Tuesday, February 19, 2008

More interviews: Greenfield, Holyfield

Be sure to check out my recent interviews with author Eloise Greenfield, and fine artist, and children's book illustrator John Holyfield. You'll find the interviews over at The Brown Bookshelf.

Other recent interviews include authors Sundee Frazier, Troy CLE, and Tonya Bolden. Stop by. Show us some blog love. For a celebration, it's awfully quiet over there.

In other news: I just finished and made a test run of my presentation to be given at SCBWI Houston this coming Saturday. It's two hours long. Maybe more. I gotta do some serious editing. My time slot is 45 minutes.

6 comments:

Cynthia Leitich Smith said...

Wow! 28 Days Later is so amazing! I'll run another reminder note later this week. Good luck with your presentation. I'm sure you'll do a great job. In case it helps, you can always do a handout with additional information and/or post it to your blog.

Don Tate II said...

Thanks Cynthia! Hugely appreciated.

rbaird said...

Only 45 minutes! I wish we were doing break out sessions this year.
A handout would be great!
We, in Houston, are looking forward do it!

rindawriter said...

Oh, Don! This is very a confusing scene for a young intracultural person these days--or a young-thinking one. This makes this Brown Bag thing a painful thing for me.

I saw/heard a comment on that show that builds homes for deserving people on ABC the other night that is pertinent. This young, very musically talented guy was both blind and in a wheelchair, and he said something on that show that has really convicted me and stuck with me:

He said he didn't mind being blind because, that way, he could always see so well what a person really was. He didn't have to deal you see with seeing people's skin colors and having that affect how he might interact with them and think about them.

Obama for example is really a mixed race man. He is half black and half white, but it is his rising above race that makes him so very attractive to so many, I think, including so many young mixed-race young people. He's about message, about working together. He knows better than to be just an African-American candidate for President.

They can trace gene DNA now you know to fid out what mix of races you really are. It might be a shock to many who think they are one race because of skin color to find out they are really half or some other percentage of another as well.

How much percentage do you have to be to be brown? You might be like Cameron Diaz who is half black but with white skin!

To paraphrase Whoopi Goldberg, when asked what race she is: "A New Yorker!"

Don Tate II said...

Hey Rinda,

I think the whole question about brown, black, African-American and race, as it pertains to TBBS, really have confused many people. And it's completely irked a few others. Honestly, our intentions are good.

I try to look at it like this, bare essence: We are hoping to raise awareness. In this case, to raise awareness of children's books that are written by or about African Americans. As well, books that feature African American characters. I could try to list our reason's why, but, honestly, I think it would be futile. I've come to realize that it's kinda one of those things that a person either gets or they don't.

Some people won't get it because they honestly live in a colorblind world (sounds like you). Other's won't get it because they don't want to. Those who do get it, will probably do so because, at some point in their lives, they've walked in our shoes. Or similar shoes. Minority shoes, fat people shoes, gay people shoes, female shoes, short people shoes, pretty people shoes, ugly people shoes, green-toed people shoes.

There's a phrase in the African American community. I first heard the phrase in a rap song, though I'm sure the phrase was born in the community long before it made it to the song. At first, I thought the phrase was kinda crass, but in so many ways, the phrase rings true.

The saying goes, "It's a Black thang, and you won't understand."

Although you don't understand, please know that my heart is in the right place concerning my participation on the BBS.

Liz in Ink said...

I'm really impressed with 28 Days, Don!!! Wish I could be in Houston...