Juneteenth 2017

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Juneteenth is the oldest celebration in America commemorating the abolition of slavery in America. Originating in Galveston, TX, on June. 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger announced the emancipation of slaves—two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. As this tradition has grown in importance and stature throughout history, Black communities across the country continue to celebrate Juneteenth with great festivity and ceremony. […]

#BrooksFest – The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks

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Gwendolyn Brooks would have turned 100 this week and we’re out supporting BROOKSFEST in Topeka, KS. This centennial celebration of her life and legacy features HBW friend Kevin Young, a poetry walk, children’s activities, and much more. Here are some of our favorite tributes to Gwendolyn Brooks A Peek at Gwendolyn Brooks’s Chicago, Then and Now – Adam Morgan A Surprised Queenhood in the New […]

COLTRANE AND NADHIRI

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[By: Jerry W. Ward Jr.] It might be argued that Langston Hughes’s Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1971) can make readers more attentive to combinations of words and music and to the issues of response and interpretation broached in Stephen Henderson’s Understanding the New Black Poetry: Black Speech and Black Music as Poetic References (New York: William Morrow, 1973). More recent critical discussions […]

The Decarceration of Black America: Notes to a Native Son

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  [By: Jerry W. Ward, Jr.] A Preface Q: Should one give critical attention to a stylistically and rhetorically flawed book by a self-proclaimed left-wing Conservative? A: Yes. Q:  Why? A:  If the book tries to examine reasons for “mass incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” from a black Republican or independently conservative  point of view, it merits attention rather than self-righteous silence.  The book’s failure to meet the […]

Reading the dystopia wherein you live (revisited)

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[By: Jerry W. Ward, Jr.] Since January 20, 2017, it is quite fashionable to talk about Donald J. Trump under the influence of reading dystopian or apocalyptic fictions.  There is the possibility that what fifty years ago was accepted as “the news” is now a blatant form of social fiction.  Broadcast from every ideological angle, what seems to be the news is replete with alternative facts and […]

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 […]