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Natasha Trethewey Named Poet Laureate

Originally published in Washingtonian. Natasha Trethewey has been named the 19th US poet laureate, succeeding Phillip Levine. Trethewey, 46, joins a distinguished line of poets who’ve held the coveted post at the Library of Congress over the years, including W.S. Merwin,Kay Ryan, Charles Simic, and Rita Dove. Her duties will begin in the fall. In a statement released today, the … Continue reading

Poetry Will Occupy the Nation’s Capital

Split This Rock, a progressive literary festival, will convene March 22-25 to honor the tenth anniversary of poet-activist June Jordan’s death and rekindle the OWS movement in the nation’s capital. The biannual literary festival has evolved from a decidedly local group of D.C.-based poet-activists (DC Poets Against the War) who spoke out against the double wars that began in … Continue reading

By the Way, Sanaa Lathan is Back on Stage

Sanaa Lathan has fashioned an enviable acting career going back to the 1990s. All hands down, her most beloved movie is Love & Basketball. Since then she’s amassed an impressive resume with a diversity of characters in film, television, and theater. Theater has been the recent focus of her career, a throwback to her training … Continue reading

Tyler Perry Vs. Spike Lee

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark!

Searching for the Old Erykah

For the better part of the past 48 hours, I’ve been consumed with listening to Part II of the New AmErykah trilogy. Listening for what is being said, how it’s put together, how it differs from the previous albums. Trying to figure out what I feel about the “Window Seat” video. (I dig the song, … Continue reading

Erykah Badu

I just got an e-mail from Erykah Badu’s publicist. There seems to be a lot of hype surrounding her latest project: New AmErykah, Part Two: The Return of the Ankh. I can’t wait. More than the album, I can’t wait to meet Ms. badu in person. I wrote about Ms. Badu for The Root back … Continue reading

Haiti On My Mind. . .

  Passing this along from Split This Rock’s Poem of the Week Archive: Mud Mothers the children of haiti are not mythological we are starving or eating salty cakes made of clay because in 1804 we felled our former slave captors the graceless losers sunk vindictive yellow teeth into our forests what was green is … Continue reading

January is Here…

It’s been a while since I had time to sit and give this blog the attention it deserves. But here are a few things that are going on: Split This Rock Poetry Festival is hosting a fundraiser on Jan. 18th. R. Dwayne Betts will be headlining the event along with the DC Youth Slam Team. … Continue reading

Obama’s Speech on Unemployment

In October, I left my job or I was fired. My position was terminated. However you slice it my future was uncertain. Surprisingly, I was clear-sighted through it all. I remember it was the tail-end of October. The trees were shedding much like the big and small companies around the nation. I was grateful that … Continue reading