Category Archives: history

And Still We Rise!: Amanda Gorman and the People’s Inauguration

Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate, read her “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Dr. Joseph Biden, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Now 22-years-old, West LA raised Gorman was named Youth Poet … Continue reading

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I’m Calling It! Person of the Year: Ms. Stacey Abrams!!

We’ve had a heck of a year—the dying dinosaur continues to roar.  But civilization, true civilization, forges ahead.  And Black women are leading the way.  Case in point: Ms. Stacey Abrams, a beacon of a civil democratic society in which … 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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Review of Edwidge Danticat’s Everything Inside

The Haitian American writer Edwidge Danticat has authored numerous brilliant and inspiring narratives. A few of my favorites are her short story collection, Krik? Krak! (1996), her adult novels, The Dew Breaker (2005), Claire of the Sea Light (2014), The … Continue reading

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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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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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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 Washington Black

The simply named Washington Black (2018) by Canadian Esi Edugyan , though expansive in its reach, takes place over a mere four-year period. In that short period of time young Washington, or Wash as he is called by Christopher (Titch) … Continue reading

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Reflections on MLK Day 2019

Yesterday was the great Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, birthday. I am fortunate that I get to spend my days in an institution of higher learning where the man’s life and his message is meaningfully celebrated—many places … Continue reading

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