About forty years ago a very good friend turned me on to great science fiction novel, Dahlgren by Samuel R. Delany. This 800+ page behemoth of a tome is an exercise in literary visualization that is low on plot but high on imagery. Dahlgren has also been referred to as the “yoga of reading”. And like most classics, they are worth revisiting time to time in search of rediscovered gold. Read On!
At the end of 1938, Barney Josephson, a former shoe salesman, opened what would become one of the most legendary nightspots in jazz history. New York City’s first integrated nightclub, Cafe Society quickly became a gathering place for artists, intellectuals, left-wing political figures, jazz lovers, and, perhaps inevitably, the very Manhattan sophisticates it meant to mock with its satirical murals and ill-dressed doormen… indianapublicmedia.org
Be unapologetically yourself, because being the weird black girl is so much better than forcing yourself to be like everyone else… blavity.com
Poet Gwendolyn Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas, on June 7, 1917. Brooks moved to Chicago at a young age. She began writing and publishing as a teenager, eventually achieving national fame for her 1945 collection A Street in Bronzeville. In 1950 Brooks became the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize, for her book Annie Allen. She died in her Chicago home on December 3, 2000… biography.com
Developing a love of truth, standing for civil rights, enjoying life itself and recording the experience, our matriarch became an inspiration. Maya Angelou’s words, spoken, on the printed page or reflected here, continue to promote self-examination, equality and friendship… .mayaangelou.com
…African-American and Latina scientists said they were routinely mistaken for janitors. “I always amuse my friends with my janitor stories,” one black woman scientist said. “But it has happened, not only at weird hours.”…washingtonpost.com