Pheralyn Dove’s Blog

The Juneteenth Arts Ensemble

The Juneteenth Arts Ensemble

By Pheralyn Dove Come Out and Experience a Transformation. We Uplift Our Ancestors with Ancient African Percussion Instruments. Live Music played on Acoustic and Electronic Instruments. Songs, Dance, & Poetry. Conceived and Directed by Bassist Bert Harris. I am...

“A Poem for My Father ~ & Haiku for June 14th “

“A Poem for My Father ~ & Haiku for June 14th “

By Pheralyn Dove Samuel C. Dove, Sr. October 29, 1919 ~June 14, 2019 Bless this Sacred date/ The anniversary of/ My Dad’s Transition My Hero When I say I'm proud of who I am, the people I come from, I truly mean it - When I say I'm thankful you're always there,...

Word From The Mother!

Word From The Mother!

From Mother To Daughter By Pheralyn Dove Happy Mother’s Day! In Loving Memory Esther Dingle Dove June 12, 1928 ~ February 28, 2020 Word from the Mother Mother Word Word Mother What are the Words? Tell us the Words Teach us the Words Give us the Words From the Mothers...

Poet Sonia Sanchez Soars!

Poet Sonia Sanchez Soars!

Sonia Sanchez Soars By Pheralyn Dove Sonia Sanchez, poet, activist, scholar, educator, cultural ambassador, and one of the kindest humans I have ever met, is set to receive an honorary doctorate degree from Arcadia University, and address the Class of 2022 at their...

“Capture the Essence”

“Capture the Essence”

Heath Brothers Tribute Concert Livestream: https://www.facebook.com/events/1557206457985040/ By Pheralyn Dove “Capturing The Essence” We honor our past when we capture the essence of our Forerunners I am humbled and grateful for the success of our Heath Brothers...

Thank You!

Thank You!

Thank You!!! By Pheralyn Dove The Heath Brothers Tribute Premiere Performance was a blast! Thanks for all who helped make it possible. Thanks for all who attended in person and via livestream. What a wonderful experience! It was indeed a pleasure and an honor working...

There Is Joy In The Journey

There Is Joy In The Journey

Joy in The Journey By Pheralyn Dove There is a certain amount of joy you feel when you reach for your goals Introducing Dove Culture Dove Culture’s tribute to The Heath Brothers premieres on Friday, April 15th, 2022, 7:30 pm EDT. We will be live on stage at the...

You & You Alone Are In Charge of Your Destiny

You & You Alone Are In Charge of Your Destiny

By Pheralyn Dove “Take charge of your own Destiny. Make up your mind To expand your life.” I believe most of us (myself included) spend way too much time and energy bemoaning our lot in life rather than proactively creating the life we truly want – the life of our...

“Reach Out and Touch”

“Reach Out and Touch”

By Pheralyn Dove Asking for help does not mean you're weak. It's a sign of intelligence. Sometimes we may feel embarrassed. Other times it may be pride. Or not enough money. Then again, many of us delude ourselves into thinking we can do it all on our own, that we...

“Rewind, Reset, & Restore”

“Rewind, Reset, & Restore”

By Pheralyn Dove Take time for yourself. Find your personal freedom. Unleash your power. Ever feel out of sorts, unfocused? Ever get that feeling like you’re wandering around aimlessly, lost in the wilderness? I do. Sometimes I am absolutely overwhelmed from all the...

Black Art Show Historic First in West Chester, Pennsylvania

Black Art Show Historic First in West Chester, Pennsylvania

(Standing Left to Right) Thomas Hamilton, Jr., Lamar Brikus, Chad Cortez Everett, Dane Tilghman, Andy Smith, Charles Jay. (Seated Left to Right) Terrill Kevyn Johnson, Richard Blake, Cardoza Jacks, JoAnn Richardson, Gilberto Wilson, Samara Weaver, Van Buren Payne By...

Part II – Are Black Professionals Accepted in Japan?

Part II – Are Black Professionals Accepted in Japan?

Expats Share Their Cross-Cultural Journeys Donald Gray is the owner of the “Sierra Lodge Myoko” By Pheralyn Dove In Part I of our exploration into the lives of Black professionals in Japan, we covered the stories of Annette Eddie-Callagain, Esquire, Japan’s first...

Part I – The Truth About Being Black in Japan

Part I – The Truth About Being Black in Japan

Ranzo interviews Robert Jefferson for his Black Experience Japan YouTube Channel Expats Share Their Cross-Cultural Journeys By Pheralyn Dove Are Black Professionals Accepted in Japan? I hate to admit it, but I spend way too much time on YouTube. However, logging on is...

What Would Martin Say?

What Would Martin Say?

CELEBRATING THE LEGACY ~ REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. January 15, 1929 ~ April 4, 1968 The journey toward Freedom continues despite The crushing setbacks. The illustration for this blogpost by artist Louis Delsarte captures the fervor of Dr. Martin Luther King,...

Parallels Between Gratitude & Faith

Parallels Between Gratitude & Faith

“Excelsior!” Or, as translated from the Latin: “Onward! Upward!” This is my wish for you as we enter our New Year. May you reach heights higher than you ever dreamed possible. Yes! Onward. Upward. I trust that you are poised to make all your dreams for 2021 come true....

Farewell 2020 & Everything You Need to Know About Kwanzaa 

Farewell 2020 & Everything You Need to Know About Kwanzaa 

Peace & Greetings!  I wanted to ask you a favor, but I will get to that later. First and foremost, I am sitting down to write because I did not want to let 2020 get away from here without me reaching out to you. I want you to know that I appreciate your love...

Until All My Brothers & Sisters Are Free

The Fourth of July is a farce when it comes down to Black Folks’ Freedom “Why us always have family reunion on July 4th?” asks Alice Walker’s character Henrietta in “The Color Purple.”Harpo replies:  “White people busy celebrating they independence from...

Self-Determination

How do we, as Black people, navigate the onslaught of being the most vulnerable during this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, along with the continued terroristic acts committed against us every single day? How do we deal with the pain of seeing these atrocities...

Self Acceptance is Divine

A friend texted me a recent photo of myself. The most profound thought popped into my head when I saw my image reflected back to me. "What if we could all accept the idea that we are perfect just the way we are?" Writing the Haiku you see above, which expresses the...