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PODCAST: Lawrence Jackson Discusses Biography of Black Author Chester Himes

September 17, 2017 Leave a comment

In Lawrence Jackson’s monumental biography, CHESTER B. HIMES, readers are introduced to one of the most prolific and underrated Black writers of the 20th century.   Himes, who lived from 1909-1984, was the author of 17 novels and numerous short stories.  Himes was a black literary realist who used fiction to honestly express the rage he felt at racism, despite the criticism of some of his contemporaries that his perspective was too bleak.  It was his Harlem detective novels that paved the path for enduring financial success as two of those novels were made into movies in the 1970s, Cotton Comes to Harlem and Come Back Charleston Blue.

Lawrence P. Jackson is a Professor of English and History at Johns Hopkins University and also the author of RALPH ELLISON: Emergence of Genius.

 

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PODCAST: Vanessa Valdes Discusses Biography of Arturo Schomburg

September 17, 2017 Leave a comment

In Vanessa K. Valdes new book, DIASPORIC BLACKNESS, she examines the life of Black Puerto Rican–born scholar, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, (1874–1938) was a well-known collector and archivist whose personal library was the basis of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. Born in 1874, Schomburg cofounded the Negro Society for Historical Research and lead the American Negro Academy, all the while collecting and assembling books, prints, pamphlets, articles, and other ephemera produced by Black men and women from across the Americas and Europe. His curated library collection at the New York Public Library emphasized the presence of African peoples and their descendants throughout the Americas and would serve as an indispensable resource for the luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance, including Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston.

Vanessa K. Valdés is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the City College of New York, City University of New York. She is the editor of Let Spirit Speak! Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora and the author of Oshun’s Daughters: The Search for Womanhood in the Americas, She currently serves as Book Review Editor of s/x salon, an online literary salon on Caribbean literature and culture.

New Biography of Arturo Schomburg by Vanessa Valdés 

June 6, 2017 Leave a comment

Coffee and Spatializing Blackness

August 8, 2016 Leave a comment

SPATIALIZING BLACKNESS: Architectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity by  Rashad Shabazz, an associate professor in the School ofSocial  Transformation at Arizona State, will be featured on KAZI Book Review in September.

Shabazz argues that from the start of the great migration to Chicago, carceral powers literally and figuratively created a prison-like environment to contain African Americans within the so-called Black Belt on the city’s South Side.

History of Africans in Mexico on KAZI

July 30, 2016 Leave a comment

University of West Indies professor Paulette Ramsay discusses her latest book, AFRO-MEXICAN CONSTRUCTIONS OF DIASPORA, GENDER, IDENTITY, AND NATION, on the Monday, August 1 edition of KAZI Book Review at 8 a.m. CST on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, Texas.

In her book, Ramsay reviews the historical and cultural influence of Africans and African descended people on Mexico and the efforts to erase them from history after the end of the Mexican revolution in 1910. 

Haitian Author Fabienne Josaphat Interview Today on KAZI

April 10, 2016 Leave a comment

imageFabienne Josaphat, author of DANCING IN THE BARON’S SHADOW will be appearing at the on KAZI Book Review today at 12:30 p.m. CST/1:30 p.m on KAZI 88.7 FM. Set in Haiti in 1965, DANCING IN THE BARON’S SHADOW focuses on the struggles of Haitians to survive the brutal regime of Papa Doc Duvaler through the experiences of two brothers, Nicolas, a lawyer, and Raymond, a cab driver. When Nicolas is sent to the notorious Fort Dimanche prison by dictator Papa Doc’s militia, his brother Raymond concocts a daring plan imageto help him escape. In our interview we discussed Fabienne’s path to becoming a writer and how the relationship between her father and his brother inspired the tumultuous relationship between the two brothers in her novel.

Fabienne Josaphat received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Florida International University. Dancing in the Baron’s Shadow is her first novel. She lives in Miami.