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The Great American Read: America’s Best-Loved Literature Centers Whiteness, Not Diversity

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 06:20
[By: Morgan McComb] On October 23rd, 2018, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) announced the culmination of their Great American Read project, a survey of America’s 100 “best-loved” novels. The Great American Read began by conducting “a demographically and statistically representative survey asking Americans to name their most-loved novel.” Approximately 7,200 people participated in that survey, and the list that resulted from the survey was narrowed […]

Dear ‘Zake: A Disjointed Appreciation of Ntozake Shange

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 21:51
[By: doris davenport] (Mourning, Memorial, Celebration) Like Stacey Abrams’ campaign for governor of Georgia has inspired and mobilized most African Americans, so too, the “early” Ntozake Shange of the 1970’s-80’s, especially inspired and mobilized most blackwimmin. So when i heard the “Ntozake is gone.” announcement in a FB post, by Pamela Sneed, on Oct. 27, my fingers spasmed “what?” then (sobbing) i rocked myself with […]

Ntozake Shange Roundtable

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 05:31
An outpouring of love on social media followed the news of Ntozake Shange’s passing on October 27, 2018. A pioneering poet, playwright and novelist, who broke the rules of conventional theatre with her critically acclaimed  for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, Shange continues to inspire generations of women writers who come after her. Shared mourning from women scholars, writers, journalists, and activists alike […]

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 […]
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