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“If You Trusted Love This Far, Trust It All The Way”

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 13:26
Theatrical release poster [By: Danyelle M. Greene] “If you trusted love this far, trust it all the way.”    A review of If Beale Street Could Talk, director Barry Jenkins The December 2018 release of Oscar-nominated If Beale Street Could Talk has garnered a deserved amount of critical praise for its poetic rendering of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel. Barry Jenkins, best known for the Academy […]

Black Speculative Fiction On the Rise

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 13:54
[By: Marcus Haynes] In an age where Luke Cage can break Netflix, FIYAH literary magazine can win a World Fantasy Award, and speculative fiction legends Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes can give keynote speeches at the National Black Book Festival, it is clear that things are changing for creators of Black Speculative Fiction. And the fact that all of these things occurred during Black Speculative […]

Q&A: With Nikita Haynie

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 14:09
[By: Mona Ahmed] Nikita Haynie describes herself as a Christian, an advisor to students, and writer who published her first novel “Phases” last year.  “Phases” is a trilogy, which depicts two best friends navigating their freshman year of college. In my interview with Haynie, she discusses how her job and faith influenced her book’s plot and what it is like to be a black woman […]

Four lesser known speeches by Dr. King

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 10:30
[ By: DeAsia Paige]   Today we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was a civil rights leader and minister. Dr. King ’s work to eliminate racial segregation was abruptly ended when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, on the balcony of Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Although his legacy is often remembered with his famous “I Have A […]

Four Ways to Commemorate Dr. King on MLK Day

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 10:15
[By Kyndall Delph, DeAsia Paige, and Mona Ahmed] Martin Luther King Jr. Day is always celebrated on the third Monday in January across the United States to recognize his birthday, which is on Jan. 15. After King’s assassination in 1968, a public campaign by social activists, government officials and musicians (Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday” was used to popularize the campaign) began to urge the government […]

The Black Album: 15th Anniversary

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 11:48
The Black Album is Jay-Z’s best solo work. Some of this has to do with the time when it came out. In 2003, Jay was arguably the most successful rapper ever. He had survived a beef with Nas, his only real competition for the title “King of New York,” and no one else at the time had the combination of commercial success, street credibility and […]
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