July 21, 2017

Saturday Open Thread: African American Playwrights

Amiri Baraka was born Everett LeRoi Jones in Newark, New Jersey, on October 7, 1934. His father, Colt LeRoy Jones, was a postal supervisor; Anna Lois Jones, his mother, was a social worker.  He attended Rutgers University for two years, then … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: The Black Arts Movement

Good Morning POU! It was the Black Arts Movement that galvanized a generation of young black writers into rethinking the purpose of African American art. Rejecting any notion of the artist that separated him or her from the African American … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: The Black Arts Movement

Good Morning POU! The Black Arts movement (BAM) has often been called the "Second Black Renaissance," suggesting a comparison to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and '30s. The two are alike in encompassing literature, music, visual arts, … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: The Black Arts Movement

Good Morning POU! “Sometimes referred to as ‘the artistic sister of the Black Power Movement,' the Black Arts Movement stands as the single most controversial moment in the history of African-American literature—possibly in American literature … [Read more...]