Walter Dean Myers was as prolific as he was passionate about children’s
literature, and few writers devoted as much time and skillful
contribution to the discipline. Many of his books were based on young people coming of age in Harlem and
the short stories he wrote and published in “145th Street” captured
both the rhythm and lifestyle that resonated so authentically in his
depictions. Myers, 76, made his transition on Tuesday, July 1.
Who could forget the charismatic Ruby Dee? She was an actress, civil rights activist, mother and grandmother, and wife of the late actor Ossie Davis. Last week, Dee passed away at the age of 91. In 2012, we spoke to her grandson, Muta 'Ali, about the documentary he was making about Dee's life. That documentary has finally come to fruition.
When news broke that Maya Angelou - author, poet and recipient of the
Presidential Medal of Freedom - had passed away this morning in North
Carolina, fans took to Twitter to share their respect and admiration for
the beloved St. Louis, Missouri native. Her poem ‘And Still I Rise,’
her book ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’, an autobiography, and
countless others are favorites for their candor and celebration of Black
culture. They are legendary; they are renowned by universities and
A replay on reparations is gathering a bit of traction nowadays thanks
to the recent cover story in The Atlantic magazine by Ta-Nehesi Coates
and a summary of a reparations conference at Chicago State University
under the auspices of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century.
The organization’s director of communications, Don Rojas’s summary of
the conference was published by The Nation magazine and amplifies much
of the argument posed by Coates.
Piano technology is not something we hear about often. In fact, many people are aware of the "old standards", Baldwin, Yamaha and Steinway, but don't know that new brands are being developed. That's where Shadd Pianos come in. Recently, jazz drummer Warren Shadd became the first African American piano manufacturer.