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Aberjhani Aberjhani
Working scribe: member of PEN American Center and the Academy of American Poets.
Working scribe: member of PEN American Center and the Academy of American Poets.
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Thinking & #writing about some things. From a new #essay:

"When the peace proclaimed by those entrusted to protect it turns out to be a false one, then #artists, like other conscientious #citizens do well to point out the danger. Baldwin would say, as did the late #genius of #jazz Nina Simone, that as sacred witnesses to #history it is incumbent upon them to do so. .."

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20.00" x 16.00" stretched canvas print of a#Aberjhani's Black When #Haitians Were #Heroes in #America #Series #Print No. 4. Limited Time Promotion. 4 Days 7 Hours 25 Minutes #Art #CanvasPrint #travel #HaitianMonument #Art912 #Savannah #GeorgiaArtists

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As observations of Elemental Month continue, I find myself deeply #inspired by the #Haitians who fought for #America during the Revolutionary War. That might sound odd to those who think of Haiti mostly as an impoverished nation embattled by natural disasters like #hurricanes or #earthquakes and know little of its extended #history.

Most countries, and individuals, have seen days of crippling trauma as well as periods of #inspired glory. It helps when we can look beyond the worst of our experiences and pay some small tribute to a triumph or two. In this instance, the story of Haitians, and so-called “have-nots” around the world, have inspired my new #art #series entitled: Black When Haitians Were Heroes in America.

It’s not just about giving veterans of war their just dues. It’s about recognizing that #compassion is something any of us might need at any time and mutual respect is something we might be wise to demonstrate on regular basis. There are 4 artworks (so far) included in the new series and you can find them #listed right here:

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Toward the end of reading #SalmanRushdie’s novel, The Golden House, I realized he had said in its pages a lot of what I felt about the #Year2017 and what my #prayers were/are in regard to the #NewYear2018. So I added the following #quote from the #book to #Goodreads:

“It had been more than a year since the Joker’s conquest of #America and we were all still in shock and going through the stages of #grief but now we needed to come together and set #love and #beauty and #solidarity and #friendship against the monstrous forces that faced us. #Humanity was the only answer to the #cartoon. I had no plan except love. I hoped another plan might emerge in time but for now there was only holding each other tightly and passing strength to each other, body to body, mouth to mouth, spirit to spirit, me to you.”― Salman Rushdie, The Golden House

But my individual #meditations on the year now past and the one just entered are in the 2-part blog titled Chaos of #2017 Sets #Stage for #Growth & Greater #Unity in #2018. Hope those who get a chance to check it out enjoy it.

#ContemporaryAuthors #ContemporaryArts #CulturalArts #GeorgiaAuthors #GeorgiaArtists #BlackHistoryMonth #Year2018


https://www.author-poet-aberjhani.info/blog-visionary-vibes/chaos-of-2017-sets-stage-for-growth-and-greater-unity-in-2018-part-1-of-2
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Powerfully #inspired by the example of commitment to #SocialJustice provided by #DickGregory:

As a #writer, I have enjoyed several #advantages stemming from the Text and Meaning Series I started a few years back. Chief among them has been the #opportunity to revisit works I might have first read––or listened to—a long time ago and then compare notes on my previous understanding to later more informed insights.

Honestly, it’s a lot more #exciting than it might sound. I have at times been surprised by some of my #choices and the results that followed. Moreover, it has always been my hope that #readers of the #series have enjoyed similar expanded perspectives on, or possibly first-time #introductions to, the #text in question.

Upon the death of the great Dick Gregory, who today would have turned 85, on August 19 this year, it occurred to me that one of the best ways to pay tribute to his life and honor his #legacy would be to add to the T&M Series an installment on his #classic #autobiography, the #controversial book titled “Nigger.”

Given the #undiminished impact of the #book since its #publication during the early #1960s and the #sociopolitical issues with which we #Earthlings find ourselves still grappling in the #Year2017 Gregory’s unique volume makes a good #choice to add to a series which (by way of a few #examples) also includes the following:

1) Text and Meaning in Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream Speech
2) Text and Meaning in Encyclopedia of the #HarlemRenaissance
3) Text and Meaning in #LangstonHughes The Negro #Artist and the Racial Mountain
4) Text and Meaning in #AlbertCamus’ The #Myth of #Sisyphus
5) Text and Meaning in #MichaelJackson’s Xscape Album
6) Text and Meaning in ELEMENTAL the Power of Illuminated Love
7) Putting Text & Meaning to the #Guerrilla #Decontextualization Test
Hopefully at some point all of the T&M #essays will be published in book form but for now I’m happy enough to share this latest addition:

#DickGregory #CelebrityBirthdays #CelebrityDeaths #ContemporaryAuthors #TopStoriesOf2017 #EssaysByAberjhani #OpportunitiesForPublishers #Language #ControversialCelebrities #ControversialAuthors #InspiringAuthors

Right now I find myself being #inspired more and more by the return of the #AthleteHero, and here's why:

President Donald Trump’s call on Friday (Sept 22, 2017) for NFL team owners to fire players (primarily African Americans) who choose to “take a knee” while the American national anthem plays is disturbing on so many levels that it makes peoples ‘ heads spin. And that more than likely was the desired result.


Here are the president’s words verbatim as spoken in #Huntsville, #Alabama : “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, just say get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out, he’s fired.”
Color is not mentioned in this statement but everyone knows who the unnamed perpetrators are (like #ColinKaepernick and #EricReid) and the racial demagoguery in Mr. Trump’s public messages has long been apparent. Sadly, such antagonistic racial baiting does serve several questionable political purposes:


1) It diverts attention from other more immediately threatening issues (such potential war with #NorthKorea or embarrassment from repeatedly failing to replace the Affordable Care Act); 2) it galvanizes supporters of white supremacy agendas; and 3) it generates chaos, blind rage and divisiveness which the race-baiter may then manipulate to his or her advantage.


What may be even more distressing than the racial demagoguery of #POTUS #Trump’s statement is the casually callous and dismissive contempt for #women demonstrated by the phrase “son of a bitch.” For if the athlete #kneeling in protest against social injustice in his homeland, as it is his #constitutional right to do, is the offspring of a female #canine as our billionaire president has labeled them, that would mean the #bitch in question is that human athlete’s…what?


There are those who will argue, “You shouldn’t be surprised, this is the same person who talked about how celebrities could grab women their genitals at will just because they’re celebrities.”


Only some of us prefer to believe that upon taking the oath to fulfill the #duties of the U.S. #presidency, he would evolve beyond such a regressive mentality. We prefer to believe that the #forgiveness extended to him when #AmericanWomen tipped the 2016 election scales in his favor would be rewarded with increased respect, regard, and #compassion. Not continued verbal or emotional abuse.


The pattern of debasing #language and questionable actions for the sake of self-aggrandizement is not a newly-emerging one. It is a well-documented character trait that remains difficult to reconcile with someone occupying the #highestoffice in what so many currently consider the #greatest #country in the #world. The very excellent #news, however, is that in America a president only gets a second term in office when citizens decide he or she has earned and deserves it. Therefore: now is the perfect time for those #citizens to take some serious notes and: #RememberInNovember.


#RespectWomen #RespectUSConstitution #FreedomOfSpeech #RightToProtest #RegisterToVote #TakeAKnee4Justice #KeepHopeAlive #Resistance2017 #KeepAmericanDreamAlive #TakeAKnee4Freedom #PresidentTrump

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/23/politics/donald-trump-nfl-nba/index.html

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Since we still have 2 more months to in the year 2017 #hurricaneseason, it wouldn’t hurt at all to take a couple of lessons from recent natural #disasters. As a bonus, #HarryPotter #author #JKRowling chimes in with an irresistible #video from AFP News and a well-known #quote by a certain author #poet #artist.

In addition, sending out #love & #compassion to all impacted by the #Earthquake in #Mexico just yesterday:

http://www.author-poet-aberjhani.info/blog-visionary-vibes/on-jk-rowling-and-varieties-of-angels
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Historic 2017 #Renaming the #EugeneTalmadge Memorial Bridge #Symposium:

Numerous #cities & #educational institutions in the U.S. have #transformed the correction of past #racialinjustices, as represented by public #monuments, into a powerful 21-century #movement. #Citizens of #Savannah, GA, have joined that movement with a call to rename the #TalmadgeBridge, currently named after a former governor who advocated #whitesupremacy. On Sept 5, 2017, city residents will discuss at the historic Savannah #Theatre ways to honor their #community with a more fittingly inclusive name.

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Enjoyed one of my #favorite #reads of the #summer so much that it prompted me to #write a #bookreview about it. This part 2 posted at Bright Skylark Literary Productions:

#JeanPaulSartre #Reading #Biography #FrenchAuthors #AnnieCohenSolal #TheNewPress #Existentialism #Philosophy #essays
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