“To be truly visionary we have to root our imagination in our concrete reality while simultaneously imagining possibilities beyond that reality.”-bell hooks, “Feminism is For Everybody: Passionate Politics.”
Are you an early-career writer from a community that’s underrepresented in publishing? The PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship is accepting applications through January 31, 2023.
The power and purpose of historic Black garden clubs of the East Coast: “It was activism, it was Civil Rights, and it was also friendly competition.” -Abra Lee, historian and horticulturist.
“I want each piece that comes out of this studio to honor the maker that came before me.” –Sara Sakanaka on the vintage Japanese kimonos and textiles she uses for her fashion brand, Considered Objects.
“Yesterday’s postcards have documented today’s history … just as today’s postcards are documenting tomorrow’s histories.” –Donald Brown, legendary postcard collector and retired librarian.
“Punk meant to me, ideally, freedom. I was looking to live outside of mainstream rules and expectations.” – Writer Osa Atoe on what attracted her to punk music.
From Denise Oliver Velez’s Black Music Sunday Series on Dailykos.com, a remembrance of Black musical artists who passed away in 2022.
“I also like to think that we all have an Octavia in our lives — someone who is before their time, a wordsmith. And I just thought it was a neat way to honor all of the Octavias in our life.” –Nikki High, owner of Octavia’s Bookshelf.