Kicking off #BlackHistoryMonth with this remembrance of Drum & Spear bookstore+press, co-founded & run by my parents in Washington, DC (with an outpost in Tanzania) along with their dear #SNCC veteran / Civil Rights Movement friends of Afro-American Resources, Inc. — including our cited neighbors of Adams-Morgan & Mt. Pleasant, writer/journalist Uncle Charlie (Cobb) & my girlhood idol in black boho Judy Richardson. This article below by a Maryland scholar interested in activist entrepreneurial projects of the Long Sixties traces their beginnings in that august revolutionary year of 1968. From DC to Dar-es-Salaam, they did great thangs that have continued to have a big influence on me as I navigate creative & activist spaces; I am very proud of their achievements — especially with my dear mother now gone to the Spirit World. Someday, I shall still replicate what I grew up dreaming about Drum & Spear as a creative entrepreneur in my own right…
Yours In Struggle, K* #DaughterOfTheDream #BlackPower50
READ: DRUM & SPEAR vanguard black bookstore & press of the 1960s-70s
A shoutout from California Coastopia from one of the Drum & Spear Circle, Daphne Muse (via my twin sister’s Facebook): So proud to have served as a manager of Drum and Spear and serve an incredible community of people throughout DC, across the country and around the world. I worked with an intellectually fierce group of people including Charlie Cobb, Courtland Cox, Juadine Henderson, Jennifer Lawson, Judy Richardson, Ralph Featherstone, Joe Gross, Freddie Biddle, Don Brown, Williard Taylor. Anne Holloway, Marvin Holloway and Mimi Shaw Hayes were the driving forces behind the parent company AAR and Drum and Spear Press. All, so committed to LIBERATION.
February 2, 2017 | Categories: Reviews, Uncategorized | Tags: 1960s, 1970s, ActivistEntrepreneurs, AfroAmericanResourcesInc, AnneMarieForrester, BlackArtAndActivismNow, BlackArtsMovement, BlackAtlantic, BlackBookstores, BlackPower50, CharlesCobb, CivilRightsMovement, CourtlandCox, CreativeEntrepreneurs, CulturalNationalism, DarEsSalaam, DrumandSpear, DrumandSpearPress, FreddieBiddle, JenniferLawson, JuadineHenderson, JudyRichardson, Kandia Crazy Horse, MimiShawHayes, News, PanAfricanism, RalphFeatherstone, Revolution, Revolutionaries, SNCC, Tanzania, WashingtonDC | Leave a comment
Yesterday was an afternoon well-spent in Midtown: attending the matinee of Anna Deveare Smith’s new play #NotesFromTheField @ Second Stage Theater & enjoying a post-show discussion of the school-to-prison pipeline and creative process. I was fortunate enough to see the work by the generosity of my friend who is planning to film the play in 2017, and then to meet Ms. Deveare Smith briefly afterwards. Of the many brilliant characters from various walks of American life that were featured in the play, I most enjoyed her voicing of Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia) who is the activist that remained most at the forefront of my consciousness during 2016 & the presidential election cycle, as he urged folks to vote.
On a more personal note: Anna Deveare Smith gave me a treasured, high compliment – that my sounds / performance style / interaction onstage with space remind her of Sweet Honey In The Rock. Some of my most precious praise for my creativity that I have received & was happy to learn that Ms. Deveare Smith is from Baltimore, Maryland, aka B-more & thus of the same mid-Atlantic region – #DMV represent!
( Anna Deveare Smith & Kandia Crazy Horse, backstage @ Second State Theater in Midtown NYC )
Either through its staging or the eventual film, looking forward to Notes From The Field speaking to a wider audience. It is a masterwork engaging with this hard, turbulent moment of murders, #BLM, Standing Rock and the “New Jim Crow” on the prison-industrial complex that Angela Davis, Ava DuVernay & several others have been holding forth on, even as one of the major prison strikes in U.S. history has been unfolding this season with very little notice or coverage. How primary school students in minority / underserved communities are being treated is something we all need to think long & hard about…
December 15, 2016 | Categories: Live, Showout, Uncategorized | Tags: AfroChesapeake, AfroNative, Americana, AmericanHistory, AnnaDeveareSmith, Art, Artists, Baltimore, BerniceJohnsonReagon, blackcontemporaryart, BlackHistory, BlackLivesMatter, blackwomenartists, Broadway, CharterSchools, countrysinger, DMV, FreddieGray, Icons, JohnLewis, Kandia Crazy Horse, Music, native, NativeAmerican, NativeLivesMatter, News, NotesFromTheField, NYC, Play, PrisonIndustrialComplex, PublicSchools, SweetHoneyInTheRock, tbt, Virginia, WashingtonDC | Leave a comment