Since moving back to New York City, autumn has replaced spring as my favorite season. This fall in particular has been memorable — from spending quality time with my bestie in September, to immersing myself in beauty, critical thinking, creativity through film, theater, television, music and literature throughout October. I am one step closer to answering the question the character of Usher asks himself in A Strange Loop – “…but can I write that?”
Revival on sibling love/rivalry. Overweight/Black/Queer playwright writes a Broadway play about a overweight/Black/Queer playwright writing a Broadway play. Writer relocates from the U.S. to Ghana. Woman travels to Italy to explore her passion and as a bonus finds a soulmate. Memoirs from a White House correspondent, a sports journalist and the editor of British Vogue. Incandescent, powerhouse songbird descendants of R&B legends. A new interpretation of an iconic literary character.
If the content weren’t compelling enough, it came from or features Black playwrights, directors, writers, journalists, musicians, singers, actors and dancers representing the vast excellence of the Diaspora. Pulitzer Prizes, winners of Emmys, Grammys, Tonys, box-office stars, New York Times best-sellers! Whew. What a time to be alive! If we’re remixing the original Roaring 20’s, with new pandemics and wars, let’s make it replete with a celebration of and investment in Black artistry.
Support the arts in elementary schools, town squares, parks and most importantly in imaginations.
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Edward Enniful Interview
- Jemele Hill is UnBothered Podcast: Angela Rye interviews Jemele Hill about her new memoir, Uphill
- Essence Magazine: April Ryan Talks Being The Longest-Running Black Woman White House Correspondent and New Book Black Women Will Save The World: An Anthem
“First thing you learn is what is. Next thing you learn is what ain’t.” – Lincoln, Topdog/Underdog
“Why can’t we unleash what’s locked inside of us? Who made up these rules that Black boys have to obey?” — Usher, A Strange Loop
“Pain is part of life. That much I knew. If I could just teach her how to be resilient, how to love big, how to fear less. How to weather hurt, either at the hands of others or even the hurts she might unknowingly inflict on herself. I wanted her to know that love can come in many forms. That sometimes it can look like letting go, but it can also look like never letting go. That one day she might have to love someone in ways the world wasn’t ready for. That reaching for that kind of love would bring with it struggle, but in the end, it could be grander than her wildest imaginings.” ― Tembi Locke, From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
And suddenly, it’s November. I wonder what this month will bring?
What are you reading, listening to or watching? I’d love to hear from you!
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