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Ananda’s speaking adventures at Ignite DC #4 on June 16, 2010

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Happy Thursday!

Last night I spoke at Ignite DC #4. “Who lives inside of me?” was the title of my five-minute talk.  Visit www.ignite-dc.com to learn more about this amazing event. Click here to read a summary of my talk:  http://www.ignite-dc.com/speakers/369.

My talk was based on my eight archetypes discussed in my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (November 2009, Amazon.com).  Six-word memoirs, yoga, poetry, and my creative process were mentioned during my talk.

My dad “J” videotaped my talk. See the video below. The Ignite DC organizers will post the 16 speakers’ talks on Blip.tv in a few weeks. I’ll be sure to post the link when it goes live.

Ignite DC #4 was a great event. I saw so many friends and met many new people. I also took a lot of photos. Click here to see my Flickr photo set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anandaleeke/sets/72157624167809241.

Many thanks to the Ignite DC organizers, sponsors, attendees, and speakers (amazing group of folks — I learned so much from them and laughed too!!!). A big thanks to everyone on Twitter and Facebook who mentioned my talk, took photos, and shared my links.

Enjoy your day and weekend!

PS: Blogging While Brown is my next social media event! Visit www.bloggingwhilebrown.com or http://twitter.com/bwbconference. Blogging While Brown begins on June 18 at the Washington Convention Center in DC. I will teach a yoga class for social media users from 8:15 am to 8:30 am on June 19. I am so excited about attending the conference. It will be my third Blogging While Brown conference! I am also excited about going to the Blogalicious/Red Pump Project meet up at Tabaq on June 19. So get ready for lots more videos, photos, and Facebook/Twitter posts!!!!

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Check out Ananda’s May, June & July Events – Yoga Classes, Book Readings, Social Media Workshops, Radio Interviews & Creativity Coaching Sessions

1) Start National Women’s Health Week by participating in Ananda’s kind and gentle yoga class on May 9 at 11:00 am EST in Malcolm X Park in DC.  Click on the link for more information: http://yoga.meetup.com/584.

2) Take Ananda’s online yoga class on May 10 at 7:00 am EST to honor National Women’s Check Up Day. Click on the link to watch the class: http://stickam.com/anandaleeke.

3) Participate in Ananda’s FREE four-part social media workshop series  on Ananda Leeke Live! UStream.tv on the dates below:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ananda-leeke-live.

  • May 15 at 8:00 am EST – What is social media?
  • May 16 at 8:00 am EST – How to develop a social media plan
  • May 22 at 8:00 am EST – How Ananda uses social media as an author, artist, coach & yoga teacher
  • May 23 at 8:00 am EST – Ananda’s social media lessons learned since 2005

4) Watch Ananda’s kg yoga life practices class on Mom TV on May 19 at 8:00 pm EST. Click on the link to see the show: http://www.momtv.com/kgyogalife.html.

5) Tune into Sisterhood the Blog Radio on May 24 at 8:00 pm EST for the launch of the Women in Social Media series (May – December 2010).  The first show will feature Ananda’s interview with Lynne D. Johnson,  Senior Vice President, Social Media for the Advertising Research Foundation.  Click here to listen to show:  http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015 .  Parts of the Women in Social Media radio interviews will be included in Ananda’s next book Sisterhood, the Blog: Soundbytes from the 21st Century Women’s Online Revolution (December 2011).

6) Join Ananda for a creativity coaching session on how to identify your inner critic on May 25 from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST on Ananda Leeke Live! UStream.tv. The session will include exercises from Ananda’s new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery.

1) Celebrate DC Digital Capital Week with Ananda by taking her yoga and stress relief class for computers users on June 12 at 10:00 am in Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park in DC.  The class will be taught in front of the reflecting pool and waterfall located near the entrance facing 16th Street and Florida Avenue, NW. U Street/Cardozo subway station is located near the Park.

2) Attend Ananda’s book reading for her new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery on June 12 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Washingtoniana Division, 901 G Street, NW, Washington, DC (located at Metro Center subway station).

3) Register for the Blogging While Brown conference in DC (click here to register) and take Ananda’s yoga class for social media users on June 19 from 8:15 am to 8:30 am at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place Northwest, Washington, DC (located at Mt Vernon/Convention Center subway station).

4) Watch Ananda’s kg yoga life practices class on Mom TV on June 16 at 8:00 pm EST.  Click on the link to watch the show: http://www.momtv.com/kgyogalife.html.

1) Spend an afternoon with Ananda at a book reading for her new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir on July 10 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Flow Yoga Center (Shakti Studio Room), 1450 P Street, NW, Washington, DC (located several blocks from Dupont Circle subway station).

2) Watch Ananda’s kg yoga life practices class on Mom TV on July 21 at 8:00 pm EST. Click on the link to watch the show: http://www.momtv.com/kgyogalife.html.


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My Blogging While Brown Conference Update #2

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Hi All,

I am still marinating on my 2009 Blogging While Brown Conference (BWB) experience.  It’s hard to believe that it was just held on June 19 and 20 in Chicago. 

Today I watched a fantastic BWB conference wrap up video posted on the BWB web site – www.bloggingwhilebrown.com.  Click here to view the YouTube video (8 minutes,  10 seconds):   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TftQZzbOYI

Last weekend I hosted the fifth episode of BAP Living Radio’s series on Black women in social media which discussed lessons learned from BWB.  It featured a dynamic panel of Black women bloggers who attended BWB.  Here’s the list of my incredible BWB sistaloves:

-Senam Amegashie – http://www.tweetmeblack.com

-Faith Dow – http://www.actsoffaithinloveandlife.blogspot.com

-Sabrina Miller – www.hitmebackblog.blogspot.com

-Telisha Ng – http://goddessintellect.wordpress.com

-Megan Smith – www.megansminute.com

-Talia Whyte – www.taliawhyte.com

Click here to listen to our juicy BWB discussion (1 hour, 43 minutes):  http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/18598.

I promise to  post my thoughts about BWB in the coming weeks … definitely before I head back to Chicago to attend the Blogher conference (www.blogher.com).

Enjoy your weekend!

Peace, Creativity, and Blogging Fun Energy,

Ananda

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Blogging While Brown Conference Update #1

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The official Blogging While Brown Conference photo taken by Freddy O – http://www.freddyo.com

NOTE: I am seated in the second row in between the two ladies wearing black.

Happy Tuesday! Happy Summer!  Happy Belated Father’s Day!

Today I am writing a very short post about the 2009 Blogging While Brown (BWB) Conference that I attended on June 19 and 20 in Chicago.  It was a fabulous experience!  Wonderful people !  Fantastic information!  And so much inspiration!  I am glad I went to both the 2008 and 2009 conferences.  I will post a longer BWB update later in the week.  I’ll also post about my Chicago art adventures.  In the meantime, I thought you might like to watch videos that feature BWB conference sessions.  They were taped by NextGenWeb, a BWB conference sponsor. Click here to watch the 5 videos:   http://www.nextgenweb.org/news-and-blog-clips/nextgenweb-blogging-while-brown.

If you would like to read additional BWB upates written by conference participants, see the links below.

1) BWB Conference founder Gina McCauley (includes several videos)

http://www.whataboutourdaughters.com/2009/06/oops-we-did-it-again-blogging-while-brown-2009-chicago-first-video/

2) BWB Conference program chairperson Shawn Williams, founder of Dallas South blog

http://dallassouthblog.com/2009/06/22/2009-blogging-while-brown-recap-by-dallas-south/

3) BWB Conference participant Megan Smith, Blogher representative at BWB

http://www.blogher.com/blogging-while-brown-2009-conference-people-color-lessons-all-bloggers

4) BWB Conference participant “Awesomely Luvvie,” a Chicago native 

http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2009/06/blogging-while-brown-rocked.html

5) BWB Conference participant Adria Richards’ Flickr BWB photos

http://www.flickr.com/groups/bwb09/

6) BWB Conference participant Talia Whyte

http://globalwireonline.org/2009/06/21/bwb-bloggers-on-digital-activisms-past-present-and-future/

FYI – I am planning to host a special episode of BAP Living Radio on July 5th that discusses lessons learned from the 2009 BWB conference.  Stay tuned for more details and the list of guest panelists.   

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda

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Chicago Creative Adventure #1 – Visit to Art Institute of Chicago

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Adrian Piper

Vanilla Nightmare #2, 1986

Charcoal and red crayon, with erasing, on tan wove paper (newsprint)
600 x 703 mm

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Jasper Johns – Perilous Night

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Joan Miro – Ciphers and Constellations in Love with a Woman

Hi All!

It’s raining right now in Chicago. The Isley Brothers’ “Footsteps in the Dark” is keeping me company. Thank goodness for Pandora.com!

I am planning to head out to the Museum of Contemporary Art shortly. I’ll spend some time there before heading over to the Blogging While Brown Conference (http://www.bloggingwhilebrown.com) which starts with registration around 5:00 p.m. There’s also a reception that kicks off at 7:00 p.m. After the reception, my cousin Ellen and I are going to visit Devon Avenue for some good Indian food.

Yesterday was amazing. I slept late. I spent the afternoon chilling and relaxing. I walked around downtown Chicago in the early evening and just took in the sunshine and beauty. I also visited the Chicago Architecture Foundation (http://www.architecture.org) and viewed the Chicago Model City exhibit which opened on June 10. I learned about the Mecca Flats, an African American housing unit on the Southside. I want to research it more for some story ideas.

My evening got sweeter as I walked along Michigan Avenue and strolled with the evening crowd. I took a few moments to take some pictures of the Art Institute of Chicago before heading in for one of the best creative adventures of my trip. I saw three exhibits:

  • Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper – I was introduced to some fantastic artists: Laurie Anderson, Sol Lewitt, Nancy Spero, Brice Marden, Annie Ryan, Joan Miro, Evelyn Statsinger, Kurt Schwitter, and Yayoi Kusama. My heart was so full when I saw one of my favorite artists Adrian Piper’s Vanilla Nightmare #2. The evening continued to bring me joy when I saw Glenn Ligon’s Backlash, Backlash…, Jasper John’s Perilous Night, Amedeo Modigliani’s Caryatid: Rose and Blue, and Pablo Picasso’s Head of a Woman.
  • Cy Twombly: The Natural World, Selected Works 2000-2007 – I first learned about Twombly’s work while reading More magazine last month. I tore the picture of his painting out and kept it with me. I was so excited when I realized his work was on exhibit at the Art Institute. The exhibit was mesmerizing. WOW. It generated so much creative fire in me. I was bubbling as I noticed his use of color and the way he creates this lush intuitive, messy flow of paint mixed with words, poetry, flowers, nature, crayon drawings, and scribbles. Damn, this cat is truly amazing. I am in love. Yes indeedie sweetie I love me some Cy Twombly! That’s why I purchased a book featuring his artwork from the exhibition. I even wrote a poem about the series that touched me the most.
  • Girls, Tricky – This film by artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen features the rehearsal of Tricky, a trip hop musician and producer from London. WEIRD. I watched it for about 8 minutes before rolling out. It wasn’t for me!
  • Museum Shop Discovery #1 – When I picked up a copy of Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970 by Andrea Brownlee (http://www.digidiva.net/Cinema%20II%20Brochure%20005.pdf), I thanked the shopping goddess because it was priced at only $27.50. Now that’s a bargain for an art book about Black women. There was only one copy left. It was waiting for me! Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970 is the first exhibition to examine the critical contributions of Black women film and video artists to the field of contemporary art. The book chronicles the exhibition which features some of my favorite artists such as Adrian Piper, Julie Dash, Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, Marìa Magdelena Campos-Pons, and Xaviera Simmons. The exhibition and book were created by The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.
  • Museum Shop Discovery #2 – I laughed when I found a postcard featuring artist Gaston Lachaise’s Woman, a bronze sculpture of a woman with a body like mine. It was a much needed affirmation to embrace my fullness and beauty. I am keeping the card as a reminder and will place it on my altar when I get home.
  • Museum Shop Discovery #3 – Joan Miro’s Ciphers and Constellations in Love with a Woman reflected how I felt about the artwork I saw during my creative adventure at the Art Institute. That’s why I purchased a postcard of her work as a reminder to surrender and allow myself to flow with the art of life. Her work also made me think of a statement that I read while I was reading the curator’s description for the Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper: “Art is a sign of life. There can be no life without change, as there can be no development without change.” Now that’s some art wisdom!

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda

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Headed to Chicago to have fun and attend the Blogging While Brown Confrence

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Happy Wednesday!

I am on my way to Chicago to chill out, have fun, attend the Blogging While Brown conference (www.bloggingwhilebrown.com), eat some great Indian food on the North side, and check out some great exhibits at the National Museum of Mexican Art (www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org) and the Du Sable Museum of African- American History (www.dusablemuseum.org).  I will share my thoughts about my trip and conference participation in the coming days. 

Enjoy your day and weekend!

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda