As many of you might know, I am writing my next novel Love’s Troubadours – Symon: Book Two. I am in the midst of a research and reading phase that has me on a bottomless pit search for all things interesting. So far, my adventures have been online and offline. My eyes have traveled through numerous magazines, books, Amazon.com book reviews, Twitter and Facebook conversations, YouTube videos, and web TV shows. All kinds of good stuff is surfacing. It is really juicy!. There’s no real order to my method too. It’s a bit messy! And that’s okay! I am flowing with the FLOW!
I am fascinated … well to be honest infatuated with what it means to be post-black. The seed of my infatuation was planted during a radio show discussion I had with one of my favorite authors Shayne Lee, a Tulane University professor, in November.
Our conversation was FABULOUS! I am so glad it was recorded because I am using it as research now. Click here to listen to the show on Talkshoe.com: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/15820 (look for episode 10 that aired on November 9, 2009).
During our conversation, Shayne and I discussed why we both loved reading Malcolm Gladwell’s The Outliers and its connection to my new book That Which Awakens Me and debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (available on Amazon.com – http://tinyurl.com/yfxtqyq). Shayne gave a juicy review of Love’s Troubadours. He called the book’s main character Karma Francois a “post-soul woman.” Those three words led me to post-black. They shifted my reality Translation: Shayne’s three words set it off for me. Hey that’s what the brotha does! His analysis and books take you there. I read Shayne’s book T.D. Jakes: America’s New Preacher last year and am looking forward to reading his new book Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace. I’ll be using Holy Mavericks as research for a character who is the son of an evangelical minister in my next novel. Click here to learn more about Shayne: http://tulane.edu/liberal-arts/sociology/lee-profile.cfm.
So after my reality shifted, I started examining Karma’s world through a post-black lens. The first stop on my post-black research journey was Thelma Golden, executive director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem.
While Golden worked at the Whitney Museum, she and artist Glenn Ligon coined the phrase “post-black art” in the late 1990s. The phrase was explained in the Studio Museum’s 2001 catalogue for Freestyle, an exhibition of twenty-eight up and coming artists of African American backgrounds.
- Post-black artists are “adamant about not being labeled ‘black’ artists, though their work was steeped, in fact deeply interested, in redefining complex notions of blackness.”
- “They are both post-Basquiat and post-Biggie. They embrace the dichotomies of high and low, inside and outside, tradition and innovation, with a great ease and facility.”
- “Post-black was the new black.”
- Post-black is “both a hollow social construction and a reality with an indispensable history.”
What do you think of Golden’s post-black commentary? I am still chewing on it!
FYI: I used Golden’s museum curator career as a template for Karma’s career in New York City. Golden’s curatorial work and willingness to show women and people of color artists that might not have been shown anywhere greatly influenced my discussion of African diaspora art in Love’s Troubadours. She introduced me to Kara Walker, Chris Ofili, and other artists mentioned in my novel.
Yesterday, I discovered author Ytasha Womack’s new book Post Black: How a New Generation Is Redefining African-American Identity (click here to read Womack’s blog and Twitter page). That was a Happy Black History moment! I ordered a copy of the book from Amazon.com today and will be attending Womack’s D.C. book reading on February 16 at Busboys and Poets’ 5th and K Street location (time – 6:30-8pm). I am so excited! Hopefully, Womack’s book reading will give me more food for thought as I explore the post-black world I share with my main character Karma in Love’s Troubadours – Book One and main character Symon Allure in Love’s Troubadours – Book Two.
Any thoughts on what it means to be post-black?
Do you self-identify as post-black?
Do you have any post-black fiction or nonfiction recommendations?
Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your day!
Peace, Creativity, Compassion, Gratitude, and Adventures in the land of post-black,
Tune into The Ananda Leeke Show on Saturday, December 12 at 7:30pm for a chat with my Ameriprise Financial financial advistor Judy Weathers about how she has helped me lay a strong financial foundation for tmy personal finances and business Kiamsha.com (publication of my books, yoga and Reiki healing touch services, creativity coaching, social media strategist services etc.). Click here to listen to the show: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/15820.
Peace and Creativity,
Join me for a conversation with my brothalove Shayne Lee, an author and professor of sociology at Tulane University, about the influence of The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (www.gladwell.com/outliers/index.html) on my new book, That Which Awakens Me on the November 9th episode of The Ananda Leeke Show at 9:00 p.m. We will also discuss my debut novel, Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (www.lovestroubadours.com). Click here to listen to the show: www.talkshoe.com/tc/15820.
Shayne penned T.D. Jakes: America’s New Preacher (2007) and Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace (2009). I read T.D. Jakes: America’s New Preacher earlier this year and fell in love with it. Shayne’s book influenced my new book, That Which Awakens Me. I even quoted from his book in my memoir! Yeah it was that GOOD! I also wrote a review about T.D. Jakes: America’s New Preacher and interviewed Shayne on BAP Living Radio in February. We had big FUN! Click here to read my review: http://kiamshacom.blogspot.com/2009/02/book-review-td-jakes-americas-new.html. To learn more about Shayne, visit www.tulane.edu/sociol/slee.pdf.
Enjoy your week!
Peace and Creativity,
I shared my Blogalicious 09 recap on The Ananda Leeke Show. Click here to listen to Episode 9 (10.29.09): www.talkshoe.com/tc/15820. I will publish my first Blogalicious conference article on my DC Social Media Examiner column on Friday evening.
On Saturday, I will launch the Blogalicious 09 Series on Sisterhood, the Blog Radio. The first episode will feature an interview with Gwen Peake, Global Digital Communications Manager at Ford Motor Company and author of If It Walks Like a Duck…and Other Truths My Mother Taught Me. Click here to listen to the show: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015. I will post the schedule of shows later this weekend.
Gwen served as a presenter for Blogalicious’ Plenary Session: Social Media and the Woman of Color. Follow Gwen on Twitter – http://twitter.com/gwenj. Visit www.blogaliciousweekend.com to learn more about Blogalicious. Enjoy your day!
Peace and Creativity,
Me and my father Dr. John F. Leeke affectionately
known as “J” hanging out in Adams Morgan in DC
Join me for a juicy conversation with my father Dr. John F. Leeke (a/k/a “J”) about fathers and daughters on the July 31st episode of The Ananda Leeke Show at 8:00 p.m. EST on Talkshoe.com. Click here to listen to the show: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/15820. We will discuss how our father-daughter relationship has impacted my life choices, creativity, and career.
We will also share our thoughts about the book, Daughters of Men: Portraits of African-American Women and Their Fathers (http://www.daughtersofmen.com) by Rachel Vassel. I recently gave this book to “J” for his 70th birthday. It’s one of his favorites!
If you miss the show, don’t panic. You can download a recording to your computer or via iTunes a few minutes after the show airs or whenever you have free time. Click here to download a recording: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/15820.
What is your relationship with your father?
How has your father impacted your life choices and career?
Enjoy your day!
Peace and Creativity,
Many thanks to blogger Shawn P. Williams of Dallas South blog (http://dallassouthblog.com) for hipping me to the fact that I was featured in the North Dallas Gazette. Big ups to the North Dallas gazette for giving me a shout out and promoting my new Talkshoe.com program, The Ananda Leeke Show that aired on June 30. Click here to read the article: http://northdallasgazette.com/archives/06-18-09_edition.pdf.
Enjoy your week!
Peace and Creativity,
Me and my best brothalove friend/book editor extraordinaire Wayne P. Henry
Tune into the very first episode of my new creative baby — The Ananda Leeke Show (http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/15820) on June 30 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Wayne P. Henry, my best brothalove friend and book editor extraordinaire, will join me for a discussion about my insights on writing my books, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (Summer 2009 – iUniverse, Inc.) and Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (August 2007 – iUniverse, Inc. – www.lovestroubadours.com). Our conversation will explore the hardest and greatest moments in my writing process, 7 lessons I will never forget, and the main reason I choose to write books. Click here to listen to the show: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/15820. If you miss the live recording, don’t panic. You can download a recording to your computer or iPod after the show has aired.
More information about Wayne … He is a writer and contributor to the book How We Love – Letters to the Next Generation edited by Karyn Langhorne Folan, Wendy Coakley-Thompson, and Tanara E. Bowie. How We Love is a collection of letters and lessons published by the Capital Bookfest in 2008.
Narrative: Memories. In Your Own Words, a six-word memoir
collage by Ananda Leeke
Copyright 2009 by Madelyn C. Leeke
Two weeks ago my life coach Yael gave me several homework assignments. One assignment involved me mapping my goals, priorities, and to do list activities. Yael said this assignment would give me a picture of what I am doing in my life. I call it The Business of Being Ananda Leeke. Yes it is a business being me! And it is a business building and maintaining the Ananda Leeke brand!
This morning I got up early again with more energy. I made some peppermint tea to keep me company as I sat at my kitchen table journaling about about my goals, priorities, and to do list activities for July, August, September, October, November, and December. Several key phrases emerged from my journaling:
- strategy-driven approach
- reality check-ins
- desired outcomes
- bottom liners
“More words … blah … blah … more thinking … more work” is what I thought when I reviewed my writing. So I put my pen down and walked over to my yoga mat. After doing a few restorative poses, I moved into my ten sun salutations. When I finished, I sat on my meditation cushion and did several rounds of alternate nostril breathing. That really opened my heart. I took it a step further and grabbed my mala beads for a mantra chanting session that ended with several quiet OMs.
After my morning yoga, I returned to my kitchen for breakfast. While eating my oatmeal, I realized that The Business of Being Ananda Leeke deserves a strategy-driven approach that incorporates my heart and mind. There must be balance between the two. A Yin and Yang approach to be-ing me.
Stay tuned for more updates on The Business of Being Ananda Leeke!
Peace and Creativity,
PS: Be sure to tune into the first episode of The Ananda Leeke Show, an online radio program that celebrates creativity in everyday life, on June 30 at 8pm EST on Talkshoe.com. I will discuss my insights on writing my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery(Summer 2009 Release – iUniverse, Inc.). Click here to listen to the show: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/15820. If you miss it, you can listen to a recording several minutes after the show airs. You can also download the show to your computer or iPod via iTunes.
Great News! The Ananda Leeke Show, an online radio program that celebrates creativity in everyday life, will launch on June 30, 2009, at 8:00 p.m. (EST) on Talkshoe.com: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/15820.
Join me as I share my own creative adventures, advice, artwork, books, challenges, discoveries, healthy life practices, insights, inspiration, lessons learned, resources, and tips as an artist, author, writer, blogger, creativity coach, yoga teacher, Reiki Master practitioner, and innerpreneur.
The first episode will discuss my insights on writing my upcoming poetic memoir, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir (Summer 2009 – iUniverse, Inc.).
Click here to read the press release: http://www.prlog.org/10257014-authorartistcreativity-coach-ananda-leeke-launches-the-ananda-leeke-show-to-celebrate-creativity.html.