Happy Birthday, Langston Hughes! 10 Quotes From the Master Poet

Happy Birthday, Langston Hughes! 10 Quotes From the Master Poet

On this day in 1902, Langston Hughes—poet, playwright, novelist, and leading writer of the Harlem Renaissance—was born. Hughes is revered throughout the world for his extensive literary contributions: his short story collection, The Ways of White Folk, and his poetry collection, I, Too, Am America, are some of his most renowned works.   image via Jeremy q. butler He was young at the time of his first foray into writing, and he recalls his introduction to poetry as the result of a racial stereotype. “There were only two of us Negro kids in the whole class, and our English teacher was always …

Celebrate Black History Month With These 10 Powerful Novels

Celebrate Black History Month With These 10 Powerful Novels

It’s the first day of Black History Month, and what better way could there be to celebrate the black community’s rich artistic legacy than with these ten iconic novels? These outstanding works of literature represent the diverse experiences of the black community, collectively featuring black authors and characters of varied genders, sexual orientations, nationalities, and mixed racial identities. If your favorite book isn’t on the list… be glad to have an extra recommendation! Truthfully, there are too many powerful books to list, and the collection below represents only the smallest fraction of the black community’s enormous cultural achievements. So read …

Oprah to Produce Movie Adaptation of ‘An American Marriage’

Oprah to Produce Movie Adaptation of ‘An American Marriage’

Back in February of this year, Oprah announced on Twitter that she was working on adapting her Book Club pick An American Marriage to the big screen.   Bustle is reporting that the announcement has resurfaced recently with the novel’s author Tayari Jones retweeting Oprah’s original tweet and clarifying her enthusiasm. All of this suggests the project is moving forward in development.   I’m so excited. Can’t stop smiling. https://t.co/SKI1b9FXpn — Tayari Jones (@tayari) July 6, 2018   An American Marriage is both a suspenseful romance and an exploration of a married life in shambles, seen through the lens of letters sent back and forth between …

Celebrate Black History Month the Bookworm Way With 20 Essential Reads

Celebrate Black History Month the Bookworm Way With 20 Essential Reads

Book Culture

In celebration of Black History Month, we thought we’d give you a solid twenty books by and about people of color. Some are fiction, some nonfiction, and there’s even a little poetry in here. Twenty is a lot of books, but maybe you can read just one this month. It really doesn’t matter which—they’re all awesome! We promise.   1. Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin   Summary: “Trayvon Martin’s parents take the readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give: the intimate story of a tragically …

10 Maya Angelou Quotes to Help You Rise

10 Maya Angelou Quotes to Help You Rise

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Maya Angelou is by far one of the most inspiring poets and civil rights activists in history. Her groundbreaking memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings cemented her status as a literary icon and earned her the honor of being the first African American bestselling female author.   Her career has been lined with honors, accolades, and recognition as her powerful writing—centered largely on identity, racism, sexism, family, and exploration—has struck a chord in audiences everywhere. Her words breathe a soothing message that hope and happiness is never unattainable. Here are ten quotes by Maya Angelou to brighten your day. 1. You may write me down …