In Celebration of Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez. Source: Amherst College. Sonia Sanchez’s poetry has been held close. Her words have been memorized, recited, and read by eager minds for generations. Reveling in her rhythms is an exploration. Readers continue to find tremendous beauty and profound truth in her words.  Earlier this month, Ms. Sanchez was awarded the Gish Prize for… Continue reading In Celebration of Sonia Sanchez

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Erica Savage Wilson experienced a traumatic brain injury. In “Things Not Seen,” she reveals the daily challenges of recovery and holding on to the will to live.  Breaking the glass ceiling is just the beginning. Labour MP Diane Abott provides a glimpse into what it’s like being Britain’s first Black Member of Parliament (MP).  “This… Continue reading Links For The Voracious

Toni Morrison had enduring friendships with Angela Davis and Fran Lebowitz. That’s range. Angela Davis on Toni Morrison: “I have always been impressed by her ability to be so focused and to inhabit the universe of her writing while not neglecting the universe that involves the rest of us.” Fran Lebowitz on Toni Morrison: “People… Continue reading

In honor of Lucille Clifton’s birthday

won’t you celebrate with me  By Lucille Clifton won’t you celebrate with mewhat i have shaped intoa kind of life? i had no model.born in babylonboth nonwhite and womanwhat did i see to be except myself?i made it uphere on this bridge betweenstarshine and clay,my one hand holding tightmy other hand; come celebratewith me that… Continue reading In honor of Lucille Clifton’s birthday

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So be curious, be adventurous, be tenacious, and you cannot be intimidated by the answer "no."-Bevy Smith A group of gay activists reflect on their revolutionary 1970 road trip to rally gay people to attend the Revolutionary People’s Constitutional Convention in Washington, D.C. organized by the Black Panther Party. “Then I felt around, and I… Continue reading Links For The Voracious

Five Songs For The End of The Week

Source: Verzuz TV In this special edition of 5 Songs, it’s a celebration of the birthdays of Patti LaBelle (May 25) and Gladys Knight (May 28). The two living legends have a combined 120 plus years of experience in show business. They are standard bearers of the unmatched skill and discipline Black performers brought to… Continue reading Five Songs For The End of The Week

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NPR’s Audie Cornish breaks down getting over imposter syndrome and knowing when to stop and take care of yourself. Photographer Tommy Kha on making the work you want to create and not succumbing to the limits of other people’s imaginations. What Black critics have to say is essential for expanding our understanding of the arts.… Continue reading Links For The Voracious

Five Songs For The End of The Week

The one and only Grace Beverly Jones celebrated her birthday on Thursday, May 19. She shares that birthdate with Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry, and Yuri Kochiyama. May 19 looks to be an auspicious day to bring people into the world who will grow up to be brave. Ms. Jones’ singular body of self-expression is guided… Continue reading Five Songs For The End of The Week