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Langston Hughes

Grandmother to Child

Quassan Castro | Posted 05.12.2015 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Grandmother You sit Wrapped in your Persian melon colored blanket Rock back and forth On that old rusty country porch Whom the neighbors across the st...

It Takes More Than a Village

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 05.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

A society is playing with fire when it neglects the needs and desires of its young people; not only are natural talents wasted, but a sense of despera...

Of Dreams Deferred

Monica Cox | Posted 04.23.2015 | Women
Monica Cox

I dreamt of becoming a writer. I found the spot on the library or book store shelf where my book would reside. And yet, somehow, I knew that writing a book wasn't an occupation. At least not a realistic one for me. It was compartmentalized as a dream.

20 Black Poets You Should Know (And Love)

The Root | Hope Wabuke | Posted 04.16.2015 | Black Voices

In 1996 the Academy of American Poets dubbed April National Poetry Month to celebrate the richness of American poetry. In its honor, here are 20 black...

Mallika Rao

CAPS LOCK Is Cool Again. Here's Why

HuffingtonPost.com | Mallika Rao | Posted 04.27.2015 | Arts

For decades, artists like the projectionist Jenny Holzer have found political power in all-caps writing. So why is the Caps Lock key so reviled? ...

Four Black Icons Who Remind Us That Harlem Has Been A Street Style Capital For Decades

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.17.2015 | Style

From the Harlem renaissance to the area's resurgence today, the New York City neighborhood has always been an emblem of black culture and style. In ho...

That Time Carter G. Woodson Hired Langston Hughes For His 1st Real Job

The Root | Todd Streven Burroughs | Posted 02.12.2015 | Black Voices

This year is the 100th anniversary of what is now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the organization founded ...

Langston Hughes: "In All My Life I Have Never Been Free"

Posted 02.10.2015 | Books

The following is an excerpt from The Letters of Langston Hughes, a collection of correspondences between the author and his loved ones and contemporar...

Celebrating Writer Langston Hughes -- Black, Red and Gay

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.04.2015 | Books
Peter Dreier

Langston Hughes -- the poet, novelist, playwright, and short-story writer -- was born 113 years ago yesterday.

Langston Hughes' 113th Birthday Honored Through Cool Google Doodle

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices

Google on Sunday celebrated what would have been the 113th birthday of famed African-American poet and social activist Langston Hughes through a power...

Daily Meditation: Hold Onto Your Dreams

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.08.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Addicted's Bille Woodruff's 'Naked' Ambitions

Brandon Judell | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Brandon Judell

A faithful adaptation of erotica queen Zane's million copy bestseller, the romancer showcases the posteriors of William Levy, Tyson Beckford, and Boris Kodjoe as they try to satisfy Sharon Leal's Zoe, who's suffering from a hardy case of sex addiction that's destroying both her marriage and career.

It's Time to Redefine Renaissance

Jason Foster | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Jason Foster

The Harlem Renaissance period is an era that I wish that I could somehow experience in my life. The allure of it. The thought that if I was a black male and educated in a variety of things that I would be considered a "Renaissance Man."

No More Silent Statistics: Walter Finnie

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 10.14.2014 | Black Voices
Diane Luby Lane

Walter, our tall, dark, and handsome, Get Lit Player teen poet from Watts, is leaving for college in Pennsylvania in a few weeks, and I wanted to make sure that he had a coat.

God's Most Gifted...

Craig Stewart | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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America Was Built on Hope Not Fear

Byron Williams | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Byron Williams

For all of its virtues and vices, America has always stood as a beacon of hope. Movements such as civil rights, women's suffrage, and gay equality could not have occurred if America did not promote hope and possibility.

Dr. Vincent Harding’s Call to Make America America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We are citizens of a country that does not yet exist, but it is up to us to finally create and make it a just and hopeful land for all.

Why Poetry Matters

Pam Allyn | Posted 06.21.2014 | Books
Pam Allyn

Poetry is how we say to the world, and to each other, "I am here." Some of my most beloved poets -- Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Billy Collins and Naomi Shihab Nye -- talk about poetry as a way to document the world and our common experiences, to say what needs to be said in a direct, powerful and beautiful way.

First Nighter: Moss Hart's "Act One" in Two Great, Big Acts

David Finkle | Posted 06.17.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

When theater veteran Moss Hart published his bestselling Act One in 1959, he packed a lot into it about his impoverished childhood and neophyte playwr...

First Nighter: Franco, O'Dowd, Meester Distinguish Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'

David Finkle | Posted 06.16.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Plucking the dialogue pretty much verbatim from his best-selling book, Steinbeck handily transferred his tale to the stage. Again George and Lennie -- traveling together like the scores of other bindlestiffs scouring California's Salinas Valley (Steinbeck's version of William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County) for work -- arrive at a farm for barley bucking activity.

First Nighter: Denzel Washington Good, Not So Good in "A Raisin in the Sun"

David Finkle | Posted 06.03.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

With Washington's return to The Great White Way in the revival of Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 A Raisin in the Sun at the Barrymore, he does a tremendous favor. Once again, as he did with his limited-runs Julius Caesar and Fences, he brings large audiences--especially African-American audiences--to a theater and to theater in the larger sense.

These Images Show The History Behind Places We Walk By Every Day

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices

Every day, we walk in the very places where history was made years ago. Sometimes that location is marked by a plaque or a statue, but other times we ...

Black History Month Musings: on Langston Hughes and the 'Best New Poets'

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 04.12.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

African American poets gave a glimpse into what W.E.B. Dubois famously identified as 'The Souls of Black Folks.' Our students honored their poetic forbears which was also a manifesto about the importance of poetry in young people's lives.

Langston Hughes: A Life Dreamed in Letters

Afaa Michael Weaver | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices
Afaa Michael Weaver

Hughes' was a courage we speak of when we speak of great people, people of an imponderable depth of spirit. He gave his life to his work, and to his people, and to his nation in the face of adversity that would crush most aspiring poets.

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 ...