Sunday, January 31, 2010

Louisiana State University Libraries Puts Spotlight on "Go, Tell Michelle"

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18, 2010 and Black History Month during February 2010, LSU Libraries offers you a recommended reading list of current publications relating to the African American identity. As always, unless they have been checked out, these books are all available to you via LSU Libraries. Special thanks to Linda Smith Griffin, LSU Libraries Liaison to the African and African American Studies Program, and Alice Daugherty, for compiling this list of books and authors.

Thus far, the list has been viewed by 168 World Cat users.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Go, Tell Michelle_A Montage of Voices

Go, Tell Michelle_The Play was performed on January 19th at the University of Buffalo's Allen Hall Theater. An encore performance marking the first anniversary of President Obama's inauguration was given on the 20th the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Public Library. Both performances had standing room audiences. You can listen to this exciting performance. (CLICK ON THE WORD PERFORMANCE)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Pray for our sister Miriam and support the Haitian Relief Effort

Miriam Guichard, a member of the GTM Sisterhood Network, is in Haiti. She arrived there a day before the earth quake. We have heard from her and know that she is safe but we continue to pray for her safety and that of her family. We can all help the relief effort with our donations. Every amount helps, no matter how small. Join us, keep Miriam in your prayers and donate to Haitian relief.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Thoughts on Michelle : Gusto Magazine: The Buffalo News

The Buzz....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz has started regarding the play. We hope that the entire country will be talking about "Go, Tell Michelle: the Play" just liked they did about the book! See the latest from our hometown newspaper, The Buffalo News.

Thoughts on Michelle : Gusto : The Buffalo News

Monday, January 11, 2010

Go, Tell Michelle Comes to the Stage

On January 19th, we will make history when the dramatic adaptation of "Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady" comes to the stage at Allen Hall Theater at the University at Buffalo. Adapted and directed by Robert Knopf, chair of the University's Theater and Dance Department, "Go, Tell Michelle: the Play" will feature three readers; Karima Amin, Peggy Brooks-Bertram and Barbara Seals Nevergold.

Brooks-Bertram, Seals Nevergold and Knopf were interviewed by local NPR station, WBFO-FM reporter, Eileen Buckley on January 11th. Listen to their interview by clicking on the link below:

Monday, January 4, 2010

Book TV Re-airs "Go, Tell Michelle" Program in 2010

Book TV re-aired our appearance at Bus Boys & Poets Bookstore in Washington, DC. The program kicked off the New Year by airing on January 1st and 2nd. If you missed the Go, Tell Michelle Presentation on Book TV, you can view the video at this link. Please let us know what you think of this program, which features Barbara Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram, co editors of "Go, Tell Michelle" along with contributors: Betty Falato, Lori Polin Jones, Miriam Guichard, Regan Botts Ruiz and Donna Aza Smith.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Va, Parle `a Michelle!

Several months ago, thanks to our contributor, Miriam Guichard, we were introduced to AMINA, a French magazine for African women. Peggy and I, along with several other contributors were interviewed and those interviews were translated into French for the magazine. We are indebted to Marie Leontine Bilombo Tsibinda who conducted the interviews and translated our responses and to Miriam who worked on the translation as well.

Miriam just wrote to update us on the publication of the first of these interviews in AMINA. We don't have a copy of the actual magazine at this time, but I was able to go on line and download a copy of the cover. The magazine is not available on-line but Miriam is trying to get copies for us.

We are continually gratified by the ways in which this sisterhood network has built relationships that have national and international reach! Nous vous remercions! (Thank you) Sisters Miriam and Marie for your support and belief in the importance of this project!

Go, Tell Michelle: You’ve Read the Book, Now See the Play

“Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady” (SUNY Press, 2009) the award winning volume of 100 letters to Michelle Obama written shortly after the 2008 election of President Barack Obama has been adapted as a dramatic production. Drs. Barbara Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram, co-authors and editors of the book, have been working with Dr. Robert Knopf, chair of UB’s Drama Department on this dramatization. The outcome of this collaboration is Dr. Knopf’s adaptation, a one hour play that features three readers.
Dr. Knopf describes “GO, TELL MICHELLE: the Play” as more than a dramatic reading: “It is a montage of lost voices, personal stories, and heartfelt emotions unleashed by the tide of history that has swept the nation.” The play will debut on January 19th at UB’s Allen Hall on the South Campus on the eve of the first anniversary of President Obama’s historic inauguration.

Under Dr. Knopf’s direction, storyteller Karima Amin, Brooks-Bertram and Seals Nevergold will give voice to the stories and poems in this dramatic adaptation. The play will debut on January 19th at UB’s Allen Hall on the South Campus. Performance time is 7:00pm and the production is free and open to the public. Jericka Duncan, reporter from WIVB-TV will act as Emcee.
A second performance will take place at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library on January 20th. As with Tuesday’s program, this performance will be free and open to the public. The Uncrowned Queens Institute and the University at Buffalo’s Department of Theatre and Dance are co-sponsors of this production. The Buffalo Teacher’s Federation is also a key sponsor.

In December 2009, “Go, Tell Michelle” was named by book and movie critic Kam Williams as one of the 10 Best Black Books of 2009.

The program is free and open to the public. Information can be obtained by calling (716) 829-6047.