tupac /new york times Artists & Reviews 

Tupac Shakur and Modernism

Tupac Shakur: A Rapper’s Epitome of Whitmanianism and the Answer to Langston Hughes by Phillipe Chatelain Shakur’s rap lyrics often outshine his works of poetry, both of which elaborately describe his gangster lifestyle as well as many of the struggles he faced growing up black in America. Tupac’s poetry, however, is a one of a kind example of a black poet fulfilling Hughes’ expectations, which was greatly based on Whitmanian criteria outlined in the “Preface.” In fact, Tupac Shakur answers Langston Hughes’ call to black writers through his poetry by…

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dr. dunn, a liberian life Artists & Reviews 

A review of A Liberian Life: Memoir of an Academic and Former Minister of State for Presidential Affairs

“My motive for research and writing was a desire to better understand my country with a view to enhancing its development and hopefully contribute to the broader advancement of knowledge” (Dunn) page 162. How does one review an encyclopedia? This is the challenge I faced when I read the latest book by Dr. Elwood Dunn, titled A Liberia Life,Memoir of An Academic and former Minister of State for Presidential Affair” (2022). Every page of an encyclopedia is filled with essential information, that cannot be set aside. And if ever there was a…

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web du bois by jose ciardiello Artists & Reviews 

W.E.B. Du Bois and the making of Black Reconstruction

By Gerald Horne By the time his magnum opus, Black Reconstruction, was published in 1935, W.E.B. Du Bois was already a rara avis—a prominent Black activist-intellectual in the midst of Jim Crow. Dapper and diminutive, and nattily clad in suit and tie, he was renowned throughout the country. The first African American to earn a Harvard doctorate, Du Bois cofounded the NAACP in 1909 and thereafter helped organize a pan-African movement that bedeviled European colonizers. But what distinguished his close study of slavery and Reconstruction (and does so even today) was its…

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Artists & Reviews 

Book Review: Beautiful Mind- Poetry

  BY, MUNYAL MARKUS MANUNYI    The importance of Indigenous Literature in Post-War Liberia.  The book, Beautiful Mind is a collection of poignant poems, beautifully crafted with imagery and metaphors meant to explore and shake the axis of hope, faith, brokenness, abuse, loss, violence, the present, past, and future of Liberia’s economic and social landscapes.  It also contains some well-articulated articles and speeches that can send the minds of readers into some realms of ecstasy, while at the same time trying to draw a dichotomy between daring situations that tries…

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Ashley Jones /Bham now Artists & Reviews 

Ashley M. Jones named poet laureate

  Ashley M. Jones has been chosen to be the first Black poet laureate for Alabama, according to the Magic City Poetry Festival. According to information released by the festival, Jones, its founder, received the commendation during a Sunday meeting that was part of the Alabama Writers Cooperative’s yearly conference. Jones, who will be the youngest person to hold the position, follows Jennifer Horne, the 12th person to hold the title. The poet laureate serves as “the ambassador of poetry for the state,” according to Sunday’s announcement. Activities include touring…

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Inside Dr. Tipoteh’s Two New Books: Bite and Blow and Pepperbird Bound for Freedom

  By Geepu-Nah Tiepoh, Ph.D.   This piece summarizes two new books written by Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh and released on the eve of his 80th birthday recently celebrated. The first book, Bite and Blow: My Story, published by Publish Wiz based in Accra, Ghana, and dedicated to his parents (father, Korwreh Duwree Togba, and mother Geenah Wreh Kai), gives a riveting account of his early years and upbringing in the Old Kru Town and later at Snapper Hill, Monrovia; his exciting journey through higher education that landed him in the…

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Our evening, Living the Legacy and Continuing the Work, will feature a conversation with the Daughters of the Movement about how their lives and personal passions and commitments to justice, politics, activism, and the arts were shaped by their parents, a performance by artist, entertainer and activist Ayana Gregory, the presentation of the Malcolm X Legacy award, and more. Artists & Reviews 

Books: BEYOND THE MYTH OF MALCOLM X

Understanding the humanity, and the communities, that shaped the brilliant, troubled, selfish, generous, sincere radical   By Kerri Greenidge To anyone walking through Roxbury, Massachusetts, the sounds that waft over Dale Street are far away—the fart of buses on Washington Street to the west and on Warren Street to the east. The sidewalk that abuts the bowfront brick rowhouses and wood-frame two-families with porch railings and multiple mailboxes feels comfortably quiet. And it is possible to forget that the recently renamed Nubian Square—Roxbury’s central business district—is less than a 10-minute walk away.…

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Cherbo Geeplay, Liberian Listener Artists & Reviews 

Cherbo Geeplay’s poetry:  like full-blooming tropical flowers

By Dag Walker Most of us are far too busy organizing the latest details of the upcoming quarterly financial report for corporate headquarters to piss away our time on things like soul auscultation. Bills to pay, take the car in for a tune-up, consult the caterer for hors d’oeuvres for the party. Listening to the sounds of the soul? What is that? The best I can do is refer you, gentle reader, to poetry; and the best I can do with poetry is to refer you to Cherbo Geeplay! I…

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jzyano /dailynetwork.com Artists & Reviews 

JZYNO Releases New Single “Mamie Watta” with Krymi

After much anticipation, the Ghana-based Liberian artist, JZYNO has released his new single “Maame Water” featuring Ghana’s sensational singer Krymi. Taking to social media, JZYNO revealed the cover art for his upcoming single with the caption “Fresh new tone will keep you on your feet till the end of the beat”. The cover art shows a portrait photo of both artists against a serene sea view and also reveals the producer of the song as Beatz Vampire. Back in March 2021, JZYNO put the music scene on ‘stop’ with his power-packed…

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Ngũgĩ wa Thiongio will succeed Vinton Cerf, known for being one of the fathers of the Internet. Cerf was the first technologist to receive the prize, with other awarded figures including the philosopher Karl Popper, oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, politician Václav Havel, writer Doris Lessing, and activist Malala Yousafzai. The prize will be awarded to the Kenyan author during the first quarter of 2020 at a ceremony chaired by Catalan president Quim Torra.  Artists & Reviews 

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o nominated as author and translator in first for International Booker

Kenyan novelist’s The Perfect Nine is first work written in an indigenous African language to be longlisted Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has become the first writer to be nominated for the International Booker prize as both author and translator of the same book, and the first nominee writing in an indigenous African language. The 83-year-old Kenyan and perennial Nobel favourite is among 13 authors nominated for the award for best translated fiction, a £50,000 prize split evenly between author and translator. Thiong’o is nominated as writer and translator of The Perfect Nine,…

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