Molefi K. Asante, Keynote Speaker at the St. Martin Book Fair


Molefi K. Asante, Jr. will open the 7th Annual St. Martin Book Fair at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Marigot on Thursday, June 4, 2009, at 8pm. [Also see “The 7th Annual St. Martin Book Fair” post from June 1.]

Dr. Asante, award-winning 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 Shujah Reiph, book fair coordinator.

Asante’s books include the poetry collections Beautiful. And Ugly Too (2005) and Like Water Running off My Back (2002; an Academy of American Poets Jean Corrie Prize winner). He is the recipient of the 2009 Langston Hughes Award. His latest book, It’s Bigger than Hip Hop (2008), 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 directed and produced The Black Candle (2008), a film narrated by Maya Angelou. The Morgan State University professor is also the writer, director, and producer of 500 Years Later (2005), winner of numerous awards including Best International Documentary at the Harlem International Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Pan-African Film Festival and the Bridgetown Film Festival, Best Film at the International Black Cinema Film Festival, and the Breaking the Chains award from UNESCO.

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2 thoughts on “Molefi K. Asante, Keynote Speaker at the St. Martin Book Fair

    Written by Tina Arradondo

    What’s on the other side sometimes I know is not for me,
    I can see through some mountains so clear and perfectly…

    Is it my fault that I have wisdom that others may see as strange?
    I feel things that others don’t and so I claim it cause It can’t change.

    Is your death predetermined at the time you were concieved?
    Or do you believe you can make choices that can change what’s
    meant to be?

    God said “BE” and there I was, put on this path so am I the judge
    of how I view what’s in my path whether it’s money, sex, lies or

    The path I’m on is full of twists and turns and mountains I can’t
    climb. When I say can’t, I do mean CAN’T. It doesn’t matter
    if I tried.

    My mind is perfect. The world is flawed. I was created by Divine
    Law. It’s logical that I’d feel radical if to me the ‘norm ain’t normal.

    I feel, “whats being bought should’ve never been sold”, You feel, “what’s
    being sold should’ve never been bought”. So what’s real?

    I feel, “Whats being taught should’ve never been told” and you feel
    “what’s being told should’ve never been taught”, so what’s real?

    To act without thought, then react when the consequences unfold
    is insanity to me

    We’re looking to the future to answer questions that have been
    answered in the past…like, “What causes pollution?” Gas! and a
    mask ain’t the solution.

    Arguing over problems that were never meant to be solved…like,
    the evolution of man, Damn, when will Truth just evolve.

    To think rational is beautiful. War is complicated
    Peace is simple. And simply put…The ones that know it
    don’t control it but the ones in control, DO know. So now what?

    If the beginning and the ending were already written then is there
    room for shifting? Or are we just drifting?????

    We have choices to make, voices to take back.
    We’ve failed in fiction, but will prevail in facts.

    God is Real, Religion is false. Lies are always easily found in
    this life but the truth?…. So easily lost.

    We’ve been on pause for too long. Push play or just stop re-
    winding the song. Stop compromising with wrong when you knew right
    all along.

    It’s a classic case and such a drastic mistake to trade a coal mine
    for plastic because it’s easier to lift and sift…WAIT!! I’ll
    take the coal with the dirt, I’ll sift til it hurts.

    I’ll take that boulder, carry it through life on my shoulders if in the
    end I deliver a diamond to the Giver of Life as my gift.. Beauty is in the eye
    of the beholder. Or is it???

    I see beauty in love, while others see beauty in hate. So the definition
    of beauty is up for debate.

    The smoke in your eyesight creates the illusion of gray. The world
    is indeed black and white. My mind spins and truth wins but it’s
    not in the fight.

    The battles not really between wrong or right. It’s about how you
    viewed things on the path you were on. It’s about YOU and what
    you thought of it all, all along.

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