Published on : Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Authors, poets and artists will be featured at the 12th Annual Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair and Arts Festival to be held Aug. 29-30 in Fair Park. The free festival promotes literacy and highlights businesses and arts in south Dallas.
The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. Friday Aug. 29 with the 2014 Heart and Soul Tour of South Dallas historical sites and landmarks, led by District 7 Dallas City Councilmember Carolyn R. Davis. Call (214) 671-9398 to register for the tour, which will depart from the African American Museum in Fair Park.
Saturday Aug. 30, author presentations, writing and art workshops, open mic poetry, book signings, children’s activities, storytelling, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations and performances will be featured at the African-American Museum.
From 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday Aug. 30, Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1819 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., will host A Taste of Gospel, showcasing some of South Dallas’ finest gospel music voices. Performances will include the South Dallas Concert Choir, Seasoned Saints Community Choir of Dallas, Cornerstone Baptist Church Combined Choir, Tabernacle Choir of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E., Gospel artist Jarryl McQueen and Jazz Saxophonist Chuck Anderson. Words of inspiration will be delivered by Rev. Dr. Michael W. Waters of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church and Pastor Chris L. Simmons of Cornerstone Baptist Church.
Among this year’s Tulisoma participants are:
Shahrazad Ali – She is the author of The Blackman’s Guide to Understanding the Black Woman; a book that sparked controversy when it was published in 1989. In the years since the controversy began, Ali has re-emerged in the media as a guest social commentator on the CNN/HLN program Dr. Drew on Call.
Richard Williams – Father and coach of tennis greats Serena and Venus Williams, he is the author of the memoir, Black and White: The Way I See It. The book tells the story of a self-made man who saw the value of education and had the discipline to practice what he learned.
Sheila M. Goss – Screenwriter, national best-selling author and 2012 Emma Award Finalist, her book, Montana’s Way, was nominated for a 2013 African American Literary Award. She’s an Essence Magazine best-selling author and honored as a Literary Diva: The Top 100 Most Admired African American Women in Literature.
Luenell Campbell – A comedian and actress, she has appeared in the films Taken 2 and That’s My Boy and on television in The Middle and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Her stand-up appearances include Snoop Dog’s Bad Girls of Comedy on Showtime and Stand-up in Stilettos on the TV Guide Network.