Biography of Gwendolyn Brooks, the People’s Poet | ThoughtCo

Jeffrey Somers, ThoughtCo Gwendolynn Brooks. Bettmann / Getty Images. Featured Image n many ways, Gwendolyn Brooks embodies the black American experience of the 20th century. Born into a family that moved to Chicago as part of the Great Migration of blacks to the north of the country, she made her way through school during the…

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After 136 Years, The Met will Finally Host an Opera by a Black Composer | Okayplayer

Zo, Okayplayer Henry Adebonojo. Featured Image erence Blanchard‘s heralded opera, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, is set to make its debut at The Metropolitan Opera House in NYC. Though it had plenty to choose from over the last century or so, the production will be the first-ever opera by a black composer to be…

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Ta-Nehisi Coates On Magic, Memory And The Underground Railroad | NPR

Terry Gross, NPR Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2014 Atlantic Magazine cover story, “The Case for Reparations,” led to a national conversation about how to reckon with injustices resulting from years of slavery. He won a National Book Award in 2015 for Between the World and Me. Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times. Featured Image rowing up in Maryland,…

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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 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 68.…

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