The Soul of a Poet: RIP Gil Scott-Heron

This is a very beautiful interview with the late Gil Scott-Heron who passed away on May 27th, 2011. His work touched me deeply as a young writer and I had the chance of seeing him later on in his career, just over a decade ago in Toronto. His work spans an important era, one which many of us are only able to read about to fully relate and understand the type of courage and character it took to write as one who is truly socially-engaged. I am sure he's being welcomed with joy by the ancestors — and to my fellow writers, he has now become an ancestor of ours. It goes without saying that being on the receiving end of the richness of his work has been an amazing gift and pleasure in my lifetime.

Video produced by and copyright of Jamie Byng. 
Originally published on the Guardian's Web site May 28th, 2011.

The Artists of Grand Rue, After the Quake

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This video was shot by Georgia Popplewell shortly after the earthquake of 2009 in the Port-au-Prince neighbourhood of Grand Rue, which is where Ghetto Biennale takes place. Grand Rue is considered the Greenwich Village of Port-au-Prince and the area is home to artists of all types. The quake happened shortly after the 1st Ghetto Biennale and this short shows how it has impacted this creative community. This interview is with Belle Williams, the spokesperson for Ti Moun Rezistans (Children of Resistance), an arts program for children in the Grand Rue district of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

View works by the children of Ti Moun Rezistans.

Pan Afrikan Performing Arts Institute

Here is a great short doc on Papai — performer d'bi.young's exciting new arts organization, located in South Africa. Visit both the Papa Institute and d'bi.young's Web sites. Her work, as always, is truly remarkable.
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