Poet Sabyne Pierre is a writer, educator and activist based in Pittsburgh who previously wrote and performed poetry in New Hampshire and New Jersey. She sometimes signs her work Free, The Poet.
- Ledisi included several Nina Simone songs in her set at Stern Grove. I noticed that many people mouthed the words to her originals. This is not about me, but I do wish to add that I met Billy Taylor, Dr. Billy Taylor, who was the author of the Nina song; my then-client Henry Butler was part of his Christmas show and radio special at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in 2002. When I ran for City Council especially at a particular panel discussion among candidates I introduced myself with this statement: “I wish I knew how it would feel to be free”.
- I do not apologize for the crowd noise including my own voice and those of my guests; I would just say that the music is out there if you are listening. And thank you Sabyne and Ledisi for all you do, all you don’t do, and for the wisdom to “no” the difference. Anibade, people.