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Read These 23 Books And Authors When The Injustice Is Overwhelming

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.18.2016 | Home

After tragedies like those the nation has grappled with in the past week ― the shooting deaths of two black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling...

20 Young Writers Of Color Share Their Favorite Poems

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.08.2016 | Home

In December, The New York Times invited noted writers, actors and public figures to share their favorite poems, reaching out to people like Ta-Nehisi ...

Life Upon These Shores

Poetry Foundation | Posted 11.11.2016 | Home
Poetry Foundation

How did Robert Hayden, devoted formalist, suspicious of identity politics, come to write the most powerful poem about the transatlantic slave trade? ...

How Walter Dean Myers Taught Me To Stop Writing White

Sofia Quintero | Posted 11.04.2016 | Home
Sofia Quintero

My reading had taught me that I could render feminist characters long before I learned that there was a word to describe girls who bucked narrow gender roles. However, I also had internalized the belief that to be a legitimate author, my characters had to be white.

The Charge to Be Fair: A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Roxane Gay | Posted 08.10.2016 | Home
Roxane Gay

It is a beautiful thing to have a feeling, a notion and then transform it into something tangible. It's like being in the X-Men.

15 Powerful Ta-Nehisi Coates' Quotes To Make You Want To Read 'Between The World And Me'

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.14.2015 | Home

Cultural critic and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates has inspired us -- and many others --through his writing on the intersection of the race and policy an...

Why I Teach Black Literature

Julia Lee | Posted 04.05.2015 | Home
Julia Lee

You don't often hear "African-American" and "Korean-American" in the same sentence without thinking of racial conflict. But maybe that's the whole point. I want to open up a conversation, and not just with my students.

Giving Publishing What it Demands -- In a Way I Could Live With

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 12.21.2014 | Home
Leonce Gaiter

Almost 25 years ago, living in LA and working in the film industry, I decided to write a screenplay. I had abandoned prose writing somewhere in college, having been scared straight out of the writing habit via the tender ministrations of visiting New Yorker short story virtuosi creative writing instructors and my own mountainous insecurities and fears.

In Maya Angelou's Words, Anything Was Possible

Kevin Powell | Posted 07.28.2014 | Home
Kevin Powell

Hers was a life born of nothingness, of vicious sexual assault, of shattered boulevards and smashed glass windows. But from the muck of that life, Maya Angelou became a voice for girls, for women, and even for boys like me.

Is 'The Great American Novel' a Useless Concept?

Claire Fallon | Posted 12.17.2013 | Home
Claire Fallon

Our national preoccupation with the concept is somewhat odd -- no other country seems to share this need to score ambitious new novels by whether it's a "Great _____ Novel contender."

Brilliant Black Fiction: Mia McKenzie's The Summer We Got Free

Yolo Akili | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Yolo Akili

Within this book's pages, I found a range of black characters with complicated intra-psychic lives, sexualities and (Thank God) relationships to the Christian church.

Queer People Don't Need to Be Understood

Collette Brown | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Collette Brown

Let's dive into it: We all know someone who is gay. And if not, you know someone who knows someone who is gay. And let's face it: According to popul...

WATCH: The Moment Alice Walker Became A Writer

Posted 02.28.2013 | Home

Despite the extreme poverty and racism she experienced as the daughter of sharecroppers, Pulitizer-Prize winning novelist Alice Walker remembers her c...

Transgender Filmmaker Talks Race, Movies And Being Who You Are

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

To call Kortney Ryan Ziegler a Renaissance man would almost be an understatement. He's an artist, filmmaker, writer, entrepreneur and human rights adv...

Glennisha Morgan

Staceyann Chin: Black Gay Community Needs Straight Allies | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

Over a decade ago, Staceyann Chin burst onto the scene with Russell Simmons’ “Def Poetry Jam” on Broadway. Sharing the stage with other prominen...

Black Women Taking Flight in U.S. Theater

Michelle Flowers Taylor | Posted 11.27.2012 | Home
Michelle Flowers Taylor

Reflecting changes in society that have catalyzed the need for diverse voices to be heard, there has been an increase in Black women playwrights. The trend is present in Hollywood where short plays by and about Black women will be presented in BWSOTU.

'The Words' and Swirling in Hollywood

CC Stinson | Posted 11.14.2012 | Home
CC Stinson

Hollywood often ignores pleas for more diverse casting and continues to deny the negative impact it has on society as a whole. Seeing more diverse couples on screen makes the subject easier to discuss around the dinner table.

Black Female Trailblazers In The Time Of 'The Help' (PHOTOS)

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 09.28.2011 | Home

From Hattie McDaniel's infamous Academy Award-winning performance to Whoopi Goldberg's portrayal of Odessa Cotter in "The Long Walk Home," the plight ...

Conference For Black Writers Still Necessary In Age Of Obama

The New York Times | FELICIA R. LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

in the age of President Obama, when successful black writers can be found across genres and a Nobel Prize winner, Toni Morrison, can be tapped to be t...