This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.
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.
I've been there, I see a rainbow everywhere. Is it because the media giants want to white wash out the experiences of black and brown women? Or is it because they think white women will not watch the show or read the book if the central character is a black woman?
I'm not a statistician. I'm the author of the picture book Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria. Many bloggers and librarians focus on mock Caldecott award winners. I try to guess who will win the Coretta Scott King Awards.
I am proud of being African-American, even though I don't believe that I or anyone else should be "black for a living." We have to be able to compete on a level playing field like everyone else, and we can. We have. We do.