After a month much different from our last few years, we are so glad to be able to celebrate #nationalpoetrymonth, the 3 AM IS THE NEW BLACK way. Hope you register and attend the following two events:
TONIGHT, Friday, April 22 at 7pm, and in celebration of Earth Day and National Poetry Month, join What Cheer Writers Club for “Earth in Verse” – an online showcase of nature writing from Rhode Island poets and writers. Tonight’s ONLINE event will feature local creatives read poems, essays, stories and hybrid work inspired by or in conversation with the natural world.
This Sunday, April 24, catch the annual Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading featuring community readers, youth participants, a featured scholar, and music. Please invite your family and friends to register and attend this exciting event! More information and details to assist your connection with us is available at www.lhughescpr.org or if you have questions please directly email LHughesCP2017@gmail.com.
Hi friends, sales are officially closed for the two #3amblackpoetry mini-collections, “I’ve Come to Find It Lovely” and “Las Canciones de la Sirena/Siren Song.” But the adventures continue, like they did today when I shared my poem “Braiding the Isolation” – and an a cappella rendition of Erykah Badu’s Pick Your Afro Daddy – as a guest/pop-up performer during my cousin’s keynote address, which was presented to a group of current students attending his alma mater, Wheeler School in Providence. Thanks for inviting me to help shape the minds (curls and hairlines) of a group of young people @miguelitoviejito!
Stay tuned for more “art, essays and poems,” and to hear about the #wear3amblack online boutique – coming soon. Sunshine and laughter. – Reza Rites
Hi friends, we are about nine hours away from sales closing for the #3amblackpoetry collections, “I’ve Come to Find It Lovely” and “Las Canciones de la Sirena/Siren Song.” Find the Paypal link below or on Facebook, IG and Twitter using @3amblack.
My hope is for each reader to find a piece that embodies a moment they needed to revisit, or a mantra they didn’t know they needed. Donations of 10 dollars or more will be thanked with copies of “Lovely” while donations of 50 or more will be thanked with Lovely AND “Siren Song.”
Sales for the two mini-collections end at 11:59pm EST tonight, November 30, 2021, with the links expiring on January 1, 2022. Yes, these two bodies of work have been offered for a limited time-only, and the window to purchase closes tonight. Final purchases made today will be thanked with extra prizes, in addition to the poetry collections.
Thanks to all who have your purchased, shared, and/or left reviews. Sunshine and laughter. – Reza Rites
Hi friends, I don’t want to raise alarm or cause panic, but if you are following the birthday-surfing-poetry adventures of 3 AM IS THE NEW BLACK Publisher/Editor #RezaRites, then it’s important to note: there are officially less than 36 hours left to acquire your e-copies of the #3amblackpoetry collections, “I’ve Come to Find it Lovely” (for donations of 10 dollars or more) and “Las Canciones de la Sirena / Siren Song” (available, along with “Lovely” for donations of 50 dollars or more).
“This collection ["I’ve Come to Find it Lovely”] is my favorite new read! It’s light and refreshing, just what I needed during these uncertain and trying times. I found the poems helped ground me and make my insides smile.“ – MW, purchased on 11.4.21.
Sales for the two mini-collections end at 11:59pm EST tomorrow night, November 30, 2021, with the links expiring on January 1, 2022. Yes, these two bodies of work have been offered for a limited time-only, and the window to purchase is closing soon. Payments/purchases can be made through Paypal – https://bit.ly/3jUfcOY – while digital media links with samples of poems, and more information about the campaign and collections can be found @3amblack on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or online at www.venussings.com and on www.ambitiousblackfeminist.com.
Final purchases made today and tomorrow will be thanked with extra prizes, in addition to the poetry collections. Plus, ALL previous donors/customers should check emails today and tomorrow for another round of thank you gifts for your role as early supporters. Thanks for your purchases, shares, and reviews. – Reza Rites
P.S. Want to donate via Venmo or Cashapp? Direct message me, and I’ll send the links.
Cheat. Sheet. As an educator, I strongly believe in cheat sheets, but it’s worth explaining what I mean. In school settings EVERYONE knows that cheating and plagiarizing are among the two practices loudly banned in educational spaces. It should be of no surprise, then, especially when we think of research on child and youth development, that students end up knowing, both, not to cheat AND HOW TO CHEAT.
So what do students hear when the word “cheat” or rule of “no cheating” is presented? One strong possibility is they immediately think that cheating means “access to success” or the possibility of proximity to someone successful. Isn’t this one of the strategies that we want our students to feel and employ – at least some of the time?
That is a little how I feel this morning, day 8 of the final ten days to acquire your e-copies of the #3amblackpoetry collections, “I’ve Come to Find It Lovely” and “Las Canciones de la Sirena/Siren Song.” Specifically, I want to let you know that there is a cheat sheet version of the two collections, for anyone who wants a more “streamlined journey” to making a final decision that includes previewing some of the poems beforehand.
Below are links to continue reading this blog post, to view the cheat sheet (This Woman’s Work produced by Mixed Magic Theatre), and to purchase one or both of the #3amblackpoetry collections. Thanks for your support, shares, and purchases. – Reza Rites, Publisher/Editor, 3 AM IS THE NEW BLACK
Cheat. Sheet. As an educator, I strongly believe in cheat sheets, but it’s worth explaining what I mean. For one, the word “cheat” is almost as common as apple or door. Yes, romantically, many know what that means, and it certainly is an important thing to avoid in athletics. But in school settings EVERYONE knows that cheating and plagiarizing are among the two practices loudly banned in educational spaces. However, remembering child development research and norms that remind us that rebellion and exploration are part of youth maturation, the articles and personal anecdotes describing the desperation borne from being an exhausted and/or historically under-served student, and the confusion that comes with truly understanding, applying, and navigating the nuances of these cardinal offenses in academia, it should be of no surprise that students often know, both, not to cheat AND HOW TO CHEAT.
But anyone who has been following my writing work and public profile, short or long term, knows that I love language, and I love spinning, remixing, and (re)appropriating words, linguistics, and dialects. What do students hear when the word cheat or no cheating is presented? Oftentimes, their minds immediately understand and communicate the word and concept of cheating to mean one or more or the following messages: 1) cheating means “access to success” or the possibility of proximity to someone successful; 2) cheating means a “streamlined journey to acquiring and showing knowledge”; and/or 3) cheating means “I can do this faster or easier with this evidence-based tool – or on my own already, so I’ll use this resource to get to my endpoint quicker.”
Let me be clear: I don’t want my students to cheat. HOWEVER, I want anyone I’m teaching or mentoring to approach all of their education feeling like they can learn and be successful – and already have that track record – and I want them to feel like they can become the type of experts who, with practice, become those who produce and deliver content and product not just faster, but with more ease.
That is a little how I feel this morning, day 8 of the final ten days to acquire your e-copies of the #3amblackpoetry collections, “I’ve Come to Find It Lovely” and “Las Canciones de la Sirena/Siren Song.” Your purchase/donation of ten dollars or more will be thanked with the “Lovely” collection, and donors/supporters who give fifty or more dollars will be rewarded with both e-collections and additional gifts and prizes. In fact, ANY purchases/donations made during these final 10 (well 8, today) days will receive special prizes. The Paypal link to give is below, but I also wanted to let you know that there is a cheat sheet version of the two collections, for anyone who wants an “easier” time making their decision, and/or a more “streamlined journey” to that final decision that includes previewing some of the poems beforehand. To that end, I want to direct you to a video produced by Mixed Magic Theatre, which premiered in March 2021: “Rise to Black: This Woman’s Work” (also featured above).
Among the featured performers in the This Woman’s Work online concert was Reza Rites, and at minute/seconds 46:25, you can catch Reza performing “The Woman is Blue” and “I’m Yellow” – featured in “Lovely” – and, at hour/minute/seconds 1:02:28, “I Am Salt Water” – featured in “Siren Song.” The variety, videography, and spirit of the production are meant to be enjoyed in full, but consider this your cheat sheet – for finding and previewing my two #3amblackpoetry collections. Thanks for your support, shares, and purchases. – Reza Rites, Publisher/Editor, 3 AM IS THE NEW BLACK
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About Reza Rites (Venus Sings/Reza Wreckage/the #AmbitiousBlackFeminist)
Reza Clifton has many nicknames because she is a writer, digital storyteller, and cultural navigator based out of Providence, RI. This means she works and makes her income in several different ways, including but not excluding sending and publishing written work, multimedia stories and interviews with artists and community leaders; DJ'ing at professional, cultural and family events in different cities; giving speeches, workshops and lectures on college campuses and in community sites; and curating and producing community arts events.
This site, VenusSings.com, is about her interests in music, art and culture; her adventures as a DJ; and her collaborations with artists and community members. You can also follow her on Tumblr, www.AmbitiousBlackFeminist.com.