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aberjhani's picture
Sep.27.2013
The great Langston Hughes at the typewriter.(photo from the Everett Colledtion)  “We know we are beautiful. And ugly too. The tom-tom cries and the tom-tom laughs.”––Langston Hughes Among the superstars who recently joined late-night television talk show host Arsenio Hall on the set of his...
arabella-grayson's picture
Jan.19.2013
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) For those who ask the question, "Aren't you a civil rights leader?" and thereby mean to exclude me from the movement for peace, I have this further answer. In 1957 when a group of us formed the Southern Christian Leadership...
kathleen-cross's picture
Oct.21.2011
I have a vivid memory of a city bus ride I took with my father when I was eight years old. We were on our way to the science museum and there were some young black kids in the back of the bus acting up--nothing outlandish--just a few unsupervised pubescents being loud. I could tell before he said...
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May.23.2011
I passed through or by Joplin a dozen times during a period of several years when I hitchhiked between Los Angeles and St. Louis or New York. On hearing a few hours ago of the tornado that has devasted the southwestern Missouri town, I immediately wondered if old Route 66 had been wiped out. And...
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Mar.02.2011
Each February, when I think of Black History Month, I think of the black artists who have contributed to the making of America through their writing, painting, sculpting, dancing, singing, composing, and acting. In some ways, the very act of creating was political. Yet I can't help but wonder...
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Feb.22.2011
My novel White Man’s Blues led me to study African-American literature, which Red Room asked us to blog about this week.  My study brought me quickly to the Harlem Renaissance, one of those hotspots of brilliance that flash in literature when the stars line up.  It was Jean Toomer, from the “...
marcia-meier's picture
May.03.2010
I had the privilege recently of helping celebrate the works of Langston Hughes at an annual National Poetry Month event organized by one of Santa Barbara’s exceptional poets and teachers, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle. Rolle had asked me to talk about what lessons Hughes’ lifelong work might hold for...
aberjhani's picture
Apr.05.2010
Having nothing at all to do with April Fool's Day, events for both National Poetry and Jazz Appreciation Month got underway across the United States April 1, 2010. In Chicago, Nobel Prize winning poet Derek Walcott, whose latest book is White Egrets, helped kick off the poetry side of the month-...
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Mar.22.2010
Glorious is an historical fiction novel, which follows the life of fictional, Harlem Renaissance writer, Easter Venetta Bartlett. I had the great joy and even greater honor of being allowed to weave in factual characters who were some of the major players during that important era in American...
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May.31.2009
I thought of Herriman the other day while reading an Associated Press story that ``multiracial Americans have become the fastest-growing demographic group.'' Herriman was born in New Orleans in 1880. He has been described as of Creole African-American ancestry. He was multiracial and the creator of...