Soulful Nourishment: Getting A Whiff of Julie Dash’s New Project

This morning while reading one of my favorite blogs—Michael Twitty’s Afroculinaria—I learned about a very important project that I have to mention here on folklore & literacy. It represents a wonderful convergence of many of my favorite things: folklove expressed through storytelling art, food, culture, history, and memory! I sigh with longing just thinking about…

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Black History Month Observance: A Collaboration Between Myself & A Stranger

Yesterday I opted to enjoy a “Fishy” salad (yes, it really is called a “Fishy” salad on the menu) at Z & H Market Cafe while catching-up on my reading. I felt woefully behind on my reading of The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson—one of the books I chose to read especially…

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Leslie’s Black History Month Homage to Retro “YA”Titles

These books were all originally published between the years of 1967 and 1973, and I hadn’t seen or thought about them in decades.  But while considering the “Young Adult/Middle Grade” theme for February 3rd of the #ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge my mind drifted back to the earliest books I ever read that featured young black characters….

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What Do Louise DeSalvo and Aesop Have In Common?

  “Some folks they rip and run/Some folks don’t believe in sign/ But you get me babe/You got to take your time/ Because I’m built for comfort/I ain’t built for speed….”  —excerpt from Willie Dixon’s “Built for Comfort Not for Speed” The appearance of Aesop dates back to around 2500 years ago and he is said to…

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It’s Getting Hot in Here: What’s all this talk about diversity?

Recently, Didi—over at Brown Girl Reading—posted about reading diversely on her great blog for book-lovers of all kinds. Her post has generated nearly 50 comments from all over the globe thus far. She reminded readers that diverse means “variety” and “different;” then took umbrage with BookTuber “hoopla” on YouTube and said “If you want to…

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‘A beauty that bursts the banks of logic’—Reading: The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna

(Quoted passages are from the 2010 hardcover edition of The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna). “He did know the birds expended such energy in flight they needed to drink twice their body weight in nectar each day. Such effort invested in the mere fact of existence. Sometimes nature’s way did not bear scrutiny, only…

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Why Literacy?: Who I am and Why I am here [in the blogoshpere] Part 1

This post was written in response to a wordpress blogging 101 writing task in which bloggers were charged with answering the question “Who am I and why am I here?” In 2011 after training to become an adult literacy volunteer at Literacy Chicago, I had the great fortune to be turned-on to Reading Against the…

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