Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Tea Time

What's Jack up to? Well, this morning he had me walking back and forth, freezing my butt off while he happily romped around in his lovely furry coat.

Yesterday I topped off my MLK weekend by attending an African-American writers literary tea for the Westchester Library system. One of my super cool friends was nice enough to treat me to a ticket to the charity event. Her sister was the MC and host. Because of my hot VIP connections (thanks KF) I got to sit at a great table with some of the featured authors.

Beverly Jenkins who writes African-American historical romances as well as contemporary ones was charming and very funny. Her reading of letters from her book Indigo had everyone in awe of her and reflecting on the struggles of slavery and the power of love.

Rene Syler formally of CBS's Morning Show talked about her book Good Enough Mother. Apart from being gorgeous, she had us all in stitches with stories of her children whom she calls, Gasoline and Fire! All the mothers in the audience could relate to that.

Author Terrie Williams spoke about her new book Black Pain in which she reflects on the pain we as African-Americans have as a result of our ancestors past. She also talked about the "mask" that we put on everyday and how you never know what your fellow person is really going though. When she said that often, "how are you?" is the hardest question to answer. We all had to nod our heads.

It was a wonderful afternoon and a great way to celebrate Dr. Kings birthday, being inspired by dynamic black women and reflecting on how far we have come as a people and as a country. Also looking forward to the future and how far we still have to go. Make no mistake, there is still plenty of work to be done. Now go do it!



Brown Girl Gumbo said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. What an honor to be in the company of such great writers! Lucky you! :-)

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

Sounds like a cool event Kwana. Maybe you could write up something for Keynotes!

pve design said...

Never hurts to rub elbows to give you a little grease to get back to your own fire as a writer! So thrilled that you were able to attend!

Kwana said...

Thanks Brown Girl. It was a great time. I was very honored.

I'll have to see, Elizbeth. Not sure if I could do an article right now.

Thanks Patricia. It was great fun and I met some inspirational people.

Tony Stringfield said...

Keep the ink flowing sista, I look forward to one of your masterpieces in the near future.

Kwana said...

Thanks for the motivation! From your mouth to the editor's ears.

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