Sunday, April 26, 2009

More Good News

While everyone has been out and about, enjoying the summer-like weather, I have been holed away inside my apartment (well, except for when I had to shuttle my daughter to and from the Harlem School of the Arts, but that was like 3 hours tops...sheesh) bouncing back and forth between my computer and BlackBerry (and four loads of laundry) accomplishing even greater feats of magic...I just got word that not one, but two more well-known and respected artists have agreed to connect themselves to this amazing movement/event. I can't divulge any further details (booooooooo, I know) but as I've previously mentioned, our fundraiser event is shaping up to be something wonderful and I can't wait for you all to see the treats we have in store!


Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Making of...a Making.

There's something about event planning that can drive the inexperienced planner, plum crazy--for example, the long hours put into phone calls, follow-up and footwork, the swell of (psychic) energy it takes to thwart unforeseeable troubles and the bouts of stroke inducing anxiety from waiting for people to actually show up. Luckily, I'm not so inexperienced in the event planning department but still that doesn't keep me from waking up in the middle of the night, in a cold sweat, clutching at my chest (palpitations, palpitations...).

Now breathe, stretch, shake, let it go...

Ok, so the good news here is that the planning for the fundraiser event that I'm hosting, along with my partner Curtis John, is in full swing and on track. We present to you:

SHOW LOVE: a Fundraiser Benefit for ZEMIRA

On Wednesday June 17th we'll be gathering at the Bronx Museum of the Arts for an evening of spoken word, film, and music to raise the funds necessary to bring ZEMIRA to the big screen. But before I even get into the evening's lineup I just want to send out an extra special thanks to the folks on my team who have been working behind the scenes and helping me to make this thing happen--Suraiyah, Abasi (aka DJ Prototype), Nneka, Cyril, Liz, Scott (Free), Corinne, Chris T., and Kedon--I love you all very much and thank you for your insight, care and patience! Akira Barclay, I think you are wonderful and as for for you, Mr. John, you already know that this project (in its entirety) wouldn't have gotten this far without you and for you I am truly grateful.

I also want to take a moment to send another special thanks to Mr. Jesse Boykins III, a young gentleman whom I very much admire and is taking time out of his very busy schedule to support our cause and bless us with his prescence (if you haven't yet copped his albums Dopamine: My Life on My Back or The Beauty Created, please do so now--he is a talent not to be missed folks!). In addition, a big, BIG shout goes out to my boy SoSoon (Queens, stand up!) who will also be coming through to give us the gift of music--whoever said The Bridge is over, lied (sorry KRS). You sucka MC's have been forwarned.

But wait, that's not all folks!

Some of the dopest poets around have also agreed to come out and SHOW LOVE--Definition, WordSmith Jones, Kayan Ali James, LaToya Nelson, Timothy "Prolific" Jones and his Indelible crew are just a sampling of the jaw-dropping artistry to expect.

It all goes down on June 17, 2009 at 7PM at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door). There will be surprises galore, including a special sneak preview of our film in progress. Join us. Support us. SHOW LOVE.

Please note that this event is for guests 21 and up. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to cover ZEMIRA's budget. The Bronx Museum of the Arts is in no way affliated with the sale of tickets and all ticket inquiries should be specifically addressed to Zemira Film, Inc. (