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Amiri Baraka

Newark Residents To Hit The Polls, Choose Booker's Successor

AP | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Ras Baraka, son of late militant poet and activist Amiri Baraka, declared victory Tuesday in the race to succeed Democratic U.S....

The Antidote for Valentine's Day: Amiri Baraka's Dutchman

Deborah Stambler | Posted 04.14.2014 | Los Angeles
Deborah Stambler

The action takes place on a subway car in New York City in the early 1960s. The two main characters are Lula, a young white woman, and Clay, a young black man. Lula alternates between seducing and mocking Clay. How do sex, seduction and race all come together?

Remembering Amiri Baraka

Van Gosse | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Van Gosse

The belated hullaballoo over Norman Mailer is instructive when compared to the muted, quizzical response to the January 9 death of an equally prodigious, notorious man of letters, Amiri Baraka.

Amiri Baraka: an Anansi Spirit of Poetic Disguises/Genius

Opal Palmer Adisa | Posted 03.30.2014 | Black Voices
Opal Palmer Adisa

I have been accusing words of being stingy, but now I must admit I have been afraid of words, of what saying them might mean, the implications, because it is the proper thing to praise a great poet, to profess great admiration.

The Gift of Amiri Baraka

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 03.19.2014 | Black Voices
Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D.

If you are lucky, or blessed, you will meet someone of such wisdom, courage, creativity and conviction that their influence, the very force of their spirit, will abide with you for the rest of your life. Amiri Baraka was that person for me, as he was for so many others.

Details Released On Amiri Baraka's Wake

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson will be among those honoring activist poet-playwright Amiri Baraka at a wake in New Jersey. The wake wil...

Amiri Baraka, Alvin Aubert: On the Passing of Poets

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 03.18.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Weeks of hard work, revision and practice have gone into creating a blockbuster group poem of Detroit pride, affirmation, social critique -- a manifesto of youthful determination and hope for a better future, no matter what.

Debating Amiri Baraka in the Urban Classroom

John Thompson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Education
John Thompson

After the passing of Amiri Baraka, I don't want to get bogged down in a dispute over Common Core, or any other example of the top-down micromanaging of teachers and students. It's lessons like this which taught me the No. 1 principle of teaching.

Reflections on Amiri Baraka

Afaa Michael Weaver | Posted 03.16.2014 | Black Voices
Afaa Michael Weaver

The influence of reading him became the influence of knowing him. Baraka, the poet, playwright, essayist, and activist who died last week at the age of 79, embodied one of the most important periods in the evolution of American literature: Civil Rights.

The Two Americas of Amiri Baraka (1934-2014)

Suzanne Persard | Posted 03.16.2014 | Arts
Suzanne Persard

In 1950s New York City, while the Beat poets Ginsberg and Kerouac had the luxury of simply being poets, hitching their dreams to stars with the freedom and privilege of living in opposition to bourgeoise America, LeRoi Jones was black in America.

Maya Angelou Tells Funny Story Behind This Touching Photo

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

A few days after poet Amiri Baraka died, Maya Angelou shared the humorous story behind a famous photo of the two friends dancing. According to her ...

Controversial Author And Activist Dies

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Amiri Baraka, the militant man of letters and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him ...

Now Dig Kellie Jones Talking About Art and Black Los Angeles: Part 2

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 03.13.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

I recently visited an art exhibit chronicling the legacy of art in Black Los Angeles. The show is called "Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980, " and I sat down to speak with the curator of the exhibit, Kellie Jones. Here's the second part of that conversation.

Now Dig Kellie Jones Talking About Art and Black Los Angeles

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 03.10.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

I recently visited an art exhibit chronicling the legacy of art in Black Los Angeles. The show is at the UCLA Hammer Museum and is called "Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980." I sat down to speak with the curator of the exhibit, Kellie Jones.

A Fiery Debate on New Malcolm X Biography: Amira Baraka v. Michael Eric Dyson (Video)

Democracy Now! | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Democracy Now!

On what would have been the 86th birthday of Malcolm X, Democracy Now! hosts a roundtable discussion about Dr. Manning Marable's controversial new biography.

Global Beat Fusion: Six Degrees of the Middle East

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

I'll highlight the music of the Middle East by focusing on the album Six Degrees of the Middle East, as it hooked me on the electronic music of this region.