Kathryn Schulz for the New Yorker recalls the life and times of William Melvin Kelley, an African American writer with a brilliant debut novel who falls into obscurity. Read this excellent piece about Kelley here.
(William Melvin Kelley, 1963; Image credit: Carl Van Vechten Collection, Library of Congress)
Danai Gurira’s play “Familiar” runs through March 4, 2018, at the Wooly Mammoth Theater Company in Washington, DC. The play explores the life of an African immigrant family in the Midwest, but with a twist. Check out our review of “Familiar.”
Just in case you need another reason to travel to Abu Dhabi, how about going to see an opera based on Octavia Butler’s novel Parable of the Sower (1993)?
(Image credit: By Nikolas Coukouma CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=602976)
An exhibition of Black radical women artists of the ’60s and ’70s is at the Los Angeles African American museum through January 15, 2018. Check it out.
Black Radical Women Artists of the ’60s and ’70s
(Image credit: L.A. Times, Members of Rodeo Caldonia, from left: Alva Rogers, Sandye Wilson, Candace Hamilton, Derin Young and Lisa Jones — as photographed by Lorna Simpson in 1986. [Lorna Simpson])
No more stereotypes, at least not in Said’s depiction of women of color through her lenses. Her photographs beg attention, and force many to challenge their own perceptions of women of color.
Our editor will be presenting at the James Baldwin conference on Friday, May 27, 2016, from 13:15 to 15:15 at the American University of Paris. Dr. Simms-Burton will examining Baldwin’s relationships with Johnny Romero and Frederick James within the context of unrequited love and how intersectionality silences these relationships.
Beauford Delaney, James Baldwin, Johnny Romero, and unnamed man (Photo credit: Ealy Mays)
African American writers, intellectuals, musicians, and artists have been flocking to Paris for generations. The writer Jake Lamar carries on that tradition. Read Janet Hulstrand’s interview of Jake Lamar in “Bonjour Paris: The Insider’s Guide.”
(John A. Williams, Photo Credit: Carl Van Vechten)
On July 3, 2015, one of our literary giants transitioned to be with our ancestors. We will forever remain indebted to Williams for his genius, his political tenacity, and his laser beam insight. Thank you Medgar Evers College and the Center for Black Literature for your obituary of Williams.
Visit Williams’ digital archives at the University of Rochester
(August Wilson, Photo Credit: Unknown)
Until August 26, 2015, you can listen to all 10 of Wilson’s American Century Cycle plays. With first class readings by such astounding actors like Phylicia Rashad, Taraji P. Henson, and Rocky Carroll, you will access another dimension of Wilson’s genius. Regarded as the best playwright of his generation, Wilson examines the lives of African Americans in Pittsburgh and Chicago for each decade of the twentieth century.
If you’ve never seen all 60 panels that comprise Jacob Lawrence’s migration series, now is your chance. For the first time in 20 years, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is exhibiting the entire migration series through September 7, 2015.
Check out this short video about Jacob Lawrence and the exhibition.