Ananda’s reflection on Kuumba (creativity), the 6th day of Kwanzaa

Greetings All!

Happy New Year’s Eve!  Happy Kuumba (Creativity), the 6th day of Kwanzaa!

What does creativity mean to you?

How have you been creative in 2009?

What are your creative plans for 2010?

Click on my Cinchcast below to hear my reflection on Kuumba and an excerpt about creativity from my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (available on Amazon.com – http://tiny.cc/7uFsg).  I also mention the way African Americans are using their creativity and social media tools (Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, etc.) to tell their stories on web TV shows such as my new five favorites: “Anacostia”, “Buppies”, “Kindred”, “The New 20s”, and “Wed-Locked.”  All of these shows represent a new wave of artistic freedom in 21st century visual culture.  They celebrate the independence of creative folks who are willing to tell a wide range of stories that document the many facets of African American life.  For me, they echo one of my favorite mantras: Black folks are NOT and will never be monolothic!  They also  remind me of my debut novel, Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (www.lovestroubadours.com ; available on Amazon.com –  http://tinyurl.com/yfxtqyq) are also sources of inspiration for my next novel, Love’s Trouabadours – Symon: Book Two. 

Enjoy your day and New Year’s Eve!  Many blessings to you and your family in 2010! 

Peace, Compassion, and Creativity,

Ananda

Wed-Locked, another fabulous web TV show and source of inspiration for my new novel Love’s Troubadours – Symon: Book Two

Greetings All,

The blogosphere is full of web TV inspiration for a writer like myself.  Thanks to the Black Web TV Facebook page, I learned about “Wed-Locked” (http://www.saint-victor.net/www.saint-victor.net/Projects.html), a fabulous new comedy web TV show about Robert and Denise Davis, a young Black married couple who love each other and are working to keep their marriage together.  They remind me of my own characters in my debut novel, Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (www.lovestroubadours.com) and the current novel I am writing Love’s Troubadours – Symon: Book Two.  “Wed-Locked” was launched in November.  It features actress Karla Mosley of the soap opera “Guiding Light” and Lawrence Saint-Victor, the creator and executive producer of the series.  Mosley and Saint-Victor worked together on the “Guiding Light” before it was cancelled.  Mosley also serves as a producer for the show. Christina Faison directs the series. 

You can watch the five episodes here:  http://www.saint-victor.net/www.saint-victor.net/Screening_Room.html.   Check them out on YouTube too: http://www.youtube.com/user/WedLocked09

The show also has a Facebook  page:  http:www.facebook.comWedLockedWebSeriesv=info&ref=profile#/WedLockedWebSeries?v=wall&ref=profile

You can also follow the show on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/WedLockedTweet.

That’s all I am gonna say for now. I watched the preview video “Wed-Locked” on YouTube and fell head over heels in love. Yep I sure did!  I will watch the series and share my thoughts about it soon.  Until then, check out the preview video and a webisode about marriage counseling below.

I loved the interview that Lawrence Saint-Victor and Karla Mosley did on We Love Soaps because they discussed the power of creating their own show with their own stories.  Indie artists creating indie content is amazing!  Watch the interview below.

Enjoy your final day of 2009!

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda