My name is Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke. I live in "Chocolate City" - Washington, DC ... the historic U Street neighborhood. I was born in Flint, Michigan and raised in Landover and Mitchellville, Maryland. I am a life entrepreneur, yoga teacher, Reiki Master practitioner, artist, writer, creativity coach, and radio host. My debut novel, Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One was published by iUniverse in August 2007. It is available for sale on Amazon.com.
Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One tells the story of Karma Francois, a thirty-something Oakland-born BoHo B.A.P. (Bohemian Black American Princess). She is also a Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority member with Louisiana roots and urban debutante flair. Karma represents a new type of Black woman. She is a departure from the video vixens and stoic matriarchs. The way she wears her womanhood as she confronts the effects of her poor life choices and embraces a spiritual journey of healing and love, makes her a 21st century archetype that everyone can relate to.
My novel's characters will definitely shake things up in your life! They represent a wide spectrum of beautiful brilliant brown people. Some wear locs, naturals, and processed hairstyles. Whatever way they choose to express their outer selves, I think you will find them incredibly fascinating. Their heritage is rich. You will get to know African American, Afro-Latina, Afro-Thai, Afro-Hindu, Black British, and Afro-Russian folks. Some folks practice yoga, meditation, mantra chanting, Christianity, and Buddhism. Others participate in spoken word events, HIV/AIDS awareness activities, and grassroots healing work to help the African American community overcome homophobia. You will also witness the diversity of loving relationships in the Black community - straight, lesbian, and gay.
Music plays a major role in the novel. You will have a chance to see how the music of Alice Coltrane, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Sting, Deva Premal, India.Arie, Amel Larrieux, Omar, Eric Roberson, Fertile Ground, Julie Dexter, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Les Nubians, Stevie Wonder, Omar Sosa, Susana Baca, and others impact the characters.
Come meet artist and author Ananda Leeke and see her mixed media wire
sculpture “Erzulie’s Black Heart” at the Caribbean Cultural Center
African Diaspora Institute’s exhibition “Wearing Spirit: Aesthetically
Personifying the… Continue
I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with fabulous food, fun, and family moments that fill your heart with joy, gratitude, and love.
Join me in celebrating Day 1 of the That Which Awakens Me Book Release Party Countdown. Check out the video below that features me reading an excerpt from Chapter 5 of my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery. It discusses my writing life. For more information, visit… Continue
I wanted to send you a reminder since Mahogany Books DC is hosting a party with me on Monday, September 20, 6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. at Utopia, 1418 U Street. This event celebrates my poetry collection, Arc & Hue. I hope you can make it. The evening’s highlights will feature Tara Betts and special guest poets, Derrick Weston Brown, Sonya Renee, & Truth Thomas, and some cake! ~Tara
Please see my video Ms. Melanin (A Dedication to the Black Woman) by Kamal Imani
Got Inspiration? Check out the inspirational hip hop & R&b song “I Will Make It” by Niva feat Kamal Imani
“I Will Make It” inspires you to keep the faith and believe in yourself! What more can we say! Keep your spiritual energy up and rock to this. And, remember to look to the person on your left and on your right and tell them “I Will Make It”! Can I get an AMEN?
Produced by Brother Jonathan of http://www.Newblackmusic.net Soul Griots Music Group RAI http://www.soundclick.com/niva http://www.myspace.com/kamalsupreme
Uhuru sasa! Fahodie seesei! Ominira nisisiyi! Moom sa bopp leegi! Freedom now! Please be sure to check out the exciting things going on here this summer at Abibitumi Kasa Afrikan Language and Liberation community networks!
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