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Black Literature

Dearly Beloved: 100 Years Ago the Last Passenger Pigeon Died

Jarid Manos | Posted 10.30.2014 | Black Voices
Jarid Manos

A hundred years ago, Martha died. At 1 p.m. on September 1, 1914, the last individual of a wild blue dove whose flocks once numbered billions and blackened the American skies for days fell over dead in her Cincinnati zoo cage.

The Dazzling Story of an Older, Gay, Caribbean Dandy

Diriye Osman | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

By writing directly in the voice of an older, gay Caribbean man, Bernardine Evaristo, who's British-Nigerian and a woman, has executed an extraordinary act of ventriloquism that crosses gender boundaries as well as racial, cultural, sexual and linguistic differences.

My Father's Silence, a Kind of Grace

Heidi W. Durrow | Posted 01.12.2013 | Black Voices
Heidi W. Durrow

I was about 10-years-old when I tried to read Alex Haley's Pulitzer Prize winning book, Roots.

Readers' Choice: 20 Books That Every African-American Must Read

The Huffington Post | Patrice Peck | Posted 07.31.2012 | Black Voices

Earlier this month, we brought you 50 Books That Every African American Should Read, a comprehensive list of novels spanning across multiple genres, a...

Learning to Evade the "Black Tax" on Our Stories

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 11.07.2011 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

It appears that shame -- black and white -- can shrink us. In literature we've been historically reduced to a slither of a people. Writers like me self-censor for fear of offending, for fear of not finding an audience. We don't tell our stories in the context of this nation.

What Happened to the Black Literary Canon?

Pascal Robert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Pascal Robert

How can we expect the young bright minds in the black community offers to combat these ever increasing racial realities if the intellectual arsenal of books and authors that were once heralded as crucial to ones personal edification become relics?

Rejecting the Publishing Ghetto

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Leonce Gaiter

Today, there is a publishing ghetto. Mainstream white-owned houses have black imprints. Here, they publish books by, for and about black people.

If He Hollers: Remembering Chester Himes

John Ridley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Ridley

The jacket copy for Chester Himes' Run Man Run reads: "Lush sex and stark violence colored black and served up raw by a great Negro writer." This is pretty much a micro-summary of Himes's work.