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Celebrating The Legacy Of Langston Hughes

1/30/2016
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The works of Langston Hughes reflect the lives and struggles of African Americans, and celebrate the richness of the culture. February 1, 2012 marked the 110th anniversary of the late poet, musician and playwright's birth.

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Colson Whitehead's 'Sag Harbor'

12/30/2015
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Author Colson Whitehead on his new novel, "Sag Harbor," a coming-of-age story in Long Island's African-American summer community.

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Ayana Mathis And 'The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie'

12/30/2015
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Breakout novelist Ayana Mathis and her raw telling of African-America's great northern migration in "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie."

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Victor LaValle On Mental Illness, Monsters, Survival

12/30/2015
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In the author's latest novel, The Devil in Silver, a man is mistakenly committed to a mental hospital where a buffalo-headed monster stalks patients at night. LaValle tells Fresh Air why he picked monsters, about his family history of mental illness and how he had his own brush with psychological problems.

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Remembering Amiri Baraka Part 2 - Democracy Now! 2014-01-10 Friday

12/30/2015
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Watch this online-only extended interview on the life and legacy of Amiri Baraka, the poet, playwright and political organizer who died Thursday at the age of 79. We talk to four of his friends and play some of Amiri Baraka in his own words.

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Remembering Amiri Baraka Part 1 - Democracy Now! 2014-01-10 Friday

12/30/2015
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Headlines for January 10, 2014; Amiri Baraka (1934-2014): Poet-Playwright-Activist Who Shaped Revolutionary Politics, Black Culture

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Tumultuous Relationships, But Not Much Gossip, In Langston Hughes' Letters

12/30/2015
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Poet Langston Hughes was also an "inveterate letter writer," says the co-editor of a new compilation of his correspondence. But if you're hoping to find profound love letters, you'll be disappointed.

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Frederick Douglass Opie on Zora Neale Hurston (10/29/2015)

12/30/2015
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Zora Neal Hurston is one of the most notable authors of the Harlem Renaissance. Her extensive ethnographic research on African American foodways throughout the state of Florida remains a critical historic resource to this day. Her work provides insight into meals such as pickled pigs feet and their rise in the southern African American community as a staple, as well as many home remedies like parched rice and bay leaves for an upset stomach and recipes to cure of mind. From Floridian fried...

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Alice Walker: dashed dreams and hope

12/30/2015
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American author (The Color Purple) and activist who will visit New Zealand in May for the Auckland Writers Festival.

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Langston Hughes: Poems at Play, November 12

12/30/2015
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Langston Hughes: Poems at Play, November 12

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'Mother Night' by James Weldon Johnson

12/30/2015
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A reading of "Mother Night", by James Weldon Johnson. This weekly poetry project was originally selected to celebrate Black History Month. (Librivox, 1/26/2014)

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Zora Neale Hurston's Literary Legacy

12/30/2015
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Harlem Renaissance fixture Zora Neale Hurston, author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, is the subject of a biography written by her niece which recounts Hurston's literary legacy. (Weekend Edition, 11/14/2004)

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Maya Angelou in Her Own Words

12/30/2015
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In one of her last interviews, recorded just a fortnight before her death, Maya Angelou said her hope for the world was that people will one day ‘look into each others’ faces and say "good morning" and mean it’. (Books & Arts Daily, RN, 6/2/2014)

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Marlon James: “You’re headless without history…”

11/30/2015
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Click to listen to Chris’s conversation with Marlon James. (50 minutes, 23 mb mp3) Poets and writers come to the Calabash literary festival in Jamaica from every corner of the world, and still the overpowering voice in the fiction readings belongs to a native son from down the road in Kingston. Marlon James, in his second [...]

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: "Americanah"

7/23/2013
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CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE: "AMERICANAH" : Nigerian-born novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's latest novel touches on many things: race, love, immigration and the fraught topic of black women's hair. "Americanah" unfolds across three continents, raising questions about identity everywhere it goes. We talk with Adichie about her latest work, her popular TED talks and her place in the world of literature. (52 min.)

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