Walidah Imarisha envisioned a full length poetry book, "Scars/Stars", over a decade ago. Since then, she has been all across the country, doing justice work, documenting her experiences.
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.READ MORE
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.
In Harlem Nocturne, Farah Jasmine Griffin tells the stories of three black female artists whose creative and political efforts fueled the American movement for civil rights: choreographer and dancer Pearl Primus, composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams, and novelist Ann Petry.
Donald Jones latest book, "Fear of a Hip Hop Planet" will undoubtedly evoke images of Public Enemy's 1990 classic. The decision was very much intentional.
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.
The Power List, the quarterly compilation of best-selling books written or read by African Americans, released its Summer 2013 list last week. The Power List is a joint project of AALBC.com, Cushcity.com and Mosaicbooks.com, three Web sites which have promoted African-American literature for more than a decade.
Romal Tune could just as easily been another statistic. After all, his mother was a crack head who never took him to church. And the absence of his dad meant he grew up on the streets where he got mixed-up with the wrong crowd and started dealing drugs by the time he was a teenager.
Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is a fearless firebrand who always seems to be sitting in the middle of controversy, both during her tenure in the House of Representatives, and since.
Imarisha and her co-editor Adrienne Maree Brown are partnering to publish Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. The project seeks to demonstrate how community organizing and social justice work are a form of science and speculative fiction.