Billy Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life

The gospel-influenced and classically-trained pianist and composer is in renaissance of interest and celebration thanks to the establishment of Billy Strayhorn Songs in 1997. The family-owned company’s efforts include marking the centennial of his birth in 2015. The Bill Strayhorn Foundation, Inc’s is committed to deepening appreciation for jazz music in general, starting with Strayhorn. Now longtime fans and new discoverers can enjoy Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life, a fine biographical coffee table book available from Bolden Books/Agate Publishing in Chicago. Continue reading

Yes! Movies About Black Writers Do Exist (Part One)

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Flavorwire recently published a Top 50 Films About Writers list. Only one black-cast film was included. Here’s a bit of a correction. Continue reading