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I quote Wole Soyinka, August Wilson or Lorraine Hansberry because I will never accept the false premise and myopic perspective that classic literature only flowed from the pens of Shakespeare and those who looked like him. Authors from every culture, gender, and faith have created classic literature about love, pain, and the frailties of the human condition, but these classics have been ignored because Shakespeare’s acolytes aka junior high and high school literature teachers, continue to choose their Elizabethan God of literature over what is best for their students.

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I Am Not Your Negro, a bold, new documentary inspired by legendary writer James Baldwin, created by master filmmaker Raoul Peck and narrated by Hollywood A-lister Samuel L. Jackson, moves one step closer to winning an Oscar for “Best Documentary Feature.” The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the official nominations for the 89th Academy…

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  Often overlooked in the fight for justice and equality in our country have been members of the LBGT community and the contributions made in helping many of the gains that were realized to come to fruition. Due to a strong homophobic undercurrent coursing through America, and most particularly in the African American community, many…

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