Real feminists don’t tether our politics to a cultural institution that has degraded Black women out loud, in public, and gleefully for over fifteen years now and counting.
There is a very long tradition of White critics who are invested in keeping Black poets at the margins of Contemporary American Poetry.
Join me today at 1:30PM EST on Left of Black. I’ll be talking about my Phillis Wheatley poetry project, Slutwalk, and Touré’s controversial ESPN article on Michael Vick.
This week, The Black Nerd has been all over the web. A couple of days ago, the actress/writer Issa Rae premiered her seventh episode of The Misadventures of AWKWARD Black Girl. This web series about a nerdy Black girl and her many humorous situations as a result of her nerdiness has become an instant classic. […]
My issue is not disagreement with my views on poetry, but that I keep waiting for my respect as someone who is an actual practitioner in the field of poetry.
Tomorrow evening at 8pm Eastern Time, I will be talking with Tayari Jones about her just published third book, Silver Sparrow on Talkshoe.com. You don’t want to miss it!
Dr. Kenneth Warren, a Professor of English at University of Chicago, seems to think Black literature is dead, and wrote about it in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
And thank you–AGAIN– to friend and poet Sharan Strange for reminding me about Audre Lorde’s birthday, too! Yes, my mind has been bad all this week, y’all. If it wasn’t for Facebook today, I would be forgetting important Sisters left and right and that would be unforgivable of me. Ok, so now that I have […]
Thank you to my good, good friend Crystal Wilkinson for reminding me (on Facebook) that today is Toni Morrison’s 80th birthday. That’s La Morrison on the right, when she had a different name and when she was young–but I can’t say “when” she was beautiful, because she’s still a very pretty lady. Clearly, Certified Dime […]
Before I go any further, let me say, you’re about to get free swag. I’m not playing with you. Now that I’ve got your attention, let me keep going. Then, I’ll get back to the free part again. Rosalyn Story wrote a well-reviewed book, Wading Home—Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and Essence reviewed this book […]