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October 2008 Blog Posts (145)

Check out Novembers Edition of From A Writers POV

From A Writers POV has been updated for it's new edition

Here's a little info on what we are offering and what you can expect to see at the magazine.


Your poem could be featured on our website for one full week for reveiws and feedback!

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There are Monthly Corner Advertisments & Monthly… Continue

Added by Dominique on October 31, 2008 at 6:28pm — No Comments

Star Gazed of You

I'm star gazed of a moon that shines so bright.

A bright moon that lights up my night.

I'm star gazed of this beauty that illuminates

in darkness that shines through.

Beauty that opens your heart and makes

you dance with the shadows of truth.

I'm star gaze of this beauty and this beauty is you.

I hope you guys and girls who love poetry enjoy what I have been writing here. Poetry is one of the best art form that… Continue

Added by D. Burton on October 31, 2008 at 11:47am — No Comments

Earth Squadron - Science Fiction Project Beginning

The dream of blacks making science fiction as a concept has been in the minds of many of us since we were all children watching science fiction movies and television shows such as Buck Rogers, Star Wars, Battle Star Galactic and Star Trek. Most of us have however, found that the characters that are ethnic, as a general rule most often have been relegated to secondary roles, sidekicks, stereotypes, sex objects, dope heads, not in the show at all or my… Continue

Added by on October 31, 2008 at 10:43am — No Comments

Hey Brother, Can you Spare a dime?

Hey Brother,

Can You Spare a Dime?

Theophilus A.Baptiste

I just finished reading a article about the top twenty money earning hip hop artist. The list contained 18 African American male artist. JZ, Fifty Cent, P-Diddy, Snoop, Ludacris, Ice Cube and others. The exceptions were Eminem and Scott Storch. From what was listed in their biographies, they all, for the most part, had an inner city up-bringing. Kanye West being an obvious exception. He, being the son of an… Continue

Added by Theophilus A. Baptiste on October 30, 2008 at 11:36pm — No Comments

The ELDERS (Experienced Leaders Directing Efforts to Regain Sanity)

The ELDERS, Inc.

Experienced Leaders Directing Efforts to Regain Sanity

Someone once said that one of the definitions of insanity was doing the same thing over and over, the same way, and expecting a different result. When I think about current attempts to right existing wrongs in the Black community, I am reminded of that definition.

Since becoming a community activist in the late 1960's, I have been involved in many meetings of African-American community residents… Continue

Added by Theophilus A. Baptiste on October 30, 2008 at 11:29pm — No Comments

Essence of Motown Literary Jam LOCATION HAS CHANGED!

The Riverside Hotel is no longer where our Friday and Saturday (November 7th and 8th) events will take place. Due to sponsorship being very low this conference year and not enough PAID registration taking place prior to the event, we could not afford to pay for that space.

WCCCD NEW Northwest campus has graciously given us the space we need in order to facilitate the conference.

Wayne County Community College District-Northwest Campus

8200 West Outer… Continue

Added by Monica Marie Jones on October 30, 2008 at 8:46pm — No Comments

What's Next?

Sitting here blogging entangled in time....

My first book is almost complete, the second is done and I'm scared s***less to start the third one....

My fundings looking low...

Is this how this writing thing is suppose to be?....

Not sure which way I should go but, I know it must be forward....

Feeling like I'm suspended in time...

Paused and distorted with my world on my shoulders...

This writing thing has to work for me....

The typical 9 to 5 just aint… Continue

Added by Cee Brooks on October 30, 2008 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

A Dream Deferred and Streets

A Dream Deferred

by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up

like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore--

And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over--

like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags

like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

This poem was on my heart this morning so I though I would share it. This week has been the best of times and… Continue

Added by Dyahnne on October 30, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

How Author Ananda Leeke Became An Artist - A Media Blast from the Past - Nov. 2001 Heart and Soul Magazine

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Seven years ago I was featured in an article entitled Magic Hands that was published in the November 2001 issue of Heart and Soul Magazine. I co-wrote the article with Juvita Layne… Continue

Added by Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke on October 29, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

You are cordially invited to attend WagFest Litertainment Networking Extravaganza in Seattle, WA. Register today at ~ Shani ~ Time: March 13, 2009 at 6pm to March 15,…

You are cordially invited to attend WagFest Litertainment Networking Extravaganza in Seattle, WA.

Register today at

~ Shani ~

Time: March 13, 2009 at 6pm to March 15, 2009 at 6pm

Location: Marriott Hotel Airport

Organized By: Shani Greene-Dowdell

Event Description:

WagFest is an event for fans of art. Starting the weekend off with a meet and greet/poetry and comedy explosion the energy is set from the… Continue

Added by shani greene-dowdell on October 29, 2008 at 8:04pm — No Comments

Author Ananda Leeke featured in PG Suite Magazine

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Great News! I was recently featured in the Fiesta 2008 issue of Prince George's Suite Magazine ( Writer Marc Hopkins wrote an article entitled… Continue

Added by Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke on October 29, 2008 at 8:00pm — No Comments


The elegance of her touch sends chills through my spine.

I am sustained by her beauty as rose pedals blow through the air.

All the mean while, her smile brings sunshine.

Copyright © 2007 David Burton

Added by D. Burton on October 29, 2008 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Love By Imagination

Let me penetrate your

mind with words Of lingo.

There's nothing

to see for darkness

overwhelms the night.

Let's not give in to

the seductive feelings

Of lust, so we can let

our minds unite in

truth in light.

Intellectual foreplay

creates boundaries of

exploration. Without

touching or kissing

you'll find a… Continue

Added by D. Burton on October 29, 2008 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Women Are A Blessing

A woman, What A blessing

She smiled with the essence of beauty radiating sunshine.

Her scent is as a bouquet of roses integrated with tulips blooming

in the spring time. Her eyes, oh how they shine and are like the golden chariots

of Heaven displaying the treasures of her spirit and soul.

With the voice of an angelic tonality that has you intently

listening when she utters simplistic words of joy which are like music to your… Continue

Added by D. Burton on October 29, 2008 at 4:32pm — No Comments

How to Write and Post a Show Biz Resume

Greetings Family,

(Contact Information At The Bottom Of The Page)

It's your friendly neighborhood "Digital Drummer"

Below is a great article I first posted in Nov of 06. I’m reposting it this morning because after recruiting 30,000 models and entertainers as friends on MySpace, BlackPlanet, FaceBook, and Ning….I still see the same mistakes.

I have been reviewing and observing the level of professionalism and experience in this online community… Continue

Added by Jim Neusom on October 29, 2008 at 3:27pm — No Comments

The MPire: Death Cometh Book Release Party

Book Release Party

Added by TL James on October 29, 2008 at 2:33pm — No Comments


Maybe it’s me.

Maybe this has been going on for a very long time and I finally caught on.. But there is something going on.

What am I talking about?

How many of you watched the televised proceedings of the 2008 Democratic National Convention during the week of 25 August 2008 and the 2008 Republican National Convention during the week of 1 September 2008?

Did you notice anything, shall we say, “different” or “unusual”?

Well, there was a lot… Continue

Added by D.A.Sears on October 29, 2008 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Wake Up Everybody!

This is a wonderful day, full of life, miracles and blessings! The fresh, crisp element of autumn is in the air and God is still in control. I am a flower, blooming and full of exuberance, as I express my gratitude for being who I am and for celebrating whose I am!

No one determines my worth, or creates my destiny. As God's Spirit steers my path into my divine purpose, I realize that I am wonderfully and miraculously made. Everything about my character always has and currently exists to… Continue

Added by S. Denyce Gartrell on October 29, 2008 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Brand New Reviews & Interviews!

As the Autumn chill kicks in, let this literary ember keep you warm! Included among our latest offerings: an instant poetic classic, a moving tale of surviving modern urban life, and another suspenseful thriller from a proven literary master...

Visit us today and enjoy:

The Front Porch Prophet (Raymond Atkins) – 4.5 Stars!

A Different Perspective (Donna Parkinson) – 5 Stars!!!

Getting Out The Game (Omar Powell) – 3.5 Stars!

Trinity Soup…

Added by Apex Reviews on October 29, 2008 at 10:11am — No Comments

Press Release: My New York Times Book Review 10-28-2008


My most recent book, REFLECTIONS ON DOCTORS published September 2008 by Kaplan Publishing was reviewed by The New York Times. An essay from my book, Notes From the Mothership The Naked Invisibles is one of two dozen provocative essays.

As REFLECTIONS ON DOCTORS' editor Terry Ratner, RN,MFA says, "The nurses of this anthology represent a spectrum of voices and perspectives, reflecting upon their work alongside physicians. The majority of these nurses… Continue

Added by Adrienne Zurub on October 28, 2008 at 6:28pm — No Comments

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