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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Come out and Support some fo' sho' artistic response!!!

Traveled Bodies: Policing Blackness and the Technology of State Violence (A HERstorical Improvisation)

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We are not gravel roads. We are not target practice bull's eye. We are not husky muted flesh. We are living ligament and beating heart. We are not rope juice. We are not field seasoning. We are not sharpeners for dry molars. We are bright travelers, swollen moon and beauty that chants down our birth right.
-e. golden

Traveled Bodies: Policing Blackness and the Technology of State Violence (A HERstorical Improvisation) is a multimedia meditation on the pervasive tapestry of police brutality as it progresses from slavery to now. The artists pay homage to the revolutionary women arts movement, our resilient bodies who continue to create under this haunting violence, and our sisters and brothers locked up in modern day plantations here and abroad.

a luta continua!

Stand Up and Speak Out!!!

Remembering the Victims
Silent Protest
Candlelight Vigil 2006
Thursday October 19, 2006

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Monica Daye, director of S.U.S.O and local spoken word artist, is leading the charge to bring attention to the impact of domestic abuse in the Durham and surrounding community. On Thursday, October 19, Daye and other advocates will meet at the Bivins Building on Duke East Campus in what will be the beginning of a peaceful reflection on the consequences of domestic violence and sexual assault. Daye and Tim Jackson, another spoken word artist, host the Shari’s Radio Show on WXDU. The vigil will begin across from WXDU (directions: going north on Broad Street, turn right on Markham. First driveway on the right). From the WXDU radio site, participants will march silently to 610 N. Buchanan Street, the site of the alleged Duke Lacrosse rape. The names of persons who lost their life due to domestic violence over the previous year will be called out at 610 N. Buchanan Street. 49 victims have lost their lives as a result of domestic abuse in North Carolina so far this year and a total of 70 last year.

Dasan Ahanu of Men Attacking Rape Culture (MARC) Kenya Fairly with the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Abuse, and many more will speak at the Bivins building tomorrow night. Along with Survivors of domestic abuse will be on hand to share their story. The vigil at Bivins will begin at 6:30 p.m. The silent march to 610 N. Buchanan Street will follow the vigil. The candlelight vigil is sponsored by a number of agencies that provide services to victims of domestic abuse.


Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Intentions bring Light

Thank you Mona for hosting a beautiful and uplifting conversation tonight at Ideas Coffee House. The coffee flowed the poetry flowed. The loving transformative intentions flowed~~~~~

As we observe Domesitc Violence Awareness Month use this space to list and improvise what you intend to do to bring light and voice and creative resolutions to this community problem.

Here are some examples~~~

1. I intend to ask brothas to stand up and speak out about Domestic Violence. -M. Daye
2. I intend to talk to brothas about how they victimize women. -C. Kenney
3. I intend to create poems and engage in dance, and loving conversation about why women are beautiful and wonderful and absolutely brilliant stars. - E. Golden

Respond and Intend

love and light and fruitfully passionate resistance.

Ebony Features in DC Oct. 9 at Bus Boys and Poets...

12 Artists...12 Shows

Holly Bass
Paulette Beete
Derrick Weston Brown
Tyehimba Jess
The Mcintyre Sisters
Tonya "Jahhipster" Matthews
D.C. Emancipation Day Celebration feat: DJ Renegade, Toni Asante Lightfoot
Tara Betts
Bro. Yao
Regie Cabico

What a first year for The Nine On The Ninth Poetry Series!!!
Its been one full year of great performances, eclectic artists and standing room only crowds. So what can one do to top this great year? Celebrate!!!!

This coming MondayOctober 9th, will be the 1 Year Anniversary Celebration of The Nine On The Ninth. The theme for this installment is entitled "The Next Movement" meaning...its time to move ahead into this next cycle by sharing all new poetry!!!!!

That's right! We all have old favorites..but let's hear and see what you all have in store for the future. In doing so this month's feature is performance poet, teacher, and multifacited artist, Ebony Golden!!

Ebony Golden began her journey as an artist, activist, and educator twenty-eight years ago in the Bayou City, Houston, TX. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from American University in Washington, DC. She served as a writer-in-residence for DC Writers Corps, and Montgomery Community Colleges Young Writers Workshop. Ebony Golden has studied with Willie Perdomo, Saul Williams, Ruth Forman, Ishmael Reed and a host of other dynamite artists, activists, and teachers.
Currently she is a Visiting English Instructor at North Carolina Central University and Louisburg College where she is the director of the Louisburg College 4th Thursday Reading Series.

Her first poetry chapbook, the sweet smell of juju funk, was published by her grassroots literary press, bettys daughter, April 2006 and her full-length poetry and CD project mama's hieroglyphics will be released in February of 2007.
For more information about Ebony or to schedule a performance or workshop,please visit, or email her at

And did I mention that DJ Two-Tone Jones returns to once again set the mood with his special array of vinyl treats and musical accompaniment. If you missed him at the very first Nine On the Ninth then definitely get yourself in a seat early

Since touching down in the nation’s capitol in 2001 via Atlanta, GA, DJ 2-Tone Jones has slowly and steadily been carving out his own niche in the D.C. area hip-hop scene. A true fundamentals DJ, 2-Tone speaks with his hands as in the tradition of a Pete Rock or E-Swift, and through his bottomless crates has rocked parties from LA to NY on down to the A-Town and even out in Europe.
Currently 2-Tone can be found most nights of the week at a number of venues around the D.C. area and on the airwaves. On Tuesday nights from 11pm to midnight 2-Tone is the resident DJ for a progressive hip-radio show, “Blackademics,” part of the Decipher hip-hop strip on DC’s own WPFW 89.3 FM/Pacifica Radio. And every 1st Wednesday of the month at the Common Share in Northwest DC, 2-Tone and crew host Artz & Craftz, an intimate arts exhibition where artists exhibit and create work while the music spins.

So I hope you are ready for some serious celebrating in addition to a great feature and great music!!! Hope to see you there. So One more time:

WHAT: Nine On the Ninth Monthly Poetry Series

WHEN: Monday October 9th, 2006 / Show starts @ 9pm/ (Limited Seating/Get here early!!!!) 8pm is the best time to arrive.

WHERE: BusBoys And Poets in The Langston Room
2021 14th St NW ( at the corner of 14th and Vst N.W.)
Washington DC 20009

Metro Accessible: Green Line/ Ust Cardozo stop

COST: Free!! Free!! Free!!! But we do ask for generous donations. Thus, the box of gratitude will be passed around after the feature's performance.

HOSTED BY: Your friendly neighborhood poet-in-residence, Derrick Weston Brown!!!

FEATURED ARTIST: Ebony Golden and special guest DJ 2-Tone Jones

THEME: The Next Movement

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See you there!!!

Derrick Weston Brown
Poet-In-Residence @ BusBoys and Poets