Writer blends poetry, activism in book

first_imgSaint Mary’s welcomed Ekere Tallie, a poet whose work focuses on the values of an activist, to Carroll Auditorium on Thursday for a reading. She said her book, “Karma’s Footsteps,” is filled with the songs of a black, poor and resilient woman.Tallie said that she lives by writer and civil rights activist Audre Lorde’s quote, “your silence will not protect you.” In one of her poems, Tallie said she wrote, “wounded eyes will tell it, even though we don’t.”Tallie said her poetry revealed her personal experience of being sexually abused. She said she learned as hard as it was for her to reveal herself as a victim, sharing her story helps other people.“Poetry for me is not art for art’s sake; it’s art for our sake,” Tallie said. “I will share my poetry with anybody who is open.”Tallie said she draws inspiration from sources all around her, including race, love and the blues. Her book “Continuum,” which will be published this September, features a series of 12 letters to Tallie’s imaginary friend, Continuum.“I am interested in young writers interested in liberation,” Tallie said. “Continuum is interested in using art for liberation.”Tallie said she “[has] so many poems on love gone wrong.” She read a poem titled “Medusa,” inspired by a former boyfriend who told her that her hair made her look like Medusa as she stepped out of the shower.“As a woman I am unafraid to turn men to stone,” she said, concluding the poem.Tallie revealed an unfinished poem she was in the process of editing called “Lady.”“It’s a piece I am currently working on,” Tallie said. “It’s about a crazy woman, not accepting her crazy, but acknowledging it.”Tallie also read pieces centered on the immigration of entire black communities.“There are two types that I cover,” Tallie said. “One is voluntary migration, like the Great Migration, and the other is forced, where people were literally forced out of the South in the early nineteenth century.”The poetess also spoke about women accepting and loving their bodies, a topic considered in her poem dedicated to the beauty of gap-toothed women. Tallie said she encountered a cab driver in New York who spent their entire drive trying to convince her that her smile was beautiful.Tallie said she began to fully appreciate her culture after reading “The Autobiography of Malcom X” when she was 16 years old.“Now people think Malcolm X and make so many assumptions,” Tallie said. “He made many changes, but in the end he understood the brotherhood of men.”Tallie said her family has a rich history in the South, involving themselves in the rights movement.“I also like hidden stories, getting beneath the surface,” Tallie said. “I have many stories of my own that I just sit in my room and write, but you need to separate wheat from chaff to find out what is meaningful to other people.”Junior Dara Marquez looked up Tallie’s poetry after noticing the fliers around the College’s campus.“I found her spoken word to be empowering and wanted to be a part of her words in person,” Marquez said.Marquez was invited to dinner with Tallie by Student Involvement and Multicultural Services (SIMS).“[Tallie] is really easy going, relatable,” Marquez said. “A lot of the things she says, you relate as a woman. If you’re a creative person curious as to how other people express their values, she’s good at that.”Tags: activism, Civil Rights, Poetry, Saint Mary’s Collegelast_img read more

Guilty plea in high profile child abuse case

first_imgTVNZ News 4 Nov 2011A man has pleaded guilty to two child abuse charges in a high profile case in West Auckland that shocked New Zealanders. The man entered guilty pleas to representative charges of neglect/cruelty of a child, and a representative charge of assault on a child when he appeared in the Auckland District Court yesterday. He remains on bail and sentencing is to take place on December 20. The maximum penalty for neglect of a child is five years imprisonment, while the maximum penalty for assault on a child is two years imprisonment. The man’s wife earlier pleaded guilty to 25 child abuse charges.Call for release of inquiry findingsMeanwhile, Family First is calling on the Minister of Social Development Paula Bennett to release the findings of the independent ministerial inquiry into the case. Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie says “the excuse” for not releasing the report earlier was that the case was still in progress. With the guilty pleas of both parents, the Government can now release the report, and should do so immediately, he said. McCoskrie said Family First believes the report will show shortfalls in collaboration and information sharing between government-funded agencies, an insufficient response when there were so many “red flags”, limited resources, and failings in targeting at-risk families and “rotten” parents , McCoskrie said.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/guilty-plea-in-high-profile-child-abuse-case-4503083Father who tormented 9-year-old pleads guiltyNZ Herald 5 Nov 2011The father of a west Auckland girl found hiding in a cupboard after being subjected to months of torture and abuse has pleaded guilty to his part in her horrific ordeal… As a result of the case Social Development Minister Paula Bennett demanded a review and report on the girl’s care. That report has been presented to Ms Bennett, but she has yet to release the findings. She could not comment yesterday, saying it was inappropriate to speak about the case until after the girl’s parents had been sentenced. But advocacy group Family First wanted the report made public. “The excuse for not releasing the report earlier was that the case was still in progress. With the guilty pleas of both parents, the Government can now release the report, and they should do so immediately,” said national director Bob McCoskrie. Mr McCoskrie said the fact that the girl’s family had been involved with CYF, a family support agency, a registered ACC counsellor, a court-appointed psychologist, the child’s court-appointed lawyer and a child and youth mental health service was “ample proof that the ‘bottom-of-the-cliff’ approach” was not working.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10764004last_img read more

Fred Crentsil quit Hearts

first_imgHearts of oak Chief Executive Fred Crentsil has quit the club ahead of the start of the Ghana premier league on Sunday.Fred Crentsil’s resignation takes effect from Thursday October 4 after stating in his letter he wants to leave the club to concentrate on his new role as the Ghana Football Association vice president.His departure has created a vacuum at the club before their season’s opener against Tema Youth on October 7.JOY Sports understands Vincent Sowah-Odotei who stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Kumasi King Faisal on Monday is likely to be confirmed as the new chief executive officer of Accra Hearts of Oak.last_img

Augusta National adds first 2 female members

first_imgWOMEN IN GREEN—South Carolina financier Darla Moore and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will become the first women in green jackets when the Augusta National Golf Club opens for a new season in October. (AP Photos/File) by Doug FergusonAP Golf Writer NEW YORK (AP)—For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.The home of the Masters, under increasing criticism the last decade because of its all-male membership, invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October. Both women accepted.“This is a joyous occasion,” Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said Monday.The move likely ends a debate that intensified in 2002 when Martha Burk of the National Council of Women’s Organizations urged the club to include women among its members. Former club chairman Hootie Johnson stood his ground, even at the cost of losing Masters television sponsors for two years, when he famously said Augusta National might one day have a woman in a green jacket, “but not at the point of a bayonet.”The comment took on a life of its own, becoming either a slogan of the club’s resolve not to give in to public pressure or a sign of its sexism, depending on which side of the debate was interpreting it.Payne, who took over as chairman in 2006 when Johnson retired, said consideration for new members is deliberate and private, and that Rice and Moore were not treated differently from other new members. Even so, he took the rare step of announcing two of the latest members to join because of the historical significance.“These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well known and respected by our membership,” Payne said in a statement. “It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall. This is a significant and positive time in our club’s history and, on behalf of our membership, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome them and all of our new members into the Augusta National family.”Tiger Woods, who knows Rice through a mutual connection to Stanford, applauded the move.“I think the decision by the Augusta National membership is important to golf,” Woods said. “The Club continues to demonstrate its commitment to impacting the game in positive ways. I would like to congratulate both new members, especially my friend Condi Rice.”Augusta National, which opened in December 1932 and did not have a Black member until 1990, is believed to have about 300 members. While the club until now had no female members, women were allowed to play the golf course as guests.Rice, 57, was the national security adviser under former President George W. Bush and became secretary of state in his second term. The first Black woman to be a Stanford provost in 1993, she now is a professor of political economy at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.“I have visited Augusta National on several occasions and look forward to playing golf, renewing friendships and forming new ones through this very special opportunity,” Rice said in a statement released by the club. “I have long admired the important role Augusta National has played in the traditions and history of golf. I also have an immense respect for the Masters Tournament and its commitment to grow the game of golf, particularly with youth, here in the United States and throughout the world.”Rice recently was appointed to the U.S. Golf Association’s nominating committee.Moore, 58, first rose to prominence in the 1980s with Chemical Bank, where she became the highest-paid woman in the banking industry. She is vice president of Rainwater, Inc., a private investment company founded by her husband, Richard Rainwater. She was the first woman to be profiled on the cover of Fortune Magazine, and she made a $25 million contribution to her alma mater, South Carolina, which renamed its business school after her.Johnson regarded the membership debate as infringing on the rights of a private club, even though every April it hosts the Masters, the most popular of the four major championships, which brings in millions of dollars through television rights for the highest-rated telecast in golf.last_img read more

Peewee Leafs double Rossland/Trail 4-2 to clinch West Kootenay semi final series, now meet Castlegar Sunday in Sunflower City

first_imgBackstopped by the rock-solid goaltending by Curt Doyle, Nelson took a 1-0 lead on a second-period goal by Enns.Jayden Bennett increased the margin to 2-0 before the team exchanged goals.Enns then score into the empty net to complete the comeback.Ben Woodward also scored for Nelson.The Reps now advance to play Castlegar in the West Kootenay Minor Hockey Peewee Rep Finals beginning Sunday in the Sunflower City.Castlegar won the regular season league title by a point over Nelson. The teams split three regular season games but Nelson defeated their West Kootenay rivals twice in tournament play.Game two of the series is tentatively set for Tuesday in Nelson.The West Kootenay winner represents the zone at the B.C. Minor Hockey Tier III Peewee Rep Championships March 18-23 in Quesnel.sports@thenelsondaily.com The Nelson Peewee Reps took the long road to the West Kootenay Minor Hockey League Peewee Rep Final.After rallying from a one game deficit, the Reps completed the comeback against Rossland/Trail, doubling the visitors 4-2 Thursday at the Civic Centre in Nelson.Avery Enns scored twice to lead the Reps to the victory.”Once again we had a slow start in the first period,” said Nelson coach Brian Jones. “I don’t think it was nerves. All season we just seem to do it the hard way.”Nelson, winners of game two of the series 6-2 in Trail Monday, wins the first-team-to-four-point series 4-2.Rossland/Trail won the opening game of the playoff series Friday in Nelson 1-0. Brett Watson was outstanding in shutting out the Nelson Reps.However, Thursday Nelson continued to build from Monday’s performance.last_img read more

Indian Khasias kill Bangladeshi near Sylhet border

first_imgLocation of Kanaighat upazila of Sylhet. Photo: Google MapA Bangladeshi youth was shot to death allegedly by members of Indian Khasia community near Dana border area in Kanaighat upazila of Sylhet district on Saturday morning.The deceased is Mamun Uddin, 28, son of a certain Jalal Uddin of Sonarkhwar village in the upazila, reports UNB.Local union parishad chairman Fayaz Ahmed said Mamun went to India illegally on Friday night.A group of Khasia community opened fire on Mamun while he was bringing cattle from India through the border around 9:00am, leaving him dead on the spot, he added.Upazila Nirbahi Officer Tania Sultana and Kanaighat police station officer-in-charge Abdul Ahad confirmed the matter.last_img