Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Clemente In Context/Clemente En contexto

Clemente In Context is a panel discussion and book lecture that will be held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American Culture.  This event will be held on December 10, 2011, from 12pm to 4:30pm.  The Lewis Museum is located at 830 East Pratt Street in Baltimore, Maryland.

Clemente In Context profiles the life of Major League Baseball great Roberto Clemente; both his athletic prowess on the field, and his humanitarianism off of it. This event will also highlight the struggles that he faced, as well as other African Americans and Afro Latinos in general, the struggles and trial and tribulations with bigotry & segregation in his time, as well as contemporary struggles.  The panel discussion will include sports journalist Danny Torres, actor Modesto Lacen (who currently stars in a play on Broadway about Clemente's life), and author/activist Kevin Alberto Sabio.

Following the panel discussion will be a book lecture based on the book "Raise Your Brown Black Fist: The Political Shouts of an Angry Afro Latino", authored by Kevin Alberto Sabio.  He will be speaking on the struggles of Afro Latino identity, and the issues Afro Latinos face in gaining recognition and acceptance from the mainstream society, and also the Black and greater Latino communities.

The event is FREE, with standard museum admission ($8, $6 for students). Books by participating authors will be available for sale at the event.

Clemente In Context is part of a broader exhibit at the Reginald F Lewis Museum; Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente, and Indivisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas.  Both exhibits will be showing at the Lewis Museum until December 30th.

FMI: (443) 263-1800

Thursday, November 3, 2011

PLM Afrikan Marketplace

Since my time here in Baltimore, I have been lucky enough to be able to network and politic with a number of like-minded brothers and sisters out here.  One of those groups of brothers and sisters dedicated to the uplift of our people/community is called Pan-Afrikan Liberation Movement, or PLM for short.  These dedicated young brothers and sisters have created many programs to help engage the community in; one of such is their monthly Afrikan Marketplace.

Their monthly Afrikan Marketplace brings together the local community and Black business owners, gaining support and exposure for these Black-owned businesses, and also instilling the local residents with a sense of Ujamaa and Umoja (cooperative economics, and unity).  They are circulating Black dollars within the Black community, trying to keep our money in our own community.

PLM's Afrikan Marketplace is held every 3rd Saturday of the month from 1pm-7pm.  As of this posting, the next Afrikan marketplace will be held on Saturday, November 19th.  The Marketplace is held at the Maggie Quile Druid Heights Community Center, located at 2140 McCulloh Street  here in Baltimore, MD.  For those of you interested in participating,  PLM can be contacted at 443-257-2470, or you may email them at

As I like to say when promoting their Afrikan Marketplace on other cyber locales....SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY!!!!  SUPPORT BLACK BUSINESSES!!!!!!!!