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Books, Music, and Movie Reviews by Aberjhani
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Collection of tastemaking reviews of brilliant authors, musicians, and movies.
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It is not unusual to see famous #Hollywood clans (think Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and offspring #Jayden and #Willow) or musical family dynasties (Diana Ross along with children #TraceeEllisRoss and #EvanRoss come to mind) where children follow in their parents’ well-established creative footsteps. It is much less common to hear about a family of African-American artists who excel as individuals while faithfully laboring to preserve their father’s painted legacy.

I first had the honor of meeting some members of the late William Pleasant Jr.’s family a decade ago and was astonished to learn the city of #Savannah had produced such a well-hidden #national #treasure. It was impossible not to be impressed by how much the master #percussionist David, #textile #artist Tahirih, and #filmmaker_visual_artist Jalal had extended their family’s legacy in their own right. As a result, it was very exciting to recently learn that steps were underway to produce a documentary, entitled SIGNS, of their father’s life and work.

For some sense of what the man himself was like these are the words of David Pleasant written for commemorative #book: “Although he championed an idealized oneness of mankind, he never shied away from crucial issues of discrimination or disparity. Pleasant’s work invokes a challenge to perceive, #engage, and explore a richly expressive world that pushes against popular clichés. He compiled a vivid #narrative harmony of line, #color, form, and contour that transcends the limitations of time, politics, and human sentiment. Indeed, Pleasant signs, and in doing so allows us to join in a sophisticated vision of #community in #southernculture.” (David Pleasant)

To learn more about the documentary please visit the #Kickstarter page below:

#Art912 #AfricanAmericanArtists #GeorgiaArtists #AfricanAmericanFamilies #BlackHistoryMonth #Documentaries #FamilyLegacies #CreativeArts #FilmDocumentaries
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One of the best things about struggling to successfully complete a difficult but worthwhile #project is that later on you get to celebrate it. You can then claim & respect your own life as a worthy source of #inspiration:

#Artists #Inspirational #Poetry #Books_And_Authors #Art912

https://www.author-poet-aberjhani.info/blog-visionary-vibes/elementals-10th-anniversary-inspires-mindful-reflections-and-renewed-hopes-part-1-of-2-remembrance
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I’m a big believer in #jazz and #poetry as two of humanity’s most #inspiring #crosscultural #artforms so always look forward to celebrating #NationalPoetryMonth and #JazzAppreciationMonth together.

This year I’m honored to add to my observances during the month of April participation in International Golden Rule Day, sponsored by a collective of partners that include Charter for #Compassion and Golden Rule Day.

My humble contribution to the international event is a new #poem titled Inside Compassion’s Golden-Crystal Cottage. Currently working on a video for the poem but the day itself will include much more. Please check it out:

https://www.author-poet-aberjhani.info/blog-visionary-vibes/international-golden-rule-day-excellent-demonstration-of-collective-compassion
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Now that the snow has melted and my fingers have thawed out, I can share part 2 of my essay, Chaos of 2017 sets stage for growth and greater unity in 2018.

In addition to presenting #updates on some important #works in #progress, the #essay notes some equally significant upcoming #Year2018 book #publishing #milestones, such as the following:

--20th anniversary of the publication of I Made My Boy Out of #Poetry
--15th anniversary of the publication of #Encyclopedia of the #HarlemRenaissance
--15th anniversary of the #publication of The #Wisdom of W.E.B. Du Bois
--10th anniversary of Elemental, the Power of Illuminated #Love
--10th anniversary of The #American #Poet Who Went Home Again
--10th anniversary of Charter for Compassion

Hard to believe so much time has passed where the #publication of these #books is concerned but it has. If nothing else, it helps me appreciate I strove to make those years as #productive & #meaningful as my #abilities allowed:

https://www.author-poet-aberjhani.info/blog-visionary-vibes/chaos-of-2017-sets-stage-for-growth-and-greater-unity-in-2018-part-2-of-2
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Expressing #Gratitude to @MichaelJacksoninmyheartandsoul for the great #MichaelJackson image collage. I’m not certain I’ve done enough at this point to warrant such a position of honor within the actual #montage but I appreciate the acknowledgement. I also stand by the #quotation, which is from the article “Michael Jackson and Summertime from This Point on,” and featured on the @OfficialMJTP website. The #translation on the poster is, I believe, #Italian. This is the original English:

“The beautiful thing about true genius, such as that which Michael Jackson possessed, is that it can inhabit and express its truth in meaningful ways through many forms.”

Most of my #essays, #articles, and poems on the #KingOfPop were written during the year immediately following his physical death. It was amazing to discover during that period just how deeply he had touched the lives of millions of people all over the world. He spent a considerable amount of time and energy sharing not only his #talent, but his #labors, #wealth, and #influence on behalf of those in need, often while undergoing severe public persecution.

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The violence in Charlottesville, #Virginia (USA) and the killings in Burkina Faso, indicate that far too many of us still place too much undeserving faith in violence and hate-filled rage. If such inclinations were actually valid or effective in any meaningful, we would no longer have use for them because history is filled with the bodies of human beings destroyed by such viciousness and any goals based on authentic justice would have been achieved by now.

But they have not.

My own proclivities therefore find me #inspired during this troubled hour in the world not by needless #bloodshed, but by members of Span the Gap in #Savannah, #Georgia (USA) and their #nonviolent approach to a decades-old problem within their #BelovedCommunity. On September 5, 2017, the #organization will host a #community discussion to propose ways to go about #renaming the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge spanning the #SavannahRiver. Why? Because the current name is that of a former #governor who preached the same kind of malicious and totally unrealistic politics of white supremacy that caused the trauma in #Charlotttesville.

Members of Span the Gap are being #proactive on behalf of their community by #encouraging a #healthy #dialogue which hopefully will lead to positive corrective action in the name of a more socially #responsible and #inspiring name for the #bridge.

We are all making our way through upheavals in #history which can make us feel very cautious toward the present and uncertain when it comes to the future. Believe it or not, such conditions are not new and to one degree or another have always been part of our human #story. But we have also, always, possessed the ability to choose between allowing fear and ignorance to make us act like soulless barbarians, or employing grace, knowledge, and wisdom to help each other weather the storms of our turbulent times.

#FaithInLove #Multiculturalism #Diversity #NonviolentConflictResolution #RaceRelations #RenamingTalmadeBridge #CityofSavannah #GeorgiaNews #RaceInAmerica volve #WhiteSupremacy #Mindfulness EugeneTalmadge #SocialHistory #InspiringAmerica #ArtInAction #Coexistence #Antiracism


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The biography is one of my favorite literary genres because it often bring us stories about ordinary individuals who somehow end up having an extraordinary inspiring impact on different people’s lives.

Some might argue over how ordinary the #French #philosopher #JeanPaulSartre was but most would agree that his prolific #writings and thought-provoking #social and #political #advocacy made him something of an #international hero. He was certainly among the most #inspiring figures of his own time and many draw strength and #wisdom from him now.

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From the new #essay at #CharterForCompassion:

#Contemplating the conditions under which I was born and raised make it easy to respect the smoldering discussions taking place right now-with a lot of good reasons many believe- about #resisting the #hypernationalist policies emanating from the current# WhiteHouse administration and government headquarters around the globe.

"The derailed rights of the #freepress, encouragement of #xenophobic behavior, reduction of budgets for #education, the #arts, and #social service programs, along with generally-baffling #communications and #misinformation have caused more unsettling uncertainty than reaffirming confidence..."
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Why do you think some of us are so passionate about our celebrations of #NationalPoetryMonth and #JazzAppreciationMonth?

Maybe it’s because it’s because there are so many broadcasts and so #streaming of destruction going on in the #world that we need these #opportunities to #affirm the positive #creativity that continues to enrich and #inspire our lives:

#Poetry #Jazz #CompassionSavesLives #MartinLutherKingJr #Rumi #GwendolynBrooks #RainerMariaRilke #Aberjhani #CharterForCompassion #CreativeMaladjustment #NewSeries
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