MEDIA APPEARANCES OF AYO HANDY-KENDI
PositivEnergyWorks focus on Optimum Life Breathology, along with Sekou Ayo Handy-Kendi's promotion of Black Love Day (BLD) and its “Ritual of Reconciliation”, have been gaining in
popularity since their co-creation. All of these efforts have been highly publicized on radio, TV. print and on the Internet.
Notable appearances include:
Ernest White of WDCU.s Crosstalk, The Cathy Hughes Show on WOL, Washington Post
columnist, Dorothy Gilliam Wash and reporter, DeNeen Brown,, The Capitol Spotlight, WPFW, WHUR, News Dimensions,
Minority Report, Dominique DiPrima-KJLH 102.3 FM, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Roland Martin News One, Retirement T.V., Verizon’s Internet Profiles, WUSA-TV, WRC/News Channel 8, The Washington Post, NewYork Times, Inner-Light Internet Radio,
Front-page articles have been written about BLD in the Washington Post by two award-winning columnists, Dorothy Gilliam and DeNeen Brown. It.s been featured in NNPA (The Nat.l Black Newspaper Assoc..s) over 200 syndicated newspapers, The Associated Press, CNN, Washington Informer, The Afro-American Newspaper and Florida A & M University Campus Magazine (FAMU Journal).
Ayo Handy-Kendi has been a frequent guest on many syndicated talk shows: American
Urban Radio.s Bev Smith Show over 300 Stations; award-winning, Tom Joyner.s
Morning Show, Metro News, syndicated to over 100 affiliates; ABC.s Smooth Jazz 105.9
host, Tom Groomes; Pacifica Network News and WPFW -FM; CNN News, WUSA, WJLA
and XM-the Power with host Mark Thompson (Msimela Mfume) a tremendous supporter
over the years and radio host, Bernie McCain.
International interviews include Voice of America over 22 nations; BBC, Brazil and Canada.
Bob Law, Bev Smith and Tom Joyner.
WPGC, News Channel 8 and Tom Grooms of WJZY;
BLD has been listed in “JUBILEE! A Year of African-American Celebration
2003, a calendar of The Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and Center for African
American History and Culture”; was listed in the AfriCalendar out of Canada and has for
several years been listed in the nationally distributed, “The Black Seeds Calendar”. The
autohoritive “Chase.s Guide to Annual Events” have listed Black Love Day for years.
Author Frank Wills also listed Black Love Day, as a viable alternative to Valentine.s Day
in his book, “How to Make Love to a Real Black Man – advice to Black Women from a
Black Man, ISBN: 1-56411-352-3, published 2005.
Along the way, Black Love Day hit the Internet with Google Search Engines noting
many BLD entries. MelaNet.com launched the first BLD global chat page and many
internet sites have featured Black Love Day.
Washington, D.C., has hosted the official Black Love Relationship Ceremony since
inception, 1993. Many other communities have hosted Black Love ceremonies held on
Feb 13 or otherwise. In D. C., Kymone Freeman, a nex-generation activist/award-
winning playwright, created the annual Black Luv Festival in 1997 held in the Fall of
each year, focusing on HIV/AIDS awareness and allowing me to serve as the official
“grandmother” to the festival. Brother Johnson Lancaster and his African-centered,
Emporium Bookstore fellowship in St. Louis, Missouri, held the first Black Love
Relationship Ceremony, outside of D. C. A D.C. based Black Love Relationship
Ceremony which hosted the H.E. Cyrille S. Oguin, the Ambassador of Benin, led to an
invitation to officiate a Ritual of Reconciliation ceremony in Benin West Africa.offered at the “Gate of Return”
for the 2005 Roots and Gospel Festival reconciling Benin.s duplicity in the Trans
Atlantic Slave Trade, where millions of Africans left the shores of the continent.
Through the efforts of Brother Manifest, founder of Happily Natural Day, we hosted the
3rd official Black Love Relationship Ceremony, in 2008, in Richmond, VA.
Many college campuses have also held ceremonies, notably, Portland Community College, FAMU (Florida A & M), Ubiquity organization at Howard University, Morgan State College, Bowie Maryland, Chateam College in Pennsylvania, Portland . I.m also aware of programs held all over the country,
Ayo Handy-Kendi has also appeared internationally, at the Global Inspiration Conference (GIC) in the Canary Islands, South Africa, Austria, France; Liberia West Africa, International Teacher’s Conf.; Benin West Africa, Roots & Gospel Festival invited by Benin President Keriku; and Queen Afua’s City of Wellness; Blacks in Government; and some 500 or more local and national events.