The novel makes every step Bigger takes inevitable, the product of society's horrendous racism and his poverty. The play
Senior Master Sgt. Richard Wright was terminated days after he returned from a 2007 deployment.
It's not about "political correctness" (in the context of current Mississippi politics, supporting the inclusion of the Rebel standard on the state flag is the politically "correct" thing to do). It's about moral correctness; it's about historical correctness; it's about common decency.
Even before Dael Orlandersmith begins her monologue Forever at the New York Theatre workshop -- as a follow-up to, among other writings, her acclaimed Yellowman -- there's plenty to look at and even something to do.
Nina Simone's music stirs the soul. I liken it to one awash in the Holy Spirit in a Baptist church on a Sunday morning. Her classical piano finesse infused with her jazzy and bluesy gospel voice is heard in all of her music, especially in all of her civil rights protest songs.
"Ready to Die" is a multifaceted masterpiece, but its driving force is Biggie's supplication for America to recognize a young black man wrought with the fear and rage of existing in a life rooted in continuing stagnation.
Gerald Nicosia is probably better known for his non-fiction, but he also is a real poet, very much in the San Francisco tradition of Ferlinghetti, Patchen, Rexroth and Ginsberg -- except those guys are now mostly gone.
Have you heard about the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame? It's a little well-kept secret that is starting to get out.
Works of art and antiques are frequently a casualty of do-it-yourselfers or those who hire movers who don't have specific expertise in transporting art.