Block party to start October off right

October 4, 2013 

The Crossroads Writers Conference will have a block party Friday. Stephanie Robinson and Angel Collins coordinated this literary block party taking place from 6-8 p.m. on lower Cotton Avenue between Mulberry and Cherry streets.

I know it sounds kind of nerdy. However, people like myself get excited about events such as this. Of course, Poetic Peace will have an area with about six artists performing in honor of the local artist, Daniel Muhammad aka Mr. Sibaltia, who recently left this world at age 25. He’s performed spoken word in a variety of styles and participated as an instructor of poetry and rap. Mr. Sibaltia authored a book titled, “That Really Speaks. Inspired, Something.”

A few of his last volunteer projects included working with Yvonne Stuart at Central High School. He also told me about meeting Thomas Duval and applying to work with him at our local Boys & Girls Club. He was fine-tuning his talents and trying to turn them into a way of living.

Daniel loved the spoken word. However, he has kept some sort of job as long as I have known him. At times, he would work two or three jobs at one time. I have witnessed him grace the stage many times. Also, we have taught two writing workshops together.

There will be many fun activities going on at the block party. Song is written word and we will have some live musicians drop by, as well. This Crossroads Writers Conference First Friday block party, called “Authors Avenue,” was a good idea. Macon is growing with more people who step up to the plate and coordinate things they would like to happen around our city.

This month starts with a literature bang and ends with a smooth taste of the Sphinx Virtuoso. This ensemble consists of alumni from the Sphinx competition for young blacks and Latinos who are string musicians. This experience will take place in Macon at the Grand Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Admission is free.

Aaron Dworkin, the founder and president of the Sphinx organization, has created an umbrella organization that introduces music to youth.

Many of the youth who participate in this organization’s competitions or arts education programs experience worldwide exposure with their skills as musicians.

You can learn more about the Sphinx organization’s team and what they offer at www.sphinxmusic.org.

The Sphinx Virtuoso tour is breaking barriers with artists of color playing works from traditional to many other types of music by composers from all over the world.

Yolanda “Y-O” Latimore is founder of Poetic Peace Arts. Contact her at ylatimore@gmail.com.

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