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ICYMI: The Last Week in Black Writing and Culture (10/16-10/23)

Kevin Powell, author of recent memoir The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood, offered an excerpt from his book to the Huffington Post. If you haven’t had a chance to read the book, you can read an excerpt from chapter two here.

B.B. King, Mahalia Jackson, Dalla Reese, Sam “Lightnin” Hopkins. What do all of these names have in common? Reminisce in the past with Benny Joseph’s photographs which capture the essence of Rhythm and Blues throughout the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s.

A voice from the past, watch James Baldwin speak on the race problem in 1968, a problem that continues to persist today.

Echoes from the Birmingham Church Bombing linger as St. Louis area churches continue to subjected to arson.

Poet Zaji’s book When We Were One is a must read according to USA Today. Writing in the genre of speculative fiction, the book “honors women and their relationships, and it honors men and their connection to women, while taking readers on a tour through memories of days gone. It is a journey that uncovers the soul of women and the spiritual miles they have trodden.” Learn more about the author and her newest book here.

HBW welcomed its newest addition, Portia Owusu, with a brief interview and spotlight piece in The Project on the Future of Black Writing.