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  • Amiri Baraka dies at 79; provocative poet lauded, chided for social passion

    Amiri Baraka dies at 79; provocative poet lauded, chided for social passion
    Never shy about his revolutionary views, Amiri Baraka gave New Jersey's governor fair warning of possible fireworks when he was named the state's poet laureate. "You're gonna catch hell for this," said Baraka, who began his lengthy literary career as...
  • Poet Haki Madhubuti headed in new direction

    Poet Haki Madhubuti headed in new direction
    On a wooden podium inside DePaul University's Cortelyou Commons, the man's voice rose a few decibels. “Introduce your children to the cultures of the world through …” “Art!” The crowd of more than 100 yelled. “Keep...
  • Geraldine R. Dodge poetry festival begins Thursday

     
    When the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival kicks off Thursday night, some in the crowd will remember that it almost didn't happen. The nation's largest all-poetry festival -- lasting four days, with almost 20,000 attendees -- was nearly a victim......
  • A poet with soul: The ballads of Gil Scott-Heron

     
    The late Gil Scott-Heron was many things -- poet, activist, icon, cipher -- but it’s easy to forget: He could sing, too. Following his passing on May 27, a parade of accolades have lauded his achievements as a cultural figure,......
  • Review: 'Listen, Whitey!' and 'Soundtrack for a Revolution'

     
    'Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967-1974' and 'Soundtrack for a Revolution' recall the push for social change....
  • Remixing Racist History: DJ Spooky revamps American film's most notorious specter in Rebirth of a Nation

    Remixing Racist History: DJ Spooky revamps American film's most notorious specter in Rebirth of a Nation
    DJ Spooky lectures and screens Rebirth of a Nation $15-$20, 7 p.m., May 17. Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, (860) 247-0998, marktwainhouse.org   D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation occupies a particularly peculiar role in the history...
  • A look at L.A.'s independent bookstore scene

    A look at L.A.'s independent bookstore scene
    When my first book was published, in 1990 by Milkweed Editions, I didn't actually feel like a writer until I read at Dutton's Bookstore in Brentwood. Opening the box of books, holding a copy up for my baby daughter to see while my then husband made fun of...
  • Farewell Def Jux: A recap of the NYC label's finest moments

     
    “Now the evening has come to a close and I've had my last dance with you/so on to the empty streets with me/and it might be my last chance with you/so I might as well get it over with/the things......