Eighty Moods of Maya

Eighty Moods of Maya


ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



 The panorama of “moods” covers various habitations in the “Soular System”

from galas (sponsored by Oprah) to special dinners, ad hoc soirees, on-the-road performances,

awards ceremonies, and a [Toni Morrison] “Nobel Party” with “Noble Friends.”



Books by Eugene Redmond

Sides of the River (1969)  /  Sentry of the Four Golden Pillars (1970) / River of Bones and Flesh and Blood (1971) / Songs from an Afro/Phone (1972)

 In a Time of Rain & Desire (1973) / Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas (2003) / Drumvoices

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Eighty Moods of Maya & Other Photo-Poetic Moments from the Eugene B. Redmond Collection Edited by Howard Rambsy II

(ISBN 978-1-880748-66-4) 102 pages Published Summer 2008


The 500-plus images in this book were culled from thousands produced over four decades. “Eighty” of these, which enter the eye via a near-38-year “brothering-sistering” relationship between Maya Angelou and Eugene B. Redmond, debuted in April, 2008, as an exhibit at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach (FL) during Maya’s 80th Birthday Celebration.

Arranged “see”-matically rather than chronologically, these images—“moods”—include Maya’s 48th birthday in Sonoma (CA), 1976, and Thanksgiving in Winston-Salem (NC), 2007. The panorama of “moods” covers various habitations in the “Soular System” from galas (sponsored by Oprah) to special dinners, ad hoc soirees, on-the-road performances, awards ceremonies, and a [Toni Morrison] “Nobel Party” with “Noble Friends.”

Settings range from the West Coast to the East Coast. The remaining 400-plus images compliment Maya’s “eighty moods” through single-page collages of a memorial for Reginald Lockett; Alexandria, Louisiana’s Arna Bontemps Museum and Kwanzaa celebration; “Nigeria in Words & Images”; “Paris 1992”; and “Gallery(s) of Writers . . . Bluesicians . . . Filmmakers & Photographers.”

 Multi-page photo-poetic-mosaics of Soular Systems in East Saint (“Arkansippi”) Midwest include “Apropos Katherine Dunham”; “Gwen’s & Haki’s Chicago”; and “The Miles Davis Legacy.” Then there’s California (“West Coastin’ from San Francisco Bay to World Stage L-A”) where Redmond spent more than a decade (1970 to mid-80’s) as a teacher-writer-activist at CSU-Sacramento.

And, finally, the East Coast (“jazz n pizza, beans n salsa”) for “writers rites,” funeral rites (Max Roach’s, St. Clair Bourne’s, Sekou Sundiata’s) and Book Fair-based “Miami’s Asili Nights.” A sampling of images in the “panorama” includes: Chinua Achebe, Carol Adams, Opal Palmer Adisa, Margaret Walker Alexander, Debbie Allen, Molefi Asante, Nick Ashford, Toni Cade/Bambara, Fontella Bass, Phoebe Beasley, Ruth Beckford, Julie Belafonte, Lerone Bennett Jr., Georgene Bess, Odessa Bethea, Hamieet Bluiet, The Bosman Twins, Avery Brooks, Gwendolyn Brooks, Cecil Brown, James Brown, Ed Bullins, Charles Burnett, Khephra Burns, Margaret Burroughs, Stokley Carmichael, Michael Castro, Marie A. Celestin, John Henrik Clarke, William Lacy Clay, Pearl Cleage, Jerry Costello, Jayne Cortez, David Covin, Roscoe Crenshaw, Julie Dash . . .

Michael Datcher, Nia Damali, Kamau Daaood, Angela Davis, Justin Desmangles, Grace Douglas, Rita Dove, Loretta Dumas, Mari Evans, George Faison, Eddie Fisher, Roberta Flack, Joanne Gabbin, William Gass, Haile Gerima, Nikki Giovanni, Danny Glover, Brenda Greene, Russell Gunn, Herbie Hancock, Joy Harjo, Isaac Hayes, Eugene Haynes Jr., Roy Haynes, Dorothy Height, David Henderson, Nona Hendryx, Gil Scott-Heron, The Hudlin Brothers, Angela Jackson, Clyde C. Jordan, Pam Kay, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, John Oliver Killens, B.B. King, Coretta Scott King, Walter Knicks, Yusef Komunyakaa, Patti Labelle, Oliver Lake, Aseneth Lakes, Eddie Levert, Richard A. Long, Charlois Lumpkin, K.Curtis Lyle, Haki R. Madhubuti, devorah major, Joseph McNair, Tony Medina, Jose Montoya, Toni Morrison, Harryette Mullen, Dahveed Nelson, Elizabeth Nunez, Barbara O, Odetta, Tess Onwueme, Brenda Marie Osbey, Ike Paggett, Gordon Parks, Raymond Patterson, Reginald & Edna Patterson, Kevin Powell, Robert Earl Price . . .

Remi Raji, Ishmael Reed, Sam Rios, Cleo Parker Robinson, Danny Romero, Darlene Roy, Kalamu ya Salaam, Sonia Sanchez, Otis Scott, Wayne Shorter, Hortense Simmons, Valerie Simpson, Amritjit Singh, Wole Soyinka, Donald Suggs, Clyde Taylor, Susan Taylor, Barbara Ann Teer, Clark Terry, Leticia Del Toro, Eleanor Traylor, Quincy Troupe, Vaughn Vandegrift, Derek Walcott, Jerry Ward, Olga Wayne, Lena Weathers, Richard Wesley, Treasure Williams, Bebe Winans, Oprah Winfrey,  Ellen Wright,  JuliaWright, Al Young and others.

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To order “Eighty Moods of Maya,” complete the form below

and return it along with a check/money order for $15.00 (plus $3.00 shipping and handling) to:

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“Eighty Moods of Maya” is part of the Drumvoices Revue Supplement Series of catalogs, monographs, chapbooks, pamphlets, and special-focus projects published since 1991 by the English Department of SIUE and the Eugene B.Redmond Writers Club (P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, IL 62201).

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Harlem Arts Salon Celebrates

Two Decades of Drumvoices Review

Sunday 12 October 2008, 3 pm to 5:30 pm With Founding Editor Eugene B. Redmond & Special Guests: Amiri Baraka, Jayne Cortez, Sandra Maria Estevez, Sonia Sanchez

Introducing St. Louis  DrumVoices Revue Contributors: Charlois Lumpkin & Darlene Roy1925 Seventh Avenue 7L (at 116 St), New York, NY RSVP to: Harlem Arts Saloon or (212) 749-7771

Eighty Moods of Maya  / Images and Homages: “Memwars” 

posted 19 August 2008

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Age of Silver: Encounters with Great Photographers

By John Loengard

Age of Silver is iconic American photographer John Loengard’s ode to the art form to which he dedicated his life. Loengard, a longtime staff photographer and editor for LIFE magazine and other publications, spent years documenting modern life for the benefit of the American public. Over the years he trained his camera on dignitaries, artists, athletes, intellectuals, blue and whitecollar workers, urban and natural landscapes, manmade objects, and people of all types engaged in the act of living. In Age of Silver, Loengard gathers his portraits of some of the most important photographers of the last half-century, including Annie Leibovitz, Ansel Adams, Man Ray, Richard Avedon, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and many, many others. Loengard caught them at home and in the studio; posed portraits and candid shots of the artists at work and at rest.   Complimenting these revealing, expertly composed portraits are elegant photographs of the artists holding their favorite or most revered negatives. This extra dimension to the project offers an inside peek at the artistic process and is a stark reminder of the physicality of the photographic practice at a time before the current wave of digital dominance. There is no more honest or faithful reproduction of life existent in the world of image making than original, untouched silver negatives.   Far from an attempt to put forth a singular definition of modern photographic practice, this beautifully printed, duotone monograph instead presents evidence of the unique vision and extremely personal style of every artist pictured. Annie Leibovitz is quoted in her caption as once saying, “I am always perplexed when people say that a photograph has captured someone. A photograph is just a piece of them in a moment. It seems presumptuous to think you can get more than that.” —PowerhouseBooks

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