ESSENCE Network: Archivist Gabrielle M. Dudley Shares How to Create & Preserve Your Legacy

This afternoon, my comrade & I went to hear Activist and Sistren, Seneca Joyner speak at Simmons College. Her lecture, “What Should Archivist Know About Doing History”, inspired our GSM team to re-post this article on another Sistah Archivist, Gabrielle M. Dudley. #GlobalSisterzMedia #SistaCipherChronicles

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ESSENCE Network: Archivist Gabrielle M. Dudley Shares How to Create & Preserve Your Legacy
By Charreah K. Jackson

As a high school student, Gabrielle M. Dudley was frustrated by the lack of information in school curriculum about the contributions of African Americans. After watching an episode of A Different World where students visited the library archives, she realized the career path for her passion to preserve and share African American history. Now Dudley is Chair of Archives of Color Roundtable for the Society of American Archivists and an archivist at Emory University where she handles rare materials such as Alice Walker’s manuscript for the Color Purple and bills of sale for enslaved Africans. See how she discovered her dream job and the importance of you documenting your own story.

Name: Gabrielle M. Dudley
Age: 28
Title: Instruction Archivist and QEP Librarian/ Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University

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Today is first International Peter Tosh Day | Entertainment | Jamaica Gleaner

The Peter Tosh estate has announced that today (April 20) will be the first annual recognition of the date as 'International Peter Tosh Day', a celebration honouring the Grammy Award-winning reggae legend, musician, and human-rights activist. Tosh exploded on to the world stage as an activist and solo artiste with his 1976 release, Legalise It. … Continue reading Today is first International Peter Tosh Day | Entertainment | Jamaica Gleaner

Film–Screening of “Hugo Chavez: A Portrait from Europe”

Commandante Hugo Chavez:
Guided By A GREAT Feeling of LOVE!
Hasta la Victoria, Siempre!!!
A Luta Continua…

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According to Hands Off Venezuela, the recent premiere of the Telesur documentary Hugo Chavez: a portrait from Europe in London on April 15 provided a lively discussion on the recent sanctions levied by American imperialism against the Bolivarian Revolution. The director of the film Pablo Roldán and Alan Woods (editor of In Defence of Marxism led the discussion.

Pablo Roldan first spoke on the inspiration behind the film. He explained that in 2006, Chavez came to Vienna for a EU-Latin America/Caribbean summit. Hands off Venezuela organized a solidarity meeting for Chavez to speak at, but as the President of Austria organized a dinner that same night, they did not know if Chavez would show up. The organizers of Hands off Venezuela really began to panic as thousands of people poured into the venue wanting to hear from the leader of the Bolivarian revolution. Finally, Chavez arrived. He was…

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Jamaica Film Festival Gathers Momentum

“Let there be EVERYWHERE…our eyes, our hearts, our voices…breathing Hope and Victory.”
-S. Sanchez-

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This article by Michael Reckord appeared in Jamaica’s Gleaner.

Even before the start of The Jamaica Film Festival from July 7-11 in Kingston, new Jamaican screenplays and contemporary writers, directors and producers – the ‘content creators’ – are getting international exposure.

Jampro’s Film Commissioner Carole Beckford says the it has been coming in a number of ways. One is through a visit that she and other interested parties made to Los Angeles, California, in the United States, between March 10 and 16.

“We met with some of the best movie producers in the business in the black community of the city and we found out that Jamaica is indeed a location they are interested in – and not just for filming. They want to work with us,” Beckford told me recently.

She pointed out that this is quite a change. “Jamaica has been a backdrop to Hollywood for so…

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10 Truths Wise People Know (But Don’t Talk About)

Excerpt cited from: Here are 10 life lessons wise people have figured out but most likely won't talk about: 1. There are no mistakes, only growth. 2. You will keep repeating the same patterns until you get the lesson. 3. Whatever you believe about yourself on the inside is manifested on the outside. 4. … Continue reading 10 Truths Wise People Know (But Don’t Talk About)

Jamaica’s Poet Laureate to Lead Second Annual Writers’ Retreat in St. Ann

Art is Life… #speakLIFE #writeLIFE #teachLIFE #liveLIFE

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Professor Emeritus Mervyn Morris, OM, Jamaica’s current Poet Laureate, will lead the Second Annual Drawing Room Project Writers’ Retreat on June 5 – 7, 2015, at the Liberty Hill Great House and Spa in Lime Hall, St. Ann, Jamaica. The purpose of the workshop is to create meaning from common human experiences. Professor Morris, workshop participants, as well as local and upcoming poets will read from their work on June 7 from 2:30 pm. This will be free and open to the public and local residents will be especially welcome.See description and submission guidelines below:

Mervyn Morris, OM. Is Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing and West Indian Literature at the University of the West Indies and Poet Laureate of Jamaica, a former Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and a Fulbright Scholar. He was appointed as the first Poet Laureate for Jamaica since Independence in April, 2014. The Poetry Archive…

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In memory of Thomas Isidore Noel Sankara, The Upright Man: 27 quotes on Women’s liberation and the African freedom struggle



Thomas Sankara The Upright Man: Captain Thomas Isidore Sankara

Captain Thomas Isidore Noel Sankara is the late Burkinabe military captain, Marxist revolutionary, Pan African theorist and the President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. He is more popularly known as The Upright Man. He was born on the 21st of December 1949 in Yako, Burkina Faso.

He rose to power through a popular revolution or coup in what was known as Upper Volta in West Africa. He was only 33 at the time. His goal was the socioeconomic and political transformation of his nation, eliminating corruption, oppression, exploitation and dominance of France, the former colonial power.

He renamed Upper Volta and called the new country Burkina Faso  which literally means Land of Upright Man, hence his popular moniker.

Sankara is remembered for some of the most ambitious and successful programmes for social and economic change he implemented when he came to…

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