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How we grew up in CLEVELAND / All the stars came to Cleveland back then @ 15 years old I promoted and sponsored acts like BILLY STEWART I have worn so many hats that I barely can remember them all. "I DO LOVE YOU" ... was my favorite song. The place was packed and we all young (cootie crawlers) As they called us; Us “cootie crawlers”, enjoyed bumping and grinding to our favorite songs. How was this carried out; I must give credit to the local black radio station, WJMO Radio Station: Whom I started out writing ditties and singing promos for. The Local Disk Jockey’, Will Rudd and Ken Hawkins, Ken Hawkins, would introduce me to the Stars, and secured them for the shows: Ken, saw my ability to draw crowds, and he was the person who contacted our favorite “stars” to do the stage shows or dances for our affairs. During these times, we young teens needed something to enjoy of our own. Glenville neighborhood was a fun and cultural place to grow up in, and gave me a wide range of Avenues in life in which I could travel down. Once we became 18 and could hang out at the famous "Leo's Casino" and, we were happy to now get into the adult clubs, and I no longer felt I needed to promote or give teen dances. Seems, I got a good lesson working in the entertainment field at an early age. And it is these skills that I took with me when I got to Atlanta: Hunter street, and Paschal Brothers, a Jazz dinner club, and hotel, was my new spot – A Spot where I worked photographing famous jazz musicians as well as the patrons. It was also in Atlanta where I met my "play brother “TONY RANKIN, Tony, introduced me to JAMAICAN culture, I was in love instantly. Being a poet, I was intrigued with this way of life, felt like I had lived there in another lifetime, and people knew me and treated me as a family: They would smile and say “Bob would Love you, you coming like him sister” ... Mutabaruka, Bob Marley, and Sister Carol, Rita Marley: From the food to the music, to the language. Nothing seemed foreign to me, it was as if Jamaica was in my blood naturally, it was my Africa ...and I was very much at home there. After being away from home (Cleveland) for years), and Upon returning to my hometown; I discovered Jamaicans were already building a culture there, and I could now enjoy the food music and dance, right in the familiarity of my own environment. I reflected how LEO'S CASINO attracted all "my people" as Frank Leo, became rich and famous by just providing us with our own “Rhythm n Blues” stage shows. While away from home and before I was “turned out” {chuckle} I was also working in the entertainment field; As an entertainment writer for the ATLANTA VOICE NEWS / Called the “RAH RAH GIRL” an entertainment newspaper. The Biggest stars I've ever interviewed in Rhythm n Blues and Jazz and Soul; We're “EARTH WIND AND FIRE” – “PEABO BRYSON”,” LOLITA HOLLOWAY”. - My most memorable moment was when I interviewed “SMOKEY ROBINSON”; Because I forgot to turn on the microphone, and had to repeat the whole interview a second time. During my career in Atlanta, as a free spirit. I also met and became best friends "DONALD" Who was the keyboard player for the famous group (BRICK), “BRICK”, whose recording "DISCO DAZZ" went platinum overnight and, Mayor MAYNARD JACKSON OF ATLANTA, dedicated an entire day to this phenomenal group called and called it “BRICK DAY", the sound of brick has never been duplicated; and “the uncut version” is still my favorite song of all times. I still think of “DONALD” and often wonder “what if” ... Back in Cleveland Again: Like I said earlier after I moved back to my hometown, Myself, and the rest of Cleveland, was hungry for more reggae music; So, I started promoting local reggae such as “JAH MESSENGERS and RAS MATUNJI'S band in CLEVELAND. At this point, I had exposed my friends and neighbors to this exciting music which appealed to our Afrocentrism’s, as well as to our rhythm and blues nature. One of the most exciting and down to earth reggae groups that I have sponsored, and promoted was (THE TWINKLE BROTHERS), Who came in from ENGLAND to Cleveland, and did my first big reggae show. Their hit song "SINCE I THREW THE COMB AWAY": Inspired many to lock their hair and was the beginning of the natural hair revolution, ultimately this became a way of life for me and for many of my friends and associates. Back to the beginning: Long before I left Cleveland: I also had been filled with a love for music and entertainment, from my old Flame Alphonso “Standing on Shaky Ground Boyd”; Who was/is also a writer, entertainer, and musician in his own right, Al Boyd, still does stage shows and sings, and entertains presently. My life has many more mentors not mentioned here – This bio was basically touching on my love for poetry, music. Dance, art, and entertainment, which has shaped and molded my life. I will close by acknowledging “my first hands-on mentor”- “Poet/ Author Norman Jordan” (1960’s), Also “Poet / Musician” Professor Mwatabu Okantah of Kent State University who is the first Poet to have me perform during his radio show “Wind Words” broadcasted from Cleveland State University (the 1970's) I Create jewelry to help keep us from in-taking so much radiation”: I am finishing two books, While fighting depression from the Death of My only daughter. Meanwhile and am a constant weekly guest poet on Blog talk radio/”. I am Also a supporter of Mark Goggin’s and the Black Poetry Café. Other blog talk radio shows I frequent would include, One Positive Way-Wolf Hours- and Epiphany radio. The SPEAKEASY CAFE – Also,” I never miss THE PLUS EFFECT” with Ashley and Monique; on                                                                                       (FEVER FRIDAYS)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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A modern-day griot and a living legend. Anyone who knows Vicki Acquah also affectionately known as Mama Oladeji knows that is a fitting description to the woman we've all come to know and love. Though it's only the tip of a very large iceberg when it comes to describing this multi-talented, multifaceted artist. Vicki Acquah is a Poets/ Artist who encourages everyone she encounters to strive to be the best they can be. Pushing you to push yourself. Encouraging others to bring their very best. In the five years, I've had the pleasure of knowing her, while already being a master at her craft, I've watched her challenge herself. Learning various types of poetry. I've watched her at times being her own worst critique, creating an online group where she invited other Poets and aspiring Poets to share their work and seek to better themselves as burgeoning Poets.

The topics I've seen her work cover throughout the years is like watching a poetic newscast. Women's rights, love, heartbreaks, social commentary in the United States and abroad. Reading this Poets work is like CNN for the poetic soul. Evoking a deeper level of thought to the reader with every word read. It's with great pleasure and anticipation that I look forward to the world coming to know this great artist and human being. I don't say those words lightly. I state it because it's a fact. In this day and time, it's hard to find people that truly support your endeavors. Myself and many others can attest to the dedication Vicki Acquah, to her family and friends whether it's participating in groups, calling in with a dedication to the many online shows and being an active and willing participant not just standing on the sidelines. To the many community activism projects, she's either started or stood behind. The reader of this creative compilation of words will be left with a myriad of thoughts of emotions after reading each piece. They'll be left asking themselves such questions as “Did I love enough?” “Have I contributed enough to make this world a better place?” and “How can I do more?”


Interacting


Blog Posted:5/12/2014 4:08:00 PM
Interacting On Poetry soup- Hello Soupers - This is suppose to be a great experience for me, but I am finding that people here read my stuff and never say say hello I was here. I have over 500 visits on certain poems and not One comment...what part of the game is that? Even if you hate the poem at least let me know you've read my work.  An I also want to thank the soup team members that chooses the best of my work, that was a great selection you all chose; Helps to narrow it down for book publishing.
Still I would like if you visit and read my work at least say "KILROY WAS HERE"
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Date: 5/13/2014 11:22:00 AM
Aww Vicki don't take Roy that way, we ALL SUCK at times, I have been writing daily!!! EVERY DAY since before 2001, I've written about 2000 poems at least 500? LOL have to suck. People don't point out my mistakes when I wait them I WISH THEY WOULD! To me seeing a mistake and not mentioning it to the writer is like letting a 'friend' walk around with toilet paper hanging out the back of their pants! Them don't tell you because they either WANT or don't care if you get embare arsed ;) Ten to 20 comments to others a day may get you 5 or 6 back.
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Date: 5/12/2014 10:05:00 PM
Roger that ;) I'm going now be careful what you wish for ;) Light & Love
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Date: 5/12/2014 6:51:00 PM
It happens to everyone, Vicki. Some of the views might not be from members in which case the person has no way to comment. But for the most part folks don't comment on a poem unless they like it enough to do so or if they "owe" you a comment (or if its a friend, I suppose). Sad, but true. Negative comments, even if helpful, are rare and even discouraged. Basically, I think that if I have a poem with a ton of views and no comments, it probably sucks. Others opinions might be different.
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Amy Green
Date: 5/17/2014 11:34:00 AM
This is extremely common here- if you do not comment, most people will comment a few times on your stuff then never again if you do not comment back; and I see this as good and bad. Take all with a grain of salt.
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Vicki Acquah
Date: 5/12/2014 9:09:00 PM
That explains some of it ...Was not aware that just anyone could read my poems without identifying themselves.Thank you for feeling compelled to let me know I probably suck. lol

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11/6/2017 MY LAST MAGIC TRICK Blank verseabuse,anger,farewell,
11/6/2017 FAITH WITHOUT WORK Prose Poetryfaith,inspiration,
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10/13/2017 TESTING THE WATERS Blitzblessing,dream,faith,
10/6/2017 WHAT IS POETRY Prose Poetryepic,poems,writing,
10/4/2017 More IS Blessed Prose Poetryanalogy,blessing,color,
9/24/2017 I HEARD THE WISE WORDS Prose Poetrylife,voice,wisdom,words,
9/11/2017 DEATH BY MURDER Balladabuse,child abuse,death,
9/4/2017 SPECIES Blank verseclass,creation,people,poe
8/22/2017 THE DAY THE SUN SHOWED OUT AFTER THE ECLIPSE Classicismdark,god,moon,planet,raci
8/20/2017 PERHAPS Blank verseenvironment,humanity,life
8/15/2017 Frankly Speaking Versebeach,imagery,money,nice,
8/11/2017 SHE WAS FAITHFUL Verseemotions,faith,grandmothe
8/11/2017 WHATS NOT TO LOVE Versebeautiful,passion,
8/9/2017 THERE ARE FOOLS AND THERE ARE FOOLS List character,crazy,identity,
8/8/2017 GOD DOES NOTGOD DOES NOT HIDE HIS INSTRUCTIONS Proseblessing,deep,encouraging
7/24/2017 Gracious Receiver Epicappreciation,giving,seaso
7/24/2017 JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING Blank verseappreciation,beautiful,de
7/23/2017 TODAY Epicappreciation,today,
7/23/2017 ESCHATOLOGICAL Blank versebetrayal,emotions,environ
7/20/2017 Pointing To The Problems Free verseearth day,emotions,fish,f
7/20/2017 IN EARLY MORNING Blank verseappreciation,beautiful,de
7/20/2017 PLAYING FAVORITES Dramatic Verseemotions,epic,political,
7/16/2017 FLY RIGHT HE SAID Blank versedrink,drug,humorous,relat
7/13/2017 LEAVING YOU Blank verseencouraging,goodbye,how i
7/11/2017 ARE YOU RIBBING ME Versedeath,deep,
7/10/2017 Obama Poem Versebetrayal,emotions,encoura
7/10/2017 PoetrySoup Ask What Is Poetry Tail-rhymepoems,smile,words,writing
7/9/2017 ESCHATOLOGICAL Prosebetrayal,deep,destiny,epi
6/26/2017 THE LAST NEGOTIATIONS Verseblessing,death,earth day,
6/25/2017 GOD NEEDS A GREEN CARD Versedeep,green,
6/20/2017 What Is New Prose Poetryepic,
6/20/2017 CYCLES Haikuspiritual,
6/6/2017 THE NEWLY HOMELESS Verseage,america,dark,heartbre
5/25/2017 SHARING MY GREY HAIR Blank verseinspiration,journey,life,
5/16/2017 THE COLLECTION Verseanger,boyfriend,dark,emot
5/15/2017 SEARCHING THE CLOUDS Blank verseangel,daughter,emotions,g
5/11/2017 INFINITY Proseanger,earth,environment,
4/28/2017 THE OLD SOFA AND THE FLY ON THE WALL Prose Poetryboyfriend,first love,high
4/24/2017 THROUGH DIFFERENT EYES Blank verseappreciation,change,inspi
4/24/2017 If I Am Stuck With You Ill Die Balladdesire,life,sad love,symb
4/16/2017 Accept Your Stupid Verseencouraging,introspection
4/8/2017 Seducing Evil No More Versedepression,devotion,emoti
2/23/2017 THINKING ABOUT THINGS I REMEMBER THINKING ABOUT Versedeep,feelings,memory,
2/22/2017 La la land Prose Poetryallusion,dark,
2/9/2017 I HEARD THE WISE WORDS Prose Poetryjudgement,perspective,rel
2/5/2017 A WRAP Prose Poetryanger,evil,pain,people,pe
1/11/2017 New Words Classicismperspective,poems,word pl
12/19/2016 THE BOOK OF OLADEJI Blank verseperspective,world,write,w
12/18/2016 Ain't No Freedom Ringing Sonnetblack african american,
12/18/2016 MAKING GEMS Versebeautiful,fantasy,for him
12/17/2016 HE GAVE ME THAT FEELING Sonnetfaith,father daughter,lov
12/17/2016 I SENT YOU A POET Political Versepoetry,poets,
12/13/2016 My Way Might Penetrate Light Poetrydeep,homework,
12/12/2016 Theres A Fool Acting like Hes YOU Light Poetryhumorous,vanity,
12/12/2016 FOOTSTEPS Prose Poetrysymbolism,
12/12/2016 Revealings Blank versefriendship,
12/11/2016 TODAY I HEARD THE BIRDS Classicismappreciation,bird,blessin
12/8/2016 WE ARE NO MORE Free verseart,emotions,epic,racism,
12/8/2016 RETRIBUTION IS NOT MY DOG Dramatic Versefor children,forgiveness,
12/8/2016 Enigma Blank verseallusion,black african am
12/8/2016 PEOPLE HEAL THY SELF Blank verseemotions,horror,how i fee
12/8/2016 NANA AFRICA Versebeautiful,inspiration,poe
12/8/2016 The Other One Political Verseanger,courage,
12/7/2016 POETIZED BABIES Prose Poetrycorruption,destiny,earth,
12/5/2016 Far From My Desires Rhymedesire,life,poverty,race,
12/4/2016 The Silent Garden Prose Poetryanxiety,beautiful,emotion
12/3/2016 AUNTIE Verseeulogy,
11/28/2016 Conflicts And Farting Cows Proseabuse,anger,bio,confusion
11/5/2016 Fatal Blow Political Versedark,heartbroken,how i fe
10/28/2016 LIFELINES Free versefriendship,trust,upliftin
10/26/2016 My Way Might Penetrate Versecare,identity,inspiration
10/8/2016 Don't Pay Dat No Tention I do not know?art,history,language,pers
10/4/2016 WE HUMANS LEFT BEHIND Prose Poetrydeath,
10/4/2016 EARTH DISTURBERS Prose Poetryabuse,bangla,betrayal,ear
9/29/2016 THE REQUIRED LIFE Rhymelife,
9/23/2016 The Universe Always Says Yes Free versebaby,poetry,universe,
9/21/2016 NATURE Blank versecreation,
9/20/2016 TRUTH BOX Verseappreciation,encouraging,
9/16/2016 NEW Word POEM Light Poetrypoems,repetition,
9/14/2016 Tribute To True Friends Blank versefriendship,
9/14/2016 EMPTY SOULS Prose Poetryanalogy,people,society,
9/12/2016 Fungi Versedaughter,dedication,i mis
8/30/2016 All's Well That Ends Well Prosemetaphor,
8/29/2016 KEEP On Keeping On Free verseinspirational,poetry,
8/29/2016 DEEP STUFF Blank versenature,
8/7/2016 When Laughter Falls On Gods Ears: Classicismamerica,cheer up,encourag
8/7/2016 Short Days Long Memories Free versefriendship,romantic,true
8/4/2016 Birds Of A Feather Prose Poetrychild abuse,deep,heaven,m
8/1/2016 CALM Dramatic Verseanxiety,fear,war,
6/30/2016 Such A Winner Blank versebeauty,child,daughter,ima
6/27/2016 Promises Verseblack african american,ep
6/26/2016 Unfinished Prose Poetryabuse,america,class,emoti
5/24/2016 THE UGLY TRUTH GETS UGLIER Prose Poetrygrowth,poetry,sorry,
5/17/2016 WHEN MY WORDS ARE MORE THAN HEARD Versemeaningful,together,words
4/27/2016 ORIGINAL THOUGHTS Prose Poetryencouraging,freedom,ident
4/9/2016 LIGHT YEARS Verseepic,future,wisdom,
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