Video Contest about Black Youth

Found this contest via Quirky Black Girls blog, definitely pass this along to any youth you have looking for a way to tell their story..The contest is put on by Black Youth Project out of Chicago, IL. And the contest is called "Democracy remixed" 3 Minute video could = $500.



Scrapertown -Oakland, CA

Scrapertown from California is a place. on Vimeo.

Garuda+NEW Direction

Garuda from Andres Salaff on Vimeo.

Check out this animation, which I reposted from KMBA.Beautiful work!Check out the vimeo page for more info.
Peace, if any of you have checked the blog recently, you see I have not uploaded a new collaboration for this site yet.That's because a team of us are brainstorming on how to reinterpret how we bring it.Growth is inevitable. Expect to see more posts of inspiration from now until the new site relaunching in the Fall of this year....Any folks interested in playing a role, just hit me up. Comebienbooks@yahoo.com'


Cave Canem Poetry Prize

You must check out writer Ron Davis' blog, because that is where I found this gem. If anyone applies for this, please holler back and let us know how the process was...This is for writers of color, spread the word.

April 30, 2010

Entry Fee:

Web site:

E-mail address:
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press will be given annually for a first poetry collection by an African American poet. Elizabeth Alexander will judge. Submit two copies of a manuscript of 50 to 75 pages with a $15 entry fee by April 30. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Cave Canem Foundation, 20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A, Brooklyn, NY 11201. (718) 858-0000. Camille Rankine, Contact.


Inspiration:Yuko Shimizu+Atenco

Inspiring illustrator Yuko Shimizu

An illustration from the Atenco actions, protests, uprising in Mexico, illustrator unknown....via Radio Disidente


Show/Honors for Borish and Tamara

If you didnt get a chance to catch Elegy in Brooklyn,nyc. it's not too late! Go see it now, its at Fresthetic and features the work of Come Bien Illustrator Borish! An incredible show with tons of new and recent work...Here's a link to fotos from the show. Felicidades Borish!

And, Ms Tamara Davidson, the extremely hard working and talented Poet she is, was featured as a contributing writer in Artist:Activist! A magazine about Black artist and Activists who are making exceptional and impactful work across the U.S. This magazine was sponsored by The Center For Black Literature If you have not read the magazine, please check it out here! Congradulations Tamara!


Please Dont Stare At Me=Tamara Davidson+Borish

It gives me great pleasure to bring you the collaboration of poetry and illustration. The great writer and poet Tamara Davidson started this collaboration by writing based on what she saw in two illustrations from Borish. The illustrations and poem are about "Domesticas" or women in the U.S.( usually from other countries) and the struggles they face as care givers. How do the European American Children they cared for see them once they're all grown up? Food and creativity for thought. And a remarkable job by both Tamara and Borish.



Coolest looking site I've seen all day...These fotos/video are from NEOCHA a website dedicated to art/design/photography/illustration/Film/Fashion and more from Chinese Youth culture..
Check out this video on their site


VOICES at VONA-Writers of Color Workshop

This summer in San Francisco, writing workshops in creative writing, poetry, Fiction, Memoirs, and Political Content by folks such Suheir Hammad, Mat Johnson, and many more. Applications DUE APRIL 5TH!



Seis Cinco Seis Comics-Ciudad Juarez-Mexico

I have to thank Samax for introducing these talented folks to me. Dominique Arce, Fabian Cobos, Oliver Lee Arce, Raul Morales, Ruben Dario are 656 Comics. 656 Comics is a powerhouse studio of illustrators, writers, and graphic designers who collaborate to bring you several stories which weave mythology, every day struggle, the experience, and politics of living on La Frontera (The Border) between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso Texas. All while inserting a bit of humor. This team has exhibited their work in the Bay Area, Mexico, Venezuela, and Paris. Not only are they extremely talented and witty, but they have also won awards and countless reviews. Big props and respect to the 656 Team. Check them out here


Semester at Sea

Hi All. Here is a travel opportunity for college students, and one that I've been learning/hearing more about recently. I know, I know, Semester at Sea was a season on Road Rules, but I've talked to a couple of people (one American, one Mexican) that went on a voyage and they had overwhelmingly good things to say. Mostly, like anything, the experience is what you make of it, and how often do you have the chance to go to at least 12 places around the world in 3 months? And sometimes Desmond Tutu is aboard. From what I gather, it's just doing a study abroad program, there are scholarship opportunities and your credits transfer and all of that. The itinerary for Fall 2010 semester is:

Nova Scotia, Canada
Cadiz, Spain
Casablanca, Morocco
Tema (Accra), Ghana
Cape Town, South Africa
Port Louis, Mauritius
Chennai, India
NEW PORT: Singapore
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Hong Kong / Shanghai, China
Yokohama / Kobe, Japan
Honolulu / Hilo, Hawaii, USA
San Diego, California, USA

There's also opportunities for "lifelong learners," parents, and folks who want to go on an "enrichment voyage." I'm so into it I'm even applying to be staff on one of their voyages. Here's their website:


And also I just started a blog about travel and movement, check it out if you're so inclined :) :




Lucille Clifton-Rest in poetry

Leconte Mentioned this sisters name to me awhile back. Just thought i'd give her some props right quick. Rest in peace sister Lucille. photo from famours poets and poems. More on sister Lucille soon.


Scholarships for Native youth

Applications are now being accepted for the Native American Health Center College Scholarship Fund. This next round of scholarships will provide financial assistance for Native American students in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Native American Health Center College Scholarship Fund is an investment in the health and education of our future leaders.

This scholarship is for Native youth in the SF Bay area, but if you are not there, please contact them and ask if they know of any organizations where you live. In the United States Native organizations are out there, just have to look for them. Pass this on to any youth you know.Check out more info here


Giant Robot Magazine-Asian & Asian Amer. Culture

Props to Ghetto Manga, where I saw this video. Giant Robot is a dope magazine and is one of the most definitive magazine on Asian and Asian American culture. In thwe magazine I have read inspiring interviews about film makers, musicians, visual artists, actors, and so much more. Please support them the next time you are at your local book store.


"Taking my time" written by Andrea Wise, illustrated by Robert Trujillo

Here is this months piece. A collaboration between writer and world traveler Andrea Wise, who is currently in Cambodia I think; and Illustrator Robert Trujillo-thats me. Let's see, Andrea does not work through Facebook or myspace so if you want to get in touch with her, please email me and I will relay the message to her. I spoke with Ms Wise about doing this piece because the girl is hella(very) international. nyway, this sister is not only a world traveler but a talented writer, an activist, and a just cool, down to earth person. In a world of aliens in search of gold, platinum, and bullshit that's quite refreshing. So, enjoy and please comment so we can see what you think.


Akonadi Poster Contest

Peace yawl, just came across this poster contest at a local organization in the Bay Area, but as I understand it; it is open to folks from anywhere as long as it portrays what "racial justice" looks like. Check out Akonadi's site for more information.If any of you readers come across contests such as this for visual artwork or creative writing, please hit us up!

From the site: "Since 2000, the Akonadi Foundation has been working to support and nurture a racial justice movement that can finally put an end to the structural racism that lies at the heart of social inequity in the United States".

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ILC Africa Cultural Exchange program for YOUTH

The Cultural Exchange Program for the College Bound Student

Peep, heres another opportunity to send young people of color you know abroad. Definitely worth checking out!

The Edge is an intensive three-week program that responds to the needs of the college bound high school student who is seeking an international cultural experience with a college admissions focus. The program allows you to:

* obtain an emerging markets internship,
* take an intense SAT Reasoning preparation course,
* participate in a group service learning project,
* learn from visiting USA professors, and
* explore the natural wonders of Ghana.

The Edge is an ideal experience for high school students from grades 9-12:

1. Students can apply individually; or
2. Schools/Organizations with a minimum of six (6) participants may apply as a group and customize their own experience.

Each group of six (6) is entitled to a free adult chaperone (airfare not included).

The deadline for this is Feb 1st: email edge@ilcafrica.com

Multicultural Fellowship -San Francisco, CA

You have the talented poet and Dr. to be LeConte Dill to thank for this one here. Read through the qualifications and let us know if there are any opportunities in arts, creative writing in your city, that way we can pass it on to folks who read here.
What kind of job/fellowship position is this? The kind that helps people of color by arming them with knowledge of funding for artists and community based organizations in the Bay Area region of California. But, read more on the link.
DUE DATE: March 22nd, 2010


LEAH, 1977 by Tamara Davidson y Joy Liu

This is a long awaited addition to our short stories/ poetry section. More coming very soon. Although these are very difficult to pull off (need the illustration and words to complement each other), here you have the very talented and emerging writer/poet Ms. Tamara Davidson from Harlem World, USA. Riding alongside her in this collaboration of poetry and illustration is no stranger to your eyes; the talented artist and design guru Joy Liu, who picked up her brushes for this amazing collaboration. Please check it out and comment, let them know what you think. More collaboraions of short stories and poems on the way for the new year.


Donny Hathaway-Siaira Harris, Alison Roh Park, Arinna Nazli, y Joy Liu

New year, new pieces, Feliz ano nuevo! Three new collaborators on this piece about the magical spirit and talent of Donny Hathaway.This piece was submitted by Ms. Siaira Harris almost a year and a half ago, long time to wait, I know. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Siaira work you must gop check out her music because she not only writes, but is a talented vocalist/singer/performer. You can listen on her myspace or catch up with her on twitter.
Next up we have the exceptional and extremely talented writer/poet extraordinaire Alison Roh Park who took off thew writing hat to get down on the illustration side of things this time. NICE! Alison is one of the most free flowing, intentional, and hard hitting writers we've seen. Not only that, but she brought a homie (thats fly!), another visual artist by the name of "Arinna Nazli". Look out for more from Alison (and hopefully Arinna)soon as we have some gems that have been on the stove cooking, almost ready to serve. And last but not least, you have the painter/illustrator/ design guru Ms. Joy Liu taking the fabric of several minds and sewing it all together so to speak.

How are we doing so far in 2010? Please contact each artist to let them know what you think, im sure they would appreciate the feedback, or simply leave a comment here.


Just came across this African Film/Animation festival in London through African Digital art, looks like there is much talent out there that deserve a bit more shine. Considering that many novels and comics are being turned into films or animations, thought you would want to see it.