A strong black woman, a social worker and a devoted member of a loving family, but above all else, Rolanda Pyle is a woman of God. Her first collection of poetry, Finally, is an intensely personal rumination on the way her indomitable faith has guided her path in life. Pyle writes passionately about the challenges she has faced — her painful struggles with relationships, weight loss and sickness — and the divine light, which inspired her to overcome them. Her verse sings of survival, celebrating God's love and the power of perseverance.
In honor of the 46th celebration of Harlem Week, this month's poem is - "Harlem"
As I walk through Harlem, the tears begin to fall,
For this is the mecca of my people, where we stand tall..
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Poem "Harlem" copyright by Rolanda T. Pyle
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ROLANDA T. PYLE is a licensed social worker and consultant. She is currently the Part-time Community Outreach Specialist at Sunnyside Community Services CARE NYC, where she was previously Assistant Director. She was a consultant with the Assigned Counsel Project, and before that, Associate Director of the Brookdale Foundation's Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) at the Brookdale Foundation. She was also the Director of the New York City Department for the Aging's Grandparent Resource Center for ten years.
She has received numerous awards for her work with grandparents raising grandchildren, including the 2004 Sloan Public Service Award and HBO's 2004 Beah Richards Spirit Award. New York's Daily News named her one of the "100 Women Who Shape Our City" in April 2004.
A section of Rolanda's upcoming memoir, "Who's That Lady?" was chosen by the Preservation Foundation's Storyhouse collection. The foundation's objective is to "preserve the extraordinary stories of 'ordinary people.'"
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Rolanda's poem "A Tribute to Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren" will be in the July 2020 edition of GRAND magazine. The magazine is specifically about and for grandparents "living the ageless life." Click here to view the poem online.
Rolanda's newest work will be featured in 50in50: Love in the Time of Corona on Thursday, May 28th at 8 pm EST on Facebook Live!
Rolanda's poems "The World We Live In," "Alone,""To The Poets" and "Look At Woman!" were published in the Nostrand Avenue Improvement Association (NAIA - Brooklyn, NY)'s May 2020 on-line edition.
Rolanda's new work featured in 50in50: Letters to Our Sons April 4th on Facebook Live! (Update)
The Billie Holiday Theatre, Inc. brings you the highly anticipated #50in50: Letters to Our Sons. 10 dynamic women actors from across the country read stories by 50 Black women writers from across the world who “consider both the world they inherited and the one they’d like to create.” Live music by Maritri Garrett and Tayler Harris. Directed by Indira Etwaroo. Curatorial Statement by Dominique Morisseau.
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A performance piece was chosen by the Billie Holiday Theater in Brooklyn, NY for 50in50: Letters to Our Sons, a continuation to last year's 50 in 50: Letters to Our Daughters. It is a theatrical reading event that was curated by 2018 MacArthur “Genius” Dominique Morriseau. A group of 50 women “consider both the world they inherited and the one they’d like to create.”
Rolanda said that she was "so excited and honored" to be chosen. The work "was written to and for my nephews, godsons and younger cousins."
Her work was scheduled to have been read by an esteemed collective of women actors in LA at the WACO Theater, as well as on Saturday, March 14th at 3 pm and 7 pm and on Sunday, March 15th at 3 pm Update: Due to the NYS Public Health mandate on gatherings, the performance was rescheduled ro April 4th. (See above)
Rolanda was featured in the 2019 Annual Report of the Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens. She is on page 5.
Rolanda's poems "Thank You For My Family!" and "A Tribute to Daddy's Music were published in the Nostrand Avenue Improvement Association (NAIA - Brooklyn, NY)'s January 2020 on-line edition.
"I am so excited, humbled and grateful!" Rolanda was a Kingdom Image Award Nominee Finalist in two categories. One is for "Author of the Year" and the other is for "Kingdom Cares Community Service." The Kingdom Image Awards honors "Christian arts for their contribution to the Kingdom, within their local Faith-based community."
The Author of the Year award was voted on by the public through September 1st.
The 2019 Awards Ceremony was held October 10-12 in Columbus, OH.
50 in 50: Letters to Our Daughters is a theatrical reading event that was curated by 2018 MacArthur “Genius” Dominique Morriseau. A group of 50 women “consider both the world they inherited and the one they’d like to create.”
Read Rolanda's and the hundreds of amazing stories submitted by women from across the globe for 50 in 50 on this map. You can go to the national map and go through all of the entries, or go to the Kings County map and go to the entries through those numbers. All entries go by titles.
Rolanda’s stories are:
National Map entries (if you go to the national map):
My Grandmother Taught Me .....#140
I Always Heard God.......... #81
Growing Up........... #73
The "All Things" Basket...... #183
The Kings County Map entries (if you go to the Kings County map):
My Grandmother Taught Me .....# 51
I Always Heard God.......... #28
Growing Up........... #26
The "All Things" Basket...... #61
Rolanda was honored by her public school (P. S. 9 in Brooklyn, NY) by highlighting her as the April 2019 alumni of the month in their newsletter. "I loved this public school!", she stated.
NOW AVAILABLE! All three of Rolanda's books are now available at Good News Nook Bookstore at Calvary Baptist Church, 10 Martin Luther King Avenue, Morristown, NJ on Sundays!
ROLANDA T. PYLE received the Community Playmaker of the Game Award from NY Liberty and Walmart at Madison Square Garden before a Liberty game. She was recognized on court for her community service volunteer work with seniors.
ROLANDA T. PYLE'S poem, "A Tribute to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren"(this month's poem) was featured on page 26 in the Harlem Community Newspaper in the Vol. 21, No. 36, September 8, 2016 edition. This poem was also published in the July-September 2017 issue of Metro News on page 6.
ROLANDA'S POPULAR POEM "The Power of Social Work" was reprinted on the website of The New Social Worker. Other poems on social work were posted throughout the month of March.
Read free digital versions of The New Social Worker online.
ROLANDA T. PYLE WAS ONE of these generous New Yorkers honored by Citymeals-On-Wheels for ten or more years of service in a beautiful celebration in Grand Central Station on April 20, 2016. From left to right: Kathy James, Vivienne Papadatos, Sheila Clay (Citymeals Volunteer Coordinator), Vivienne O’Neill (Citymeals Director of Volunteer Programs), Candy Martinez, Rolanda Pyle, Felice Seltzer, and Janelyne Devoe.