15 Ways To Create Great Poetry Shows

I love running a poetry show, and that passion is infectious. I’m regularly asked about what it takes to put on a successful poetry show, and after 18 years of organizing locally and nationally, I would hope I have something to offer. In an attempt to answer some of the more frequent questions, here’s a…

4 Black TV Dads That Aren’t Shit Human Beings

Part of the reason why some people can’t navigate their hero worship of Bill Cosby amidst constantly unfolding post-rape-revelations is that not only do they not want to knock down a black idol, but one of the most endearing portrayals of a father on television. Like, ever. Watching an old good episode of The Cosby…

Cornel West Couldn’t Be More Wrong About Ta-Nehisi Coates

Cornel West wrote this on Facebook yesterday about author Ta-Nehisi Coates: If you don’t like pictures, here’s the text: In Defense of James Baldwin – Why Toni Morrison (a literary genius) is Wrong about Ta-Nehisi Coates. Baldwin was a great writer of profound courage who spoke truth to power. Coates is a clever wordsmith with…