It feels wondrous to see a Black American woman at the helm of both literary and mainstream fiction in America (Roxane Gay), and we are all happy for Jacqueline Woodsons' National Book Award win. However, I wondered where were big, majestic books by my Black American sisters at front of the bookstore and many more smaller books Black American women really had to talk about?
In case you've missed me this season on Investigation Discovery Channel's Deadly Affairs true-crime docudrama, hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress and one of my personal childhood favorites Susan Lucci, Friday afternoon is a chance to catch up. I appear back-to-back on the cable network at 2:00 p.m. EST and again at 4:00 p.m. EST. I join law enforcement, … Continue reading My work on ID Channel’s “Deadly Affairs” airs this Friday, December 5.
“The word that I would like to eradicate today is ‘unspeakable,’ because I think everything should be spoken.”– Viola Davis
Viola Davis recently revealed her painful past struggles with hunger. When Viola Davis shot to overdue stardom in her role as maid Aibileen Clark in 2011’s The Help, a surprising number of African-Americans criticized her Oscar-nominated performance as one perpetuating stereotypes associated with our painful Jim Crow past. Davis stood by her character. She would not back down. From numerous talk show couches and award show stages, Davis defended African-American maids of past and present. She asked audiences to respect such experiences as valid Americana to document and fruitful material for Black artists to draw from. Now, she is using her own experiences as a child who grew up in what she describes as “abject poverty” to give more context to her commitments…
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The Wall Street Journal has reported that the number of “college” students who need a remedial (or high school repeat) course funded by the U.S. government had risen a staggering 160% in the last 12 years. This means that students are now arriving on campuses in America so poorly prepared and scarcely educated they must redo a version of pre-school in order to prepare for professions.
End 2014 writing, not planning to write again in 2015. The Spirit of Writing: 12 Weeks of Practice.
Maya Angelou, Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South, Dies at 86. (photo by Chester Higgins, Jr., for The New York Times) Have negression waiting in your inbox: Subscribe Today. Twitter | Pinterest | Kalisha.com
Black American and Arts Movement Poet, Playwright, Writer and Literary Grand/Godfather to Countless People has passed away at the age of 79 years old. Full New York Times Obituary. Have negression waiting in your inbox: Subscribe Today. Twitter | Pinterest | Kalisha.com