I’m headed out of town on Sunday, October 25 for Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. On Monday, I’ll be giving a talk on my beloved Phillis Wheatley, and reading poems from my fourth book-in-progress, The Age of Phillis. I really hope some of y’all in the Northeast can come check me out. Click here for the information. The description of the event sounds really stuffy, but you know I’m gone try to keep it sassy.
I won’t have another blog essay for you until next week, so in the meantime, here’re some links:
Let’s start with the serious: Why have all these black women been killed in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and it has not been part of a national conversation? (You can guess, but I already know.) As my grandma used to say, it’s a scandal and a lowdown shame.
While we are celebrating our first black president, and grieving the resurgence of white supremacy, we have to keep the rebuilding of the great city of New Orleans at the front of our minds–and public policy. Without that place, there would be no jazz: just think on that for a minute. Here is an interview with renowned citizen of New Orleans and jazz musician Terence Blanchard on NPR. And there’s a free concert, too, for you to download! Let me say that his CD, A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina), was just life-altering for me. I am not playing with you.
Don’t you know all black folks look alike? Contessa Brewer at MSNBC thought so. Lord, have mercy, you know if we have a long enough memory that we are seeking reparations for slavery (and yes, you can count me in that group), this white lady on the news will never live this thing down. I feel sort of sorry for her, but I do bet you that’s the absolute last time she makes that mistake.
This is a shameless-plug-for-black-art link: I hope by now, y’all have gone to Amazon.com and ordered your copy of Mythium Literary Journal. If you haven’t, please do so immediately. Or better yet, go to the journal’s website and find out how to get a year’s subscription. It’s very reasonably priced!
One of my favorite black men in the world, Cornel West (the pointing brother above) has a new memoir out, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. You know it’s deep. You know it’s black. You know it’s spiritual. Here’s an interview with him about the new book, and of course, he’s dropping major science—and dimes.
A debate about the new black Barbie. At least she’s chocolate. We’ve come a long way, haven’t we? Now, we have little black girls wanting to barf up their breakfasts in order to be unrealistically skinny, too. All together now: Yay!