The Power of Girlhood 2.0: Girlhood United!

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Dear Girl Advocate, The Power of Girlhood is sponsored by the Southfield Public Library, presents its 2nd Annual forum for all girls, ages 8 to 80, entitled The Power of Girlhood: Girlhood United! This fun filled afternoon of poetry, music, exhibits and … Continue reading

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B in the City TV: Ber-henda shares her poem Sanctuary with the song Sanctuary by David Myles

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Street Poets Society to feature at upcoming Poetry, Pages & Scribes night

The Southfield Public Library’s Poetry, Pages & Scribes program returns on April 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the Library’s Auditorium. This Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Ber-Henda Williams, is a platform for poets, storytellers and musicians to share their works and the inspiration behind them in an intimate setting.

This program will be featuring the Street Poets Society aka Society X. Founded in 2005, The Street Poets Society (formerly known as The YouthVille Spoken Word Collective) is a group of young urban poets who strive to master their literary and spoken word proficiency. The young poets meet regularly to work on writing and performing. Members of the Street Poets Society have performed at Detroit’s famous Music Hall Theatre, Orchestra Hall, the Scarab Club and the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center among other facilities throughout the metropolitan community. Their soon to be released first book titled Word is a compilation of over two hundred poems written by members. The Street Poets Society is an amazing group of talented young people that consistently work to positively represent themselves and their community through writing and the spoken word.

Southfield Public Library is located in the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26300 Evergreen Road. Visit the Library’s Home Page For further information, please call the Guest Services Desk at 248.796.4224.

Photo by Stephan Franklin

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Rhonda Welsh and Ber-Henda Williams to perform on B in the City TV YouTube channel

B in the City TV — Detroit’s own poet and author Rhonda Welsh ( will be talking about her book Red Clay Legacy and her latest project with artist Kevin Sandbloom. Then wait, Rhonda will be performing her poem Detroit Is My Only Home THURSDAY on the first webisode of B in the City TV on YouTube. And don’t miss a special performance by our host Ber-Henda Williams. Join us every Thursday and learn how in Detroit, Art is Life and it’s fun to “B” in the City.

Rhonda Welsh and Ber-Henda Williams hanging out in the B in the City TV traveling studio

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“B” in the City TV: Ber-Henda shines spotlight on Detroit’s unsung creative souls


“B” in the City launches Thursday, March 1, 2012 on YouTube

New reality web show series takes audience on a weekly ride deep into Detroit’s creative neighborhoods

Detroit poet and host Ber-Henda Williams meets up with other local artists with interviews and in-studio performances

DETROIT, MICH. “B” in the City, a new weekly Internet show, introduces an all-new online stage for Detroit’s local artists, small businesses and the cultural arts community with interviews, in-studio performances, how-to segments and more. Hosted by Detroit renowned poet and author Ber-Henda Williams, the inaugural show will air Thursday, March 1, 2012 on YouTube and at

“This is a celebration of the arts in Detroit,” says Williams. “We’re going to go from neighborhood to neighborhood, from downtown’s RiverWalk to the most northern, western and eastern parts of the metro area to find Detroit’s creative hidden treasures — the small businesses, community groups and local artists that we don’t often hear about. “B” in the City will show off this area’s rich diversity. At the same time, Detroit has a big stage, an arts community that’s vibrant and recognized around the world.”

Williams is no stranger to the creative scene in Detroit. Almost a decade ago, she created Poetry Pages & Scribes, a long-standing poetry series now at the Southfield Public Library. The series provides an outlet for local talent throughout Metro Detroit to express themselves artistically through the spoken word or music, open mic style, and features headlined performances as well.

Each “B” in the City 15-minute long webisode showcases the unsung creative souls of the Detroit Metro area, expressing themselves though poetry, music, visual arts — all different forms of art. For the first “B” in the City webisode, Williams is on location in Royal Oak at Stella Boutique to offer fashion tips and show off what Stella calls the Lady Gaga ring. Back in studio she interviews local poet and author Rhonda Welsh, who later recites her original poem, “Detroit Is My Only Home” from her latest book, Red Clay Legacy. Other episodes take Williams to Redford for candlemaking at the Detroit Candle Company, Café Con Leche in Southwest Detroit where she learns how to make the shop’s signature latte (in English and Spanish) and other destinations around metro Detroit.

“We’ve taken an already successful, fun and uplifting format and expanded it to encompass everything creative in metro Detroit,” said Karla Thornhill Coleman, Writer/Director/Producer of “B” in the City. “We want to encourage Detroiter to take some time to be in the city, be a part of its many events, activities, festivals, exhibits, and support the small businesses that call Detroit home. It’s also important to us that people around the world can see what Detroit has to offer, because we’re finding that it’s endless.” Coleman is the CEO of Thornhill Communications, a communications firm based in Auburn Hills, MI.

“Each webisode brings its own flavor and different facets of our creativity,” Williams said. “This is our way to express our love for this city.”

Creator: Karla Thornhill Coleman; Host: Ber-Henda Williams; Writer/Director: Karla Thornhill Coleman; Co-Producers: Karla Thornhill Coleman, Ber-Henda Williams; Director of Photography/Video: Prentiss Malone, PM3 Productions; Original Music Composer: Prentiss Malone, PM3 Productions; Graphic and Production Designer: Stephan Franklin; Executive Producers: Karla Thornhill Coleman, Ber-Henda Williams, Prentiss Malone, Stephan Franklin.

 You can catch “B” in the City starting Thursday, March 1, 2012, at, the B in the City TV fan page on Facebook and YouTube.



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Ms. Williams’ One Stop Writer’s Workshop!

Starting April 7th I will be facilitating a 13 week writing workshop for students 12 and up! I will take your students on a creative writing odyssey through literary devices and various writing forms. Your students will be part of a published anthology and have an opportunity to recite their work before a captive audience at the Southfield Public Library during Poetry, Pages and Scribes!

Dates: Every Saturday starting March 17th for the first session from 10-11:30 am starting March 17th

Location: 30777 NW HWY Suite 101

Call 947-517-7638 for more information


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Detroit Candle Company and The Power of Girlhood

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Word Power and Beyond!

Word Power: The Power of Words Workshop

In this interactive workshop participants will be able to explore the power of words; both the power they invoke and the power we give to them. Everything we say is prayer and before our words are pronounced they are thoughts and therefore …meditations. What are you meditating on and praying for?

Even on a subconscious level we are constantly affirming and confirming our lives with our words and thoughts. Let local poet, author and educator Ber-Henda Williams show you how to use words to kill your inner and outer critic, speak the affirmative and chart a new course for your life.


Plus hear one man’s story about he came back from the edge of a mental breakdown and physical anguish. Zurawah Jahi will share his story and road to recovery with EFT/Tappology.

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is an amazing tool for transformation in today’s changing world. In this easy workshop you will quickly learn how to dissolve mental limitation, release emotional challenges, & promote physical well-being.

The objectives of this workshop are to introduce participants to EFT, demonstrate how EFT can be used to reduce (and usually eliminate) fear, pain, and stress in the body; and discuss techniques that will identify and release unconscious programming, unwanted habits from our past, and challenges the block us from a healthy future. Participants will experience relief and insight as they are carefully guided through the EFT process.In this easy workshop participants will quickly learn how to dissolve mental limitation, release emotional challenges, & promote physical well-being.

Its almost a new year so why not make it a new you by attending this transformative workshop!The event includes:

• a continental breakfast

• Acting Locally Thinking Globally Luncheon

• workshop materials

• a special keepsake journal  A Sista’s Marketplace with vendors that have items all under $20!

We also invite you to bring your favorite pair of heels to participate in the”Sista Stroll”–where we let our hair down and celebrate the POWER within us!

Cost is $10

Registration is limited, deadline is November 30, 2011

Please register by calling/here

313-207-5914 or via email at

Click here to registrar : Word Power and Beyond!

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Poetry, Pages and Scribes Ends the Year Packed With Performances, New Book Release — Thursday, October 6

Ber-Henda greets guests at the 5th Anniversary Celebration

Packed house for the 5th Anniversary Celebration

PPS volunteers Rachel and Carla at the 5th Anniversary

Southfield, MI – Poetry, Pages and Scribes will showcase its last monthly event of the year on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 6:30pm, in the auditorium of the Southfield Public Library with a packed house of poets and a special book signing for Ber-Henda’s new release.

Featured poets of the evening include veterans Tunisa Turner, Drizzle, Rhonda Welsh, Cheri L.R. Taylor and One Single Rose, with special musical performances by Dayna Davis, Roz Hingleberg and the Freeman Spells Trio. Founder and host Ber-Henda Williams will also release her second book of poetry, Siren Songs, a collection of poems centered on the exploration of various myths, archetypes, and femlore.

Although its recurring monthly schedule has changed for the time being, Poetry, Pages and Scribes will continue to have a strong presence. “During this time away from the stage, we want to entrench ourselves into the community,” Williams said of the hiatus. “Poetry, Pages and Scribes is expanding and revamping. Our focus right now is to get into the school systems and provide the exposure to poetry as an art form, while continuing to cultivate and mentor young girls during The Power of Girlhood events.”

For information and updates on future Poetry, Pages and Scribes events, go to

To donate to Poetry, Pages and Scribes, go to

Poetry, Pages & Scribes is a monthly poetry series at the Southfield Public Library that provides an outlet for local talent throughout Metro Detroit to express themselves artistically through the spoken word or music, open mic style. In addition, each series features a headlined performance. Founded and hosted by author/poet, Ber-Henda Williams, and now celebrating its 5th Anniversary, participants gather the first Thursday of every month. The event begins at 6:30pm and is free of charge.



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