The Poetry of Tupac Shakur

Celebrating the birthday and literary legacy of Tupac Shakur, the HBW has selected a few of his poems to present to our viewing audience. His poems reveal the influences—ranging from his mother’s involvement with the Black Panther Party and his boyhood/teenage friendship with actress Jada Pinkett-Smith—that weighed heavily on his life and creative vices. Tupac’s poetry stands as a testament revealing the literary connections to […]

Professor Jerry Ward Observes National Poetry Month

30 BOOKS FOR THE “CRUELEST MONTH” Phillis Wheatley, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral Langston Hughes, Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz Lucille Clifton, An Ordinary Woman Mari Evans, I Am A Black Woman Brenda Marie Osbey, Ceremony for Minneconjoux Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, The Gospel of Barbecue Gwendolyn Brooks, Blacks E. Ethelbert Miller, Season of Hunger/Cry of Rain Alice Walker, Revolutionary Petunias James […]