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The Harlem Renaissance

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on February 12, 2019 at 6:41 am

Harlem Renaissance Players

“…Our problem is to conceive, develop, establish an art era. Not white art painting black…let’s bare our arms and plunge them deep through laughter, through pain, through sorrow, through hope, through disappointment, into the very depths of the souls of our people and drag forth material crude, rough, neglected. Then let’s sing it, dance it, write it, paint it. Let’s do the impossible. Let’s create something transcendentally material, mystically objective. Earthy. Spiritually earthy. Dynamic.”Aaron Douglas

The Harlem Renaissance was originally called the New Negro Movement – a literary and intellectual era that birthed a new black cultural identity in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Alain Locke

Critic and teacher Alain Locke (a meticulous Virgo) described it as a “spiritual coming of age” in which the black community was able to seize upon its “first chances for group expression and self-determination.” Racism was rampant and economic opportunities were scarce therefore creative expression was one of the few avenues available to African Americans. The Renaissance was primarily literary while the birth of jazz is generally considered a separate movement—the Harlem Renaissance, according to Locke, transformed “social disillusionment to race pride.”

W. E. B. Du Bois (the encouraging Leo) was a Black historian, sociologist, and Harvard scholar. He was at the forefront of the civil rights movement at this time. In collaboration with a group of prominent African-American political activists and white civil rights workers in 1905, Du Bois met in New York to discuss the challenges facing the black community. Four years later the group founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), to promote civil rights and fight African-American disenfranchisement.

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Charles S. Johnson

Black-owned magazines and newspapers flourished, freeing African Americans from the constricting influences of mainstream white society. Charles S. Johnson (a literary Leo – like myself) owned Opportunity magazine which became the leading voice of black culture, and the leading publisher of W.E.B. DuBois’s journal, The Crisis.

Jessie-Redman-Fauset_Harlem-RenaissanceWith Jessie Redmon Fauset (a steady Taurus) as its literary editor, she launched the literary careers of such writers as Arna Bontemps (the Libra perfectionist) , Langston Hughes (the hospitable Aquarius), and Countee Cullen (the “me first” Aries).

Jamaican-born Marcus Garvey began his (Leo courageous) promotion of the “Back to Africa movement.” Garvey founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL), which advocated the reuniting of all people of African ancestry into one community with one absolute government. The movement not only encouraged African-Americans to come together but to also feel pride in their heritage and race. Marcus was known to hold ‘unity’ meetings in Harlem from time to time – including at the current residence of Fab5Freddy ( the analytical Virgo). It’s good to know that the future of our history remains positively in progress.

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Claude McKay

A (Virgoan) poet/novelist Claude McKay is published in the magazine Survey Graphics as a literary reflection of the movement in Harlem, along with Jean Toomer (the ambitious [ethnic mixed] writer and philosopher Capricorn) and the (charismatic Gemini) painting artist Aaron Douglas. Survey Graphics was edited by black philosopher Alain Locke, the magazine featured a plethora of works by prominent black writers of the time period.

James Weldon Johnson was a (Gemini) poet, editor, and civil rights leader, who wrote about Harlem during the 1920s in his autobiography, Along This Way (1933). He described it as the era “when Harlem was made known as the scene of laughter, singing, dancing, and primitive passions, and as the center of the new

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James Weldon Johnson

Negro literature and art; the era in which it gained its place in the list of famous sections of great cities”. The Making of Harlem, is an article written by James Weldon Johnson, which was published in The Survey Graphic Harlem Number (March 1925) – the article has since ’gone global’.

Zora Neale Hurston (the literal & profound Capricorn) contributed four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays to the credit of the era. She is best known for her 1937 novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God”. In a letter to Countee Cullen, Zora wrote:

“I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions.”

I agree with Zora as well as all of the artists that were involved in the movement & had great plans for the future. They thought that they could change the world and prevent racial prejudice with their literature and art, and this cultural conviction was taken more than less seriously. Even though we can look back now and see that their hopes were highly optimistic, it doesn’t change the fact that some of the best known African American Authors came from this period. Many wrote in Harlemese; meaning they wrote as they spoke – broken English and all. Zora Neale Hurston was one of the many authors during the Harlem Renaissance that wrote and spoke the lingo. Zora was a southern woman, born in the South but birthed in Harlem….again, much like myself.

The Harlem Renaissance era started this literal revolution that I stand on today. The Negro Movement has evolved over the last 90 years. I can truly say — what our ancestors put in place less than a century ago is still serving us today.

Literal, Black & Creatively Expressing,
I’m Qui (a word witty Leo she)
The Harlem Renaissance era is my current blessing.

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And

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on April 7, 2015 at 7:55 am
And... I'm always on-the-go

And… I’m always on-the-go

The weekend was full and Phoenix was hot
I was massaging my mind and learning a lot.

I spent the weekend thinking about my future
building new bridges and nurturing sutures.

No. I’ve not been cut, though I am healing up
from lack of production; that mundane stuff

that happened last year, when I was hopelessly
in love with helping others – philanthropy.

And then comes 2015… it’s only April so far
and my production schedule has me looking like a star.

Last year is still near but feels so far.
I used to be a patron… now I own the bar.

And life is beautiful again – I do love Spring
and all of the blooming good that it brings.

I’m avoiding the news and racking up the laughs,
I know perils exist – I am cautious when I pass.

And no matter what I’m faced with or what I’m going through
I’ve got my creative mind, my writes and the company of you.

You make it all worth the while.
I’d look pretty silly standing solo with this smile:


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It’s Day 2. of a new week and I’m feeling pretty good,
I’m Qui
And these are the contents of my inner monologue-hood.

Interviewed by the future – For future use

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement, TV Shows on September 12, 2014 at 5:58 am

The ChildrenCurious Teen: Is partying all that you do Ms. Qui?

Ms. Qui: Pretty much.

Curious Teen: But how? How do you do it?

Ms. Qui: It’s all in the way that you set it up, my dear.

Curious Teen: Set what up?

Ms. Qui: Life.

Besides being an energetic, creative free-spirit that reels exciting personalities in all day, I am indeed an avid partier.  And to be honest, I really can’t help myself. Life is so… exciting!

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The kid sat upright, lifted his brow and  erected his back,
he said, “Ms. Qui. I love the fact that you get down like that.

Whenever I think of you, in my creative minds eye,
I think ‘Jabbawockee’ — [from that Star Wars sci-fi].”

Oh my!“, I responded, “A Jabbawockee? How could it be?”
I know them from blowing up Randy Jackson’s  ABCD.

I was a fan of the dancing Jabbawockeez, so I broke into a dance move.
He stopped me and said, “That’s what I’m talking about — you’re all party and groove!”

I replied, “I don’t understand what you mean by the parallel that you’ve made.”
He said “Those tiny bears on Star Wars – they were all party and little behave.”

He continued to say, “I’ve been watching you, and quite a lot,
and I’d love to posses a fraction of the zest that you’ve got.”

The Jabbawockee inside of me is apparently vibrant, alive and awake.
A master at the art of living, draws little distinction between his work and play.

My work is so much fun; the obvious enjoyment can not be hid.
I thank God, I am blessed to work “reel production” with the most talented of kids.
Disney’s not the only one that can identify an adolescent whiz!

He’s actually looking at my life and charting his vibrant and productive future.
There’s a bit of a gap between adults and teens, though Ms. QUI’s view is a suture.

Ooo yeah! I like the way he sees me, no need to bear hues of bitter blue,
I’m Qui
Excited
to have been Interviewed by the future – For future use.

Jabbawockees
It’s the weekend babies! Let’s party like…
a Jabbawockee!
No worries. You Deserve it!