Black People : Is Black Lit Dead?

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  1. WisdomSeed

    WisdomSeed Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Where is RIchard Wright, where is Langston Hughes, where the hell is Zora Neal Hurston?

    Have we attained such literary freedom as to assume that racism is either in our past or non-existant? What is all this stuff about nothing but relationships and girls coming of age? Do we not have books that are not designed for 15 year old girls? Where is the anger that we should feel? Where the hell is all this religious screwing coming from? Have we drank the poison and called it kool-aid?

    I won't even read any of this crap now. I am totally dissapointed by the offerings in black bookstores. Maybe if men would read...
     
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    and what do you have to offer...

    you're a man, do you have a book to offer?

    You are correct, we don't have books for children, mainly teenaged children, maybe this is why they resort to television and music so often.

    I remember book by people like judy blume, and whatever that other woman's name is.

    Where are the writer's for our daughters and sons.

    again, I ask you Wisdomseed, do you have a book?

    Actually, I know that you do, just helping a brother do a little promoting. (check is in the mail right).

    however, i have a question for you. you wrote a book, and I would have to ask, would you find that the type of book you want you children to read? (((i don't know why I'm asking, i think I know the answer)))
     
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    My book, should it ever find a publisher is not for children, although teenagers could read it. The big problem in writing for teenagers is writing something they would read that their parents would let them. They cuold read Dickens, eventhough Dickens was not written for children. My daughter just finished Great Expectations (Yes I was surprised), it is a nice little serial drama (soap opera) written for newspapers in England. Who knows maybe one day CWD will be required reading, like Richard Wright ought to be required reaing now.
     
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    You get no argument here.

    You know Wisdomseed, I got through high school and never read any Shakespeare. Not that I would have wanted to anyway. I would have welcomed the opportunity to read more african/african american literature. However, we did have a special program for black students that instituted my senior year. We did have some required or suggested reading. I believe that was when i first read, Manchild in the Promise Land. Actually that is a book, teenagers can read. I also read the learning tree, of course their was special interest there, since Gordon Parks has moved and lived here for some time.

    I need to get my collection again, there are book my son will be required to read. in addition to the others i named before, makes me wanna holler is another.

    One last point, a friend of my is taking a black lit college courses. This should be incorporated before the college level. She has already read some of the books before on her own. But why aren't these books available and part of required reading for our children in school?
     
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    Welcome ~ Welcome ~ Welcome

    :wave: :wave: :wave:

    Welcome ~ Welcome ~ Welcome

    Hello WisdomSeed,

    I've been enjoying your posts on the forum and looking forward to more. Thanks for becoming a part of this family. Richard Wright (Native Son) is required reading for my daughter, as well as Tony Morrison (Beloved). There have been a variety of other historical speeches (Martin, Malcolm) she's had to read and report on. While none of these were required reading for me in high school it is encouraging to see that things are/have changing.

    I simply love Zora Neal Hurston, brought a smile to my face just seeing her name on this board.

    Congratulations on your upcoming book! Please keep us posted on its progress as you are in the midst of several authors in this community. It would be my pleasure to help promote your work once it is published. As a matter of fact, we have a chat scheduled with Delores Thornton tomorrow evening at 9 pm ET in our own chat room. She has provided 4 of her books to be given as prizes. I do hope you can join us.

    http://destee.com/forums/announcement.php3?forumid=19

    Again, thanks for your contribution here and please continue ... making yourself as at home as you wanna be.

    Destee
     
  6. nexis5

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    I'm a cultural butterfly at times.

    (Vulture) As for the title of this topic it seems so. There is something inside of me that refuses to believe its true. Every couple of years I change up. Social studies or fiction. At one while I was into biographies. I have the potential to put together a novel based on my journal entries. I'm also slipping in and out of action, romance and porn. (a study)

    I had a great time in continued reading of CWD by Wisdomseed. Havent finished it yet.

    I am so envious of a local 3 year old HISPANIC ORGANIZATION. Nuestra Palabra (Having their say) The reason being is that there is this undercurrent of COALITION. Not only would you see hispanic writers highlighted but asian, black and indian as well. I'm hunting for its equivalent.
     
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    BLACK literature

    I didnt really get exposed to BLACK literature until college. I was arbitary, independent and a little naive.

    I remember writing a lenghty noir crime story and read it in class in the 9th grade. Some how I lost it. I also remember a time where journal writing consisted of a couple of sentences. 10th grade. Environment played a major part of it.

    There are two authors that really shaped my thinking to date. Alex Haley's Malcolm X when I was in college and the writings of Bell Hooks just for leisure reading. A good mix of socio-political.
     
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    Has it all be swallowed and spit out as..

    What bothers me is the awful rut that black writing finds itself in, especially when other cultural writing approaches brilliance, not simply in the depth of its writing, but in the breadth of it. Right now, black writing is centered on the black upper-class and getting laid. It could just be me. A book was recommened to me and not even three chapters into it, there was the obligatory sex scene. I read 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, besides the challenge of reading it and keeping up with the writer, I do not remember sex scenes in the book, yet it was a very good book.
    I guess this is where the black consciousness is, getting laid and having it made, or at least the pressures of having it made. Where are the books of poor people for who day to day life is a struggle for those who do not have it made. I am not saying that the bourgeois do not have issues worthy of being in print, it just kind of sucks that are whole literary consciousness is there as well.

    What was the last book you read that was not about a middle class black woman or had something to do with relationship, and I am talking novel.
     
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    Novels

    Those books were not novels. But the E. Lynn Harris book is, what of it? And what about the mysteries? What do they tell of our plight as a people?

    No, I do not know of any black books for children. But there is a spider who is know by the name of Anansi. I first encountered Anansi as a set of West African fairy tales back when I was six years old. I later found that is is much more, a kind of West Africa mythology with Anansi as a trickster god.

    Check it out.
     
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