“Black Woman Gossip” Update: More Essential Black Women’s Story Collections

“Black Woman Gossip” listed my favorite black women story collections, including Alice’s IN LOVE AND TROUBLE: STORIES OF BLACK WOMEN. In particular I noted the transfer of African oral tradition to the printed word, with the necessity to shortcut African-American speech for varieties of oppressive reasons leading to virtues of expression and cadence, and, of course, secrets. Since then, today’s publication of Deesha Philyaw’s THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCH LADIES (West Virginia University Press, 2020) pinched me like a church lady would, to tell me it’s time for an update. … More “Black Woman Gossip” Update: More Essential Black Women’s Story Collections

Marion Ettlinger’s Author Photos: Black Writers Shot by Famed Literary Photographer

 About Marion Ettlinger: Marion Ettlinger graduated from the High School of Music and Art and The Cooper Union in New York City. She has been photographing writers since 1983. Her book Author Photo, Portraits: 1983-2002, containing more than 200 black-and-white portraits shot exclusively in natural light, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2003 (bio courtesy of Marion Ettlinger.com). … More Marion Ettlinger’s Author Photos: Black Writers Shot by Famed Literary Photographer

Black Woman Gossip (Or, Ten Great Black Women’s Story Collections)

Black women can certainly tell a story. And where others are more subdued or might strain unto artificial performance and nearly-rehearsed expression, such embellishments to a tale are attributes we can’t help but deliver automatically. While the privileged classes were fortunate enough to bask in the glamour of the novel and epic poems they created using the … More Black Woman Gossip (Or, Ten Great Black Women’s Story Collections)