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Happy Birthday, Toni Morrison!

Posted 02.19.2013 | Black Voices

Happy birthday, Toni Morrison! Over the years the legendary author, who turns 82 today, has made a monumental contribution to literature. From her...

15 Famous Historically Black College and University Alumni (SLIDESHOW)

Posted 01.03.2013 | Black Voices

Many of pop culture's biggest names have their own remarkable origin story. A lucky break, a serendipitous career move, or the life experience and kno...

How Zadie Smith Is Trying to Wake White Writers Up

Christina Patterson | Posted 12.10.2012 | Books
Christina Patterson

Smith is, in fact, following a path along which some other writers have walked. You could say that it was a path that started with Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.

Reading Great Writers' Worst Books

Peter Brown Hoffmeister | Posted 10.28.2012 | Books
Peter Brown Hoffmeister

This summer, I found myself re-reading Alice Walker's The Color Purple, a book that is both wonderful and awful. After finishing, I asked myself, "Why do some books by great authors (or parts of books by great authors) work so well, while others fail?"

50 Books That Every African American Should Read

Huffington Post | Patrice Peck | Posted 07.05.2012 | Black Voices

Whether you're traveling on vacation, sunbathing on the beach, or simply lounging in the park, nothing beats a good book in the summertime. Still, wit...

Wisdom From Famous Women's Commencement Speeches

TresSugar | Posted 05.31.2012 | Women

Commencement speeches typically include thoughtful advice - but when famous, intelligent women are standing at the podium, those clever and creative i...

WATCH: Bob Dylan, Toni Morrison Honored Among 'America's Very Best'

NBC Nightly News | Posted 05.30.2012 | Fifty

Post50 favorites singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, author Toni Morrison, and Madeleine Albright, the first female Secretary of State, were among the 13 hon...

ZooFari At National Zoo: HuffPost DC Top 5 For May 17, 2012

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 05.17.2012 | DC

TOP 5 PICKS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 17 1. ZooFari At National Zoo Bummed the Betty White event sold out? This National Zoo's annual fundraiser will brig...

Toni Morrison: Building an American Home

Richard Z. Santos | Posted 07.03.2012 | Books
Richard Z. Santos

Searching for home -- for a safe place to rest your head, grow a family, and be part of a community -- occupies the heart of Morrison's body of work. How fitting then that her latest book has such a simple title: Home.

Women Honored At Sackler Center First Awards

Posted 04.19.2012 | Arts

Yesterday 15 women were honored at the fifth anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. The "firstees," a...

Books To Read For Black History Month

Christopher Paul Curtis | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
Christopher Paul Curtis

It is so difficult to choose only ten books for Black History Month; my list should be immediately expanded to include any book by the authors I cite.

The New Black Aesthetic Revisited

Trey Ellis | Posted 11.26.2011 | Black Voices
Trey Ellis

With the publication of Toure's Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness, I have been inundated with requests for my 1989 essay, "The New Black Aesthetic," to which Toure's enjoyable work is a book-length update and homage.

11 Notable HBCU Alumni

Posted 10.04.2011 | College

Did you know that P. Diddy interned at Uptown records while he was at Howard University? Or that Oprah got her start in broadcasting while at Tennesse...

Picking Favorites: Books That Make Me Sigh With Satisfaction

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 09.05.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

A great book happens when I pick up a book and can't put it down again; when I cannot suppress the sighs upon finishing it; when I cannot wait to tell everyone I know: read this book! But how to pick a favorite?

Less Famous Literary Masterpieces

Dave Astor | Posted 08.10.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

There are plenty of cases where an author's masterpiece deserves the top billing it gets in the author's canon. But then there are the cases where a writer's most famous book is not the writer's best book.

Portraits Of Authors In Their Own Words | Posted 06.18.2011 | Books

People say that the lines in your face are representative of the life you’ve led – as in, love your laugh lines because clearly you’ve had a goo...

The Achilles Heel of the Kindle

Pamela Newton | Posted 06.06.2011 | Books
Pamela Newton

I am one of those book lovers unsettled by Kindles. But now I think I've finally spotted an actual weakness in the Kindle.

BREAKING: Charlie Sheen Offered Higher Speaking Fee Than President Clinton

Keli Goff | Posted 06.04.2011 | College
Keli Goff

OK, so the headline's a lie, but it's certainly not beyond the realm of possibility -- not in an age in which Snooki from The Jersey Shore is paid more than literary legend Toni Morrison to speak at the same university.

Snooki Is Worth $2,000 More Than Toni Morrison | Posted 06.01.2011 | Books

Is it possible to assign a dollar value to a specific person? Duh, yes, Rutgers University just did it: Jersey Shore's Snooki is worth $32,000 and Nob...

Is This College Graduation Speaker Worth $30,000?

Posted 05.29.2011 | College

How much is a really good graduation speaker worth? $110,000? That's how much Katie Couric received from the University of Oklahoma in 2006. How...

Looking For Great Books For Your LIbrary? Try 4 Decades Of NBCC Winners (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Awards have been around since the 1970s and the winners over the decades make an impressive recommended readin...

Reading As An Equalizer: What James Joyce, Shakespeare Can Teach Us Today

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Rick Ayers

Kiberd reminds us to hold on to, and honor, the truly democratic project that education must be.

Happy Birthday, Toni Morrison: Remembering The Author On Her Special Day

Los Angeles Times | Carolyn Kellogg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Today is Toni Morrison's 80th birthday. Born in Ohio, educated at Howard University and Cornell, Morrison's writing career started in earnest with her...

Best Literary Sex Scenes (Most Don't Take Place In Beds) | Kathleen Massara | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Writing about sex in literature is a difficult task; there are so many ways authors can go wrong. Nowadays, most writers spend too much time on the bu...

Baby Sloths And/Or Classic Literature: Using Subliminal Messages To Discuss Books | Brandon Stroud | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The only way to maintain literacy on an Internet overrun with Bed Intruders, tub-related women and epic treadmill fails is with subliminal messages. ...