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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 […]

African American Impact on Classic American Literature

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 13:47
[By: Jerry W. Ward]   Over the next five weeks, we shall have video lectures by Arnold Weinstein on works by Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison and my comments on the authors, which may differ in some degree those Weinstein has chosen to make.  Each of the works has to be thought of with reference to the institution […]

Implacable Violence, Part One

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 07:25
[By: Jerry W. Ward, Jr.] The death of Senator John McCain quickens our  interest in how to deal with contemporary  narratives of life history.  McCain’s touchstone story pertains to American conservative values, the consequences of trauma,  military and public service, violence, and  a sense of honor.  Barack Obama’s differently remarkable narratives direct attention to the absence of military service, class and caste violence, the audacity […]

Keeping the Faith: A Tribute Reginald Martin

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 08:15
[By: Dr. Maryemma Graham] Reginald Martin 1956-2018 Poet, novelist, professor, scholar, editor, mentor, musician, and boxing enthusiast, Reginald Martin became a household name early in his career, not because he played by the rules, but because he did not. Awarded tenure at 35, the youngest for anyone at the University of Memphis, Martin was among those younger scholars who elected to remain in his native South, […]
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