Friday, December 4, 2015

ICYMI: The Last Week in Black Writing and Culture (11/27-12/4)

Charlesia McKinney, a graduate student at the University of Kansas, wrote on being a black woman who is both a student and teacher. Her post responds to the racial incidents that have persisted across college campuses.

December 1, 2015 marked 60 years since Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

We're all heard it, i'm sure - the "#AllLivesMatter" rebuttal in response to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Joshua Adams of the Huffington Post discusses how this knee-jerk response undermines the real issue of abuse on the black body.

Dreda Say Mitchell challenges 2015 Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James's notion that black authors are pressured by publishers to write for white audiences.

Actress Cicely Tyson, at 90 years of age, is still flourishing in her acting career. Tyson is to receive the 38th annual Kennedy Center Award for the performing arts on December 6th. Tyson will be in the company of greats and other award winners such as Rita Moreno, Carole King, and George Lucas.

Jennifer Hudson will play Shug in a Broadway revival of Alice Walker's novel The Color Purple. The production is set to premiere at Bernard B. Jacob's theatre in New York City on December 10th.

The New York Times's latest video, "A Conversation with a Black Woman on Race," continues an effort to promote dialogue on topics pertaining to race. The video is one is a series titled, "Conversation on Race." Click here to read other experiences that are part of the "Race in America: Your Stories" series.

Please join the Project on the History of Black Writing in our last webinar of the semester as we have a conversation with Nathaniel Mackey. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, December 9th at 1:00 p.m. central standard time. Click here to register, and click here to learn more about the webinar series.

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