ICYMI: This Week in Black Writing (5/1 – 5/7)

– Portia Owusu added a young scholar’s perspective to the chorus of voices weighing in on Toni Morrison’s new novel, God Help the Child, which debuted at #3 on NPR’s Bestsellers List for hardcover fiction. – HBW talked with Crystal Bradshaw, creative writer and HBW staff communications, about her historical fiction novel about the life of her great-great-great-great-great-grandmother Eliza. – Book Riot’s Morgan Jenkins offers […]

ICYMI: This Week in Black Writing (4/24 – 4/30)

– HBW kicked off the week by rounding up some of the best news stories in black writing from the past few months in a special We-Totally-Missed-It Edition of our weekly #ICYMI. – Jerry Ward reviewed Toni Morrison’s newest novel, God Help the Child, noting how one of the great pleasures of reading Morrison is how doing so allows readers “to construct one’s own knowledge […]

Bonus ICYMI: The We-Totally-Missed-It Edition

HBW introduced its #ICYMI posts a while back to give our readers a chance to catch up on some of the most interesting stories in black writing each week. But the internet is vast, and like anyone else, sometimes we miss out on great content. So today, instead of a regular post, we’ve got a round-up of stories we missed the first time around. Enjoy! […]

ICYMI: This Week in Black Writing (4/17 – 4/23)

– Jerry Ward reviewed Earle V. Bryant’s Byline Richard Wright, which collects pieces from Wright’s journalism career. – HBW visited #CLA2015, and we’ve got the recap (with pictures).  – Kara Walker reviewed God Help the Child, Toni Morrison’s newest novel. Walker celebrates “Morrison’s obvious joy in language” but writes that the novel “left [her] hungering for warmth.”   – Michael Eric Dyson published a controversial […]

ICYMI: The Last 3 Weeks in Black Writing (3/27 – 4/16)

– Jerry Ward, Jr. wrote about seeing Richard Wright’s haiku in performance at Xavier University of Louisiana. – Jackson State University’s Margaret Walker Center is sponsoring a year of Walker-centric programming, This is My Century: 100 Years of Margaret Walker, 1915-2015. –  C. Liegh McInnis contributed to our Margaret Walker coverage with a consideration of Walker’s famous poem “For My People” as the fulfillment of […]

ICYMI: The Last 2 Weeks in Black Writing (3/13 – 3/26)

– Stefanie Torres and Jennifer Colatosti recapped Kenton Rambsy’s Hall Center talk, “‘Characteristics of Negro Expression’: Digital Humanities and African American Short Stories.” – Early in March at KU, former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey read poetry exploring the intersections of race, gender, science, and family. – Buzzfeed staff member Tracy Clayton compiled some of Black Twitter’s best responses to Starbucks’ Race Together Initiative with […]

ICYMI: This Week in Black Writing (3/6-3/12)

– Hoke Glover pondered poetry’s artistic segregation and the role of Black institutions. – Jerry W. Ward, Jr., considered how Margaret Walker’s biography of Richard Wright, Daemonic Genius, revealed Walker’s genius, as well. – John Lewis, representative of Georgia’s District 5, took part in the original march in Selma, Alabama, in 1965.  He was back in Selma for the march’s 50th anniversary, live-tweeting his experience […]