Black Men Reading: Raymond Williams, PART TWO

Welcome to Part Two of my Black Men Reading Conversation with Raymond Williams. In Part One, Raymond shared some of his favorite nonfiction reads and podcasts. We also talked about writing, and keeping commonplace books. We left off with Raymond saying that he would like to help change the idea “that it’s not cool for…

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Black Men Reading: Raymond Williams, PART ONE

Greetings! I’m pleased to bring you another installment of the Black Men Reading Series. Doing this series is allowing me to exchange and collaborate thoughtfully with black men who have an array of reading tastes and compelling things to say. In case you missed the previous two conversations with Reginald Bailey and Andrew Fontenelle, visit…

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Black Men Reading: Meet Andrew Fontenelle, PART TWO

Welcome back! – that is, if you’ve already read Part One of my Black Men Reading conversation with Andrew Fontenelle! In Part One Andrew shared some of his favorite Science Fiction/Fantasy/Speculative Fiction titles, and talked about how he got into working on his family genealogy. Today we continue our discussion about ancestry and family stories;…

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Black Men Reading: Meet Andrew Fontenelle PART ONE

In today’s installment of Black Men Reading, I am pleased to introduce you to Andrew Fontenelle, who tells me that he became an avid reader in his late teenage years. Born in St. Lucia, Andrew has lived in and around London since he was a child. Besides reading, Andrew enjoys traveling; but when at home…

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Black Men Reading: Meet Bookstagrammer Reginald Bailey PART TWO

Have you returned to learn more about Bookstagrammer Reginald Bailey after having read Part One of our exchange? I hope so! Yesterday we talked about the books that upturned Reggie’s reading life three years ago; trends in publishing; how he came to prioritize reading authors of color; and where he finds bookish friends. Today’s post…

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Black Men Reading: Meet Bookstagrammer Reginald Bailey PART ONE

Today I’m excited to share with you the first of my Black Men Reading Series: Part One of an exchange I had with Reginald Bailey during the month of May. Reggie is an active Bookstagrammer, and I was curious about him as a reader who is black and male. That’s not a demographic that we…

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Six Weeks Later: Still Full From Viewing Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen! Part TWO

Today I’m posting the second part of “Six Weeks Later: Still Full From Viewing Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen.” I hope you’ve returned because you enjoyed Part One.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please check out this post in which I share Howardena Pindell’s relationship to Naomi Beckwith and Valerie…

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Six Weeks Later: Still Full From Viewing Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen!

My so-called “plan” – nearly two months ago – was to write a post that spilled my guts about the feelings of awe and admiration I experienced from taking in the exhibition, Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen, curated by Naomi Beckwith and Valerie Cassel Oliver. I got rather tangled-up and infatuated with the…

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National Poetry Month Post #2: Read “Genesis of A Street Warrior” by Leslie Reese

Our house was one block west of Woodward Avenue – the street that divided Detroit’s east and west neighborhoods. One Saturday when I was 8 years old, my mother taught me how to ride public transportation by myself. Mommy told me to keep the coins for bus fare in my shoe until I got on…

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National Poetry Month Post #1: Read “rhythm and ocean meditation #1” by Leslie Reese

rhythm and ocean meditation #1 for Pamela and Gerald your hand molds the terra cotta of my soul i am a bowl. you may line me with mysterious fragments of earth’s rough turf and rosebuds, blanket me with a silken sky; throw multicolored prayer beads in my bell, pelting me with your deep lovecraft your…

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