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Diaz, Mengestu Named 2012 MacArthur Fellows

Junot Diaz & Dinaw Mengestu are among this year’s MacArthur Fellows!

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READ: An excerpt from Halifu Osumare’s “The Hiplife In Ghana”

A new book explores how Ghana’s youth took hip-hop, made it their own, and what it means for the country’s future.

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UPCOMING: ringshout @ The Brooklyn Book Festival — 9/20

@ringshout takes over @franklinkparkbk for @bkbf! See you there!

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UPCOMING: 2012 Brooklyn Book Festival — September 23

@bkbf is chock full of writers representing the new black imagination

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ABOUT TOWN: The Hycide Magazine Party — September 7

@hycidemag had plenty of reasons to celebrate its first year!

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READ: An Excerpt from Victor Lavalle’s “The Devil In Silver”

@victorlavalle leads off our new book feature

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Author Victor Lavalle On What Makes The Best Monsters

@victorlavalle asks: Who else but Americans would find it so terrifying to have the dead return?

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UPCOMING: HYCIDE Magazine 1-Year Anniversary Party — 9/7

@hycidemag celebrates its 1st year with a party at MoCADA

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CHORUS: Saul Williams’s Spoken Word Tour

@saulwilliams tours in support of his literary experiment

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New Author: Yvette Edwards

The Stateside debut by an author whose debut novel was longlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize.

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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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