ICYMI: The Last Week in Black Writing and Culture (10/30-11/6)

Meredith Wiggins wrote a review of HBW staff member Crystal Bradshaw’s new book, Eliza: A Generational Journey

Journalist Nina Martyris wrote about the rise in big candy and its racist past. Martyris argued that because of rations during WWI, many soldiers returned with a sweet tooth. Similarly, prohibition led to a substitution of once vice (alcohol) for another (candy). Like most other facets of society, racial lines were created in the advertisement and distribution of candy, creating what historian April Merleaux calls the “Jim Crow candy hierarchy.”

Earnest Owens of the Huffington Post critiqued Spike Lee’s latest movie Chiraq, arguing that he “should have done the right thing.” Owens took issue with the inaccuracy in which Lee portrayed race and sex in the film. In Lee’s most famous film, Do the Right Thing, Owens argues that Lee didn’t ignore the impact that racism has on black bodies as he did in Chiraq.

Last month, filmmaker Quentin Tarintino made headlines by becoming a recognizable face in the protest against police brutality. Police unions such as the LAPD have called for a boycott of Tarintino’s film after he called cops “murderers.” He clarified that not all cops are murderers – “I have to call the murdered the murdered, and I have to call the murderers the murderers!”

The University of Virginia is hosting a forum on engaging race, entitled “Black Girls Matter.”

Clinton Yates of The Guardian wrote about how racial profiling hasn’t gone away, it has only gone digital.

Please tune in to HBW’s third webinar featuring Nikky Finney on Wednesday, November 11 at 2 p.m. Follow this link to register!  Click here for information on the webinars and to see others coming up.