The Joy of Refusing

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[By: Jerry W. Ward Jr.] From a pre-future vantage, one can discover the joy of refusing. Refusing or resisting is neither an innate virtue nor a vice, despite the fact that one must ultimately account for the moral properties of one’s actions . Refusing is an opportunity to live with the alternatives that might better identify one’s historicity. Consider the outcomes of refusing to read […]

Book Review – The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists, William Ferris

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[By Jerry Ward, Jr.] Ferris, William. The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013.  $ 35.00  ISBN  978-1-4696-0754-2 Fred Hobson suggested in Tell About the South: The Southern Rage to Explain (1983) that Southerners have, or may be possessed by, a compulsion to explain, to apologize for, to defend, or to celebrate the history of a region […]

The Inspiring Productivity of C. Liegh McInnis

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HBW Board Member and blog contributor, Howard Rambsy, describes his initial encounters with C. Liegh McInnis who exemplifies the “art of possible.” Jump over to the Cultural Front blog to read more about “The Inspiring Productivity of C. Liegh McInnis” and his creations over the years. Image courtesy of Mississippi Public Broadcasting Interested in more C. Liegh McInnis? Check out the new release of Brother […]

ICYMI: The Last Week in Black Writing and Culture (11/1 – 11/6)

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Mychal Denzel Smith, author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education (2016), is back with a “Black Boy Literary Survival Kit.” Smith recounts an early mentoring experience and how Black literature continues to shape the “experience one has with racism in America.” Emphasizing the importance of Black women and male writers, Smith challenges us to continue questioning and redefining […]

ICYMI: October 2016 in Black Writing and Culture

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Barry Jenkins’ critically acclaimed new film Moonlight was released on the 21st. Based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, Jenkins takes viewers on an intimate look into the life of a young Black male growing up in Miami and unraveling his identity and sexuality. Moonlight is generating Oscar buzz and garnering praise from film and cultural critics alike. Checkout ongoing coverage from […]