AUTHORS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Susan L. Taylor was the driving force behind Essence Magazine for almost 4 decades. Taylor, 61, joined Essence in 1970. A fourth-generation entrepreneur, Taylor was the founder of her own company, Nequai Cosmetics, before becoming Essence's fashion and beauty editor and, in 1981, its editor-in-chief.
Check out Taylor's latest All About Love: Favorite Selections from In The Spirit on Living Fearlessly from Urban Books (Publication date: January 29, 2008)
Awarded the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Race, Crime, and the Law, Mr. Kennedy writes for a wide range of scholarly and general interest publications, and sits on the editorial boards of The Nation, Dissent, and The American Prospect. A member of the American Law Institute, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, Mr. Kennedy was awarded an honorary degree by Haverford College and is a former trustee of Princeton University.
Kennedy's newest book is
Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal. Here
Kennedy "grapples brilliantly and judiciously
with another stigma of our racial discourse: "selling out," or
racial betrayal, which is a subject of much anxiety and acrimony
in Black America.
William Jelani Cobb, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of History at Spelman College. He specializes in post-Civil War African American history, 20th century American politics and the history of the Cold War. He is also a contributing writer for Essence magazine, an essayist and fiction writer and the author of To The Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic (NYU Press 2007) as well as The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays. He is editor of The Essential Harold Cruse: A Reader, which was listed as a 2002 Notable Book of The Year by Black Issues Book Review.
You must read Cobbs's article "As Obama Rises, Old Guard Civil Rights Leaders Scowl"
Asim is the author of The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't, and Why. He is also an accomplished poet, playwright and fiction writer. Asim has been described as one of the most influential African American literary critics of his generation. Asim is the editor in chief of The Crisis, the NAACP's flagship publication. For the previous eleven years he was an editor at the Washington Post Book World. His writing has appeared in numerous publications including Essence, the Los Angeles Times, and the Village Voice.
Mat Johnson was born and raised in Philly, Mat Johnson grew up in the Germantown and Mount Airy sections of the city. As an adult, he has lived elsewhere. His first novel, Drop, was a B&N Discover Great New Writers selection. His second novel, Hunting in Harlem, won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He has written for a variety of publications, including a stint as a columnist for Time Out-NY. Mat Johnson currently teaches at the University of Houston, Creative Writing Program.
Mat's latest graphic novel Incognegro will be particularly appealing to the young males reader looking for something really cool read.
"No poet rivals Mr. Walcott in humor, emotional depth, lavish inventiveness in language or in the ability to express the thoughts of his characters and compel the reader to follow the swift mutations of ideas and images in their minds . . . [His poetry] makes us realize that history, all of it, belongs to us." �The New York Times
Walcott's book of poems Selected Poems is a career-spannning retrospective, culled from nearly 50 years of work, will go a long way toward reminding readers of the breadth and depth of Nobel laureate Walcott's achievement.
Sutphen recently co-authored with Nina Hachigian a foreign policy book, The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise. The Next American Century describes how "...the United States must get its own house in order, making sure that American children can compete, American workers can adjust, America's military remains cutting-edge, and American diplomacy entices rather than alienates. While America must be prepared for the possibility that a hostile superpower may one day emerge, it has to be careful not to turn a distant, uncertain threat into an immediate one."
Sutphen is currently one of Barack Obama's foreign policy advisors working on East Asia and South Asia policy.
Agyei Tyehimba has co-written a book entitled Game Over: The Rise and Redemption of a Former Harlem Hustler which was released on August 7, 2007. Published by Simon & Schuster, Game Over chronicles the life of former Harlem hustler Azie Faison.
Much like the classic autobiographies Manchild in a Promised Land, Down These Mean Streets, and Makes Me Wanna Holler, this book tells the story of a young man's struggle for meaning and identity in the 'hood, how the streets seduced him, and his remarkable transformation from drug dealer to writer and youth advocate.
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Ninth National Black Writers Conference - Friday, March 28, 2008 -
Sunday, March 30, 2008
The Ninth National Black Writers Conference: Black
Writers: Reading and Writing to Transform Their Lives and the World will
offer panel discussions, readings, workshops and conversations to focus
on the ways in which black writers use literature to transform their
lives and the larger global community. Inspired in 1986 by the late John
Oliver Killens, the National Black Writers Conference was convened to
bring together writers, critics, book-sellers, book reviewers, and the
general public to discuss issues affecting black writers. Since 1986 the
National Black Writers Conferences at Medgar Evers College have
attracted a wide range of writers and scholars from the African diaspora.
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