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“There is a problem in America. An Irish or Polish American can write a story and it’s an American story. When a Black American writes a story, it’s called a Black story. I take exception to that. Every artist has articulated to his own experience. The problem is that some people do not see Blacks as Americans.”
Gloria Naylor

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Trump: I have “Absolute Power” to pardon myself.

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If this doesn’t seriously trouble you, something is seriously wrong with you.

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/06/04/616724965/giuliani-president-trump-has-constitutional-authority-to-pardon-himself

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“My responsibility as a poet, as an artist, is to not look away.”
Nikky Finney

Excellent Review of Barracoon from Biblioklept

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Zora Neale Hurston’s 1931 book Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” has finally been published. The book is based on Hurston’s 1927 interviews with Cudjo Lewis, the last known survivor of the transatlantic slave trade. Barracoon went previously unpublished due in part to Hurston’s refusal to revise the prose into a “standard” English. Hurston wrote Barracoon […]

via A review of Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon — Biblioklept

Two Quotes by Nikki Giovanni

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“Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying.”  

“You must invent your own games and teach us old ones how to play.”

Nikki Giovanni

Domestic Abuse In Russia

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This is from an article written by Isabelle Khurshudyan in Sunday’s (March 4, 2018) Washington Post.

“Women outnumber men in Russia. According to 2015 data from the United Nations, Russia has among the fewest men per 100 women (86.8) of any country in the world. The divide begins around age 30, as suicide, alcohol and alcohol-related accidents begin to take a toll.”

‘ “If you even have a husband, you’re happy,” journalist Anna Zhavnerovich said. “He’s drinking and beating you, but at least you have one. If you’re born a boy, then it’s like you’re already a czar. If you’re born a girl, you didn’t get lucky. Just by birthright, men are on top of the world and the head of the family. So, women think if they complain, then maybe he will leave, and it’ll be worse. Even in today’s world, where women are taught to strive for something more, it’s better to be wed. Maybe you won’t marry well, but you’re considered lucky because you’re the one who married out of your 10 girlfriends.” ‘

Zhavnerovich’s story isn’t so different from those of the women at Kitezh. She filed a report with the police a week after she said her boyfriend beat her unconscious in 2015. She was offended by the authorities’ line of questioning. They asked her why she didn’t have any children and whether she was married, she said. Zhavnerovich said she felt the police were suggesting that the attack was her fault. She didn’t hear anything for several weeks, and the case was eventually dropped. The boyfriend was never questioned.

Read the rest of the article here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/why-russias-metoo-moment-hasnt-happened/2018/02/25/0b8bbf92-0514-11e8-aa61-f3391373867e_story.html?utm_term=.8b3e7eb967d4

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“Misery won’t touch you gentle. It always leaves its thumb prints on you; sometimes it leaves them for others to see, sometimes for nobody but you to know of.”

― Edwidge Danticat, The Farming of Bones

 

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