Category Archives: storytelling and folklore

Paul Robeson, West Philly Folk Hero

Listen to Keepers of the Culture, Inc. (KOTC) tell the story of Paul Robeson on SoundCloud! KOTC, Inc. Logo ©1996 Columbus Knox Opening song: Charlotte Blake-Alston Hosts: Tahira Akua Tahira and Dr. C. Frink Reed Storyteller: Denise Valentine. Brought to … Continue reading

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Spring / Summer 2015 Storytelling Performance Calendar

What’s Up Next! Save the Date! Spring / Summer 2015 May 16, 3 PM – 4:30 PM WHERE DOES MY STORY BEGIN?       Philadelphia Folklore Project 735 South 50th Street Philadelphia, PA 19143 P: 215.726.1106 Storyteller Denise Valentine has … Continue reading

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Storytelling: an ancient tradition–its modern uses

  Where in the world have I been? Telling stories, of course, near and far! ANANSE SoundSplash 2014 Storytelling Festival & Conference, Jamaica, W.I.  Image: Ananse SoundSplash 2014, November 19 – 24, Jamaica, W.I. an international contingent of storytellers: Amina Blackwood … Continue reading

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Storytelling, History and Reconstruction

Storytelling as a tool to develop Culture, Community & Capacity-Building

I am honored to be the storyteller for History and Reconstruction, a collaborative history project between Phillip Seitz (historian) and Reconstruction, Inc. (William Goldsby, Chair), a grassroots organization for post-incarceration reentry and reintegration. Continue reading

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The Man Who Wouldn’t Stay Dead

Aaron was dead. Only, he refused to accept it. He strolls casually into his funeral, sits next to his widow and says “Looks like somebody dead. Who dead?” His widow says “You dead.”  Aaron replies “Me dead. I don’t feeeeel … Continue reading

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Spirit of Birds

   The Spirit of Birds There was a time when peace was on the Earth, and joy and happiness did reign and each man knew his worth. In my heart how I yearn for that spirit’s return And I cry, … Continue reading

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Roots & Wings

I believe that Stories are like Roots to the Past… and Wings to the Future. Amazing Trees, Awesome Roots. About the tree that inspired my logo:  The Umbrella Thorn Acacia “Mimosa Tree” gets its name from a spreading, flat-topped crown. It grows … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project

Ancestral Remembrance Day The Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project  is leading the movement to conduct an Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony at Penn’s Landing. Our purpose is to acknowledge Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River as a port of entry for … Continue reading

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Independence Seaport Museum uncovers treasures of “African Presence on the Delaware River”

Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River,  curated by Tukufu Zuberi. Saturday, May 4, 2013, 10am to 4pm. Independence Seaport Museum, Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia. A groundbreaking exhibition of recently uncovered archival treasures of the African presence on the Delaware River … Continue reading

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Community Give Back 2012

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