RM220

“Now that the Times-Picayune and the weekly newspapers have cut all but the most perfunctory book coverage, Room 220 is the only place to find serious (and also irreverent) discussion of literature in New Orleans.” — New York Review of Books

Kalamu Ya Salaam’s Be About Beauty:

Is it still Lion in Winter if there are no signs of frost?   Kalamu Ya Salaam’s Be About Beauty arrived in our inboxes as we sent New Orleans Griot: The Tom Dent Reader to the printer. New Orlean…

If We Could Just Be More Like Iowa

A review by Jeremy Tuman   Many people understand that wealth inequality, the gap between the poorest and wealthiest members of a society, has drastically increased in recent years, both in the U…

SOUND

“How do you know if you’re innovating, if you don’t know that you’re imitating?” (paraphrased from Kiese Laymon’s Facebook page).  I’m starting this month off…

Read My World

Kim van Kaam ( the Netherlands)  I met Kristina Kay Robinson by coincidence, while she sat next to me at an Antenna meeting. Almost by accident, we found out she had been writing letters with one of t…

Bloodline: The Power of Music and Memory

When we think of Louisiana music, often genres such as Zydeco, Jazz, and now Bounce music are at the forefront of these conversations. These cultural movements are preserved by their practitioners and…

Beyond The Magic Negro

Castle Rock’s Henry Deaver represents a major change I began reading Stephen King, at the age of 10. On a whim, I picked up his novel, IT during a library trip—that was how I got my hands on most of t…

SIGHT: Ayiti Chérie

Kouzen Azakamede, also known as Azaka, Zaka Mede, Zake, is the Haitian Vodoun loa/lwa of agriculture, farming, crops, harvest, healing, seeding, growing, and thoughtful cultivating of land. He is peti…

SOUND

If you are not a myth whose reality are you? If you are not reality whose myth are you? Sun Ra, Prophetika : Book One SOUND—It has been the principle creative organizing tool of the Black community in…

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