Monthly Archives: March 2016

Thinking About a Global Blackness

Now, before you read further, I need to make it clear that I am not thinking about Blackness in terms of myself. I am a white woman who happens to be a scholar of African American literature and theater, with … Continue reading

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Langston Hughes and the Literary Canon

In a piece for The Smart Set magazine, Richard Abowitz reminds readers that this past February marked the birthday of one Langston Hughes, popularly known as “the Bard of Harlem.” Over the course of the article, Abowitz parses out Hughes’ … Continue reading

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On the Radicalism of A Raisin in the Sun

I’m at the point in the semester where I teach Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun (1959),  the famous play about the Younger family moving from a Black Chicago neighborhood into the all-white Clybourne Park neighborhood. I include this … Continue reading

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On The Nightly Show and Diversity

With all of the talk and arguments over diversity within entertainment, one theme has emerged, time and again: it is incumbent upon the producers, creators, and makers out there to deliberately hire more women and more people of color (POC) … Continue reading

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