|Publication:||Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601|
|Issue:||Date: Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 1|
Loretta (La-Rue') Duncan-Fowler was born in Boston, MA. La-Rue
is an author, poet, singer, songwriter, and performance poet. Her debut
book, My Deepest Affections are Yours--Love Poems, received wide
recognition. She is a member of the performing groups Born 2 Be Poets,
2nd Born, and Uptown Poets. Born 2 Be Poets and was nominated for the
2001 SOS Music Award in the spoken word category. Her special brand of
poetry is often requested at numerous spoken word, juke joints, club
houses, churches and state fairs across the country and internationally.
Spoken word is her ministry gift and she uses it to counter the effects of suicide, hopelessness, lack and insufficiency found in the people today and to let people know that nothing that they have ever been through can ever separate them from God's love! Whether it's hosting a Katrina Benefit or organizing community events to inform people about H1N1 and related health issues. You can find her lecturing and lending her gift of poetry to civic, governmental, religious and charitable organizations.
La-Rue has also graced the stage with Grammy Award winning recording artist The Whispers, The Clark Sisters, Shirley Caesar, The God Squad, Joanna Rosario, Vicki Winans, and Fred Hammond. Neo Soul/Rhythm and Blues recording artist Bilal and Goapele; Blues Hall of Fame percussionist, vocalist, and blues man Mr. Big John Evans. She also wrote and recorded the song Wretched Man with notable gospel and blues guitarist Odell Ross Jr. La-Rue has appeared as a guest on the international news television program Night Line with Ted Koppel, and several local talk shows including Look Whose Talking and Good Day Sacramento advocating for the rights of her disabled son to attend the Sacramento public school system.
La-Rue' continues to perform and host her own spoken word show, An Evening of Poetry w/Ms. La-Rue', and the Mood Blue's Poetry Series. Most recently she appeared in the national television advertisement for the Kymora Lee Body Slimmer. La-Rue is also a member of The American Poets Society, she has a Bachelors degree in Computer and Information Sciences, and lives in Sacramento, California. The above is from her book In Search of A Father's Love (2010).
Mother Sonia Her history was legendary to me I had heard and read of her great exploits across the land In my eyes and the worlds she was the true Nubian Queen The African/Cuban goddess of words Her poetry was the original Floetry and I stood now in front of her graced by her presence And she was regal and light and she kissed my cheek and hugged me And she said that my work in the struggle moved her And inspired her And I told her that her words gave my generation voice And that if it wasn't for her and The Black Arts Movement my voice would have been silenced among the people who said "A women is to be silent in the church" And therefore I want to know if she can't speak there then where? And are all the courage's black women who came before me exceptions to the rule? But they said As for you my child HUSH! So on January 31, 2004, I met Sonia Sanchez and after that first meeting I have been screaming ever since Screaming out Hate, Bitterness and Injustice, Jealousy, Envy, Deceit, Pain, Anger, and Love I am no longer silent. I WON'T HUSH!!
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