Category Archives: African-American

Iyore (I Return)

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’ve been thinking a lot about Death lately (I capitalize the word to show him the respect and reverence that he deserves).  Again, I haven’t been reflecting on Death in a macabre sense, … Continue reading

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Young, Gifted, Black: Destinies Fulfilled

I don’t know about you, but with everything going on, especially these past few months, I’ve been thinking about death…a lot. Not really in a morbid sense, but rather, as a way of reflecting on the importance of living well … Continue reading

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Black Woman Magic

Black girl magic is real.  Black woman magic is real.  It’s in Nina Simone singing “Blues for Mama” in the way that only she could.  It’s in Harriet Tubman, who, though illiterate in the white man’s language (because he made … Continue reading

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Review of James McBride’s Deacon King Kong

A few weeks ago I watched a brilliant panel discussion entitled “Black American Buddhists on Community and Activism.” The panel featured three African American Buddhist practitioners and teachers, two with whom I was familiar: Kamilah Majied and DaRa Williams. When … Continue reading

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Changes

I’ve been thinking a lot about Tupac lately. Like a lot. More specifically, I’ve been thinking about one of my favorite songs by him: “Changes.”  Tupac made lots of amazing music: “Dear Mama,” “Keep Ya Head Up,” “Brenda’s Got a … Continue reading

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Celebrating Black Creative Genius: Lonnie Holley

Amongst everything that’s been happening lately–though, of not unconnected from what’s been happening for centuries: continued pressure for racial equality in this country, finally, a national recognition of Juneteenth, the commemoration of one of the worst cases of white aggression … Continue reading

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The Revolution Continues: Alligator Woods Now

In naming this blog Alligator Woods way back in 2009 I sought to uplift and share the revolutionary spirit that was alive in the enslaved men and women who declared liberty or death that fateful night in August 1791 in … Continue reading

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A Gentle Reminder to be Gentle with Yourself

I received this in my inbox a few weeks ago, but thought it would be a good message to share now. Prince Ea is a gifted filmmaker, speaker, creator! Learn more about this amazing person and his work here! For … Continue reading

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Toni Morrison Conference: March 19-21, Montpellier, France

Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon: Two Generations Later Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, Site St Charles Salle des colloques 1 Montpellier, France, March 19-21, 2020 https://tonimorrison.sciencesconf.org Thursday 19th March 9:00 Registration 9:30-9:40 Opening statements I.Textual/stylistic Analysis: Morrison’s Word-Work             Chair: Monica … Continue reading

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Review of Imani Perry’s Breathe

In 1967—it feels like forever ago—the brilliant writer and critic James Arthur Baldwin penned a letter to the son of his only brother and named it “And My Dungeon Shook”, a reference to the famous biblical passage. In the letter … Continue reading

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