Y’all I was just doing a random search and came upon this YouTube video from “With Ossie and Ruby.” It said, “Ruby Dee” performs her poem–and I thought, now, Miss Ruby was one of my […]
For some reason, I woke up at 3:15 this morning, checking things off my Daily To-Do List. Usually, I don’t awake until about 8am or even later, and when I do, I always chastise myself […]
It’s Afropalooza Time!!!–And I had to come back for this. I had to. You know this is my favorite time of the year. And no, I am not going to give excuses for being […]
I just don’t write super quickly about emotionally charged events anymore, because when I do, usually I say something stupid and hurt somebody’s feelings without meaning to. And it took me having a really deep, […]
I’m up early this morning because I’m pretty excited since this has been a good news week for me: I was included in two new books on poetry that just came out!
Lately, when I rant about things on Facebook or Twitter, my friends tell me, “Honorée, you should blog about this!” A lot of times, it has to do with the way writers are treated in […]
The traditional argument for Reparations—or “case,” as Brother Coates put it—is based upon past cruelty done to African Americans. And that is not a sturdy foundation.
Dear Mr. Morton: I read your article today, “When Will Black Historical Films Focus on Triumph, Rather Than Plight” and I have some questions for you. First, why are stories of slavery not triumphant? Are […]
Movies about black history shouldn’t be expected to foster racial reconciliation between blacks and whites or start feel-good “conversations on race.”
Dear Readers: I wrote the following poem over ten years ago, after listening to John Coltrane’s “Alabama,“ a song he wrote in response to the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, […]