ICYMI: The Last 2 Weeks in Black Writing and Culture (3/26-4/15)

The works of female artists are being featured in a resurgence of “women’s only” or “group show” exhibitions across the country. Though the practice fell out of favor after the 1970’s and 1980’s, some curators are calling this reviving trend a “curatorial corrective,” while female artists bristle at the thought of a “one and done” mentality that will not shift the overall landscape of the art world.

Angela Davis has spoken out about the candidates currently vying for the presidency, and she is “not impressed”. In an interview with Democracy Now!, Davis discussed the need for a “new party” with a focus on labor, race, women, and other social issues she has advocated for throughout her career. She leveled critiques at each of the three frontrunners: from Donald Trump’s fascism and white supremacist support, to Hillary’s universalism as a  means to ignore race, to Bernie Sanders’ “economic reductionism,” Davis left nothing to question as to why she is remaining independent of offering endorsements to such a weak field for the nation’s top executive office.

The Poetry Foundation recently offered a “Langston Hughes 101” discussion to introduce people to the work of a key figure in African American literary history. Several of his poems are summarized, and links to his own writings about poetry are also included. He is portrayed as a man of the community, and of the world. In the words of his poem “The Quick and the Dead” – “Better to be human / Than God – and lonely.”

Black Panther #1, the new comic book series from Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze was released this week, and there are at least four reasons everyone (even people new to comic books) should check it out. The series promises a new storyline for T’Challa that pairs Coates’ brilliant writing to a historically significant character in comic book culture.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Kenneth Wiggins, creator of GeniusMode Inc. He was a visionary for the concept of Blacks in Tech and his absence will be greatly felt in the creative community.

And finally, if you’re looking for trailblazers, check out The Root’s 2016 Young Futurists who are making changes in the world around them.