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Hundreds Of Authors at the 8TH Annual African American Authors and Empowerment Expo

by: Rosa Pryor Special to the AFRO
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Hello folks! Before I begin, please close your eyes and bow your heads for a second and say a small prayer for the hurricane victims in Florida and the Islands who are suffering in many ways. Prayers goes up, blessings come down.

. Patricia Johnson-Harris, founder and CEO of the African American Authors and Empowerment Expo and co-author of her book called, “Shift On: Twenty Stories of Turning Trials into Triumph,” is celebrating her 8th expo, October 7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be on the campus of Morgan State University in the University Student Center’s Calvin & Tina Tyler Ballroom, 1700 E. Cold Spring Land in Baltimore. Free admission.

I now want to talk about a dynamite event called the African American Authors and Empowerment Expo, an event that I am proud to have been a part of for at least 5 years. It was started by a gifted young lady, Patricia Johnson-Harris. This year on October 7 will mark her 8th year and the expo will be held 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Baltimore, Maryland on the campus of Morgan State University in the University Student Center. The event will feature 60 vendors as well as hundreds of local & national authors and it is free to the public. The event includes workshops, speaking panels, authors presentations and live entertainment. Johnson-Harris’ mission is to create a platform that exposes independent authors to the public, while helping authors make connections with national book clubs, provide entrepreneurial workshops and author seminars.

. Craig Alston, renowned musician and recording artist and his band will provide the entertainment for Carlos Hutchins’ Ultimate Day Party celebrating his 22nd anniversary of his entertainment productions. The event will take place September 30, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Gentlemen 10 Lounge 2435 Edmondson Avenue.

On September 29, guitarist Rodney Kelley and the Rodney Kelley Experience, will perform “A Night of Jazz & Blues” at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street in Westminster, Maryland. Show time is 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, call 410-848-7272.

The lovely, gifted, talented, national recording artist, Gabrielle Goodman, a Baltimore native, is returning home to perform a show that will blow your mind! She will be at the Caton Castle Lounge, October 7, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Her band will be Robert Shahid on drums, Greg Hatza on organ and Reginald Payne on guitar. For ticket information, call 410-566-7086.

The Griots Circle of Maryland will host their annual Love Stories fundraiser on October 8 from 3 p.m.- 6 p.m., at the historic Arena Playhouse located at 801 McCulloh Street. The event will feature performances by griots John Carrington, Ophelia Brown-Carter, Bernard Carson, Bob Smith, Gwen Marable and Kay L. Merrill. The show will be directed by Gordon “Soorah” Parks. This event will include African dancing, storytelling, music and door prizes. For ticket information call 410-788-3555.

Ebban and Ephraim Dorsey ages 11 & 12 years old are Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area’s youngest professional musicians. The multi-talented siblings continue to strive with their gifts as they travel, playing with some of the best local, national and international recording artists. The sister and brother duo not only have produced and performed their own shows, but have graced the stage with such jazz artists as: Russell Kirk, Alex Norris, Gary Bartz, Warren Wolf, Lafayette Gilchrist, Robert Shahid, Herman Burney, Quincy Phillips, Craig Alston, Blake Meister, Tim Green, Eric Kennedy, Benji Porecki, Greg Hatza, Jesse Moody, Jeff Reed, and Carl Filipiak, among others.

Oh honey, I am not finished yet! Check this out! Middle Battle, President of the Left Bank Jazz Society and her friends are hosting a trip to the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, October 12 to October 16. For details, call her at 410-448-0033. This lady gives some mean, out-of-site trips.

One more thing I want to let you know about; the Times Community Services, Inc., is sponsoring a bus excursion to Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore crab feast lunch at the Fisherman’s Crab Deck restaurant in Grasonville, Maryland. For ticket information, call 410-366-3900.

Well my dear friends, I am out of space, I hope you enjoy your week. Remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. Until the next time, I’m Musically Yours.

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