Filmmaker Molefi K. Asante, Jr.

Filmmaker Molefi K. Asante, Jr.


ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



Asante’s poetry books are Beautiful. And Ugly Too and

Like Water Running Off My Back, an Academy of

American Poets Jean Corrie Prize winner. Asante directed

and produced The Black Candle, a film narrated by Maya Angelou.




Filmmaker Molefi K. Asante, Jr. opens St. Martin Book Fair

in Marigot, June 4, 2009, 8pm


GREAT BAY, St. Martin (May 24, 2009)

Dr. Molefi K. Asanté, Jr. will open the 7th annual St. Martin Book Fair at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Marigot on Thursday, June 4, 2009, at 8 PM, said Shujah Reiph, book fair coordinator. Dr. Asante, award-wining filmmaker, author and professor, will “bring a unique, highly informed and fresh meaning as the keynote speaker to our 2009 book fair theme of ‘Wired,’” said Reiph.

The Philadelphia Inquirer calls Asante “a rare, remarkable talent that brings to mind the great artists of the Harlem Renaissance.” The author of three celebrated books, Asante is the recipient of the 2009 Langston Hughes Award. His latest book, It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop, which will be available at the St. Martin Book Fair, was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “An empowering book that moves you to action and to question status quo America.”

Asante’s poetry books are Beautiful. And Ugly Too and Like Water Running Off My Back, an Academy of American Poets Jean Corrie Prize winner. Asante directed and produced The Black Candle, a film narrated by Maya Angelou. The Morgan State University professor is also the writer/producer of 500 Years Later, winner of numerous awards including Best International Documentary at the Harlem International Film Festival; and the Breaking the Chains award from the UN.

Lucia Nankoe

According to Reiph, Lucia Nankoe from the Netherlands is another writer among the some 10 authors that will visit St. Martin for “the book fair for the entire family.”  Nankoe lectures French, French media and literature at the University of Utrecht. The advisor for various Dutch literature committees also edits manuscripts for publishers and is an editor for the Winternachten Literature Festival. Nankoe’s The Coming of the Snake woman (Komst van de Slangenvrouw), an anthology of Caribbean women stories, was published by VanGennep-Novib in 1998. Nankoe is scheduled to perform her newest work, about the 2009 Guadeloupe-Martinique labor demonstrations, at the St. Martin Book Fair.

The St. Martin Book Fair, June 4-6, is organized by Conscious Lyrics Foundation and House of Nehesi Publishers in collaboration with the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau and the University of St. Martin (USM). The book fair venues for 2009 are the Chamber of Commerce Building, USM, Marigot Public Library, Belair Community Center and schools throughout the island.

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Radisson Resort reception for St. Martin Book Fair authors

MARIGOT, St. Martin (May 28, 2009)—A reception is planned for 15 authors at the Radisson luxury resort on June 3, said Shujah Reiph, St. Martin Book Fair coordinator.

On Tuesday, Reiph discussed the reception with Jeffrey A. Lesker, general manager of Radisson St. Martin Resort, Marina & Spa at the secluded Anse Marcel.

“It was a very friendly meeting. We all seem to share the enthusiasm for the 7th annual St. Martin Book Fair as an original cultural and visitor experience,” said Reiph.

Minerva Dormoy, Collectivity Culture Department head, attended the meeting. “The hard working Culture Department, with the strong support of Collectivity President Gumbs, is a significant sponsor for the book fair this year,” said Reiph.

“As a world-class resort, the generosity of Radisson is also an investment in cultural and intellectual activities and exchanges between St. Martin’s people and our visitors. And as far as I know these are two very old pillars of tourism,” said Reiph.

Most of the authors, a number of which are well celebrated throughout the Caribbean, the USA, Canada, and Europe, will be visiting St. Martin for the first time.

At the Radisson reception the authors, workshop leaders, organizers and sponsors will “meet and greet in a relaxed atmosphere the day before the book fair starts. After that it’s three hectic days of lectures, discussions, workshops, and school visits,” said Reiph. 

“At the reception we plan to make a special presentation to four longstanding contributors and sponsors of the St. Martin Book Fair,” said Reiph.

Among the confirmed poets, novelists, scholars, artists, and workshop leaders for the St. Martin Book Fair 2009 – up to 15 people from about 10 a few days ago, are: George Lamming (Barbados), Dr. Molefi K. Asante, Jr. (USA), Sir Roland Richardson (St. Martin), Dr. Afua Cooper (Canada/Jamaica), Dr. Judith Arndell (St. Martin), Nicole Cage (Martinique), Dr. Danabang Kuwabong (Ghana/Puerto Rico), Caridad Tamayo Fernández (Cuba), Dr. Sandra Paquet (USA), Ernest Pépin (Guadeloupe), Lochard Noel (USA/Haiti), Nicholas Laughlin (Trinidad & Tobago), Max Rippon (Guadeloupe), Mustafa Stitou (Netherlands/Morocco), Lucia Nankoe (Netherlands/Suriname, and Prof. Carole Mauge-Lewis (USA). All book fair workshops are free to the general public.

The St. Martin Book Fair, June 4-6, is organized annually by Conscious Lyrics Foundation and House of Nehesi Publishers in collaboration with the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau and the University of St. Martin (USM).

The 2009 venues for “the book fair for the entire family” are the Chamber of Commerce Building, USM, Marigot Public Library, Belair Community Center and schools throughout the island.

Source: House of Nehesi

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The joy of reading shared with the elderly

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT (May 31, 2009)—As the St. Martin Book Fair Committee (BFC) gears up for the 7th annual St. Martin Book Fair, June 4 – 6, 2009, youngsters and seniors were brought together recently to share “the joy of reading and Caribbean books,” said Shujah Reiph, book fair coordinator. For the recent pre-book fair activity, BFC connected school children and the elderly at the St. Martin Home at St. John Estate (Photo 1) and the Bethany Home in Marigot (Photo 2). “It was a beautiful and dignified sight to see those from a generation that once told us stories from memory now enjoying stories being read to them from Caribbean books by our youngsters,” said Reiph. In the photos, pupils pose with residents of the senior citizens homes following the story readings.

Photo 1: Georgiyann Richardson, MAC Browlia Milliard Campus, read from Brotherhood of the Spurs  by Lasana M. Sekou and Xenji Wyatt, Sr. Magda School, read from Claude’s Adventure by Wendy-Ann Diaz.

Photo 2: Joseph Maccow, CIA secondary school, read from Brotherhood of the Spurs  and Casimir Woolgens, Nina Duverly School, read from Une robe couleur soleil by Nicole Cage-Florentiny. Woolgens is also the winner of his school’s 5th Grade reading contest 2009. Wyatt is the winner of the 2009 readerthon organized by Philipsburg Jubilee Library. (CLF photo)

Source: House of Nehesi

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George Lamming. Sovereignty of the Imagination: Language and the Politics of Ethnicity – Conversations III

Political philosophy, Literature, Caribbean history, Language studies. According to Prof. Anthony Bogues, The Sovereignty of the Imagination gives us that capacity for language and therefore the ability to name and establish categories. But this is not just a literary capacity; it allows us to define freedom. George Lamming recognizes the centrality of the quest for freedom for the social group that he calls ‘this world of men and women from down below.’ George Lamming is an illustrious Caribbean novelist and cultural critic from Barbados. His novels and volumes of essays and literary criticism offer insightful analyses on history, western philosophy, racism, colonization, education, literature and Caribbean independence.

Sovereignty of the Imagination

By George Lamming

Is main book at St. Martin Book Fair  


GREAT BAY, St. Martin (June 2, 2009)—The new book by illustrious Caribbean novelist/thinker George Lamming has just been published here, said Jacqueline Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP). Sovereignty of the Imagination with its main essays “Sovereignty of the Imagination” and “Language and the Politics of Ethnicity,” is the third Conversations title by Lamming and the second in the series published in St. Martin by HNP.

“The tight relationship between politics, knowledge, language, and the spaces of freedom in Lamming’s writings makes him one of the most important political novelists in Caribbean Literature,” said Anthony Bogues, a political scientist at Brown University. Writer Fabian Badejo said that the Barbadian author’s text is “rich, elegant and intellectually seductive as ever; the thrust always towards a new Caribbean ‘with the sovereign right to define its own reality and order its own priorities’.”

“It is as if he were humming Bob Marley’s Redemption Song as a dirge, then intoning it as an anthem of ‘cultural sovereignty’ which [Lamming] describes as ‘the free definition and articulation of the collective self, whatever the rigor of external constraints’,” said Badejo. “For Lamming to publish a book of this quality in St. Martin, in the Caribbean, is also an investment in his belief and work, in the people and region where his life’s commitment abides,” said Sample.

In the essay “Language and the Politics of Ethnicity” Lamming brings up a daring and widening definition of Caribbean people, culture and identity that embraces the region’s African and East Indian descendants in what we might call in St. Martin a ‘bold and brave’ way,” said Sample.

In the essay “Sovereignty of the Imagination” Lamming’s take on Caribbean political parties and unions may be troubling to some, especially politicians, but will be revealing to other.

Dr. Lamming also challenges us to face up to the difference between governing and ruling in a region where the majority of the nation are independent but where realizing sovereignty is still a profound struggle, said Sample. According to Badejo, Lamming, as an abiding father of Caribbean literature, is “daring us to embrace a new definition of ourselves as we seek to carve out a niche for our democratic future in a world bent on branding us as victims of the past.”

“Lamming’s preoccupation with freedom is today very apropos because one feature of our contemporary world is the resurgence of a current of thought and action, which heralds the virtues of empire,” said Bogues, who is also a scholar with the Center for Caribbean Thought.

 The book party for Sovereignty of the Imagination is the high point of the Book Fair closing ceremony at Belair Community Center, Saturday, June 6, 2009, at 8 PM. Lamming will be on hand to hear scholar and University of Miami professor Sandra Paquet deliver the introductory remarks about his new book, said Sample.

Books by George Lamming

In the Castle of My Skin (1953), The Emigrants (1954), Of Age and Innocence (1958), Season of Adventure (1960), and essays – The Pleasure of Exile (1960).

Conversations II: Western Education and the Caribbean Intellectual  (2000)  /  Black World (March 1973)  /  Canon Shot and Glass Beads (1974)

The History of the Guyanese Working People, 1881-1905 (1981)  / Natives of My Person (1972)  / Water with Berries  (1972)


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The President


The University of St. Martin

cordially invites you to the Symposium of the

7th annual St. Martin Book Fair


Friday, June 5, 2009

4 pm – 5:30 pm


President’s Forum, University of St. Martin, Rm 202

The forum, sponsored by the president of the University of St. Martin, will look at the development and current state of Casa de las Américas – particularly its “wiring” of traditional and new media technologies and content diversification – while celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2009, as arguably the oldest and premier Caribbean media organization that promotes, researches, supports, awards and publishes the works of Caribbean and Latin American writers, sculptors, musicians, and other artists and students of literature and the arts.


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Ms. Caridad Tamayo Fernández, presenter

Author, literary research specialist, educator

Center for Literary Research

(Centro de Investigaciones Literarias)

Casa de las Américas, Cuba


Dr. M.K. Asante, Jr.

Filmmaker, poet, author, professor

Morgan State University, USA

Dr. Sandra Paquet

Author, professor, literary scholar

University of Miami, USA

Mr. Fabian Adekunle Badejo

Author, literary and cultural critic, editor

House of Nehesi Publishers, St. Martin


Mrs. Josianne Fleming-Artsen, introduction

President, University of St. Martin

Ms. Rhoda Arrindell, rapporteur/moderator

Head, Language Division, University of St. Martin

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