Sunday, 21 August 2011

Four Women-For Women: Black Women All Grown Up

Nina Simone

I just received the email below from US based Debra Powell Wright. Debra, who has won a grant to publish a book of short stories and poems from black women around the world. She’s still hoping for more contributors and all the contact details to find out more and contact her are in the links below. (Submissions need to be in at the end of this month.) The book, to be called Four Women - For Women: Black Women All Grown Up is inspired by Nina Simone’s 1966 song For WomenEach verse tells the stories of black women’s pain, struggles and search for freedom.  Hip Hop performer and poet Talib Kweli has also paid tribute to Nina, with a cover version of the song. 

Sounds like it will be a fantastic project and book. With all best wishes to Debra, and I do hope that some of you reading this will contribute too. 
Greetings, I am excited to announce that I've received a grant from Leeway Foundation for publication of a collection of short stories and poems (see below).
 Have you written a short story, or are you about to write a poem that might fit into my upcoming "For Women" collection?  For this collection, where you're from really does matter.  I'm looking for writing that places Black women in locales around the world--from Tennessee to Tanzania, Mississippi to Mali, Georgia to Jamaica, Brooklyn to Brixton, and everywhere in between.  Essays and poems should demonstrate a clear cultural aesthetic with particular customs relative to those locations, while addressing issues around relationships with men, children, other women, love, pain, beauty, sex, loneliness--you get the picture.   Take a moment to listen to Nina Simone's "Four Women" or Talib Kweli's "For Women" (if you haven't already done so) and read between the lines for ideas about the topical range of writing being sought for this publication.  Submission deadline: August 31st.  Questions: email me at or call 267-334-1526.  And please pass the word if you know anyone who might be interested.  
Details of the grant to Debra: Leeway Foundation

Debra’s own short story Four Women--For Women: Black Women All Grown Up has been featured in the anthology edited by Dr. Carol E. Henderson: Imagining the Black Female Body

Nina Simone: For Women : Watch the video

My skin is black
My arms are long
My hair is woolly
My back is strong
Strong enough to take the pain
Inflicted again and again
What do they call me?
My name is AUNT SARAH
My name is Aunt Sarah
Aunt Sarah

My skin is yellow
My hair is long
Between two worlds
I do belong
My father was rich and white
He forced my mother late one night
What do they call me?
My name is SAFFRONIA
My name is Saffronia

My skin is tan
My hair is fine
My hips invite you
My mouth is like wine
Whose little girl am I?
Anyone who has money to buy
What do they call me?
My name is SWEET THING
My name is Sweet Thing

My skin is brown
my manner is tough
I'll kill the first mother I see
my life has to been too rough
I'm awfully bitter these days
because my parents were slaves
What do they call me?
My name is PEACHES

Talib Kweli Watch the video   The Lyrics

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