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Happy Birthday, Zora

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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

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

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Diaz, Mengestu Named 2012 MacArthur Fellows

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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”

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m4s0n501 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

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

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UPCOMING: 2012 Brooklyn Book Festival — September 23

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

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ABOUT TOWN: The Hycide Magazine Party — September 7

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@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”

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@victorlavalle leads off our new book feature

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Author Victor Lavalle On What Makes The Best Monsters

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@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

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

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