Poet and author Kondwani Fidel shares his journey

Poet and author Kondwani Fidel shares his journey

For some, it started with a video of substitute teacher spitting a powerful spoken-word about his life in a classroom that instantly went viral, but for now-23-year-old Kondwani Fidel, his moment started long before that. The Baltimore native is a writer, speaker and poet who is traveling the world to touch lives with his story. […]

Poet and Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott dead at 87

Poet and Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott dead at 87

Saint Lucian poet and playwright Sir Derek Alton Walcott, KCSL OBE OCC, has died. Walcott became the first Caribbean writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature when he won in 1992. He served as a professor of Poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013. His first published poem, “1944” appeared in The Voice […]

Discopoet Khari B talks poetry as a contact sport

Discopoet Khari B talks poetry as a contact sport

Discopoet Khari B is a prominent boisterous voice in the artist community of Chicago. He has traveled the world with his free-spirited approach, honest wordplay and piercing truth. For the past 10 years, Khari B has shared this expression at The Debauchery Ball. We spoke to Khari about his poetry, music, the Debauchery Ball and […]

Nikki Giovanni’s performance in Chicago

Nikki Giovanni's performance in Chicago

Photos by Melanie L. Brown Nikki Giovanni performed in Chicago on the stage with Morris Gearring. She shared her classic written poems and discussed the recent violent situations towards African Americans. Giovanni covered various emotions through her poetry. She laughed, cried and even talked sexy to the crowd.

The talking drum: Dr. Haki Madhubuti discusses Black excellence

The talking drum: Dr. Haki Madhubuti discusses Black excellence

[jwplatform SnIA2bww] Make a list of the most influential cultural and community based Blacks in this country since 1960. Slant your list in a way that gives special attention to the arts and the Black Power movement. Determine that Dr. Haki Madhubuti is a real live treasure. Listen. Become Black excellence.

Maya Angelou to be honored with postal stamp

On Monday, Feb.23, the U.S. Postal Service announced that renowned author and poet Maya Angelou will be honored with a commemorative stamp. Shortly after Angelou’s death last spring at the age of 86, a campaign was started to create a commemorative stamp in honor of the award-winning poet. A petition was circulated that read in part “Stamps have […]

Nikki Giovanni empowers black women in Detroit

 World-renowned poet, writer, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni attended the Southfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Inc.’s literary luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Southfield, Michigan. As an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta, Giovanni was this year’s distinguished keynote speaker. The signature event took place at St. John’s banquet center and was coordinated […]

5 things you didn’t know about poet, author and activist Maya Angelou

While noted author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou was very open about her life and experiences, over the years, she continued to inspire when sharing small unknown facts about her upbringing, including the real story behind her famed publication, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. For the five things you didn’t know […]

Iconic poet Maya Angelou dead at 86

Noted author, poet laureate and civil rights activist Maya Angelou was found dead Wednesday morning by her caretaker. She was 86. During her lifetime, Angelou saw many things and she wrote about them with great depth and emotion. Her seminal book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is mandatory reading in many high schools […]

Amiri Baraka, activist poet and playwright, dies at 79

The latimes.com reports that Amiri Baraka died Thursday after weeks of failing health, a family spokesperson confirmed. He was 79. A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters. He was born Everett LeRoi Jones on Oct. 7, 1934, in […]