James Baldwin

James Baldwin Reappeared Just When We Needed Him Most : NPR

James Baldwin

Though Baldwin is perhaps best known as an essayist and novelist, he wrote poetry as well. Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems was published last month by Beacon Press. It has an introduction by Nikky Finney.

“Staggerlee Wonders,” the first poem in the book, which is written in the voice of a blunt, African-American character, is especially striking in light of this week’s news cycle: “My days are not their days. / My ways are not their ways. / I would not think of them, / one way or the other, / did not they so grotesquely / block the view / between me and my brother.”

via James Baldwin Reappeared Just When We Needed Him Most : NPR.

Revolutionary Hope: A Conversation Between James Baldwin and Audre Lorde

James Baldwin & Audre Lorde

The Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts republished this conversation between iconic Black thinkers James Baldwin and Audre Lorde on their Tumblr page. The conversation took place at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and was was originally published in ESSENCE in 1984.

The dialogue reveals the importance of recognizing that shared racial histories cannot overshadow the divergent gendered histories between Black men and women.

via Revolutionary Hope: A Conversation Between James Baldwin and Audre Lorde.