History & Geography: Field Marshall Dedan Kimathi Covers “The Source”

This past August, in a bit of a writing funk, I came across Lawrence Ware’s, “What The Source Taught Me.”  An homage to the magazine in its glory days as a hip-hop magazine edited by Black people, the article brought memories…

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 Orleans Griot…

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 United States and in other countries. We know, for…

Kiese Laymon in Conversation with Maurice Ruffin

Kiese Laymon in conversation with Maurice Carlos Ruffin discussing his book, Heavy: An American Memoir. Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6-[7:30] PM. Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Kiese will sign books after the discussion. A personal narrative that illuminates…

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 with this paraphrased quotation for a few reasons. For writers and thinkers, social media definitely exists as…

Dogfish Presents: Nancy Reddy and April Blevins Pejic

Dogfish presents authors Nancy Reddy and April Blevins at 7 pm on Thursday, September 20, at 2448 N. Villere. NANCY REDDY is the author of Double Jinx (Milkweed Editions, 2015), a 2014 winner of the National Poetry Series, and the chapbook…

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 globally recognized as part of the exotic fabric…

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 the…

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 petitioned for good plentiful harvest, abundance in sharing a good harvest,…

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 New Orleans…

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