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Four Reasons to Say Yes to Voting

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 08:44
[By Mona Ahmed] Election day is here and I can’t help but stress the significance of voting. My parents instilled in me the importance of voting at a young age. My earliest memory of voting is walking to my neighborhood polling station with my parents and filling out my pretend ballot. The highlight of my day would be receiving the “I Voted” sticker from the […]

Seeing the Monsters Among Us

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 12:57
[By: Jane’a Johnson] I have often wondered why I like watching horror movies and reading horror fiction. I do not like violence. In fact, quite the opposite. I can barely stand to watch blood and guts. Psychological distress, too, is hard for me to bear. Still, I soldier on, watching most of the newest horror releases in theaters and on streaming services, buying novels new […]

The Hate We Live: Angie Thomas’ Ode to Black Girl Rage

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 05:40
[By: Ebony Perro] Angie Thomas’ novel turned screenplay, The Hate U Give (THUG), is a tragically mimetic story that highlights a Black girl’s coming of age while navigating trauma-induced anger and growing up in two disparate communities. As a New York Times Best Seller, National Book Award Long List winner, and with a current box office total of over 18 million dollars, the novel’s success […]

Viewing Cane River

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 15:45
[By: Jerry W. Ward, Jr.] Monday, October 22, 2018, was a special day in the year-long celebration of three hundred years of history in New Orleans, because we had the privilege of seeing a remarkable instance of black film in the history of cinema in the United States of America.  We saw Horace Jenkins’s Cane River (1982), a major feature of the 29th New Orleans […]

BlacKkKlansman: Talking Black, Paying Forward

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 14:40
[By: Danyelle M. Greene] In mid-August, BlacKkKlansman was released in theaters. Its subject is the “crazy, outrageous, incredible, true story” of Ron Stallworth’s undercover work as the first Black member of the Ku Klux Klan. The film linked racist imagery in early American films to a detective case from the 1970’s and news coverage of racial violence today. The work that this film does in […]

“You Need to Live More”: the Power of Performance in Morgan Parker’s and Tommy Pico’s Poetry

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 07:30
[By: Morgan McComb] Black Poetry Day is held every year on October 17th, the birthday of Jupiter Hammon, the first published Black poet. Hammon, who was first published when he was 49, is considered the beginning of an incomparable legacy of Black poets including Phyllis Wheatley, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sterling A. Brown, Lucille Clifton, Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Rita […]

Zero Tolerance Policy: The Realities Underneath

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 10:45
  M. B. M. [By Ellee Rogers] In April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented the inhumane, heartbreaking “zero tolerance” policy for people crossing the border into the United States. Within the next five weeks after this taking place, 2,300 children  have been torn away from their loved ones, proving the dismal truth that the America we are now molding isn’t “America first,” as Trump preaches, […]

25 Toni Morrison Quotes That Left Me Shook

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 12:31
Sunday marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of Toni Morrison winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first black woman to win the prestigious award. Although the honor doesn’t at all validate Morrison’s thought-provoking vision and moving stories that have altered the traditional literary framework, her acceptance speech for the award gives just a 30-minute glimpse into the depths of Morrison’s wisdom that often leaves one […]

A Review and Reading Companion to Noname’s Room 25

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 07:15
[By: Anthony Boynton] Noname’s sophomore album Room 25 is hypnotic and alluring. Indeed a coming of age story, this self-released project is a meditation of what the Los Angeles-based Chicago rapper calls her “darkest secrets”, and you should hear her out, like the track “Ace” (feat. Smino and Saba) says. Brilliantly mixing rap, jazz, and neo-soul, Noname crafts a solid album that is not only […]
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