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Black Luminosity foregrounded visibility as an act of refusal

The group exhibition at SMAC gallery, curated by Gcotyelwa Mashiqa, revisited the chromatic and social properties of blackness in contemporary South African visual art The post Black Luminosity foregrounded visibility as an act of refusal appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Tim Clark, Friday, Visual Art, Colour, Jacques-louis David, Blackness, Ralph Ellison, SMAC, Art Exhibitions, South Africa (country, Young Gifted and Black, Smac Gallery, Zandile Tshabalala, Mary Sibande, Alexandra Karakhashian

Chang-rae Lee talks new novel and the best Elton John song for karaoke

Chang-rae Lee’s sixth novel “My Year Abroad” explores America and globalization, risk and recklessness, class and wealth, sex and power, the desire for immortality and much more. The novel begins in America with Tiller, a college-age suburbanite, living with Val and Victor Jr, a woman and her young son, who are in witness protection. They’re an unlikely family but the rudderless Tiller is seeking to start over, with a new, more conscious life.  We flash back to when Tiller meets Pong Lou, a d...
Tags: Books, China, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Elton John, William Boyd, Pong, Stanford University, Southern California, Van Morrison, Lee, Val, Dunbar, Ralph Ellison

22 books that will expand your mind and change your life, according to a productivity expert

Find a comfortable spot and pick up a book. Vincent West/Reuters Darius Foroux is an entrepreneur, blogger, and podcaster who has written extensively about how to live a productive, more useful life.In this piece, he writes that reading books is one of the very best ways to learn something, or become totally immersed in another perspective or time.Not every single book will be, or should be, lifechanging, but a select few can truly change the way you think.Below, Foroux identifies 22 books ...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Life, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Netherlands, Bird, Francis Bacon, Jon Krakauer, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Nordic, Malcolm X, Don, Daniel Kahneman, Walden

Rutgers University adjusts grammar rules in solidarity with Black Lives Matter​

Rutgers University's English department is instituting anti-racist policies, workshops, and initiatives in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Linguistic diversity and less emphasis on "traditional" grammar will be honored across the department's courses. Jonathan Holloway, the college's first Black president, said the school name will not change despite slaves having built the original institution. Last week, New Jersey became the latest state to establish Juneteenth as a holiday. Support for...
Tags: Europe, Education, Identity, America, Teaching, New Brunswick, Language, New Jersey, Innovation, Camden, Colleges, Newark, Black Lives Matter, Black, Derek, Babylon

Hulu Moves Premiere Dates for ‘Love, Victor’ and ‘Taste the Nation’ to Give Juneteenth “Its Own Day in the Spotlight”

As nationwide protests against racial inequality continue, you’ve probably noticed that corporations are on high alert when it comes to anything involving race in America. Today’s example: Hulu initially planned to have the Taste the Nation and Love, Victor premiere date fall on June 19 this year, but this morning, the streaming service announced that it would be shifting those dates in order to give this year’s Juneteenth “its own day in the spotlight.” If you’re not sure what Juneteenth is al...
Tags: Texas, Television, Movies, Drama, Wikipedia, America, Atlanta, United States, Hulu, South, Simon, Abraham Lincoln, Padma Lakshmi, Ralph Ellison, Release Dates, Lift Every Voice

Conversations that Matter, Conversations that Heal--and Books to Inspire Them

“Why would you minor in African-American Studies?”  For over 20 years, I've been asked versions of this question, in job interviews, by colleagues, and by acquaintances. Implicit in the question, regardless of the background of the asker, is another question of why a white woman would do such a thing. Here’s one short answer: I studied race, religion, and politics in order to have conversations that matter and conversations that heal. These conversations have always been necessary on a broader...
Tags: US, America, University, Toni Morrison, Martin Luther King, Princeton, Maya Angelou, Branding, Morrison, James Baldwin, Nehisi Coates Between the World, Woodrow Wilson, Coates, Angelou, Ralph Ellison, Princeton PRINCETON

20 Inspiring Quotes on Commitment

"Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans." - Peter Drucker "Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality." - Abraham Lincoln "There are only two options regarding commitment; you're either in or you're out. There's no such thing as life in-between." - Pat Riley "The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed." - Martina Navratilova "People do not follow uncommitted leaders. C...
Tags: Quotes, Tony Robbins, Innovation, Albert Einstein, Mario Andretti, Martina Navratilova, Abraham Lincoln, Ross Perot, Peter Drucker, Vince Lombardi, Jean Paul Sartre, Paulo Coelho, Pat Riley, Ralph Ellison, Rollo, Stephen Gregg

Portugal. The Man sending free books

On April 22 , Alaska’s Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Borough School Board voted to remove five classic books from the district’s elective English course curriculums. High school students in the borough, with a population of just over 100,000 and 19,000 public school students, will no longer see F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou on their schoo...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Cnn, Alaska, Portugal, Joseph Heller, Maya Angelou, All, Scott Fitzgerald, Tim O Brien, Ralph Ellison, Classic Literature, Portugal. The Man, Classic Books, Mat Su Borough, Matanuska Susitna Mat Su Borough School Board

Sarah Palin’s School District Drops ‘Great Gatsby’, ‘Catch-22’, And Three Others

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District in Alaska “cited ‘sexually explicit material’ and ”anti-white’ messaging’ in [Maya Angelou’s] I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, … [and] language and sexual references in [F. Scott Fitzgerald’s] The Great Gatsby. … The other books on the list — Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller and The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien — were judged to be inappropriate because they contained mentions of rape, incest, racial slurs, profanity an...
Tags: Art, Alaska, Words, Joseph Heller, Maya Angelou, Sarah Palin, Scott Fitzgerald, Tim O Brien, Ralph Ellison, 04.29.20, Matanuska Susitna Borough School District

The New York Public Library Creates a List of 125 Books That They Love

The New York Public Library sure knows how to celebrate a quasquicentennial. In honor of its own 125th anniversary, it's rolling out a number of treats for patrons, visitors, and those who must admire it from afar. In addition to the expected author talks and live events, Patience and Fortitude, the iconic stone lions who flank the main branch's front steps, are displaying some reading material of their own—Toni Morrison’s 1987 novel Beloved and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age classic The Great ...
Tags: Google, Books, Podcasts, Patricia Highsmith, College, New York City, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, George Orwell, Nypl, Libraries, Literature, Harry Potter, Arthur Conan Doyle, Margaret Atwood, Martin Amis

You All Instead of You Guys

While reading Kim Scott’s book Radical Candor: Fully Revised & Updated Edition: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, I came across an anecdote from a discussion she had with Dick Costolo. One of my favorite stories about Dick and diversity was his effort to eliminate the phrase “you guys” from his vocabulary. I told him a story about my twins—one a boy and one a girl—who were in kindergarten. Both of their teachers were speculating why boys raise their hands more often than girls....
Tags: Texas, Dick Costolo, Trends, Diversity, Dick, Feld, Ralph Ellison, Kim Scott

A brief history of black names, from Perlie to Latasha

Most people recognize that there are first names given almost exclusively by black Americans to their children, such as Jamal and Latasha. While fodder for comedians and social commentary, many have assumed that these distinctively black names are a modern phenomenon. My research shows that’s not true.Long before there was Jamal and Latasha, there was Booker and Perlie. The names have changed, but my colleagues and I traced the use of distinctive black names to the earliest history of the United...
Tags: News, Africa, United States, North Carolina, Booker, Logan, Abraham, Jamal, Kareem, Ralph Ellison, Black Power, Latasha, Perlie, Illinois Alabama, Elijah Isaac Isaiah Moses, Tyrone Darnell

Ralph Ellison’s Life in Letters

Saidiya Hartman talks about Ellison’s correspondence, and Olaf Olafsson discusses his new novel, “The Sacrament.”
Tags: News, Ellison, Ralph Ellison, Books and Literature, Saidiya Hartman, Olaf Olafsson

Ralph Ellison’s Letters Reveal a Complex Philosopher of Black Expression

“The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison” capture the fiercely intelligent and irreverent author of “Invisible Man” in conversation with other novelists and critics of his day.
Tags: News, Black People, Letters, Ellison, Ralph, Ralph Ellison, Books and Literature, The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison (Book

Shorties (The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison, New Holiday Songs from Sharon Van Etten and Bleached, and more)

KGOU interviewed Ralph Ellison's literary executor about the new book, The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison. Stream new holiday songs by Sharon Van Etten and Bleached. Largehearted Boy's list of "best books of 2019" lists has collected 698 year-end lists so far. Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting year-end "best of 2019" music lists. December's best eBook deals. Paste recapped November's best songs. Julie Andrews talked books and reading with the New York T...
Tags: Music, Georgia, Radiohead, David, New York Times, Norway, Pbs, Montreal, Sharon Van Etten, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Julie Andrews, Esquire, Jeff VanderMeer, Ralph Ellison, Bill Callahan, Brian Alan Ellis

The Pinup Book Club: reading Marilyn Monroe’s personal library

Carly Maris, founder of the Pinup Book Club, and The Green Crow by Sean O’Casey The Pinup Book Club is a very modern book club tackling to a truly vintage reading list. The club is a community dedicated to reading the books from Marilyn Monroe’s personal library, and also appreciating pinup culture. Each month, members read a different book from Marilyn’s library, which features more than 400 titles. There’s literary fiction, biographies, poetry, anthologies, art books, French fiction...
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Lakeith Stanfield Isn’t Pretending: How the ‘Sorry to Bother You’ and ‘Atlanta’ Star Became 2018’s Defining Actor

Being black in America has always been a surreal experience, defined by living in two worlds at once. It’s something that’s difficult for white people to understand, though black Americans have been trying to share this struggle for decades. Back in 1963, a young newspaper reporter named Shirley J. Scott wrote about her experiences as a black American. “As an adult Negro, you live in two worlds: the white world where you make your living; the black world where you make your friends,” she w...
Tags: Florida, Movies, America, Atlanta, Features, Kanye West, Brooklyn, Spike Lee, George Clooney, Steve McQueen, Will Smith, Toni Morrison, Detroit, Philip K Dick, Chris, Miller

Want to know how your relatives think? Start a family book club

People joke about their love of the wine and food, but book clubs are essentially a great experience because we get to discuss one of our favorite things with some of our favorite people. I’ve participated in book clubs with both my friends and my students, but having a family book club with my adult children has been the best experience of all, one I highly recommend. It’s tough to have a family book club when kids are younger, especially if there is a spread of years in the children’s ages. Yo...
Tags: Neil Gaiman, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Tolkien, David Foster Wallace, Rushdie, Salman Rushdie, Gaiman, Ralph Ellison, Camus, Christina Rossetti, Kamel Daoud, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE

Thought for the day, June 19, 2018

Ralph Ellison, 1961. (National Archives and Records Administration) Ralph Ellison, American writer and literary critic “Words of Emancipation didn’t arrive until the middle of June so they called it Juneteenth. So that was it, the night of Juneteenth celebration, his mind went on. The celebration of a gaudy illusion.” (from “Juneteenth,” an incomplete but posthumously published novel in 1999) March 1, 1913-April 16, 1994
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Local-news, San Fernando Valley, National Archives and Records Administration, Ralph Ellison, Thought For The Day

Hear the Recently Discovered, Earliest Known Recording of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” (1894)

As keen observers of American culture and history like W.E.B. Du Bois and Ralph Ellison have written, there is no American music without African-American music. The history of the recording industry bears witness to the fact, with jazz, blues, and ragtime dominating the early releases that drove the industry forward. Before these popular forms and the age of “race records,” however, came the spirituals, gospel songs dating back to slavery, whose fame spread across the world in the latter half o...
Tags: Google, Music, Mississippi, Congress, College, Scotland, America, Washington Dc, Switzerland, Kaiser, Oklahoma, Sarah, Eric Clapton, Columbia Records, Martin, Facebook Twitter

Audible's founder talks about selling his company to Amazon for $300 million, bonding with Jeff Bezos, and how he managed to have a 'nontoxic' midlife crisis (AMZN)

Audible CEO Don Katz founded the digital audiobook company in 1995, launched with one of the world's first digital audio players. The company made it through the late 1990s tech bubble and the death of a CEO Katz hired. Katz sold Audible to Amazon in 2008 for $300 million, keeping it largely independent and retaining his role as CEO. He shared what he learned from switching careers so late, and why he bonded with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Don Katz sounds more like a colle...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, New York, London, Microsoft, Yahoo, America, San Francisco, Trends, Nike, Spain, Chicago, Aol, Italy, Harvey Weinstein, Northern Ireland

Stephen King Creates a List of His 10 Favorite Novels

Image by The USO, via Flickr Commons If you've ever had to name your ten favorite of anything, you know how much trickier such a list is to compose than it sounds. Not because you don't know of ten books, movies, albums, or what have you, of course, but because you don't know if the favorites that come to mind today would also come to mind tomorrow. Stephen King, a man apparently often asked for top-however-many lists (see the related posts below for more examples), acknowledges this truth in h...
Tags: Google, Books, Patricia Highsmith, College, Stephen King, Los Angeles, George Orwell, Philip Roth, Seoul, William Golding, King, Adam Johnson, Cormac Mccarthy, Porter, Facebook Twitter, J R R Tolkien

Wynton Marsalis Reflects on 30 Years of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra operating under the leadership of New Orleans trumpet great Wynton Marsalis, who co-founded the program in 1987 (the Orchestra was started the following year) and serves as both its managing and artistic director. And during that time, the JLCO has established a body of work that’s explored some of the deepest aspects of American history, from the country’s oldest Baptist church to New Orleans’ Congo Square to the roo...
Tags: New York, Washington, Time, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, America, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Kendrick Lamar, New Orleans, Jazz, James Taylor, Louisiana, Pbs, Lincoln Center, Lenny Kravitz

In celebration of twentieth century African American literature

Since the first poems published by former slaves Phyllis Wheatley and Jupiter Hammon around the time of the American Revolution, African American literature has played a vital role in the history and culture of the United States. The slave narratives of figures such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Wilson became a driving force for abolitionism before the Civil War, and the tumultuous end of Reconstruction brought about the exploration of new genres and themes during the height of the Jim Crow ...
Tags: Books, Featured, Africa, US, America, History, United States, Bill Clinton, Literature, Mars, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Naacp, Ellison, Jim Crow, Maya Angelou


I first had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Dan Morgenstern at his Upper West Side apartment in March 2017, and every few months we’ve done it again.  In an interview where he’d spoken of Robert Clairmont, he casually said, … Continue reading →
Tags: Wow, Bliss, Jazz, Upper West Side, Louis Armstrong, James Baldwin, Newport Jazz Festival, Ralph Ellison, Generosities, It's All True, Jazz Titans, The Heroes Among Us, The Real Thing, The Things We Love, Jazz Lives, Michael Steinman

Race, gender, and flash photography

The cover of Flash! shows a smiling African-American woman, who holds a Graflex Speed Graphic camera. Clamped to the camera is a flash gun in the form of a thick column, topped by a flash bulb filled with crumpled aluminium foil, and a reflector shield. The flash bulb, invented at the very end of the 1920s, was rapidly adopted by both professional and amateur photographers, since it was far easier and less unpredictable to use than the tray of explosive powder that preceded it. If the metal post...
Tags: Books, Photography, Gender, New York, Featured, Washington, Fsa, Kodak, History, Light, Flash, Luke Skywalker, Gandhi, GORDON PARKS, Ralph Ellison, Du Bois

'Melville: A Novel' and Its 'Foreign Companion'

Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick; or, The Whale , first published in 1851, is a perennial choice whenever people get together to debate which books constitute the best of American literature. And why not? It's got everything—adventure, philosophy, discourses on whaling—and is written in a style that can be best described as "superabundant". Melville's big, sprawling novel reflects the complexity of the big, sprawling country from whence it came, and today it's both a staple of...
Tags: Music, England, London, United States, Bob Dylan, Essays, Dick, Provence, Herman Melville, Melville, Mardi, Ishmael, Ralph Ellison, Edmund White, Joan Smith, Adelina

Don Katz dishes on storytelling with ‘Invisible Man,’ Ralph Ellison

 Though lots of moving parts have to be corralled together in order to found, expand and manage a business as large as, founder Donald Katz would argue that the key component to his company’s success is this: People love a good story and they love it even more when it’s delivered conversationally. Read More
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Accelerator, Tech, Audible, Ralph Ellison, Donald Katz, Don Katz,, Newark Venture Partners

This Week In Trailers: It Happened in L.A., Conor McGregor: Notorious, Sweet Virginia, The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Most Beautiful Island

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we visit with some vapid LA types, watch a different and troubling kind of immigrant story, go beyond the hype surrounding Conor McG...
Tags: Movies, This Week In Trailers, Movie Trailers, MMA, Bill Pullman, Ali, Conor Mcgregor, Andy, Pullman, Michelle Morgan, Dat, Jon Bernthal, Ralph Ellison, Movie Marketing, Jean Claude Van Johnson, Ana Asensio

An Electra Day in the Life: Songs and Travels of an Artist

Like many artists, Electra Day, the alias of singer-songwriter Julie Hampton, gains inspiration from her surroundings. Her latest album, Quiet Hours, draws from her travels of the past 11 years to places ranging from Berlin to the Mojave Desert. Her sound reflects this solemn contemplation, the wonder of new territory, and the sheer joy of discovery.  Here, in her own words, she explains the genesis of her music along with the songs gleaned from particular landscapes and moments frozen in time. ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Music, New York, Maryland, Colorado, Germany, Berlin, West Virginia, Colombia, Iowa, Longform, Folk Music, New Mexico, Boulder, Seattle