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Tenth National Black Writers Conference

March 25-28: The Tenth National Black Writers’ Conference examines the historical representation of the literature of Black writers and the future directions for contemporary and emerging literary voices. of note Editor Grace Aneiza Ali will speak at a panel discussion on writers and the 21st century online publishing landscape. With Toni Morrison as the Honorary Chair, the National Black Writers’ Conference will also honor Amiri Baraka and Kamau Brathwaite.


World Council of People for the United Nations

December 8: of note editors attended the reception for the United Nations NGO Executive Committee hosted by the World Council of People for the United Nations. The event was held at the Dwyer Cultural Center in New York City and brought together elected officials, cultural and religious leaders, artists, and professionals from education and civic organizations.

The Abyssinian Fund for Development in Ethiopia

December 4: of note Founder Grace Aneiza Ali participated in the launch of The Abyssinian Fund for development in Ethiopia, held at the Harlem Gate House in New York City. The Abyssinian Fund is committed to reducing poverty in Ethiopia and improving healthcare, education, and access to clean water. In its Fall 2009 issue, of note paid tribute to Ethiopian painter Kebedech Tekleab, one of the foremost Ethiopian artists today, for her interest on human conditions globally.

World AIDS Day with President Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation

December 1: of note Founder Grace Aneiza Ali participated in the World AIDS Day event, hosted by the Clinton Foundation and the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP), at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. President Clinton was joined by Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, Director ICAP, and other distinguished guests to address the global and domestic state of HIV/AIDS.

“The take away is that we have to do a better job of figuring out an effective way to communicate and connect with communities that are more at-risk,” said Grace Aneiza Ali. “A language of compassion has to be paramount.”

Fulbright Reception for India Scholars

November 7: of note Founder Grace Aneiza Ali (Fulbright Scholar) and Film Editor Shahnaz Habib (Ford Fellow) participated in the Fifth Annual New York Welcome Reception for the newly arrived 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholars from India.  The event was hosted by Friends of Fulbright India (FFI), a non-profit organization formed by former Fulbright scholars to India to strengthen the India – U.S. exchange program and promote mutual understanding between the two nations.

World of Children Young Executives Forum at CUNY

November 4: Hosted by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and the City University of New York, of note Founder Grace Aneiza Ali participated in the World of Children Forum honoring the organization’s 2009 awardees. World of Children recognizes extraordinary individuals who work on behalf of children in need. The CUNY event honored global changemakers Douglas MacClagan (Child Welfare Scheme of Nepal), Jessica Rose Markowitz (Richard’s Rwanda), and Sam Kateu (Kavule Parents School for the Deaf, Uganda). Grace Aneiza Ali is a member of the World of Children Young Executives Committee.

2009 LUCIE International Photography Awards

October 19: The Lucie Awards is the annual gala ceremony where the photography community from countries around the globe pays tribute to the most outstanding photography achievements. of note was honored to join the Lucie Awards in recognizing Fazal Sheikh, Humanitarian Honoree, for his work in documenting displaced communities across East Africa, in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Brazil, Cuba, and India.

of note was equally pleased to support En Foco, which celebrates photographers from diverse backgrounds, in their nomination for “Photography Magazine of the Year” for their Nueva Luz Photographic Journal.

of note and Center for Black Literature co-host “A Sunday Afternoon with Literary Activist and Author E. Ethelbert Miller.”

September 20: of note and the Center for Black Literature co-hosted a conversation with award-winning author and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller in Harlem, New York City. Miller spoke about his new memoir The 5th Inning. The event was part of of note’s “Community Dialogue Series,” which brings groundbreaking artists to underserved communities and low-income neighborhoods where access to the arts and cultural programming is limited.

Letters from Black America: A Dramatic Reading with Editor Pamela Newkirk, and Actors Ruby Dee and Anthony Chisholm

July 15: of note joined Pamela Newkirk, Editor of the 2009 collection Letters from Black America at a dramatic reading with legendary actors Ruby Dee and Anthony Chisholm in New York City.

“Letters from Black America,” says Newkirk, “present[s] a multidimensional portrait of African American life from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century through the illuminating letters of ordinary and exceptional African Americans. The correspondents—enslaved and free, powerless and privileged—explore the social, religious, artistic, political, civic, and domestic lives of a people over the course of three centuries, providing a sweeping narrative history of the Black American experience.” of note featured “Letters from Black America” in its Summer, 2009 issue.

Women’s Media Center Awards

June 17: of note Founder Grace Aneiza Ali joined Women’s Media Center co-founder Gloria Steinem and president, Carol Jenkins in paying tribute to some of the most prominent women in media in 2009 at the Women’s Media Center Media Awards. Among the honorees were Christiane Amanpour, Helene Cooper, Candy Crowley, Tina Fey, Rachel Maddow, and Lynn Nottage, whose Pulitzer Prize winning play Ruined was featured in of note’s Summer 2009 issue. The evening was hosted by Arthur M. Sackler Foundation in New York City.

The Women’s Media Center makes women visible and powerful in the media and works to ensure that women’s stories are told and women’s voices are heard. Photo courtesy of Women’s Media Center.

75th Anniversary Celebration of Historic Apollo Theater

June 8: of note Founder Grace Aneiza Ali joined the historic Apollo Theater in celebrating its 75th Anniversary. The Apollo Theater was one of the first theaters in New York, and the country, to fully integrate, welcoming traditionally African-American, Hispanic, and local immigrant populations in the audience, as well as headlining uniquely talented entertainers who found it difficult to gain entrance to other venues. The 75th Anniversary celebration honored Bill and Camille Cosby with the Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis Arts and Humanitarian Award. It also raised funds to support the organization’s initiatives for emerging artists and community and educational programs in New York City and beyond.

Grace Aneiza Ali Speaks at Launch of Busboys and Poets Press in Washington, DC

March 16:  of note Founder Grace Aneiza Ali spoke at the inaugural launch event for the new Busboys and Poets Press in Washington, DC. Established as a community space for artists and activists, owner Andy Shallal, an Iraqi-American artist, has transformed the popular gathering place into a ground zero for those committed to social justice and peace.

Grace Aneiza Ali spoke on behalf of Busboys and Poets Press’ author E. Ethelbert Miller. She noted, “We are in a time where we need to guard our private lives fiercely and aggressively; a time when the lines between our public and private selves become increasingly blurred. Ethelbert Miller’s work boldly crisscrosses that line.”

PEN American Center’s ‘A Tribute to Chinua Achebe’

February 26: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of his seminal novel Things Fall Apart, of note editors participated in PEN’s tribute to Nigerian writer and literary luminary Chinua Achebe at the Town Hall in New York City. PEN American Center is the U.S. branch of the world’s oldest international literary and human rights organization.

FESMAN Forum at United Nations Headquarters

January 14: of note Founder Grace Aneiza Ali participated in the “African Renaissance, Cultural Diversity and African Unity Forum” held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Chaired by Maitre Abdoulaye Wade, President of the Republic of Senegal, the forum served as a platform for U.S. leaders in the world of art and culture, Heads of State, United Nations officials, and members of the diplomatic corps, private sector, and academia to celebrate the achievements of African cultural expression. The event was hosted by the FESMAN Festival of Black Arts 2009.


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