Toni Bee

Cambridge Community Television , Cambridge MA
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September 30, 2013 - 5:32pm I am back - yet I never left - and if you think you know me you understand that I am always inna state of duality. An artist I am and eye celebrate and put down myself – just like the rest of you odd people. I like odd folk. We….we different. And the world tries not to devour us – but Lord knows this: We addictive. That’s why the universe has given us CCTV as the forum who caresses our special kinda sanity. We been here 25 years SO there must be some elixir us members grant to the collective ‘cause we have survived. That is a story my associate Mr. Rashid has written ‘bout http://www.cctvcambridge.org/node/193773 The embrace, the constant hug always emitting from this institution is why I’ve yet to depart. Hug - is why I also think the members voted me in as one of the 2013 –2015 Board Members. I have hugged peeps here physically & verbally for years – always celebrating their accomplishments. They know….I’m their groupie (lol) Yeahhhhhh Baby – I’m on the BOARD – and here’s how I am stepping up game: The Artist MashUp– this is the name of my new show (granted to me by GorgeousChrisLawn at CCTV) my show airs the 2nd & 4th Wendesday of the month. I will be featuring... read more
May 10, 2013 - 4:55pm Last Saturday I went to The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which took place in downtown Salem, MA. There were tons of workshops that started on Friday and ended on Sunday. So many wonderful events and poet peoples – I flicked my film a fast as I could & couldn’t get enough. I caught every evening-time headline event. Got photos and videos too. Of course my friends asked: “WAS YOU a PART of the Festival Miss Bee?” I humbly said “No I was not” “WhaaaaaaaT - well you should have been”, they said Shoulder shrug and “Probably, but you know…politics.” was my response Politick…tick…ticks make me smile for I stay amassing honey in my hive and when ones mindset is bout community building like mines is …you roll out to Salem and connect with other Family members. These are the lovely workshops I attended: Taboo - with Eduardo Corral, Sharon Olds, Jill McDonough, & Martha Collins So You Wanna Slam; a Poetry and Performance workshop hosted by Cole Rodriguez Incantatory Poetry: with Regie Gibson, Jean Monahan, Danielle Legros-Georges & Kim Vaeth I enjoyed EVERY SINGLE Minute of my Time at the Festival - Oh Cousins I am still overwhelmed by the beauty of your words. And your... read more
December 6, 2012 - 9:35am THIS SATURDAY Celebrate The HOLIDAYS - with a bit of WORD PLAY with Toni Bee - Citi Center’s Community Artist Fellow! Bee is also Poet Populist of Cambridge Join Toni as she hosts a Citi Performing Arts Center interactive reading of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! This Saturday, December 8 at 12:30 PM Central Square Branch Library on 45 Pearl Street The reading IS FREE And Sponsored by the Citi Center Education DepartmentWe will have a costume contest so "dress as your favorite WhoVille character" AND a SURPRISE Give Away - so get the kids and Come Come Come COME! SEE the flier attached for event DETAILS and be sure to visit http://www.citicenter.org/grinch/ for more information on the show!!!!!! read more
December 6, 2012 - 9:11am THIS SATURDAY Celebrate The HOLIDAYS - with a bit of WORD PLAY with Toni Bee - Citi Center’s Community Artist Fellow! Bee is also Poet Populist of Cambridge Join Toni as she hosts a Citi Performing Arts Center interactive reading of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! This Saturday, December 8 at 12:30 PM Central Square Branch Library on 45 Pearl Street The reading IS FREE And Sponsored by the Citi Center Education DepartmentWe will have a costume contest so "dress as your favorite WhoVille character" AND a SURPRISE Give Away - so get the kids and Come Come Come COME! SEE the flier attached for event DETAILS and be sure to visit http://www.citicenter.org/grinch/ for more information on the show!!!!!! read more
October 2, 2012 - 2:43pm HOW bout that title? There is an aquarium swimming in my head and the fish that fill it is the music of my world. My world music consists of digital technology, the arts, and being a MaMa. That there’s a bunch of fish that gets netted and when I have a chance I get to cooking. This blog is about what is chefing on my stove. And surely it’s a story you have never heard but want to know about: how a single college student gets “preggers” chooses to have her kid THEN handles (or doesn’t handle) the barrage of wonders that come into her life… And to handle that barrage with an attitude of joy WHAT am I advocating you ask? Surely not the ability to “breed” out of wedlock - just the fact that if you find yo’self in that situation and choose MaMaNess - that you can survive and DAG on IT I will say it – you can achieve. The TITLE I grew up with a Daddy who loved R n’ B and Stevie Wonder was his DUDE! My blog title is from Wonder’s compilation album from the same name. http://bit.ly/PLvJ1z YOU know Stevie was blind, and a musician, and he dabbled with technology so I dig his multifacetedNess SEE ABOVE for a WonderOus Video - or just close your eyes and get hip to a musical genius read more
August 24, 2012 - 6:00pm I have been bumping into stories all summer long. But my August has been ridiculously magnificent. Poems have been built from my experiences and what I been doing is cooling: Chilling for National Honey Bee Day on Saturday August 18 / Busting UP a Honey Bee Hooray on Thursday August 16th / Working as a Visiting Artist with Teens at The Gateley Center in North Cambridge for 6 weeks / and the scariest of all events was the Friday August 24 early AM fire near the corner of Columbia and Washington Streets in Area 4 - THE PORT. Yeah I can give you all the tiny details - but later for THAT - it is nearing the end on summer 2012 and tomorrow is Caribbean Carnival in Boston and since technology will tell you most of what I need to "say" Here goes a little something for your Eyes' Palette THANK YOU to all the folks who pollinated and created community: MCMV teens & staff / Mary and Caneen Canning / Esther Splaine and Mike Graney / Mmmmaven, BaltiMororder and David Day/ The Cambridge Chronicle/ Robin Lapidus My Daughter Selena and to so many others... HERE are YOUR STORIES National Honey Bee Day 2012http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3690560098121.2133382.109878617... FIRE! At 95... read more
May 13, 2012 - 7:04pm writing AT 2:35am Saturday May 5, 2012 ADD serves many creative people in the right way. Their concentration is always off, they always on to the next thing AND while that is not my diagnosis this MaMa gotta sitter and chose to trot on down to Central Square and see what makes it pop on a Friday night. For me this means - if you got the energy do all you can with the time you got available…and since I aint used to partying I solo danced with my camera …. ELKS LODGE - Buzzed by the Wild Mind which took place in the basement of The Elks Lodge at 55 Bishop Allen Drive. Oh yeah – all American fair was served – chicken nuggets mmmmm Katie Nadworny curated the 5th Wild Mind / Musical groups on deck were - Billy Wine and Porktupus with lead singer Katy who CUT IT UP singing OutKast. Of course there was James – artist extraordinary whose artwork was fab, whose coat rocked colors. And Clear Conscious rocking electronic beats plus a light show where at times it seemed er’thang went up in smoke We chilled - all of us, poets, interns, and artsy gals who had just dumped their boyfriends. We rolled our minds out - of course I hadda Poetry reading to bust up in the AM so I couldn’t stay long... read more
January 20, 2012 - 5:25pm The breezy, frigid, air did not prevent hundreds of people from coming out to gather on the steps of Cambridge’s City Hall. And even though the third Monday of every January is a national holiday in the U.S.A., instead of ‘lamping’ on their couches folks came out to serve despite their day off. Volunteers heard the call from Many Helping Hands and arrived to accomplish a number of tasks in the center of Cambridge, MA: create scarves and blankets for the homeless; design cards for seniors; drop food and clothing for those in need; and much more. http://manyhelpinghands.blogspot.com/ That is the force of Many Helping Hands a- group of women who decided about three years ago to make year round volunteering their mission. North Cambridge resident Lori Lander guides the bunch, and helps set the agenda along with her friends. One of those friends was Eva Martin Blythe, the executive director of the Cambridge YWCA http://www.ywcacam.org/ Blythe has pledged to let Many Helping Hands use the Y’s facility for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday ‘serving’ celebration. Another place where people could serve for three hours on MLK’s day was the Senior Center in Central Square. Ellen... read more
October 21, 2011 - 5:05pm Children’s book illustrator and author Kadir Nelson took dozens of Cambridge residents on a journey through his lifetime of art in the children’s room at the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library. Last Friday , he stopped in the city to promote his new book “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African-Americans” Betsy Hornik and her husband stopped by to meet Nelson because, “He’s able to put the character of the person in their faces, and it is a good way of recording history-very compelling” Daryl Mark, Director of Childrens' Services at Cambridge Public Library, introduced the winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award by saying “He has always loved to paint and to draw” and noted that, …you will also be interested in knowing that his artwork is what is being used on the album cover for Micheal …” a compilation album by Michael Jackson released in late 2010. Nelson's newest book Kadir works with oils and he described his mother's reaction to his first drawings at age three and even granted details about his job in pre-production as a visual artist when working on the film Amistad. Nelson also displayed dozens of samples of his artwork spanning from... read more
September 27, 2011 - 4:59pm Caneen Canning, daughter of Mary who is owner of Follow the Honey PHOTO by Dan Watkins http://danwatkins.net/ It was the name of the store, Follow the Honey, and its stern yet sweet directive that first piqued my interest. And it was the note that the store would open grandly on National Honey Bee Day that made me mind another’s beeswax and saunter downstairs into 1132 Massachusetts Avenue. http://followthehoney.com/ SEE Rachel Greenberger's Pics of the opening at http://exm.nr/rachelpics BUT it was the store’s owner, Mary Canning, and her welcoming creative spirit, THAT keeps me coming back to Follow the Honey - a.k.a. FTH - a specialty shop that sells a buzz-load of bee products. FTH is located a few blocks outside of Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA and upon entering the tiny hive you become ensconced in sweetness. Employee Maria Molenti toured me and my little bee 'round the den that dripped with bee products. And after viewing all of the goodies, I met the store owner and simply had to know: …Had to find out that she went to Simmons college, had a child, and went on back to finish her education …Needed to discover that Mary used to work for WGBH one of my favorite t.v.... read more
June 15, 2011 - 5:47pm CELEBRATE Poet Populist Toni Bee's Birthday with poetry and community on Saturday June 25th. Front lawn of the Cambridge Public Library at 449 Broadway Street, Cambridge, MA ALL are INVITED!!!!! I will read my favorite poets and ask that you read yours. OPEN MIC PLEASE BRING birthday poems, and your favorite dessert or drink to SHARE with the Party People. I'll have a cake and a bit of Music and other Poets to read. Look forward to seeing you there read more
June 3, 2011 - 4:14pm VIDEO Patrick Sylvain reads in Salem and shall read tomorrow at Cambridge River Festival PIC Toni Bee poet populist of Cambridge with Michael Brown former Cantab Lounge Poetry Slam organizer MY MIRTHFUL MID-MAY POETRY FESTIVAL I had a literal sweet time in Salem, in mid- May at the Massachusetts Poetry Fest.My tummy butterflew with excitement on the train ride to Salem; seeing Cave Canem readers and Seven Gabled homes and black houses and piano orchestra's and... and book presses small who think big ... a spell bound me that May Saturday http://bit.ly/mB35cY CHECK out my part one of PICS and SEE a lil' video of masterful youths pow their poems along with powerful Ms. Patricia Smith! THE ART of WORDS POETRY TENT at the Cambridge River Festival Saturday June 4, 2011 I look forward to seeing you under the Art of Words Poetry Tent at the Weekes Bridge on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA during the Cambridge River Festival. We will be there from 12 to 5 PM and I will get inaugurated at 2PM as the city of Cambridge's new Poet Populist! Jean-Dany picked the theme of Catastrophes and Redemption and a bunch full o' poets will be reading too. Here are the details on the annual artsy River... read more
April 6, 2011 - 1:27pm WATCH BeLive with Bee TONIGHT for a Live Poetry Reading called… Stream of Poets! With host Toni Bee Celebrating Poetry Month with a Diversity of WordsWednesday, April 6, from 6:30-7:30pm ON Channel 9 CCTV Cambridge Watch poets read their artful words in Celebration of April Poetry Month. Drink your Tall Glass of Poetry with folks who live, work, or love, Cambridge tonight at 6:30. We will dialogue too. Here’s the line up: Readers: Alan Smith Soto, of San José, Costa Rica Gayle Roby, of Illinois Jean-Dany Joachim, of Haiti Kwene, of Boston Leonardo Toppin, of Dorchester Nica VanBuezecom, of Area 4 Cambridge Selena Yard, 9 year-old Morse School Student I shall rock the tv screen with my poetry too! for more info email readbee@yahoo.com bzzzzzzzzzzz read more
April 1, 2011 - 4:57pm HARK, Citizens of Cambridge!, It is April, the poetry is’ brewing’, and Jean-Dany Joachim will once again ‘serve a mug full’ of his boastful band of bards who will perform all across the city at the 2011 Poetry Festival on Sunday April 3rdEnglish is the main poetic course of words but I heard about dessert and 'they' tell me that French, Spanish, and Haitian Creole ditties may be served For the second year in a row, Joachim – the city’s current poet populist – will curate the 2011 Poetry Festival. Dozens of diverse poets will read their works at four different spots in Cambridge. Plus you get to meet the four candidates running for the 2011 Poet Populist at the opening ceremony. http://bit.ly/edvTdR Candidates shall recite at the fest, attempt to sweet the mic’, to pass the public’s test, Alas,citizens vote on which bard was the best Opening ceremonies take place Sunday at 12 pm Noon in Central Square at Jill Brown-Rhone Park (which is at the corner of Columbia and Main Streets) The Poetry Festival is free and Open to the Public. See the Event Schedule below which includes venues, times, and readers. Tell your friends and neighbors to enjoy creativity with words/on April 3rd!The... read more
March 19, 2011 - 12:07pm To leap or not leap with your poetry is the question. Robert Bly wrote called Leaping Poetry and I understand most of it... I am thinking that Walt Whitman was one of the earliest poets who spoke from the heart. And really I feel this is what Bly was saying when he thought up the title. It did not help me that Lorca - a poet appearing numerous times in the publication- is confusing and I need to go back and study.....la la LA Le LOOK - I am trying to start a poetry blog and don't know where to start - SO I will be back later with some kind of update! Buzz P.S.I'll tell you more about the PB'n'J Podcast...soon! read more
March 11, 2011 - 6:14pm Safi gets her face painted by MFNH camp counselor Megan Parents it is time to start applying to camp already! Last Thursday I grabbed tons of information about local Cambridge camps at the Eighteenth Annual Summer Resource/Camp Information Night. The best wisdom I heard from camp employees was to sign up your child as soon as possible. Rosyln Shoy and a crew of organizers staffed the event that took place in the Cambridge Rindge and Latin high school hallway and cafeteria. During the dinner hour event, volunteers kindly provided cheese, grapes, and pizza to dozens of famished kids and their parents. Lining the high school entrance hallway were a host of programs that provided: ¬ "Camp programs for youth (Grades K – 8) ¬ Day, [overnight], and Residential Camps ¬ Programs especially for preteens ¬ Job opportunities for teens" Nearly 20 camps converged in the cafeteria including Area 4’s Boys and Girls Club and Margaret Fuller House. They all displayed pictures and info' on packed boards that explained summer time activities. Here are a just a few of the camps that attend the fair: Boys and Girls Club (617) 491-2194 Margaret Fuller Househttp://www.margaretfullerhouse.org/ Morse... read more
February 25, 2011 - 4:58pm Nirva Tancyl poses beside art from Haiti, her native country Stephanie Guirand is always lending her heart and energy to some social cause that has a positive effect on others. I have witnessed the Area 4 resident help out on political campaigns, with education initiatives, I have even seen her translate information from English to Haitian Creole for 5 hours at an annual thanksgiving drive a few years ago. Yup she definitely has heart and love - especially for her Haitian people. Guriand recently organized a black history event at Cambridge City Hall called When Our Brushes Shook Shook is a Haitian art exhibition curated by HAAM's Joe Chery and on display at various sites throughout spring in Cambridge, Boston, and Brockton Massachusetts. An inspiring heartfelt event it was Art and poets galore! Speakers too. Oh you should have been there, but Here is a Bee's eye view of what you missed http://bit.ly/gFlnQV Sponsored by HAAM, Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts, the black history event took place on February 9, 2011 and included drummers, poets, speakers, and of course artists. City Councilor Ken Reeves hosted the event that expose’d local artist of Haitian descent and... read more
January 7, 2011 - 5:59pm Everyone who works to build on the ‘farm of community’ has a job. But some folks like Lori Lander actually plant the seeds, till the ground, hire the volunteer workers, then she sits back watches it grow (ready to do a deed in an instant). Of course Lander would never admit to this but the women of the group called Many Helping Hands silently laud her unifying spirit. After all it was Lori who knew them each individually; it was she who began the breakfast gatherings of ladies of varied economic backgrounds and skin tones; it was Lander who simply wanted to women to brainstorm ‘in what ways can we make a greater impact supporting community’. Read below about the genesis of the group Many Helping Hands. THEY sent me a narrative – actually written by the group! Then check out their website and plan on coming to the Cambridge MLK Day of Service that they are volunteering to support on January 17th at the YWCA. http://manyhelpinghands.blogspot.com/ 1) HOW IT BEGAN: THE POWER OF THE INDIVIDUAL A local Cambridge resident (Lori) participated in the MLK Day of Service in Washington that preceded President Obama's inauguration and said to herself: "Cambridge should do this too.... read more
October 7, 2010 - 3:43pm WRITER’S BLOCK with host Toni Bee THURSDAY OCTOBER 21ST / 6 - 7 P.M. Join our free creative writing workshop where you write about different topics, meet other writers, then get feedback on your work. Poetry & prose encouraged. Refreshments served LOCATION: The Margaret Fuller House, 71 Cherry Street, Cambridge, MA For details call 617 -547-4680 OR email readbee@yahoo.com ALL DATES: Thursdays 6-7pm / October 21 & 28 / November 4 & 11 / December 2 & 9 read more
October 1, 2010 - 1:21pm Last Friday evening, if you happened to saunter by Jill Rhone Park in Central Square, the poetic overtures and jazzy stanzas would have beckoned you from the casement window of cozy Café Luna It was an extra special evening for City Night Readings host Jean-Dany Joachim. The special was that Joachim, poet populist of Cambridge, was celebrating his birthday with friends and wine and Luna sweets. What made the event extra was the abundance of poetry being read to the smooth tunes of jazz trio Just Add Water. “Poetry is always with me.” said Joachim, “Therefore it was simply appropriate that I did my birthday with words and jazz”SEE PHOTOS http://www.flickr.com/photos/54261252@N05/sets/72157625049216190/show/ Leonardo read his sonnets; Amy Grudner hinted at love; Juan Casillas made dedications to El Salvadorian children' Yves Pierre from Cambridge Community Television taped it all! Joachim's a Haitian artist who has lived in Cambridge for a decade or more, but you still can’t pin down his age. The eternally young looking poet walks with a jaunty step; he reads at the podium bold, bald headed, athletically built. And although many folks asked, Joachim never divulged his age. (He... read more

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