Category Archives: African-American

3rd Annual Well-Read Black Girl Festival

Dear Lover of the Word, You’ll remember that a few months ago I did a review of Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves (2018), an anthology by Glory Edim, founder of Well-Read Black Girl. I’ve been a big … Continue reading

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Review of Victor Lavalle’s The Changeling

I’ll admit, I approached Victor Lavalle’s The Changeling (2018) with a healthy amount of trepidation.  While I love science and speculative fiction, I’m not big on horror. It’s why, although I am deeply curious about them both, I have yet to … Continue reading

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2019

2019 will long be remembered by many of us, not only for the great voices that we’ve lost just this month, but also because it is a year of significant historical anniversaries and commemorations. Two that immediately come to mind are: … Continue reading

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Paule Marshall Resting in Power 1929-2019

August has been a rough month for us lovers of the word. A couple of weeks ago, the great Toni Morrison took her place amongst the ancestors. A few days ago, on August 12th, the incomparable Paule Marshall joined her. … Continue reading

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Toni Morrison Resting in Power 1931-2019

  Rest in your power, Toni Morrison Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am documentary interview Morrison on what motivated her to write The Bluest Eye  News of her life and transition: Nobel Prize-Winning Author Dies at 88  Toni Morrison: Nobel … Continue reading

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Review of Saidiya Hartman’s Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments

I have long been familiar with Dr. Saidiya Hartman’s brilliance; first through Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery and Self-Making in Nineteenth Century America (1997) and then through Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Coast (2008). As a post-doc, I … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Octavia Butler!

Happy birthday Octavia Butler!! The genius writer Octavia Butler would have been 72 years today! An interview with Ms. Butler on “Transcending Boundaries” An NPR interview with Ms. Butler and an essay by her. She was the recipient of several … Continue reading

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