Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, A Founding Member Of The Last Poets And Harlem Writers Workshop

Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin, July 24, 1944 – June 4, 2018, was an American poet and musician. He was one of the founding members of The Last Poets, a group of poets and musicians that evolved in the 1960s out of the Harlem Writers Workshop in New York City. Continue Reading →

Yara Shahidi On What It Means For Her “To Be a Black Girl”

By Yara Shahidi for Google Arts & Culture

To be a black girl is to be one of the reasons the universe thrives.

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The Poet Laureate Of Harlem George Edward Tait Is With The Ancestors

Poet and Musician George Edward Tait made his transition to Ancestors at 11:35 P.M. on Sunday, November 5, 2017. He died from after a long bout with cancer. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Kurtis Blow And First Lady Chirlane McCray To Announce National Youth Poet Laureate

On Wednesday, April 26, First Lady Chirlane McCray will announce the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate at Gracie Mansion in New York. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Maya Angelou Presents ‘The Human Family’ In Apple’s Spot (Video)

The late Harlemite and U.S. Poet Laureate Dr. Maya Angelou recites her poem “The Human Family” in Apple’s latest “Shot on iPhone” ad, that first aired during the Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony. Continue Reading →

‘The Poet Of Harlem’ Abiodun Oyewole Harlem (video)

Abiodun sliderWe love  this conversation with The Poet of Harlem, Abiodun Oyewole, his stories of Harlem are price less. The video below is from the folks at Harlem Cultural Archives in Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s The Last Poets Were Hip-Hop’s First Poets (video)

the last poetsThe Last Poets is the name for several groups of poets and musicians who arose from the late 1960s African-American civil rights movement’s black nationalist movement. Continue Reading →

An Evening With Three Uptown Poets In Harlem

879fc465-59e2-4d4b-9695-afe424254499Join Belladonna* in celebrating the depth and range of contemporary feminist poetics with Tonya Foster, JP Howard and Christina Olivares as they share work from their recently published collections of poetry.   Continue Reading →

Celebrate National Poetry Month At The Studio Museum In Harlem

e6f9a519-8d8c-4b4f-8062-a6d0371c1f94Together with Columbia University School of the Arts and PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the Studio Museum in Harlem is thrilled to host an uptown, pop-up installment of POEMobile a hand-painted truck that projects poems onto buildings and underscores them with music and live performances.  Continue Reading →