Hello BIBA fans! Today there are three major causes for celebration! Firstly, it is officially Father’s Day, and we want to salute all the fathers and father figures today, as well as acknowledge those who have lost their fathers and/or father figures and are grieving and celebrating in a different way. We see you.
Secondly, it is Juneteenth! There are plenty of resources to read about Juneteenth – a holiday that Black people have been celebrating for a while, and has recently been named a Federal Holiday (for better or for worse). We urge Black people everywhere, especially in the US, to consider that Juneteenth is a more real Black Independence Day. Celebrate in your own way!
Thirdly and lastly, we here at Castle of our Skins celebrate our new Shirley Graham Du Bois Creative-in-Residence: Angel C. Dye! Currently pursuing doctoral studies at Rutgers University, Angel holds degrees from Howard University and the University of Kentucky. Her two chapbooks – Rhyme Or Reason and urban is the new n@&!% (…and other names we answer to) have garnered critical acclaim for their depth and insight. With the aim of bringing together diverse women’s voices to inspire and uplift other budding, blossoming women, Angel recently compiled and edited an anthology titled Love Letters to Our Daughters: A Collection of Womanly Affirmations. Please follow Angel on Instagram or Twitter using the handle @blkgrlpoet, and read her full bio HERE. To read one of her beautiful poems, please click HERE.
Please join us in celebrating fathers, Black freedom, and Angel C. Dye!
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