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my favorite book as a young child was ‘The legend of Africania’ by Dorothy Robinson.  i was in awe of seeing an african girl play the lead role in a story. i read it over and over imagining my african warrior princess self.   i still have it in my collection of valuables.

youth stories of africa may be hard to come by but they are not hard to discover thanks to the Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) program which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

CABA awards are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa available in the U.S.  CABA Winners will be awarded their honors November in Washington DC.  

The winners are:

imgres-3Amagama Enkululeko! Words for Freedom: Writing Life Under Apartheid (South Africa) Anthology/Cover2Cover/ available via African Books Collective

imgres-1Gizo-Gizo! A tale from the Zongo Lagoon (Ghana) by Emily Williamson with the students and teachers of the Hassaniyya Quranic School in Cape Coast Ghana/Sub-Saharan Publishers / available via African Books Collective

imgres-2The Storyteller (Morocco) by Evan Turk/Atheneum

 

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i happened to catch the end of jimmy fallon one night. my eyes were glued to the tv because i couldn’t believe what i saw.   a double dutch crew!!  taking me back to days of my youth. i was terrible at it but as bad as i was i always felt so happy jumping rope.  

the amazing team of girls i saw that night are part of the HONEY bee’s, which stands for Helping Other’s Now, Empowering Yourself. the non-profit group was started just two years ago by jersey city natives Takeria Clark and Kimberly Price.  the group provides a fun space for girls to learn teamwork, confidence and creativity, plus some serious athletic skills.  

the girls in the group span ages 4-16 and are so good that even though they just started 2 years ago, they have already claimed the title as world champions in the international double dutch competition.  now that’s something to jump up and down about!!

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i told myself my first blog after dad’s death would be about how i’ve overcome.  i envisioned that by now i would be back into the swing of things.   but that was before grief visited and decided to make my life it’s home.   like many of you who have lost a close family member or friend, the pain can be too much to bare.  it may seem like you (me) can never get the death out of our mind.

it’s too soon for me to really speak on living with grief.  all i can say is for now, one month in i have not overcome.  i’m not back bigger and better. but i am here.  i will try to write and create again. i will try to run my business and be a teacher while i’m getting taught about life’s twists and turns.  please be patient with me as i try to be patient with myself.  i will try and keep trying as i stumble through this new terrain; my new existence since grief killed the life i knew before…


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