A Celebration of Music, Poetry and Prose

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A Tribute to Langston Hughes Celebration at City Winery

Sunday evening, I headed to City Winery for an incredible celebration of music, poetry and prose in honor of Langston Hughes. It was the perfect start to Black History Month.  This celebration, now in its third year featured some of the most talented singers, musicians, poets and artist who paid tribute to one of my favorite writers.  It was also a moving tribute in honor of Attorney Randy Crumpton who was known for linking people in law, entertainment and politics.  The Langston Hughes celebration was his idea and the community chose to honor him after his death in January 2019.  Poignant moments of the life of Randy Crumpton were also celebrated in a moving slideshow that highlighted his impact in his community and those around him.

In an evening dedicated to celebrating culture and community, artists recited the poetry of Langston Hughes and sang songs rooted in our history and culture. The artists for the evening included Terisa Griffith, Maggie Brown, Brittany Nack, Gifted Keys, Malcom London, Janice Fields, LaDonna Tittle, Lynne Jordan, Jerome Kelly and Hailey Love and Russell Hornsby. Each vocalist brought the house down with incredible vocals that moved the crowd to their feet at moments and at other moments to tears at the sheer power and poignant lyrics.   Each poetic lyricist recited the words to some of Langston Hughes most famous works.  I found it especially inspiring to see young people from Whitney Young HS and Gwendolyn Brooks HS recite Langston Hughes’ poetry along with their original poetic works. To see young people who captured the beauty and essence of modern day poetry gave me hope for the future.  Regina Taylor and Musical Director, Terisa Griffin did an outstanding job of producing this event. 

Black history month is a time when we reflect on our community, culture and our future and the birthday celebration to Langston Hughes was the perfect kickoff to a month dedicated to celebrating our roots and our community.

Until next time,

Black Widow



Black Widow

D.Sanders, a Chicago native, is a devoted mother, blogger and writer who is passionate about her family, friends, women's rights, living authentically and telling her story.   She is also a spoken word recording artist under the name, Black Widow. She has been writing and blogging for over 15 years providing commentary and expressing thought on life, love and relationships. Her artistry can be heard on two house music singles, “Rough”, and “Gruv Me” released by Grammy Nominated Producer and CEO of T’s Box Records & T’s Crates, Terry Hunter under the production of Mike Dunn and Dee Jay Alicia. . Both singles reached #1 on Traxsource’s Afrohouse and charted top ten overall as well reaching the top ten in their year of release.  She splits her time blogging about the Chicago Dance Music Scene on www.blkwidowmusic.com and on her book’s website, www.thesumofmanythings.com.  She is excited about her debut book, The Sum of Many Things, scheduled for release in June 2017.   She wears many hats but refuses to be placed in a box.  She believes that women are "The Sum of Many Things".  Embracing all of her roles as a woman, she firmly believes in breaking free of preconceived notions of womanhood.   She believes it is her mission to define her own life experience, femininity and sexuality and not have it defined by society.  She openly shares her story with hopes that women understand their worth, power and place in this world.