LITERARY COLLECTIVE: CONSIDERING THE JAMES BALDWINS AND LANGSTON HUGHES’ OF OUR TIMES
Young praises poet Lucille Clifton, calling her “an abiding spirit.”
Clifton’s 1993 poem “won’t you celebrate with me” resonates with Young. The poem’s title also serves as its first line. The last lines are ‘Come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed.’
1978 SPECIAL RECOGNITION
BROOKLYN AUTHOR COMPLIES YA BOOK ABOUT BEING BLACK IN AMERICA
….a star-studded collection of stories by award-winning, bestselling and emerging African-American young adult authors on what it’s like to be a black teen in America: “Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America,”
The collection, curated and edited by Zoboi, features stories from 17 beloved YA authors: Tracey Baptiste, Coe Booth, Dhonielle Clayton, Brandy Colbert, Jay Coles, Lamar Giles, Leah Henderson, Justina Ireland, Varian Johnson, Kekla Magoon, Tochi Onyebuchi, Jason Reynolds, Nic Stone, Liara Tamani, Renee Watson, Rita Williams-Garcia and Zoboi.
THESE ARE THE BLACK AUTHORS BARRY JENKINS, TERRY MCMILLIAN AND OTHERS SAY HOLLYWOOD SHOULDN’T IGNORE
The list of stories, plays and novels by black writers primed for screen adaptation is vast. Works by Colson Whitehead, Octavia Butler, August Wilson, Richard Wright, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, James McBride and Jacqueline Woodson are currently in Hollywood’s development pipeline.
OHIO STATE TO HOST 14TH ANNUAL STATEWIDE TRIBUTE TO ROSA PARKS
“I know that a lot of people think she was just on the bus one day and then decided that she wasn’t going to give up her seat, but really it was more of a strategic effort,” Rhodes said. “Hopefully, we will be debunking some of those myths and talking about the empowerment of black women activism and activism in general.”
The panel also will feature Hasan Jeffries, associate professor of history at Ohio State, and Andrea Davis Pinkney, New York Times best-selling and award-winning author. Jerry Revish, WBNS-10 TV news anchor, will be the moderator of the discussion.
NEW HANUKKAH PICTURE BOOKS FEATURE HAMSTERS AND TALKING LATKES
Edgar celebrates the eight nights of Hanukkah with his new friend, and when the true owners are finally found, they realize that little Chickpea may have already found his forever home. This sweet story was inspired by a true event when the author’s daughter actually found a hamster in her Uber.
THERE’S GOING TO BE ENOUGH SPLENDOR TO DAZZLE YOU: A CONVERSATION WITH SY MONTGOMERY
Sy Montgomery’s books crack open the interior lives of animals and provoke readers to look at their world from a new perspective…