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GOOD READ: Rapper Kendrick Lamar & the Black Literary Tradition

Cultural critic Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah connects the dots for us.

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For The Love of Books

It’s Valentine’s Day. Why not a bouquet of literary love?

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The Q&A: Author Emily Raboteau

@emilyraboteau discusses her new book & the eternal quest for Zion

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Even Jamaica Kincaid Can’t Escape It: What Black Writers “Should” Write About

Her new novel just out, the acclaimed writer speaks her mind

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ABOUT TOWN: Premiere of Children’s Musical “Show Way” — January 19

A musical adaptation of the story of a seven generation daughter-to-daughter tradition.

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Adventures In Cynicism

What gets rewarded in our culture? Generally it’s stories about the hopelessness and adversity of black life.

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Happy Birthday, Zora

Her birthday was actually yesterday, but it’s never too late to honor the queen of progressive black literature.

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Wilkerson: Mathis’ “Hattie” Is Not “The Grapes of Wrath” for Black Folks

An expert on the Great Migration trains her eyes on an Oprah Book Club favorite.

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Fear Of A Black President

Some excerpts from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s tour de force on Obama, race and the limits of integration.

GOOD READ: Hate Crimes Always Have A Logic: On The Oak Creek Gurudwara Shootings

A perspective on the Oak Creek, WI shootings from a member of the Sikh community

GOOD READ: Erykah Badu to Wayne Coyne: “Kiss my glittery ass!”

In case you missed it, Ms. Badu’s choice words to Mr. Coyne

GOOD READ: Jeff Chang On The Legacy of Chuck Brown

A worthwhile read on the go-go legend

GOOD READS: #TrayvonMartin Around The Web

So much conversation–and now maybe some justice–for this young man.

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