Testimonials | Praisesongs
John Oliver Killens Reading Series
Event Name: “Marvel’s Black Panther,”
Speakers: Todd Steven Burroughs, author of Marvel’s Black Panther: A Comic Book Biography, From Stan Lee to Ta-Nehisi Coates and Dr. Greg Carr, Associate Professor and Chair Department of Afro-American Studies, Howard University
“What I liked most about the program was how knowledgeable the presenters were and the symbolism [of the story] with the real world.”
-- Anna-Lisa Delaney-Buddoo
“I liked the analysis of the history [of the character and story] from an African-centered perspective.”
-- Mwata Nubian
I liked their [the presenters] excitement and knowledge while explaining the back stories of the Black Panther.”
-- Antoinette Burrows
“I liked seeing intellectual discourse about a casual topic.”
-- Issac Green
15th National Black Writers Conference (2020)
“This event, 15th National Black Writers Conference, as a virtual event was a BLOWOUT success! I have been attending several conferences, including the Austin Film Festival (one of the largest film festivals in the nation), and ours was so well run that these other conferences should use ours as a model.”
-- Grey Jones
“As always, I learned about the subjects from the speakers’ presentation. What I found most rewarding was learning about the creative process from the speakers.”
-- Joanna Sit
“It was my pleasure and appreciation to be recognized by NBWC. Again, thank you, Brenda and the entire team to make your honoring program a resounding success.”
-- Voza Rivers
“I want to extend a sincere thank you for all of the hard work in organizing the conference, which was an immense gift of service to everyone able to join. Stanley [Nelson] had a great time and was honored to be a part of it."
-- Kandace Fuller, Firelight Media
“The conference was a class act! Onward!"
-- Carl Clay
“During the presentation of papers offered great discussions on the complexities of ethics, history, comics, and science.”
-- Allia Abdullah-Matta
14th National Black Writers Conference (2018)
“I am particularly grateful for the continued work towards our concern about the recent and still continuing issues of social inequality and injustices that challenge us and build on the legacy of healing through activism. The time we spent will be a memorable experience that I will cherish for years to come.”
-- New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker
“Presenters met expectations [and were] knowledgeable. [I] Like the various voices and viewpoints.”
-- Lawshawanda Jones
“I got a ... new understanding of a rebellion and struggle [from the Lorraine Hansberry film.]
-- Angela Hall, New York, NY
Wild Seeds Writers Retreat (Summer 2019)
“I enjoyed getting feedback from my workshop leader Dr. Tony as well as his availability to explain concepts to me after the sessions were finished. I also enjoy the fellowship with the workshop leaders, the other writers from my fiction group as well as those from the poetry group. I also enjoyed the impromptu to writing project, the location, and the late-night reading cyphers… This was my first writers retreat ever and it was perfect, I just wish it could have been longer.”
-- Felice P., Fiction Fellow
“It was an honor and delight to work with the workshop participants. They took on all challenges, brought some really strong work to explore and created some new work. I liked the range from older to younger.”
-- Patricia Spears Jones, Poetry Faculty
“I truly appreciate having a spaced carved out for Black writers. The facilities were beautiful. The food was beyond my expectations and the cohort was inspiring.”
-- Akanke W., Fiction Fellow
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