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I Don't Control a Lot of Things, But I Can Control What I Read

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 08.26.2015 | Black Voices
The University of Central Florida Forum

There was the time this summer when my 13-year-old daughter asked me questions that I didn't know how to answer: "Will the police help me if I need help? Will they kill me, mom? Will they kill you?" I didn't want to answer her, because the truth of the matter is that I could have answered each of those questions with, "It's possible."

Harper Lee's Fiction Is Ta-Nehisi Coates' Fact

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 07.14.2015 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

It's a spectacular irony that "Go Set a Watchman" and "Between the World and Me" are published on the same day. One book is fiction, a footnote to literature. The other is perhaps the most important book of the year.

The 2 Kinds of Morning Writer

Sarah Stodola | Posted 07.07.2015 | Books
Sarah Stodola

While researching my book Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, one of the most important habits I gauged was the time of day that successful authors get their writing done. Not surprisingly, more writers I studied do their best work in the morning than at any other time.

3 Unforgettable Classics That Make Great Summer Beach Reads

Melanie Bishop | Posted 07.02.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

Looking for some great beach reads by women? Revisit these classics: Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper (1892); Kate Chopin's The Awakening (1899); and Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye (1970). All three books challenge contemporary thought for the time periods in which they were written.

How To Read A Bad Book By A Great Author

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | Posted 06.22.2015 | Arts

Czech writer Milan Kundera poses in a garden in Prague in 1973. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images) What do we make of a bad book, written late-career, b...

Not Your Mother's James Baldwin

Chase Quinn | Posted 06.09.2015 | Black Voices
Chase Quinn

A collage of song, multi-media and narrative poetry, Notes of a Native Song is as much an ode to the prolific artist and author of the essay Notes of a Native Son, as it is a critique of the canonization of Baldwin's work and the sterilization of his public image.

'Let Me Die in His Footsteps': A Conversation With Lori Roy

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Let Me Die In His Footsteps, Roy's new novel, set in a 1952 Kentucky town, concerns Annie Holleran, a 15 year old girl who has an uncanny sense of knowing how things will turn out before they've played themselves through.

The New Progressive Agenda: A Return to Citizenship

Toni Morrison | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Toni Morrison

The difference between understanding oneself as a "citizen" and understanding oneself as a "taxpayer" is not merely wide; it is antagonistic. A citizen thinks primarily about his or her community. A taxpayer thinks mostly about himself or herself. The Progressive Agenda seeks to return us to the adult responsibility of being citizens to each other.

Toni Morrison On The Conversation We Need To Be Having About Race

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.23.2015 | Black Voices

When Toni Morrison writes, we read. And when she speaks, we make damn sure to listen. In a wide-ranging interview with The Telegraph, Morrison -- ...

The Nation Celebrates 150th Anniversary With Oversize Issue Featuring Einstein, Chomsky, Steinbeck

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 03.23.2015 | Media

Drafted on July 8, 1865, and distributed to potential donors and subscribers, The Nation’s founding prospectus reads, “The week has been singularl...

How 5 Great Writers Got Started on Their First Novels

Sarah Stodola | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
Sarah Stodola

While working on my book Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, I found that even for the best writers in the world, getting started can be the hardest part. Here's how 5 great authors found what they needed to get going on their very first novels.

5-Year-Old Portrays Iconic Black Heroines In This Incredible Photo Series

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.18.2015 | Black Voices

Two parents on a mission to teach their daughter the value of self-empowerment reached their goal which resulted in the coolest photo portrait series ...

14 Books To Read This Black History Month

NBC News | Andrea Collier | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices

February is not only Black History Month, but it is also the month when many titles by Black authors are released. 2015 kicked off with a wide selecti...

Toni Morrison Schools Colbert On Race In America

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices

Toni Morrison has a way with words, on and off the page. The Nobel Prize winning author joined Stephen Colbert for an interview Wednesday night to ...

Back to the Future: American Studies' Noble Dreams

Jim Downs | Posted 01.13.2015 | College
Jim Downs

ASA has opened a creative and intellectual space to cultivate scholars, and unlike other conferences, where most attendees spend their time at the hotel bar or touring the conference city, the sessions at the ASA are teeming with audience participants.

Where 13 Famous Women Were At 25

Bustle | Posted 12.24.2014 | Women
Bustle

Not quite young enough to consider yourself "just out of college," yet still not quite old enough to spend all your free time worrying about back pain, 25 is the first age where everyone seems to expect you to have figured it out, and you may be quietly losing your mind if you haven't.

Do Toni Morrison's Papers Belong At Princeton Or Howard?

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 10.23.2014 | Black Voices

Last week, Toni Morrison's papers found a permanent home at Princeton University, where Morrison was a faculty member for 27 years. While the move was...

Out of the Blue

Randy Malamud | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
Randy Malamud

The Nobel Prize in physics was awarded last week to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, who devised a way to create a semi-conductor that emits blue, thus enabling the LEDs that illuminate our phones, televisions, and computers. They provide an opportunity for us to reflect back on the cultural potency of blueness.

Why Krugman's Vocabulary Needs to Be Refreshed

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 12.07.2014 | Media
Gina Athena Ulysse

Paul Krugman's "Voodoo Economics, The Next Generation" does not make any more sense today than it did back in 1980 when presidential candidate G. W. Bush used this term to criticize Ronald Reagan's claim that cutting taxes on the rich would actually -- "magically" lead to greater economic growth.

Hillary Clinton, Toni Morrison Among Speakers At Maya Angelou Memorial

Associated Press | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 09.17.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison were among the expected speakers at a tribute to Ma...

4 Extraordinary Literary Women Who Redefined Feminine Perfection

Sunny Rosen | Posted 10.13.2014 | Books
Sunny Rosen

Like many young women, I struggle with the constant desire to be "perfect," mentally and physically. It can be so hard to follow advice to find joy in the here and now and so easy to instead be weighed down by imperfection. Reading, though, is an escape from the pressures of reality, an immersion somewhere else that allows great happiness in the moment.

The Magic Of Meshell Ndegeocello

Diriye Osman | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
Diriye Osman

It's fair to say that, in our age of digitized apathy and carefully-curated online inertia, you can add singer-songwriter and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello to that long line of creative polymaths who have not only injected vital energy into the culture but repeatedly spoken truth to power.

Once Upon a Time, There Was Self-Loathing

Anneli Rufus | Posted 07.23.2014 | Books
Anneli Rufus

Is self-loathing -- or at least stark, scathing self-criticism -- a required personality trait for novelists? Well, it's certainly a useful tool for probing the depths of human possibility. Here are ten examples of bestselling novels whose characters struggle with low self-esteem.

Chipotle Just Got A Whole Lot More Highbrow

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Hiscott | Posted 05.15.2014 | Business

Starting Thursday, the massive demographic that comprises both burrito-lovers and literary aficionados will find a real treat at Chipotle: Cups and ba...

Living and Sleeping With the Enemies?

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 06.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

You don't have to wear a white sheet with a pointy hat and go around burning crosses to be racist. We all harbor prejudices of some kind, and many people are carelessly and casually racist while being perfectly pleasant otherwise. As I see it, racism and homophobia are two sides of the same coin.