BANNED: The Bluest Eye| PBS

FROM THE COLLECTION: THE LIBRARY, PBS CThe Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison’s first novel, was published in 1970. Set in Lorain, Ohio — where Morrison herself was born — the book tells the story of Pecola Breedlove, an eleven-year-old African American girl who is convinced that she is ugly, and yearns to have lighter skin and […]

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Beloved St. Louis stage veteran Linda Kennedy passes at 68 | The St. Louis American

Kenya Vaughn, The St. Louis American A snapshot of mid-century South Philly. Featured Image Linda Alton Randall Kennedy, a staple of the St. Louis theater scene for more than four decades, passed away this morning (Friday, August 16) after a battle with cancer. Her son Terell Randall Sr. confirmed her passing via Facebook. She was […]

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For The ‘Nickel Boys,’ Life Isn’t Worth 5 Cents | NPR

Michael Schaub, NPR The long string of horrors that took place at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys wasn’t a secret, but it might as well have been. Former students of the Florida reform school had spoken out for years about the brutal beatings that they endured at the hands of sadistic employees, but […]

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She’s Creating An All-Female Superhero Comic Book Universe | Black Enterprise

Samara Lynn, Black Enterprise Courtesy Aza Comics, Featured Image In Now that the movie Black Panther has turned out to be a cultural and money-making phenomenon—interest in comic books and how to create them is bound to spike. There are several well-established black comic books writers and artists who have worked on major comic book […]

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Nikki Giovanni Blasts Trump Presidency: Black People Voting for Him Is Like a Vote for Slavery | Atlanta Black Star

Kiersten Willis, Atlanta Black Star Nikki Giovanni speaking at Emory University in 2008., Featured Image Poet Nikki Giovanni wants Donald Trump’s presidency to crash and burn and said Black Americans voting for him was like a vote for slavery. “My heart breaks for the next generation with these fools in the White House,” she said. […]

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A ‘Native Son’ Reimagined, With James Baldwin in Mind | The New York Times

Salamishah Tillet, The New York Times The playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, left, and the visual artist Rashid Johnson collaborated on the latest film adaptation of Richard Wright’s “Native Son,” setting it in present-day Chicago. Credit Gioncarlo Valentine for The New York Times, Featured Image In its earliest conception, Richard Wright’s best-seller “Native Son” was envisioned for […]

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Roxane Gay and Marlon James explore his African myth-inspired ‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf’ | The San Diego Union-Tribune

Christian Orozco, Writer and editor Roxanne Gay interviews author Marlon James about his latest book, “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” at Los Angeles’ Museum of African American Art on Feb 20. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times). Featured Image Surrounded by art depicting vibrant landscapes and black bodies, Marlon James discussed his latest novel, “Black […]

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