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The Genius Of Lorraine Hansberry Tragically Had To Be Transmitted In Only Three Plays

“She saw what we were about to enter into. She had an extraordinary understanding of the cycles of social movements. What does it mean to be fully engaged in the world? Are you going to stand on the sidelines and critique it? Are you going to abstract it and be of no use in your […]
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Lorraine Hansberry's Lasting Influence on American Culture

Issues & Causes / Feminism : VITAMIN W

Mon July 08, 2013 Nina Simone and Lorraine Hansberry were good friends throughout their lives. Several years after her friend's death, Simone recorded "To Be Young, Gifted and Black," inspired by Hansberry's play of the same title. ...

#HappyBirthday Lorraine Hansberry: Donny Hathaway--"Young, Gifted & Black" (live)

Ethnicity & Race / African American : New Black Man

The tribute was of course composed by her good friend Nina Simone, who always credited Lorraine Hansberry for bringing her into the movement. Many have covered Simone's "Young, Gifted, and Black," including Aretha Franklin, Big Dadd...

Lorraine Hansberry’s (Too Short) Life After ‘Raisin In The Sun’

Arts : Modern Art Notes

“You can’t say it’s a shame to be remembered for A Raisin in the Sun. It’s one of the great American plays. But Lorraine Hansberry was so much more than that one play.”

Issa Rae Joins New Lorraine Hansberry Biopic Cast

Ethnicity & Race / African American : The Root

An unconventional biopic of Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun, is in development, according to Shadow and Act. Hansberry's grand-niece, Taye Hansberry, will take the title role. Issa Rae is set to play Nina Simone, w...

Lorraine Hansberry: A straight-washed literary icon?

Issues & Causes / Feminism : Feministing

Today, Kai Wright has a great piece in The Root about Lorraine Hansberry -- and how "she engaged both a personal and a political search for sexual freedom and articulated a still-urgent understanding of its relationship to gender eq...

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