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Announcing 2016 Urban Writers Series


Urban Writers Series, Workshop (Free)

MR-writers-block-guyAre you a writer and have fallen off of the writer’s wagon? Are you bogged down with social media and inundated with day-to-day family stress, work pressures and of course, bill management? Is that book you have been working on for months-years now collecting dust in a corner of your home? 
You wish to escape this year and get away to do what you long to do – write and finish your book? Actually your manuscript.
The Institute Library is excited to announce a new partnership program, The Urban Writers Series, co-hosted by Boldminds LLC and The Institute Library. We will host an inaugural, (FREE) 2-part workshop in January 2016. Each day will address practical issues facing writers, is offered for free, and is limited to 20 participants. Register today to reserve your space.  Only nine (9) so register today.

Part 1: Saturday January 9  2016 from 11:00 AM2:00 PM

Location: 847 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510
Workshop Part 1: Saturday January 9, 2016  Capacity: 20 max

  • How to get your manuscript started
  • Focusing on a Main Topic
  • Main Idea and Chapter Development
  • Manuscript inspection (1 per/person)
  • Question and Dialogue

You must attend Part 1 in order to attended Part 2

Workshop Part 2: Saturday January 23, 2016
11am-2pm; Capacity: 20 max (Must have attended Part 1)

  • How to get your manuscript back on track
  • Manuscript inspection (1 per/person)
  • Author forensics on manuscript
  • Copyrights
  • Publication resources
  • Question and Dialogue

Urban Writers Series, Workshop
oordinator Natalie N. Elicker
Workshop Facilitator Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur
Location: 847 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510
203.562.4045 (library)
Save the date for our 2016 Urban Writers/Authors Conference, “Writing with Social Consciousness,” Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9am-5pm. Details will be announced soon.



Social Justice Artistic Expression

URBAN TALK RADIO “A look at Arresting Patterns”
Aired on September 9, 2015 10am-11am EDT 103.5FM WNHH-LP
Listen to the show now on SoundCloud:
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January 10, 2014, The O’Reilly Factor,” The study examined data from 1997 to 2008 by four American criminal justice professors reviled that nearly half of all black males under the age of 23 have been arrested in the U.S.A. And nearly 40 of white males in that age group have been arrested as well.
Ferguson’s- The Justice Department examination found that black citizens, who make up about 67 percent of the city’s 21,000 residents, were subject to 85 percent of traffic stops, and 93 percent of all arrests from 2012 to 2014.
The burden of this misguided court operation fell disproportionately on the town’s poorest citizens, many of whom fell into massive debt, lost their drivers licenses, could not keep a job, or ended up behind bars, investigators found.
As of December 2014, 16,000 of the 21,000 people (76%) had outstanding arrest warrants issued by the Ferguson Municipal Court, most of them for minor violations such as parking and traffic infractions.
In May of 2015, Times Magazine reported that Black residents in Minneapolis are 8.7 times more likely than whites to get arrested for low-level offenses, according to a new ACLU report-

Studio Guests:
Helen Kauder, Executive Director, Artspace in New Haven. In 1998, She Co-founded City-Wide Open Studios (CWOS).
Ruby Gonzalez, a young artist and Artspace apprentice who was part of the Jerome Project.

Make sure you tune in at 10am EDT 103.5 FM-LP
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Social Justice Artistic Expression“A look at Arresting Patterns”

Cops and Coffee” Finding a Police Cure

URBAN TALK RADIO segment of Cops and Coffee “Finding a Police Cure”
Airs Live August 26, 2015  10am-11am EDT 103.5FM WNHH-LP
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Terrell J. Starr a senior New York editor of the online news network AlterNet recently wrote an article entitled “Body Cams Can Capture Abuse, But Can They End Police Brutality?” His article suggest that Criminal justice experts say much more is needed to really reform police departments nationwide. Stacy Spell a retired New Haven homicide detective believes that a key to police reform is “Community Building.” Since his retirement in 2006, he has since reinvigorated the West River Neighborhood Services Corporation and put special focus on working with at-risk young people. He has now expanded his philosophy by creating and implementing new strategies through his new post.

Two approaches to a big problem and we will discuss these solutions and others over a nice hot cup of coffee.

Criminal justice experts say much more is needed to really reform police departments nationwide.

Show Guests:

  • Terrell Jermaine Starr-Senior New York editor at online news network AlterNet.
  • Stacy Spell-Retired NHPD Detective, New Haven Project Longevity Chief, Community Organizer, New Haven Independent 2011 “Man of the Year”

Make sure you tune in at 10am EDT 103.5 FM-LP
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Urban Talk Radio is weekly talk radio show that will air Wednesdays 10:00AM to 11:00AM EDT.



The weekly show format will include “Sass Talkin with Salwa” an interactive 15 minute show segment focused on issues that are c8aff186-0a52-409e-85ba-cc0d9e0f7dd4relevant to young people. “Sass Talkin with Salwa” is dedicated to exploring, discussing and cultivating creative teens into Boldminds.



On the first Wednesday of each month, the remaining 45 minute portion of the Urban Talk Radio will feature a segment called Urban Legends that will showcase the life works of extraordinary people in New Haven County who have contributed to improving life in New Haven.

EPSB-Hassettshafiq_ray-550x278Our first guest on Urban Legends was Actor Ray Hassett played Echo Base Senior Logistics Officer Tigran Jamiro in “Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back,” where he famously warned Captain Han Solo (Harrison Ford) it was a suicide mission to jump on a tauntaun and go try to save Commander Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on the ice planet Hoth.

Now, a retired Lieutenant who formerly served as a District Commander. He became known for his problem solving strategies.


On the second and third Wednesday of each month, the remaining 45 minute portion of the Urban Talk Radio will focus on current events and interactive making it plain community discussion on those hot topics.

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Finally on the last Wednesday of each month, the remaining 45 minute portion of the Urban Talk Radio will feature a segment called “Cops and Coffee” which may prove to be one of the most unique radio show segments in the country. On one side there’s a Cop, on the other side is a cup of Coffee and they are separated by a “grey area.” “Cops and Coffee” is bold and hot! It is an interactive show that brings Community Stakeholders literally to the table to intimately discuss the coherent purpose in modern-day policing and current affairs.

Thus, Urban Talk Radio begins on WNHH-LP 103.5 FM which uniquely combines community radio with the local online news site New Haven Independent to create a new model for audience engagement and local news sustainability. This innovative local NPR-style radio station launched on August 11, 2015.

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The station, WNHH-LP 103.5 FM, will be incorporated into the New Haven Independent (, one of the earliest and longest-surviving online-only local daily news websites in the nation. The station will air in New Haven and Hamden, Conn., broadcasting at 103.5 FM for 12 hours each weekday. Listeners will have four avenues to listen. Shows will be LIVE on 103.5 FM Radio in addition to web-streamed LIVE on Daily programs will also be converted to podcasts and become part of regular news and cultural articles on the Independent website; and they will be available for download from multiple web locations including the Apple iTunes store and SoundCloud.

All shows will be created and produced by Boldminds LLC and multi-media arts and publishing company which was founded in 1989 by Shafiq Abdussabur.

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