Text and Meaning in Elemental the Power of Illuminated Love (part 2 of 3)

          Video cover image for the music and poem video “Angel of Better Days to Come.”

One example of ELEMENTAL, The Power of Illuminated Love’s principal themes would be the painting “Christ Listening to Stereo.” It depicts a youth on a bus in New York City. The image reveals how the youth is at once physically part of a larger setting while remaining, via his personal stereo, completely separate from it. Immersed in his interior pleasures, he claims a connection to the creative artist who made the music and who allows him to not only share in the expressed creative passion, but to utilize the same as a kind of soundtrack for his own anticipations, memories, desires, needs, or fears of the moment. 

Similar and yet very different scenes are frequently enacted in such public spaces as parks, malls, back yards, office buildings, clubs, and street corners. They all make the person part of a larger whole even while many individuals continue to exist primarily as isolated fragments of that whole. The following poem published in the book takes its title from the painting:

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Text and Meaning in Elemental The Power of Illuminated Love (part 1 of 3)


Angles of Ascents Anthology featuring the works of contemporary poets. (Cover image features poets Nikki Giovanni and the late Amiri Baraka)

Success for the creatively-inclined individual can be defined in many ways. Certainly there are those who necessarily measure their triumphs in terms of monetary gains. There are others for whom success means the refinement of a process, participation in a unique endeavor, the achievement of a level of personal mastery, or the realization of a rare kind of vision. 

For some, it is all of the above. 

Upon agreeing to work with the artist Luther E. Vann on a book showcasing contemporary art, ekphrastic poems, and short essays in 1991, there was little reason to believe it would ever see publication much less gain recognition as a “success.” It was not the kind of work on which publishers preferred to take chances. Neither the artist nor this author at the time commanded such compelling presences in the marketplace as to make a victorious outcome likely or inevitable in 2008. Whether or not it would have moved the hearts of judges making and breaking aspiring entrepreneurs during Shark Tank Week is debatable. 

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Savannah Talks Troy Anthony Davis No. 14: Death Order Signed | Aberjhani | Blog Post | Red Room

Savannah Talks Troy Anthony Davis No. 14: Death Order Signed | Aberjhani | Blog Post | Red Room.

Martina Davis-Correia (left) with the late Virginia Davis, sister and mother (respectively) of Georgia death-row inmate Troy Anthony Davis. Please click link above for story.

The Approaching 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance

Post card with image of the great Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston.

 

 

 

The celebration of major historic milestones is a favorite pastime in pretty much every culture. This year, 2011, in the United States many are commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War. That means four years from now numerous festivities will take place to observe the same anniversary for Jubilee Day, or the liberation of America’s slaves.

In addition, countries around the world are currently honoring the first United Nations-declared International Year  for People of African Descent.

Flip the calendar forward by almost a decade and we find ourselves approaching another major milestone: the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Harlem Renaissance. The past couple of years have already seen celebrations of the centennials of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Urban League. Both organizations during the Harlem Renaissance played key roles–– as advocates for racial equality and as publishers of influential magazines that featured prize-winning works by now major authors like Dorothy West, Jean Toomer, and Zora Neale Hurston.

Exactly When did the Harlem Renaissance Start?

For proposed answers to the above question please click here .

by Aberjhani

What Death of Osama Bin Laden Indicates about Barack Obama’s Leadership

President Barack Obama (AP photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama (AP photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Until late Sunday evening on May 1, 2011, the big news in discussions focused on President Barack Obama throughout the weekend was that he and First Lady Michelle Obama were scheduled to appear on the Oprah Winfrey show on May 2. Then TV journalists interrupted regular television broadcasts at approximately 10:45 p.m. with the news that al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden had been killed and President Obama himself came on the air about an hour later to confirm the news and provide details on the end of a quest for justice that has taken nearly a full decade to achieve since September 11, 2001.

Delivering an address that evoked the unhealed “gaping hole” left in the heart of Americans following 9/11 along with the heightened sense of patriotic unity that followed, Obama made his purpose for being on television at such an odd hour clear from the beginning:

“Tonight I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama Bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda , and a terrorist who was responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.”

Those words in and of themselves spoke volumes for all that they mean and imply about the bitter languishing nightmare with which Americans have lived since 9/11. Yet they also served as an important prelude to other statements made by Obama. The president properly gave credit for the success of the operation to work done by the intelligence community, to the Pakistani government’s cooperation, and to the “small team of Americans” who managed to accomplish it without losing any of their own. Yet it is also clear that the victory came as a direct result of President Obama’s leadership. Although he is not likely to make such a blunt assertion on his own, he could not avoid stating these simple and now historic facts:

“I met repeatedly with my National Security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located Bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action and authorized an operation to get Osama Bin Laden and bring him to justice. Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan… After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body… The death of Bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.”

Mainstream media thus far seems to prefer to tip around Obama’s very active role as leader in this operation. It instead has proclaimed this a great day for the American people–which it unquestionably is– and a great victory for American intelligence operatives–which it also unquestionably is. It has also been careful to acknowledge that former President George W. Bush was just as eager to capture Bin Laden as current President Obama.

But this day is also a great one for a man whose leadership skills have been severely and repeatedly criticized and mocked within the media, a man who has endured outlandish public accusations questioning his citizenship, and one who has seen fellow government servants distribute images of himself and his family lineage as primates. All of this has come despite such triumphs as national health care reform, the appointment of an historic number of women to the U.S. Supreme Court, the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” securing billions of dollars for victims of the BP oil spill, and other undeniable milestones.

To read the final “Truth, Freedom, and Democracy” section  of this article please click this link: http://www.examiner.com/african-american-art-in-national/what-death-of-osama-bin-laden-indicates-about-barack-obama-s-leadership

by Aberjhani

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Nuclear Snow in Japanese Springtime: An Editorial Poem-Commentary

Explosion near nuclear plant in Japan. (Getty Images) 

Explosion near nuclear plant in Japan. (Getty Images)

Poets tend to respond to events impacting the human condition through the medium of their craft, therefore the recent earthquake and tsunami, plus the current nuclear threat that have engulfed Japan will likely generate many poems when National Poetry and Jazz Appreciation Month kicks off April 1, 2011. Many have pledged their solidarity through verse already.

Nuclear Snow in Japanese Springtime is presented as part of the international chorus of voices raised in support of Japanese people, both in their homeland and those on other shores watching from a distance. It is followed by a list of recommended links readers may visit to contribute to humanitarian aid efforts on behalf of the victims of the catastrophe. To read the poem in its entirety please click the following link:

http://www.examiner.com/african-american-art-in-national/nuclear-snow-japanese-springtime-an-editorial-poem-commentary

Aberjhani

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Report on 2011 International Year Part 6: International Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination

Crowd in Sharpeville, South Africa, commemorate those who died in the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960. 

Crowd in Sharpeville, South Africa, commemorate those who died in the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960.

Monday, March 21, 2011, will mark the 45th anniversary of the United Nations’ (UN) observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In observance of the day, the UN has previously hosted such events as webcasts that address ways people can help end racism and encouraged the composition of essays, photo projects, and the publication of articles that promote the issue.

The observance of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is somewhat different this year, however, because the UN has declared 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent. In a public statement issued by UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon regarding the event, he said:

“This year, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is devoted to combating discrimination faced by people of African descent. This focus reflects the United Nations General Assembly’s proclamation of 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent.”

In modern societies composed of many ethnic groups, such as Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Jews in the United States, to some it might seem odd to place such a singular emphasis on people of African descent. Ki-moon cited the following reason for this specific focus at this time:

“The discrimination faced by people of African descent is pernicious. Often, they are trapped in poverty in large part because of bigotry, only to see poverty used as a pretext for further exclusion. Often, they lack access to education because of prejudice, only to have inadequate education cited as a reason to deny them jobs. These and other fundamental wrongs have a long and terrible history…”

Remembering the Sharpeville Massacre

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination began as a commemoration of the Sharpeville Massacre that took place in South Africa, March 21, 1960. On that day, police shot and killed some 69 people involved in a peaceful protest against the apartheid “pass laws” in the country. Six years later, the UN General Assembly proclaimed the day as a UN Day of observance to continue the struggle against racism and to honor the lives of those killed.

To read more please click this link: http://www.examiner.com/african-american-art-in-national/report-on-2011-international-year-part-6-day-to-eliminate-racism

by Aberjhani

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