10/15 Event: DuEwa feat. Sabin Prentis @ HU Alumni Book Signing

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Authors and Hampton Alums, DuEwa Frazier and Sabin Prentis

will read from and sign copies of their latest books during the 2016 Hampton

Homecoming Weekend!  Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 5pm Barnes & Noble Peninsula

Town Center, Hampton, VA FREE and open to the public!

 

9/24 Event: DuEwa @ 100 Thousand Poets for Change

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DuEwa will be a featured poet at the 6th Annual “100 Thousand Poets & Musicians for Change – St. Louis”
Produced by Susan “Spit-Fire” Lively & Amanda Wells
Saturday, Sept. 24th
4:30 – 10:30 p.m.
MELT
2712 Cherokee Street
St. Louis, MO 63118

Free and open to the public.

June 6th Event: DuEwa @ Women for Peace

3 Year Anniversary Flier June 2016

Women for Peace

3 Year Anniversary Show

Produced & Hosted by Spit-Fire

Monday, June 6th

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

MELT

2712 Cherokee Street

St. Louis, MO 63118

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$5.00 Suggested Donation

 

The June 6th mega-event will feature music, poetry, and spoken word; including live performances by Susan Trowbridge Adams, Aysia Berlynn, DuEwa Frazier, Layla Azmi Goushey,  Emma Jean, and Spit-Fire with Special Guests Maria Guadalupe Massey, Lightning, Felice Skye, Sista Sols, and X Blu Rayne. There will be a full bar as well. Lively produces and hosts the show, which is done in conjunction with “The Peace Economy Project” (www.peaceeconomyproject.org ). $5.00 suggested donation; 50% of proceeds benefit PEP, 50% goes to MELT.

Created in 2013 by Katerina Canyon and Susan ‘Spit-Fire” Lively as an “artistic dedication from the women of St. Louis to the women of the world”, “Women for Peace” is a series dedicated to promoting Gender Violence Awareness. Enjoy the warm and welcoming ambiance of Melt and show your love for women at the FINAL installment of the show on Monday, June 6th at 7:00 p.m. when we’ll commemorate the 3 Year Anniversary of “Women for Peace”!

 

A Genius and His Legacy: Prince, the Music and Message He Birthed

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Prince was a rocker, a balladeer, a poet, a prophet, a sinner and a saint all in one exciting little package.

I don’t care how he died.  All I care about is his legacy and the art he gifted us with.  And he was more than just music, he was magic personified.

He could roll his eyes and hips, play guitar and glide across the stage in heels all in a matter of seconds.  When he sang “How Come You Don’t Call Me…Anymore?” we believed his pain and passion.

The voice. The look. The music. The body. The personality. The swagger.  The everything that was Prince, moved us.

Prince was the definition of “gave me life!” and “he DID that!”

He was soul and he was funk.  He was the son, great nephew and grandson of Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, and James Brown.

He birthed Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spalding, India Arie, Meshell Ndegeocello , D’Angelo and many more.

He was roots and voodoo, elixir and conjure, leather and lace, molasses and honeysuckle – thunder and yes, rain.

He was fierce in a suit and danced better than James Brown and Micheal Jackson combined on a good day.  He was bad to the bone.

He was the first Mister Steal Your Girl.

Prince probably wrote thousands upon thousands of songs in his life, and it is speculated that a vault containing his unpublished songs is located at Paisley Park.

Sadly, he died too young, at the age of 57.  5+7=12 1+2 = 3   3 is the number of Creative Expression, Music, Vision, Spiritual Depths –  Prince was all of that.

According to comedian Dave Chappelle, in hilarious skits on the popular “Chappelle’s Show” Prince played basketball better than you would imagine and made great pancakes.  He had a sense of humor and as stated by friends, was “humble” and “down to earth.”  Not a diva like the media tried to portray him.

Prince’s eye liner, creamy complexion and quiet demeanor may have fooled you – he was intelligent, cared about the environment – just ask Van Jones, education, and artists having the freedom and authority over their art.  And something else, he was the King of the “side eye” and “shade” on a very subtle level, not the outlandish, over the top shade we see in pop culture, such as reality shows.

I was terribly shocked and saddened to hear of his death.  But it didn’t truly hit me that he was gone until I saw Purple Rain again, in the movie theater with a friend.

The weekend after Prince’s death, I went to see Purple Rain, the 80s pop-culture, music film that helped to make Prince an international star, at the movie theater.  I remember seeing the movie as a teenager, but the edited version.  Prince, 20 something, all lithe and too sexy for his own good, charming the women and trying to make a name for himself as the headliner at a Minneapolis club.  I certainly couldn’t appreciate the adult humor and mature situations presented in the film when I first saw it as a teen.  I didn’t understand back then that Prince while showing an abusive, sexist demeanor toward women in the film, he simultaneously supported female musicians (Wendy and Lisa), keeping them as important members of his band and image.

Prince in my eyes, during the 80s was both a feminist and womanizer.  He seemed to revere women, while also getting close enough to steal their secrets – the feminine mystique, style and grace they embodied.  He captured all of that.  How could he be one and all – master of the masculine and the feminine?  This was the mystery and beauty of Prince.  It’s what made him questioned and feared in society.  He couldn’t be pegged, controlled or boxed.  He created his own image, one of a royal aesthetic, untouchable, unstoppable.  He named himself and lived up to his name and legacy for generations of us.  Some questioned whether Prince was bi, straight or gay.  If you did, you didn’t really listen to his lyrics, to understand the artist, the genius, that Prince Rogers Nelson was everything.

In his song lyrics for “I Would Die for You” Prince croons:

I’m not a woman
I’m not a man
I am something that you’ll never understand

I’ll never beat you
I’ll never lie
And if you’re evil I’ll forgive you by and by…

We loved Prince for his duality, his eclectism, the way he seemed to change his women like he changed his hairstyles.  Prince wrote songs and became the standard for original music and musicianship.  Without Prince, Lenny Kravitz and artists like him wouldn’t be possible.  His songs made you love sick, made you cry, made you dance, made you want to protect someone, leave someone, or put someone on a pedestal.  Prince said the things we wanted to someday say to someone, or sang the things we would never dare say to anyone.  He was the ultimate lover and his music was not for anyone who didn’t want to take a fantastic trip in their minds, forget life’s problems for awhile and drift into The Kingdom of Funkdom.  Before Beyoncé’s visual albums , there was Prince’s visual albums:  the movie “Purple Rain” with the song track title “Purple Rain,” and the less popular film “Under a Cherry Moon” with the popular song “Kiss.”

I grew up listening to Prince.  And not just his most popular songs.  I’m talking songs like “She’s Always in My Hair,” “Starfish and Coffee,” “Raspberry Beret,” “Controversy,” all of the funk/rock/soul he was serving, I was there for seconds and thirds.  Streetside Records in U. City , St. Louis where I grew up was the popular spot to buy music, other than Vintage Vinyl.  I recall when I was very young, Prince came and gave an album signing at Streetside Records.  We forget that Prince had a heavy Midwest connection. Prince was from Minneapolis, a place that birthed the sounds we grew accustomed to hearing from groups and artists like Morris Day and the Time, Vanity 6, and anyone else Prince produced.

Prince’s producer / songwriter credits can be heard on hit songs by Chaka Khan, Sheila E., The Bangles, and Sinead O’ Connor.

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As I reflect on Prince’s music, songs like “Sign O’ The Times,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “1999.” he seemed to know what lay ahead before it happened.  He told stories about life and love as if he were giving us a vision, his third eye vision into the future.

I could probably write dozens of blogs about Prince, all of the symbolism and coded language in his songs that I dug, all of the many styles he had that inspired me, his dance moves, the multi-instrumentation and grooves in his music that made me dance and sing , and the fact that I finally sang one of his songs – “She’s Always in My Hair” at Rustik in Brooklyn, April 2014, for my Art. Love. Music. event backed by Rakiem Walker and Entrfied McCloud — but instead I just want to write this blog, to say THANK YOU to Prince, for inspiring me, a Midwest girl, a poet, a dreamer, inspired by his pursuit of happiness by any musical means necessary.

His music and mind will forever live in the rocker souls he left behind.  There will never be another.  Rest in peace Prince Rogers Nelson June 07, 1958 – Apr 21, 2016.

Written by DuEwa Frazier

@DuEwaWorld

EVENT: 3/15 "I Rise: Women's History Month Tribute to Women Poets"

“I Rise: Women’s History Month Tribute to Women Poets”

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 6:30pm Free

Come celebrate the power of the word and women’s history month! Poet DuEwa Frazier hosts a special tribute to women poets with musical accompaniment by David A.N. Jackson and guest musicians.

Featuring:

Darlene Roy

Pacia Elaine

Sahara Sista SOLS

Treasure Shields Redmond

Zaire Imani

& Honored Poet, Shirley Leflore

6:30pm Artist Reception (Atrium) 7:00pm Performances (Lower Auditorium)

@ Missouri History Museum

5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112

 

Celebrating Multicultural Children's Book Day on January 27th!

Thanks to author, blogger Mia Wenjen , and team of wonderful children’s authors and book promoters – Multicultural Children’s Book Day is happening again this year on January 27, 2016!! I am happy to be an Author Sponsor for this wonderful celebration of multicultural children’s books!  

We STILL need #diverse children’s books! And we need to celebrate them widely.  We need more children’s authors of diverse children’s books and more children’s editor/publishers who have an interest in a myriad of stories, told by diverse author perspectives AND FOR diverse young readers around the globe.  Support this wonderful initiative and find our more about Multicultural Children’s Book Day here!

DuEwa

Author of Deanne in the Middle, young adult novel

10/24 Event: DuEwa @ Author Shout Out!

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Author Shout Out! Saturday, October 24, 2015, 2-5pm

Carnegie Room – Saint Louis Public Library
1415 Olive St, St Louis MO, 63103

DuEwa will discuss her books and writing life at the St. Louis Public Library’s Author Shout Out Event.  Other featured authors include:  Patricia Anderson, Rose Beavers & Edward Booker, Ev. Mildred L. Buchanan, Denise ‘Nisa’ Hanania, Kristy Harvey, Lee Hatley, Dobbie Herrion, LaSaunda Hoffman, Alicia Howard, Johnel Langerston, La Tasha Langerston, Sam Maronie. Frank Muhm, Ann Rotermund, Tyler B. Ruff, Heather Steinbeck, King Taylor, Madinah Wakil, and George E. Williams.

Books available for purchase courtesy of the authors.

10-12-15 Women for Peace @ MELT

DuEwa features at Women for Peace on Monday, October 12, 2015 @ MELT

Women for Peace
Produced & Hosted by Spit-Fire
Monday, October 12th
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Melt
2712 Cherokee Street
St. Louis, MO

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Created in February 2013 by Katerina Canyon and Susan Lively as a “poetic valentine from the women of St. Louis to the women of the world”; “Women for Peace” is a series dedicated to promoting Gender Violence Awareness. Enjoy the warm and welcoming ambiance of MELT and show your love for women at the next installment of the show on Monday, October 12th

The October event will feature live music and spoken word; including performances by DuEwa Frazier, Charisma Blue, Emily Nicole, Elayna Nicole, Susan “Spit-Fire” Lively, and more TBA. The show is done in conjunction with “The Peace Economy Project”, an NPO formed in 1977 (www.peaceeconomyproject.org ). There will be beverages available for purchase as well. $5.00 suggested donation; 50% of proceeds benefit PEP, 50% goes to MELT.

9/26 DuEwa @ 100 Thousand Poets & Musicians for Change

DuEwa is featuring along with many other poets, performers and musicians on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 from 4-10pm for a powerful , unified event:

100 Thousand Poets & Musicians for Change

2712 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118

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8/12 Book Talk & Signing for Deanne in the Middle w/DuEwa @ U. City Library!

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DuEwa will give a talk and signing for Deanne in the Middle hosted by the University City Public Library! 

Join us at 7 pm on Wednesday, August 12 as we welcome award nominated poet, children’s writer and educator, DuEwa Frazier. The author will be talking about her new teen novel, Deanne in the Middle. In addition to this novel, she is the author of several volumes of poetry including Goddess Under the Bridge: Poems (2013), Ten Marbles and a Bag to Put Them In: Poems for Children (2010), Stardust Tracks on a Road (2005) and Shedding Light From My Journeys. DuEwa is the editor and publisher of the NAACP Image Award nominated book, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology Of Female Poets & Emcees (2006). DuEwa Frazier is the 2015 Returning Artist for the University City Arts & Letters Program. She is a graduate of University City High School.

Subterranean Books will be the bookseller for DuEwa’s books at this event.

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