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Achebe – I Flew On the Torn Pages of “Things Fall Apart”

My literary career kick-started on the torn pages of Things Fall Apart (TFA), the classic novel by Chinua Achebe – whom I am too afraid to prefix ‘Late’. I still have vivid memories. I was five. At Ojira, Otukpo, Benue. And, Like many girls my age then, unschooled. That was the age when girl education was still given …

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Rebirth, Revisit at Rio II Gallery

New Jersey native Celia Nobleman will have her African-inspired paintings on display at the Rio II Gallery, with an opening reception on April 7th. The Rio Galleries offer space year-long to support and nurture cultural, civic, and educational programs, showing the work of emerging and established artists – poets, writers, musicians, dancers, and photographers. Located on the penthouse level of …

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An adaptation of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

Philip Appleman’s poetry and prose have appeared in dozens of publications, including the Nation, the New York Times, New Republic, Paris Review, Poetry, and the Yale Review. He is married to the playwright Marjorie Appleman (Margie). You may read more about Mr. Appleman on the Poetry Foundation’s website. SONNET 18 (for Margie) Who, me? Compare you to a summer’s day? Heck, no, …

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Children’s Books that are Great for the Entire Family

Author Carmen Rubin has been teaching and telling stories since she can remember. As a child, at the end of a school year, she would ask her teachers for leftover school assignments so that she could spend summer hours playing teacher to neighborhood kids.  It was a game Carmen and her friends found enjoyable. It’s …

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Local Artists Collective Responds to Gender-Based Violence

On Saturday, January 26, 2013, the women of SAWCC (South Asian Women’s Creative Collective) organized a protest action in front of the New York City Indian consulate on Indian Republic Day, as a “response to the horrific violence wrought upon Jyoti Singh Pandey in India, and on women’s bodies everyday around the world.” Eighty people …

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During the Golden Years of the Three NY Teams, there was also the NEW YORK CUBANS

With the baseball season fast approaching, it’s time to turn our attention to the New York teams that have brought us glory throughout history. From 1947 to 1957, the three teams that represented New York City were the Yankees, Giants, and Brooklyn Dodgers. Some of the greatest players came out of this decade. In the …

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Langston Hughes’ Collection of Harlem Rent Party Advertisements

These cards, collected by Langston Hughes and held with his papers in Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, advertised “rent parties” to be held in Harlem in the 1940s and 1950s. Hosts of these gatherings opened up their apartments for a night, charging a fee to guests in return for live music, dancing, and socializing. …

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Women’s Art Reflections in Fiber: Harlem Memorabilia Exhibit

Here’s a Women’s History Month event that reflects our unifying mantra: “A woman’s work is never done.” A new Uptown visual art exhibition that celebrates women’s fiber artwork especially quilting, is sure to inspire and bring back memories. Harlem Memorabilia: Reflections in Fiber, is set for an opening reception Thursday, March 14, 5pm-7:30pm, Interchurch Center’s Treasure Room Gallery, …

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