TONIGHT — Hanif Abdurraqib Reading: They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us

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[by: Morgan McComb] Before you head to Hanif Abdurraqib’s reading tonight, check out this review of They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us and get your tickets here. Sometimes you read books that make you think, and then sometimes you read books that make you feel; this one does both. Abdurraqib’s essays give you just enough of the personal, but once he draws you in, […]

Day 5: An Ode to #BlackExcellence

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African American Vernacular English constitutes a crucial element of Charles W. Chestnutt’s short fiction– a distinctive linguistic feature of his southern character. Light enough to “pass” as white, he never did so and always openly identified as African American. You can read more about his novels and short stories in our Black Literary Suite feature “Histories of African American Short Stories: a Digital Humanities Exhibit“ […]

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 […]