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Harlem has been a predominantly African-American neighborhood since the dawn of the 20th Century, when the mass migration by descendants of slaves from the rural South flooded many a metropolis above the Mason-Dixon Line. By the Twenties, this section of Manhattan had blossomed into an artistic mecca and home to many black intellectuals, writers, painters, musicians and dancers.

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Ward has pulled herself up from the devastated mud bays of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to make her mark on New York City's pampered literary elite by telling the stories of real people, really impacted by the crash of nature, race and class.

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Jackson's evolution has taken him from dreams of being a news anchor to writing for national publications to teaching writing in New York. As he awaits another milestone in his career, he discusses his new book and the journey that got him to this point.

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