn Butts

Black businesses are standing strong and asking for your support during the COVID-19 crisis. Founded in 1992, African Voices believes art is healing and can transform our communities one story at a time. We are dedicated to supporting artists of color in literature, art & film. Please donate to our Powered by People drive. DONATE: https://www.gofundme.com/f/reelsisters2018

Help African Voices Raise money to AV Powered By People Drive!Please do more than donate — j… Carolyn Butts needs your support for AV POWERED BY PEOPLE DRIVE!

Reel Sisters is glad to be included in this line up! We're the first Academy Qualifying Film Festival in the nation show...
06/18/2020
Top 250 International Film Festivals + Submission Tips [June 2020 Update]

Reel Sisters is glad to be included in this line up! We're the first Academy Qualifying Film Festival in the nation showcasing films by Women of Color!

Adrian Țofei, August 2016 Latest Major Update: May 2020 Latest Update: June 2020 Main changes in the May update: In order to emphasise discovery festivals, I’ve researched & included the number…

Writers, Artists, Creators & Filmmakers are welcomed to join us next Tues., June 9, 6 pm EST/3 PT for an online workshop...
06/05/2020

Writers, Artists, Creators & Filmmakers are welcomed to join us next Tues., June 9, 6 pm EST/3 PT for an online workshop on COPYRIGHT & TRADEMARK law! Own Your Voice in the Marketplace will help you protect your Intellectual Property. Entertainment attorney Marissa Crespo, Esq. is leading the workshop! REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=106969711286

Free labor, trauma and generations of continued terror including lynchings.“Wealth transfer is what’s needed,” he argued...
06/01/2020
BET founder Robert Johnson calls for $14 trillion of reparations for slavery

Free labor, trauma and generations of continued terror including lynchings.

“Wealth transfer is what’s needed,” he argued. “Think about this. Since 200-plus-years or so of slavery, labor taken with no compensation, is a wealth transfer. Denial of access to education, which is a primary driver of accumulation of income and wealth, is a wealth transfer.”

Johnson, 74 made history as America’s first black billionaire when he sold BET to Viacom in 2001. Shortly after the sale, he started the investment firm The RLJ Cos. He’s no longer on the Forbes billionaires list.

"Now is the time to go big" to keep America from dividing into two separate and unequal societies, Robert Johnson said in a CNBC interview.

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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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