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Visions of Black Life: An Outstanding Collection of Short Stories and Poetry, Volume II

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ISSN 1556-2190;
ISBN 978-0-9770904-4-0 (softcover), US $25.00
May 2006.
100 pp.

Visions of Black Life 2

Book Description (Annotation)

Annual periodical that is a collection of literary short nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Volume II includes the work of ten contributors whose poetry reflects the experience of black Americans, with cultural expression reflecting African American, Caribbean, and African heritage: “MOON DOGS II” (Ramona Robbins Porter Newton); “Silence is Only Freedom's Pause” (Sherlock Griffith); “Awakening” (Joanava McDaniel); “Invocation of Brotherhood” (Callistus Eluagu); “Rebirth” and “Nataki” (Marie Henry); “Indeed” (Valton Dejuan Jackson); “My First Day” (Kevin A. Stewart); “You Made Me Mad” (Angela Young-Richie); “Brown Beauty” and “American Dream” (Cierra M. Robinson); “Home of the Free” (Brandi L. Hargette).

Contributing Authors


Ramona Robbins Porter NewtonRamona Robbins Porter Newton was born in Lansing, Michigan, but has lived most of her life in Detroit, Michigan where she became a French and Spanish teacher. In her early years, she displayed an aptitude for art and writing. She wrote poems and essays for her high school paper and was given the art award when she graduated. In Detroit she took writing poetry seriously. She self-published a book of poems entitled Soliloquy and joined Dudley Randall’s poetry club. Newton also was the ghostwriter for a friend’s autobiography which has been published. As for her reasons for writing MOON DOGS II, she asks, how can a person love poetry and not love music just as well? They are so intertwined! In any case, she decided to express her admiration of Barry White and Sarah Vaughn. Barry’s theatrical stage entries and presence attracted her and Sarah Vaughn’s voice is truly divine. She doubts if they ever really sang together but decided to make it happen for her audience. Enjoy!

Sherlock GriffithSherlock Griffith was born in Barbados and immigrated to the United States in 1972. He grew up in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Lower Merion High School. A talented student athlete, he received various awards for his soccer and track and field prowess. Sherlock now resides in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, with his wife, Sheila (adjunct professor). Sherlock earned his B.A. and M.B.A from Eastern University and works for Merchants Insurance Group as the Local Branch Commercial Underwriting Supervisor. He has worked in the insurance industry for more than 25 years.
   When not engaged in his professional pursuits, Sherlock enjoys writing poetry. He is expanding his collection of proverbs which he plans to have published in the near future. His article, “Psalm of Brotherhood,” was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s “Community Voices” on January 20, 2002. Sherlock was the editor and publisher of his prior employer’s local branch newsletter, Bearable News Grams. For its final edition, he wrote and published a poetic tribute to victims of the September 11, 2001 bombing at the World Trade Center, entitled “Tribute to Those Whose Spirit Will Never Die.” His favorite books are uplifting and inspirational in content.

Joanava McDaniel Joanava McDaniel was born in Barbados, and she is the mother of one daughter, Shelley Johnson, and grandmother of five beautiful girls. After completing high school, she left the island in 1967 to study nursing in England. In 1972 she graduated as a registered nurse from Middlesex Hospital, London, England. She is also a certified midwife (certificate from Tercentenary School of Nursing, Barbados), a public health nurse (certificate from West Indies School of Public Health, Jamaica, West Indies) and has other nursing credentials.
   In 1983 she resigned from her position with the Ministry of Health in Barbados and moved to the U.S. Since her arrival, Joanava has worked in various positions as a professional nurse. She belongs to The Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, England and is a Fellow of the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization.
   An ordained Christian minister, Joanava has been an evangelist, director of a Bible institute, and missionary. Over the past decade, she worked as a missionary nurse, assisting in conducting health care clinics, and establishing schools and churches in Haiti. Her missionary nursing activities was acknowledged by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and documented in the 2004 issue of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives-The Stories of Nurses. In 2000 she founded and currently presides over Project WORD Foundation, Inc., a non-profit missions oriented organization in Pa. She is completing a master’s degree in theology at the Palmer Theological Seminary. In March 2006 she authored a book, A Handbook for Missionaries.

Callistus Eluagu Callistus Eluagu is a poet, a writer, actor, and director of African traditional comedy and drama. He was born in sub-Saharan Africa in Port Harcourt, Nigeria to Mr. and Mrs. Paulinus and Enwe Eluagu. An outstanding student in his high school days, he also was a skillful soccer player.
   In 1988 Callistus was admitted the University of UYO, Nigeria to study English. He graduated in 1992 with a bachelor of arts degree in English (BA honors). He also received an honorary certificate as an actor and director from the university and a merit certificate from the National Youth Service in Nigeria. His rare creativity, skill, and poetic artistry are manifested in his seven unpublished books. These he hopes to share with humanity and especially lovers of poetry, drama, and prose. His culture of writing is stylized. Callistus presently resides in Houston, Texas with his family.

Marie HenryMarie Henry enjoys writing, yoga, and cooking for family and friends. She published her first poetry book in March 2004. Her poem “I Want a President” was written in the spring of 1972 and received a “Golden Poet Award” in 1989 when a friend submitted it to a poetry contest. Marie has been writing poetry since the eighth grade. She lives a quiet and peaceful life today after retiring from the noble profession of teaching.
Valton Dejuan JacksonValton Dejuan Jackson is completing his sophomore year at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. He is from Columbus, Ga., and is a theatre performance major and a double minor in business and dance. Valton was selected as the Homecoming King for 2005 and was also crowned as this year’s Black Student Union Pageant Prince. He is a highly involved student on campus, and is president of the Berea College Dance Team. Upon attaining his undergraduate degree, Valton plans to attend the Julliard School for the Performing Arts in New York City, then pursue a long-lasting career in professional entertainment on both stage and screen. Valton thoroughly enjoys all forms of the arts and self expression, and also cherishes his family and faith with lots of love and importance. When not attending school in Kentucky, Valton resides in Columbus, Ga., with his mother and little brother Devin.
Kevin A. Stewart Kevin A. Stewart was born in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1981. He lived in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania for seven years, until his family moved to Sicklerville, New Jersey, in 1988, which he still calls home.
   Kevin started writing poetry his freshman year of high school. He always writes based on his feelings and what he sees happening around him. Poetry is his place, other than sports, for self-expression. Poetry is his utopia because of the many places it takes him, the images that it shows him, and the ability it gives him to share his thoughts with all people. His writing in high school has helped him later in life, aiding his communication and analytical skills beyond writing on paper. Kevin is a proud 2004 graduate from the University of Delaware, from which he earned his bachelor of science degree. Currently, he is a performance coach at Velocity Sports Performance.

Angela Young-RichieAngela Young-Richie was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She grew up in a loving extended family that valued hard work, education and self-expression. Educated in the Philadelphia public school system, Angela was in the first graduating class of University City High School, at that time Philadelphia’s premiere high school, in 1974. There her growing interest in creative writing and academics was well nurtured.  
   Angela combined her love of writing and working with children in her successful college years. In 1978 she graduated magna cum laude from Temple University with a bachelor of social welfare (BSWf) degree. After graduation Angela worked as a child-life therapist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). While at CHOP she also was an administrative assistant in the Planning and Development Department. During that time she married Curtis Richie and remained at CHOP for 5 years, until her first child was born. She currently works for the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit as a vocational evaluator of special needs high school students.
   Creative writing has been a continued interest, and motherhood presented a new element of self-expression, a passion to write children’s literature. Angela is the author of ONCE UPON A FUTURE—Tales from the New World, self-published in 2002, the author of three children’s short stories and novelty books provided as accompaniments to hand-crafted multicultural dolls for Coffeetots, Inc., author of two manuscripts for children’s books, THE JOURNEY OF JAMAL JACOB JONES and GILBERT G. GILLIANS SICK BED. She has consulted for Rose Metzger Fine Arts Company of Philadelphia, PA, developed a brochure for a National Adoption Center conference, and written for various employers’ newsletters.

Cierra M. RobinsonCierra M. Robinson has been writing since she was in 7th grade. She says it’s funny though because her love for this art started backwards. She used to dread writing. Cierra began spoken word or performance poetry in the 10th grade. When she went to her first poetry slam she was shocked. She didn’t understand the power of the human language just yet. From then on her writing evolved and would never quit.
   In the last week of April 2006, she and five other poets represented Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in a national youth poetry slam in New York City: Brave New Voices alongside 41 other cities. The youth are definitely speaking. Cierra was televised with team Fort Lauderdale in Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices, "an HBO seven-part series that featured teenage poets and their mentors from San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York, Santa Fe, Ft. Lauderdale, Honolulu and Ann Arbor as they prepared for Youth Speaks' 2008 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Finals."
   Not only does Cierra write but also she enjoys photography and drawing. She is pursuing journalism in college in Florida.

Brandi L. Hargette

Brandi HargetteA talented young writer who also performs her poetry in slams and open mike sessions, Brandi L. Hargette grew up in Virginia Beach, VA, and Charlotte, North Carolina. She is studying magazine journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia.

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