Cary Players-Audition Notice-Men Always Leave


Audition Notice!
Cary Players, in association with N.Y.I. Productions LLC will hold auditions on Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30 pm in the Cary Arts Center Studio M-50 for actors to play the role of Hakeem, a 9-yr. old African-American boy, in the production of Men Always Leave. Please bring a short monologue or poem to read. The director will have sides from the script for you to read at the audition.

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Shut The Door Teaser!!!

Come out to the Open Mic & Music Video Release Party this Friday!!! September 28th and catch the EXCLUSIVE. World Wide Release to be Announced after Friday September 28th! Register with us by: September 27th!!


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Excerpt-Ghost Load Second Edition

Excerpt-Ghost Load Second Edition

Ghost Load-Second Edition. Pre-order your autographed copy today! 

"Often times we choke our existence from past experiences,

foreshadowing our future.

Premeditated expectations,

predetermined destinations off relinquished regrets..." 

Book 4 By: Naima Yetunde Ince-Griffiths 


Open Mic-Featured Reader: SO&SO Books

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, October 18, 6:30-8:30pm

Bring poems, stories, or essays! Sign-up for the 12, 5-minute slots starting at 6:30. Social hour will follow across the street at The Station.

Our featured reader this month is Naima Yetunde Ince.

So & So Bookstore: 704 N Person St, Raleigh, NC 27604

Come sign up to share at the open mic! I am looking forward to sharing some poetry with you from my newest book "Ghost Load" a collection of poetry. 

A Tribute to Queen Rubie Parker

This was written in celebration of my Great Auntie Rubie Parker. This pass Friday she has transition to be with the Almighty God. This past April she celebrated 90 years of Life. Here is how I expressed a true tribute to her and her life. She meant the world to our family. 

Enjoy reading this poem by me, which best describes how truly special and dynamic she truly was. 

Celebrating Your 90 Years

90 years of Grace

The most beautiful way

This word holds Power

Coupled with dignified

The four words combined,

Powerful, graceful, dignified woman

Is the best way to identify-

The matriarch of Our family. Rubie Parker.

Rubie with an I.E “not” to be mistaken for y

There is no “why” to be described

Your greatness,

Your value to-this realm of life.

You have blessed many,

Loved by all, humbled by your journey.

I am honored to be amongst your blood

We all gather here, on this day to celebrate

Your life, and honor your name, you are surrounded

By the power, your grace introduced to the very fabric

Of spanning generations, we call you

momma, sister, auntie, friend, wife and-

many other hats you wear to match-

your reflective choice of style  

You stand tall in all.

Your beauty is elegance

Your presentation to the world-

Is nothing less than dynamic, super fly

And in today’s words the young folks would say—

you my dear have swagger.


Reflections of your power,

Can be found in the success of your children

The brightness in the eyes and smiles of your grandchildren.

Because of you, I am Yetunde, sharing a birthday with your

Wonderful mother Irene Elvira Thornhill Jordan,

By my name, I am reminded—

Of the special link in the bloodline.

The tokens of knowledge you bestowed

Beneath the memories, you captured in photographs;

Cards preserved; travels around the world.

Your resilience is remarkable,

A young woman, clever, spicy with a sense

Of serious humor.

Always ready to break into a song

Or show off your moves on the dance floor,

The beats, carry your vehicle to express.

Voyaged to the United States

At 18 years of age from Panama

Desiring to make this place home.

You became home to many family members,

Who journeyed far,

With the same fire in their hearts and eyes for better.

We remember.


Your Spiciness, spunky and loving heart

Lead you to a love in Theodore Parker

Coupled, your love, joyful, fun, humorous ways—

Were infectious.

We remember.


Your commitment to your community

Love for church and God,

And your generosity is admirable

We embrace you,

We cherish you and we will always remember


Cheers to Auntie Rubie Parker,

That’s Rubie with an I.E not to be

Mistaken for “Y” there is no “why”

To be described you are

And always will be valued,

Cherished and loved.

For your spiciness, for your generosity  

For your love, for your dedication.


There is no better way to describe the matriarch

Of our family, other than---

A graceful, powerful and dignified woman

Today we celebrate you and your 90 years of grace.

Happy Birthday!

Love Always

Naima Yetunde Ince



"Butterflies" Excerpt from "Ghost Load"

His tamed beard swept the back of my neck.  

Each stroke felt like cotton strides against my soul my eyes darted,

as if to penetrate a hole in the wall  

my temperature boiling only because he craves the unknown

the desire to explore and extract glistening chunks

of my love, I fold in his touch and strong hold

he wraps hugs like heresy kisses and his lips match his sweetness

I do not want to journey him, I do not have strength, to embrace his hand as if;  

It’s the goal of a lifeline.  

I do not I wonder why butterflies flutter,  

or why people follow their heart  

or why the butterflies seem to have celebrations at your core?  

The butterflies, life span is short lived, this elated, euphoric, paradise, fantasy

of “love” is farfetched to a realistic materialization  

I do not, he is stretching for knowledge buried between my ribcage.

He is caressing the open sores and battle scares and desiring to be a nurse. He is, withstanding, my anger, my bitter sweetness, and out right meanness….

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