A riveting cautionary tale about the ecstasy and dangers of loving Marvin Gaye, a performer passionately pursued by all—and a searing memoir of drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the wife of legendary soul icon Marvin Gaye. After her seventeenth birthday in 1973, Janis Hunter met Marvin Gaye—the soulful prince of Motown with the seductive liquid voice whose chart-topping, socially conscious album What’s Going On made him a superstar two years earlier. Despite a seventeen-year-age difference and Marvin’s marriage to the sister of Berry Gordy, Motown’s founder, the enchanted teenager and the emotionally volatile singer began a scorching relationship. One moment Jan was a high school student; the next she was accompanying Marvin to parties, navigating the intriguing world of 1970s-‘80s celebrity; hanging with Don Cornelius on the set of Soul Train, and helping to discover new talent like Frankie Beverly. But the burdens of fame, the chaos of dysfunctional families, and the irresistible temptations of drugs complicated their love. Primarily silent since Marvin’s tragic death in 1984, Jan at last opens up, sharing the moving, fervently charged story of one of music history’s most fabled marriages. Unsparing in its honesty and insight, illustrated with sixteen pages of black-and-white photos, After the Dance reveals what it’s like to be in love with a creative genius who transformed popular culture and whose artistry continues to be celebrated today.
Immersed in sparkling wit, wholehearted truthfulness, and good humor, this spellbinding collection of poems explores a mother’s love for her teenage daughter, the joys and complications of family life, the lives of suburban grandparents, and the loving relationships between women—including motherhood, sisterhood, and friendship. With frankness and honesty, the poems confront both life and death, allowing a unique poetic voice to emerge.
In After the Dance, one of Haiti’s most renowned daughters returns to her homeland, taking readers on a stunning, exquisitely rendered journey beyond the hedonistic surface of Carnival and into its deep heart. Edwidge Danticat had long been scared off from Carnival by a loved one, who spun tales of people dislocating hips from gyrating with too much abandon, losing their voices from singing too loudly, going deaf from the clamor of immense speakers, and being punched, stabbed, pummeled, or fondled by other lustful revelers. Now an adult, she resolves to return and exorcise her Carnival demons. She spends the week before Carnival in the area around Jacmel, exploring the rolling hills and lush forests and meeting the people who live and die in them. During her journeys she traces the heroic and tragic history of the island, from French colonists and Haitian revolutionaries to American invaders and home-grown dictators. Danticat also introduces us to many of the performers, artists, and organizers who re-create the myths and legends that bring the Carnival festivities to life. When Carnival arrives, we watch as she goes from observer to participant and finally loses herself in the overwhelming embrace of the crowd. Part travelogue, part memoir, this is a lyrical narrative of a writer rediscovering her country along with a part of herself. It’s also a wonderful introduction to Haiti’s southern coast and to the true beauty of Carnival.
So here it was, the African pattern. First the struggle, then the euphoria of the freedom dance, then the collapse into grandiose caricature and chaos. And after that, the pale new dawn, the promise and sometimes the reality of ascent.AFTER THE Dance first appeared in 2004, ten years after South Africa's wildly enthusiastic embrace of freedom and democracy. Its value now, fifteen years later, seems to be as a portrait of a new democracy that is losing its innocence. The optimism remains widespread, but the cracks, first hinted at in the 2004 edition, are beginning to show. The halcyon days of the Nelson Mandela presidency have slipped away too rapidly, replaced by early signs of that distinctive post-Uhuru pattern.Is South Africa at the start of its pale new dawn? Or is the country still in the grip of its collapse into grandiose caricature and chaos? Time will tell. The chief value of After the Dance is that it describes a country at the tipping point of its own history. The hope is there, as are the seeds of its travail. And they are placed before the reader by South Africans themselves, people prepared to look the reader in the eye and candidly share their circumstances as well as their anxieties and dreams.
It's Her Game . . . Here's my deal--I'm not knocking myself out to find Mr. Right anymore. As far as this thirty-something sistah is concerned, it's now about reciprocity, not romance. A brother doesn't have to whisper promises he won't keep or make me any kind of commitment. All he needs to do is respect my boundaries, rock my world--then step the hell on before anyone gets too attached. That's why the last man I need to be trying to hook-up with is my next door neighbor, Carl. But He's Breaking All The Rules . . . Who does Faye think she's fooling? She and I both know all that talk she does about game-playing is little more than a big front. Besides, playing by the rules won't necessarily keep us from falling in love. And if what's been going on between us lately is any indication, I'm thinking at least one of us is already halfway there. . .. "After the Dance is a fast-paced delight with a plotline so intriguing and dialogue and characters so real, I had to keep reminding myself that I was reading fiction. It is an easy read with NO dull moments. I was hooked from the first page to the last. This is a five star new story from a five star new author!" --Mary Monroe, New York Times bestselling author "Unique, interesting characters and sharp, crackling wit laced with occasional pathos make this first novel a genuine winner." --Gwynne Forster, author of Getting Some of Her Own "With its Southern charm, impossible-to-resist characters and hilarious take on relationships, this book is a must-read!" --Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker, Essence bestselling author of The Ex Factor
With love on the horizon for their children, but sabotage just around the corner, two friends fight for those they love... while having a blast, of course. In After the Dance is Over, Joan Jonker brings us another instalment of her hugely popular Molly and Nellie series, as the two friends get up to more mischief in their beloved Liverpool. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Katie Flynn. 'There's something for everyone and all delivered up in that inimitable Jonker style which is guaranteed to delight her large number of fans' - Middlesborough Evening Gazette There's never a dull moment when Nellie McDonough and Molly Bennett get together, and there's always something to keep them busy in their Liverpool street. First, Molly's son Tommy sets the date for his wedding to Rosie O'Grady, and everyone's saving hard to ensure their day is perfect. Then a new family arrive in the area and their daughter is determined to put a stop to the budding romance between Nellie's son Paul and Phoebe Corkhill. Meanwhile, Molly's daughter Doreen and her husband Phil make an announcement, and Nellie and Molly are determined to track down Phil's long lost family, so that they can share in the joyful news... What readers are saying about After the Dance is Over: 'Being an enthralled fan of Joan's books, I couldn't wait to read this book... this book is definitely the funniest yet! Molly and Nellie are hilarious, warm, honest and very touching' 'Enjoy a stroll down a Liverpool street in the early 40s, feel the warmth of the residents, laugh at the antics of two very humorous ladies, but also have a hanky ready to collect your tears of laughter'
Dance is the art least susceptible to preservation since its embodied, kinaesthetic nature has proven difficult to capture in notation and even in still or moving images. However, frameworks have been established and guidance made available for keeping dances, performances, and choreographers’ legacies alive so that the dancers of today and tomorrow can experience and learn from the dances and dancers of the past. In this volume, a range of voices address the issue of dance preservation through memory, artistic choice, interpretation, imagery and notation, as well as looking at relevant archives, legal structures, documentation and artefacts. The intertwining of dance preservation and creativity is a core theme discussed throughout this text, pointing to the essential continuity of dance history and dance innovation. The demands of preservation stretch across time, geographies, institutions and interpersonal connections, and this book focuses on the fascinating web that supports the fragile yet urgent effort to sustain our dancing heritage. The articles in this book were originally published in the journal Dance Chronicle: Studies in Dance and the Related Arts.
Six years ago, I was diagnosed with class IV Aggressive Prostate cancer that spread to my bones. This book details the alternative healing method using baking soda and molasses when doctors said I only had a few months to less than two years to live. "I finally opened the report to these words: “NO CONVINCING EVIDENCE OF AN OSSEOUS METASTATIC PROCESS”. I bawled like a baby. Two days later I got another report in the mail about my blood tests: PSA is now 0.1.... That is zero point one!" Writing “After the Jolt” has given me the chance to express my experiences in greater detail and to share the knowledge and insights that I have gained from all those thousands of cancer stories and questions fielded over the past 6 years from my website. In the book I go into greater detail with the powerful healing methods of baking soda, deep breathing, relaxation, alkaline diet, and visualization/meditation/prayer.
These short stories by the renowned Scottish author demonstrate the powerful imagination that became “the wonder of literary Scotland” (Sorley MacLean, author of Eimhir). Growing up on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, Iain Crichton Smith was raised speaking Gaelic. When he went to school in Stornoway, he spoke English. Like many islanders before and since, his culture was divided. In After the Dance, he explores that tumultuous divide and its effects on the small communities he knew so well. The stories in this volume prove that big themes—love, history, power, submission, death—can be addressed without the foil of irony. Instead, Smith reveals their resonance by rooting them in place, and giving them a voice that risks pure, humane, impassioned speech. This updated edition includes the story ‘Home.’
In a warm and vivid style, the author describes life with her identical twin from early childhood to young adulthood. The setting is Bavaria in the mid 1930s to the 1950s. The twins' closeness helps them cope with the adversities of war and the untimely death of their father. They share the same experiences and emotions, and they enjoy the same activities. They view their togetherness as the key to happiness and promise each other never to get separated, never to get married. As teenagers they fend off a persistent suitor that pursues one of them while threatening the other. But then, in their early twenties, the twins fall in love with the men of their dreams, men totally different in their backgrounds, education and personalities. One is a German physicist, the other an Arabian businessman. Yet, in spite of living and raising their families in two different continents, the twins maintain their close relationship.
Kim's StoryFor those of you who have read “The Dance My First Love” and if you are anything like me, then you have missed the characters that I brought to life. Although my stories are fiction, I took a lot of them from my life and others lives around me mixed in with some fantasy.The stories are very real to me and I hope you are taken away for the time being. I felt that there was so much more to tell about Kim's life in “After the Dance.” (If you will!)This is the second in a book series and I hope this will keep you laughing, smiling, and bring back some of those tears that you had during the first book. I am hoping this book will show that “Family” is very important and instead of tearing each other down we all need to stick together. Also children are a blessing and not a mistake, we should show and teach them that Love is love and there is never anything wrong with love. So here it is, along with a few Characters from “The Dance My First Love” and some new ones. I am hoping you will love it as much as you all loved “The Dance My First Love”Thank you all for your support and remember were all human and all should have human rights Vote No on Prop 8!We're all family, let's stick together……………………
This dance journal follows author, researcher, and university lecturer Laura Kline as she embarks on a unique journey towards heightened awareness. It records her daily insecurities as a fifty-five-year-old dance student—doing undercover research for her next lesbian romance novel—at her own university. Nervous about joining this high-risk contact improvisation class, she soon realizes what a tremendous opportunity it offers the protagonists, two fictional female dancers who fall in love. Little does she suspect how this course, along with her weekly 5Rhythms® dance sessions, will impact her personal growth and worldview, by forcing her to slow down and experience the intense flavor of each moment. It even enhances her survival skills. When the COVID-19 pandemic hits, her daily journal reflections broaden to include noisy neighbors, walls closing in on her, her partner, and their cat during the sudden stay-at-home order, struggles with teaching remotely, loss of sleep, weight loss, etc. Without realizing it, Laura becomes the protagonist of her own book—this journal. Her lively and humoristic adventure through dance illustrates how becoming present—even for five short minutes while standing still in pure silence—what she calls the Happy Dance—can literally lift people up, providing a safe space to traverse unexpected rocky roads. Her expedition is pebbled with injury and stress, yet she continues dancing. Page by page, with Laura’s stick-figure illustrations, we gradually see how Laura unearths a youthful buoyancy in her musculoskeletal system, lubricating her achy joints, giving them a bounce as she treads barefoot into the kitchen—or masters the moonwalk in her school’s photocopy room. Through a deep exploration of mindful movement and contact improvisation, we observe Laura as she dances her way to greater health, stability, healing, and happiness.