Book & Film
|Kumbaya on the Shore
a place of peaceful pastime
|15224 - 15226
Cleveland, Ohio 44110
|Site Map ~ www.kumbayashore.com
|July 21, 2019 Musical Blessing of with Kenge Kenge Oruntu Systems of Nairobi, Kenya
|On Sunday, July 21, 2019 Friends of Kumbaya gathered to pray for the business
and to enjoy each other's company, refreshments and most of all, the traditional
Luo songs of praise and dance performed by Nairobi-based Kenge Kenge.
|Live streaming allowed
seniors participating in the
program to enjoy the event
from their residences.
A highlight of the day came
when friends were invited to
dance with the band leader.
Someone has photos of the
women - including this
photographer - dancing!
|When the band performed a
song of tribute for their
Obama," the Ladybug (aka
Mittie) dawned her "Obama
cape" and weaved the room
in the tradition of an
Not to be outdone by all the
dancing, two young Kumbaya
neighbors showed off their
Michael Jackson moves!
|A special thanks to Steven E. Boyd who arranged for Kenge
Kenge's Cleveland Artists-in-Residency, and AkuSika Nkomo
Mackey for hosting the band at Africa House International.
|Following Kenge Kenge, friends socialized and viewed the
Ladybug Gallery exhibit celebrating the tenth anniversary of the
nomination, election and inauguration of
Barack H. Obama, Jr. as the 44th President of the United States
|Kumbaya Cafe Progress Report
Opening the coffee shop and lounge put us nearly half way there!
We are still short of funds needed to complete the remainder
of the work to fully realize the
Kumbaya on the Shore plan, including:
servicing and installing our kitchen equipment
completing the building and framing of the stage & screen area
Upgrading fixtures in both bathrooms.
Once complete we can move to a seven day operation employing
seven full-time staff and four part-time weekend staff serving a
daily brunch, hosting music, spoken word, entertaining and
educational film, our signature Cultural Conversation and Cuisine,
and other special events.
|Please consider adding your name to our Investors and Friends of Kumbaya
Friends receive discounts ranging from 5% - 25% based on donor levels
Friends donating $250 - $500 also receive free admission(s) to routine programs
Investors receive discounts, free admission and share in profits
|Investors / Shareholders
($1,000 + to D8:3 & Kumbaya)
Mittie - Cleveland, Oh
Cheryl - Dallas, Tx
Sara - Marion, Ks
Obelia - Winston Salem, NC
Kathy & Sayres, Dallas, Tx
Susan - Cleveland, Oh
Daniel - Los Angeles, Ca
Dolores - Cleveland, Oh
Julia - Bethesda, Md
Anne - Cleveland, Oh
Michael & Patricia - Rockledge, Fl
Roger & Mary - Cleveland, Oh
Jeff - Cleveland, Oh
Van - Cleveland, Oh
Illona - Chicago, Il
Gina - Cleveland, Oh
Ceco - Cleveland, Oh
Rashad - Cleveland, Oh
|Donnie & Rene - Beckley, WV
Christine - Stow, Oh
Calvin - Cleveland, Oh
Zachery - Cleveland, Oh
Harold - Cleveland, Oh
Kathy - Cleveland, Oh
Lola & Charles - Apple Valley, Ca
Alan - Greenville, SC
Barb & Richard - St. Paul, Mn
Charles - Cleveland
Jo - US / Ghana
Mindy - Chardon, Oh
Martha - Cleveland, Oh
Anthony - New York, NY
Alicia & Michael - Cleveland, Oh
Sherrie - Cleveland, Ohio
James - Chicago, Il
Bonnie - Cleveland, Oh
Charlene -Centerville, Md
Carol - Cleveland, Oh
Gretchen - Avon, Oh
Frank & Juanita, Temcula, Ca
Rick & Rita, Dallas, Tx
Gillian, Cleveland, Oh
Mittie - Cleveland, Oh
Millicent - Cleveland, Oh
Charlene & Mendel - Cleveland, Oh
Carol - Cleveland, Oh
Mike & Richee - Cleveland
|Marilyn - Atlanta, Ga
Wayne - Cleveland, Oh
Lionel - Cleveland, Oh
Adam - Cleveland, Oh
Kathleen - Cleveland, Oh
Brenda - Cleveland, Oh
Juanita - Cleveland, Oh
Valerie - Reynoldsburg, Oh
Brandon - Cleveland, Oh
Allen - Cleveland, Oh
Delores - Cleveland, Oh
Dennis & Kathi - Dallas, Tx
Marcia - Atlanta, Ga
Beverly - Cleveland, Oh
Michael & Felicia - Florence, SC
Kendra - Winston Salem, NC
Russell - Cleveland, Oh
Tereese - Cleveland, Oh
Roger & Alease - Midlothian, Va
Gina - Midlothian, Va
Rachelle - Nofolk, Va
Elgan & Wendy - Cleveland, Oh
Hugh & Betty - Dayton, Va
Clyde & Glendora - Dunbar, WV
Tom & Suzanne - Cleveland, Oh
Gina - Columbus, Oh
Debbie - Cleveland, Oh
Terri - Cleveland, Oh
|Offering a hand up is not a hand out!
as Clara the teacher, nurse and founder of the Red Cross.
There are lots of stock images that accompany her words online,
some even with lake shore themes, but none grabbed me like
from the depths of a daunting situation.
Just look at their determination! Not a pair of shoes between them. One struggling to climb, one
struggling to pull, both holding firm to the goal of getting out of that ditch!
I'm in a ditch, folk. But, by the grace and mercy of God and kind friends, I've come two-thirds of the
way from having to close a business, store it in a barn, find a new location, prepare it.... and start over. If
you've been following my emails and website for the past year, you know how much there was to do and far
Kumbaya on the Shore has come.
Raising the Cafe shutters was a great victory this week, but without the funds to keep the lease and
utilities current, complete the installation of the kitchen, obtain full-service licenses and hire help - I could
end up back in the barn, or worse.
Why give, you might ask? For the same reason many of you contribute to non-profits - less the write-
off: to help create employment opportunities and bring people together for culturally enriching experiences.
Visit our About Page, and you will find the reasons there, and will hopefully add your name to list of
Friends above who have graciously joined our funding campaign.
You can give at www.gofundme.com/kumbaya-please, or join the other half of our donors by
mailing your check payable to Kumbaya on the Shore, 15226 Lakeshore Boulevard, Cleveland,
Ohio 44110. As we used to say as children, without having a clue about what it meant: "your kindness shall
never be obliterated!"
~ Mittie Imani
|Friends of Kumbaya (Gifts of $5 - $999)
|A Conversation With
Human Rights Activist & Ted Talker
Mississipi Charles Bevel
Saturday, November 2, 2019 ~ 4 - 6 p.m.
Get Out The Vote
& Film Screening
Sunday, 4 - 6 p.m.
November 3, 2019
"The 'Blues' does not mean black music.
It means having the courage or audacity to speak to
what is in your heart without consulting your head.
That human attribute is colorless. But what is now
termed the 'Blues' has to be placed in the context of the
unique way in which this music form was derived. Its
African roots cannot be denied, but most of its energy
was and continues to be acquired from a people being
forced to continuously live on the outer edges of the
majority culture in America. From slavery, through
legal segregation, to the many present forms of
isolation, blacks have developed unique ways of
expressing the constant pain and frustration that
comes with being perpetually guaranteed.
the Shore is pleased to host A Conversation With actor, writer, musician
and human rights activist; Mississippi Charles Bevel. The program is free
and open to the public. Please pass this information on.
His smile is genuine. Soft and sincere. His eyes, knowing. Yes, just
beneath his signature brim – sometimes feathered, are eyes that know.
Sometimes peeking, sometimes piercing, but undoubtedly open wide and
knowing. Knowing of seasons suffered, seasons revered and seasons yet to
be told. With confidence, he talks and sings about them.
An occasional bold flash of laughter, a momentary sigh of chagrin. Every
now and then a bit of righteous indignation. Daring to speak “truth to
power” long before its sanctioned popularity. “Sip” was unafraid to use the
term and indicted “white supremacy” when others were still cringing to
even use the “R” word.
Knowing. Having seen. Bearing witness.
Born the fourteenth of seventeen children on a cotton plantation in the
Mississippi Delta, Charles Bevel left the Jim Crow south for northern big
cities including Memphis, St. Louis and Cleveland, where he eventually
settled after a military tour in the Pacific Islands, and a three year
residency in Monrovia, Liberia. Trained as an electrical engineer, Bevel
has worked as an aviation electronics technician, naval in-flight radio
operator, television engineer and missile test technician... occupations that
took him a long way from his early years as a cotton picker, shoeshine,
dishwasher, grocery and stock clerk, and steel mill laborer. After thirty
years of “working, always working,” Bevel gave way to his art spirit that
had been brewing inside.
the musician was born; at
forty, the writer; at forty-
eight, twins, the actor and the
visual artist. Giving birth to
these mysterious personalities,
my bumbling attempts at
nursing those babies, was
not only unnerving disruption
to my own life, but extremely
(the pain and the joy, whether directed inwardly or outwardly) is,
and will continue to be, the most persistent form of expressing matters of the heart
in black culture in America."
~ Mississippi Charles Bevel
|confusing and disturbing to family and friends as well. At sixty, there is some
disquiet in my life, but hardly about death. Life has showered me with too
much sweetness to leave me fretting over when death will appear to gather
my bones. Any uneasiness is about the illusion of time; not enough time left to
divulge my revelations; my mysteries.”
~ Mississippi Charles Bevel circa 1997
as a musical performing artist in 1973 with his A & M label recording of
Meet Mississippi Charles Bevel. Over the next decade he performed as a
duo with songwriter/performer Chic Streetman (with Bevel above),
opening concerts for internationally acclaimed artists including Taj Mahal,
Richie Havens, Hoyt Axton, Sonny Terry and Brown McGhee, Doc Watson,
B.B. King, Third World, Albert King and Gil Scott Heron.
First appearing on stage as an actor in 1986 with the East Cleveland
Community Theater and shortly thereafter at Karamu House, he has
performed on professional and community theater stages throughout the
United States and abroad as both an actor and musician and is best known
for co-creating and staring in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical It
Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, which earned him a Tony nomination in 1999
for best book of a musical.
Although much of his work has been in theatre, doing mostly dramatic
roles, Mississippi is equally comfortable working as a writer, visual artist,
actor or singer-composer. Other theatre credits include Piano Lesson
(Doaker) Karamu House; I Am A Man (Bluesman) Meadow Brook
Theatre, Rochester MI; Home (Musical Director) Rhynsburger Theatre,
Columbia, MO; Spunk (Guitar Man) Smokebrush Theatre, Colorado
Springs, CO; Let Me Live (Musical Director) Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL
lyrics reflect the personal and communal
victories and struggles of African people,
particularly those of us in America. His CD
“Not of Seasons” remains a popular seller by
acoustic recording label Sage Arts.
With strong connections to the 1950's and 60's
American Civil Rights Movement in the south,
Bevel is deeply committed to the ongoing
struggle of African people throughout the
world and is a founding member of The
National Institute For Restorative Justice.
Best described as a romantic, comedic drama
with a twist of political reflection, The
American President stars Annette Bening
as environmental lobbyist Sydney Ellen
Wade with Michael Douglas in the title role
as widower and single parent incumbent
Andrew Shepherd. Unofficially teamed up,
they lobby congress to pass reasonable
legislation for the protection of the
environment and gun control, all while trying
to ignore a loud, fear-mongering presidential
contender who promotes national pride and
– when all else fails, simply makes up stuff!
Yep. If we didn’t see this movie before,
we are certainly seeing it now, except the
loudmouth, lying contender is the incumbent!
Complicating his routine, and threatening
his candidacy, Shepherd falls in love with
Wade, a sharp, self-assured former flag
burning political activist, giving his
conservative Kansas opponent just the right
ammunition he needs to stir up his base.
Released in 1995, the political story line is
as fresh today as it was then during the
Clinton administration, through the Bush
and Obama administrations, on to the
present-day politics of the White House
and Capitol Hill.
The star-studded cast also includes Martin
Sheen as White House Chief of Staff,
Anna Deavere Smith as White House Press
Secretary, Richard Dreyfuss as the
conservative opponent, Senator Rumson,
and Michael J Fox as Assistant to the
President for Domestic Policy.
Written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by
Rob Reiner, the film is credited with being
the inspiration for Sorkin’s later television
series, West Wing. As we move into the
thick of a presidential campaign, I trust that
we will be inspired by both of Sorkin’s
fictional White House residents – Andrew
Shepherd and Josiah Bartlett, to help get out
the votes to restore dignity and sanctity to
the office of the president and to this nation.
I look forward to enjoying this movie with
you on the Shore!
~ Mittie Imani
friends and associates, is back on campus as a student pursing a Master of
I look forward to this conversation with my colleague and friend, and a true
Friend of Kumbaya on the Shore.
It’s on us! Exactly 365 days from this
Sunday, the United States will hold its
general election for the President of the
United States along with Congressional
elections for 34 US Senators (12
Democrats and 22 Republicans) and all 435
seats in the House of Representatives,
and state and local legislators across
primaries and caucuses will be held
beginning March 3, 2020 to determine
party nominees for the US Executive and
Legislative branches. We cannot afford to
sleep this one out! We need every man,
woman and child – yes, children can help –
to get out the vote.
To that end, Kumbaya on the Shore is
hosting a screening of “The American
President” to help pump us up for the
communal conversations and pavement
pounding tasks ahead. The screening is
rated PG-13 (two curse words and
implications of a “love scene”) and is free and
open to the public. Please pass this on.
She looked at me like I was crazy when I
spoke to her at the Women in Congress Tea
hosted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the
2008 Democratic National Convention.
away when I
her, like most
others in the
room her eyes
were fixed on
the Speaker as
for the success
of their district
them to help
I maneuvered my way to the other side of
the room. She spotted me, spotting her.
her. Well, not
her… a woman
I had fondly
watched over a
a fierce lobbyist
diminishing nuances of a male dominated
legislation, a woman tender enough to cook a
good meal, with some good wine, cuddle up
with a good book and have a good laugh
while in the arms of a good man.
Soon joined by a host of leading ladies, I
thought I’d never get my photo opp as the
room seemingly surrounded them. Then it
happened. She was standing right there in
front of me and I got my chance. . And “lo
and behold,” after asking to take a picture
with her, something really stupid parted my
lips just as we were posing for my freshly
move to get
closer – yes, this
was one time
when I was going
be the star-
struck fan and
ask to take a
photo with her –
she was called to
the podium to
pitch a book
signing to be held
the next day.
|“You know, lately I’ve probably gone to bed with
you about once a month.” Thus the ‘lady are you
crazy’ look. I caught myself. "Sydney Ellen
Wade! It’s probably the whole campaign thing,
but I’ve been closing out my day watching The
American President a lot, lately. You know. Pop
in the video, get in bed, crash!” It was a laugh of
relief for us both.