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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 08.14.2014 | 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.

3 Life Lessons From Shadra Strickland, Children's Book Illustrator

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 05.12.2014 | Books
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Shadra Strickland, celebrated children's book illustrator, for our Zoobean Experts on Air series. Ms. Strickland recently released Please, Louise in collaboration with Toni and Slade Morrison.

These Celebrities Prove That Big Breaks In Hollywood Aren't Just For The Young

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 01.30.2014 | Celebrity

Many people think that it's impossible to "make it" in the entertainment industry once they've hit a certain age. With so many child and teenaged star...

The Goldfinch and the Art of Reading

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

Ah! The joys and tribulations of being surrounded by stacks of books at my bedside, my husband's bedside, books tucked into every available nook and cranny, piled high on every tabletop and stacked double on every shelf, making it impossible to navigate around safely.

Happy Birthday, Zora Neale Hurston!

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

Born on January 7th 1891, today marks author and activist Zora Neale Hurston's 123rd birthday. Google chose to honor the icon with a Google Doodle....

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: A Challenge for 2014

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 03.03.2014 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

Give it a try. Make it a goal to write every day (or almost every day or at least on a regular basis) in 2014. Write when it's early, write when it's late, write during your lunch hour, or your train commute, write whenever it suits you.

Maya Angelou: 'Easy Reading Is Damn Hard Writing'

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 11.21.2013 | Black Voices

Dr. Maya Angelou received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2013 National Book Awards at Cipriani...

What These 21 Amazing Women Were Doing At 25

Posted 09.22.2013 | Women

Author Ann Brashares once wrote: "I look back on my 20s. It’s supposed to be the prime of your life, the most vital, the most beautiful. But you’r...

School Leader Calls For Banning 'Pornographic' Toni Morrison Book

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 09.13.2013 | Books

Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" has come under fire yet again. This time, the board of education president in Morrison's home state is criticizing...

The Uprising That Love Demands: Trayvon Martin and the Yoke Made Visible

Gaye Theresa Johnson | Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices
Gaye Theresa Johnson

Trayvon Martin has done so much more than die. He has revealed a system working perfectly in its intended order; and for the moment, rendered visible the yoke that encircles the poor and aggrieved.

Rep. King's Dehumanizing Remarks Straight Out of History, Literature

Allena Tapia | Posted 09.23.2013 | Latino Voices
Allena Tapia

The language of stigmatization allows Rep. King to wash his hands of any responsibility and to justify his abhorrent actions.

Shopping for Husbands

Jane Vandenburgh | Posted 08.04.2013 | Divorce
Jane Vandenburgh

When my husband Jack and I got together more than twenty years ago, it was in a time when virtually every other marriage was ending in divorce, stats so terrible they'd engendered their own grim humor: You could shop for your next husband.

Young Concert Artists Presents Ravishing Soprano at Merkin Hall

Jim Luce | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Jim Luce

The LA-based pianist, conductor, and composer André Previn called Susan Wadsworth, who founded Young Concert Artists (YCA) in 1961, last week to tell her how much he loved soprano Jeanine de Bique's singing of his cycle, Honey and Rue.

In Bonnets or Sweat Pants, We're Cultural Historians

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.01.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Whatever subjects we choose, as women writers we are cataloging historical and cultural events in ways that go far deeper than the two-dimensional stories told by photographs. We get into the heads of our audience in ways that movies still can't.

8 Writers Aged Over 80

| Greg Zimmerman | Posted 03.15.2013 | Books

First published on BookRiot Philip Roth may not exactly have been in his prime when he “retired” from writing last year at the spry age of 79, ...

Toni Morrison Talks To Google About Creativity

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 04.30.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — Novelist Toni Morrison, speaking Wednesday to dozens of Google employees holding laptops and smartphones, shared her vision for how s...

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?"