Telling Her Truth: An Interview With Danyel Smith
Interview by Jeni Wright
I had lunch with this one editor, she took me to this fancy restaurant, and she told me I had to make a decision...whether or not I was writing for black people or white people.
Releasing the Story to the World: An Interview with Nora Okja Keller
When I was going to school we studied Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton and the great American authors: Faulkner and Hemingway. Even though I loved reading them, I felt no personal connection to them and I thought I would never become a writer because I didn't fit the mold that I had studied.
The Good Power U.
by A. Haynes
Scores of women are packing emotional baggage between their legs. Ensler encourages us, in the words of Erykah Badu, to "pack light" by supporting one another in gathering the skills and tools necessary to begin leaving silence behind.
Announcing My Name, pronouncing My Name.
by Celia San Migel
How does pronunciation figure into this scheme? Simple - if a name is an intagible exclamation point, then the pronunciation dictates if the exclamation point will swerve to the left, stand erect like a cement column, or even loom timidly in its tinyness.
You Are Not Alone: An Interview with Sheree R. Thomas
Somehow the good of all mankind always depends on our death and that just wasn't working for me so I stopped reading the genre for the most part and began looking at Black literature.
Calvin and Foxy
by Zakia M. Carter
The first time I see the ad, I stop just as the light turns green to cross the street. The steady current of people simply part and continue to move forward around me.
Native New Yorker
by Zakia M. Carter
After a subtle but very deliberate courting, I subscribed to The New Yorker two months after moving into Prospect Heights from Crown Heights in Brooklyn.