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, […]
A few hours ago, I saw a public service ad online about doing something meaningful for September 11th, which, of course, was a horrible day in American history. So on this day, I’ve decided to […]
For the last few days, I’ve been reading about Miley Cyrus’s VMA—ahem—performance, which included her attempt at the African/American dance called “twerking,” and which apparently convinced a lot of people that it was okay for […]
Hey Y’all: Two days ago, Twitter was all aflutter with online discussions concerning inequality towards women of color in the mainstream feminist community. In light of that discussion, I’d like to repost a piece I […]