From the HBW Archives: Zora Neale Hurston

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[By Victoria Garcia Unzueta] The Project on the History of Black Writing has been focusing on Zora Neale Hurston’s literary work for many years. With our upcoming NEH Virtual Summer Institute “Hurston on the Horizon; Past, Present and Future”, we wanted to share a collection of past HBW blogs focusing on Hurston and her impact in the realm of Black literature. The blogs range from […]

HBW Reading Recommendations

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[By: Kai Hansen] Hello everyone, and happy New Year! I hope you’re all well and have had a good holiday season. There’s a certain chill in the air that seems to make the world around us slow down a bit, which makes this the perfect time of year to relax and curl up with a good book. Whether you’re a college student searching for something […]

In Memoriam: Naomi Long Madgett

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[ By: Morgan McComb ] “If I can help somebody as I pass along”: Remembering the Life and Work of Naomi Long Madgett On November 4, 2020, we lost Detroit Poet Laureate, Lotus Press founder, and lifelong educator, Naomi Long Madgett. With a career that spanned over five decades, Madgett’s work was dynamic and unencumbered by critical expectations—especially critical expectations of Black writers. She published […]

The Making of the 9th Annual BLS; Black Writing in Reel Time

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[By: Kai Hansen, BLS Co-Chair 2020]  As HBW’s 9th annual Black Literary Suite is coming to an end, I find myself reflecting on HBW’s team and all the hard work that has gone into this event. In order to highlight our amazing staff members, and give you all a better idea of what all goes into BLS, I interviewed the team responsible for the 2020 […]

NABJ/NAHJ Virtual Convention

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[By: Victoria Garcia Unzueta] Earlier this August, HBW gave me the opportunity to attend the National Association of Black Journalists/National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NABJ/NAHJ) Joint Convention in Washington, DC. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, my plans were shifted around and I ended up becoming part of history by attending the first-ever virtual NABJ/NAHJ Joint Convention. Partnered for the first time, NAHJ and NABJ […]

Afro-Latinae Reading List

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[By: Kai Hansen] In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, HBW has compiled a reading list for the occasion. From memoirs to graphic novels, here are 10 fantastic books by Afro-Latinae authors you should read this month:   A Message From Rosa – An African Diaspora Novel in Short Stories by Quince Duncan A Message From Rosa consists of a series of short stories describing historical […]

Richard Wright’s legacy and remembering George Floyd – Part 3 (Final)

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In August 2020,  members of the Richard Wright family wrote statements regarding the social unrest our country has faced and shared them in the “Richard Wright News Bulletin.” In honor of Richard Wright’s 112th birthday on September 4, 2020, HBW begins a three-part series as an inter-generational family tribute to Wright’s legacy. Part III For all those who are willing to go beyond a mere […]