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Book Review: Two fascinating new books search the dregs of the past

At 1,814 pages, the FBI file on the novelist and essayist James Baldwin may be the longest and most obsessive ever put together by a federal agency about an American writer; for comparison, the file on Henry Miller, the author of more...Show More Summary

A Peek Inside James Baldwin's (Very Large) FBI File

For instance, "this secret FBI summary made the mistake of treating variations on Baldwin's name and identity" - variations such as "James Arthur Baldwin" and "Jimmy Baldwin" - "as a set of potentially criminal pseudonyms." Then there's J. Edgar Hoover writing, in a note at the bottom of a memo, "Isn't Baldwin a well known […]

Watch a Livestream of I Am Not Your Negro's Raoul Peck Discussing James Baldwin's Personal Papers

If you loved Raoul Peck's excellent, Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro, or just remain continuously fascinated by James Baldwin's extraordinary life, this will surely be of interest: On Thursday evening, the Schomburg Center...Show More Summary

‘The equivalent of the Nixon tapes’: Ex-White House ethics czar stunned by Comey’s ‘remarkable’ testimony

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

An Obama-era ethics czar on Wednesday told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee is “the equivalent of the Nixon tapes.” “I think it’s remarkable,” Norman Eisen said during an interview on CNN’s “Newsroom.”...

The Doom and Glory of Knowing Who You Are: James Baldwin on the Empathic Rewards of Reading and What It Means to Be an Artist

last monthHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"An artist is a sort of emotional or spiritual historian. His role is to make you realize the doom and glory of knowing who you are and what you are."

‘Are They Living in an Alternate Universe?’: CNN’s Baldwin and Stelter Slam Fox’s Comey Coverage

last monthNews : Mediaite

Even Congressional Republicans are talking impeachment following the bombshell New York Times report about President Donald Trump allegedly asking fired FBI Director James Comey to close the Bureau's probe on former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.

Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump Tries to Spin the Hell Out of This James Comey Situation

James Comey’s firing from his top post at the FBI has sparked more questions than answers this week, so President Trump decided to clear the hazy air by granting Lester Holt an interview to break down his thought process for the termination. And you know what? It’s pretty simple, really: ... More »

SNL Cold Open: Alec Baldwin's Trump Says He's A 'Serial Tape-ist'

Right after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, NBC News anchor Lester Holt interviewed the president, who complained, "[Comey's] a showboat, he's grandstander, the FBI has been in turmoil." For its cold...Show More Summary

Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump Talks Firing James Comey in 'SNL' Cold Open - Watch Now! (Video)

Alec Baldwin is back as President Donald Trump in tonight’s Saturday Night Live cold open! The 59-year-old actor mocked Trump‘s firing of FBI Director James Comey earlier this week. In the clip, Alec‘s Trump sits down for an interview with NBC news anchor Lester Holt – portrayed by SNL‘s Michael Che – and admits that [...]

‘Are You Trolling Us?’ SNL‘s Cold Open Mocks Trump’s Post-Comey Interview With Lester Holt

last monthNews : Mediaite

Saturday Night Live kicked off tonight's show by bringing back Alec Baldwin's impression of Donald Trump, and he lampooned the president's interview with Lester Holt after the firing of James Comey.

Open Book: Baldwin Burns Strong

An oversize limited edition of James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time” is filled with stunning photos by Steve Schapiro from the civil rights era.

One Unexpected Challenge To Putting Together The Oscar-Nominated Doc I Am Not Your Negro

As a professional film critic in addition to being a lauded author, James Baldwin saw cinema as having a very important role in and effect on society -- and it's an outlook that is very much represented in director Raoul Peck's documentary I Am Not Your Negro.

Do You Remember When Icons Could Preach and Boogie?

2 months agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

Jessica B. Harris, an award-winning food historian, shares what it was like to live among James Baldwin, Nina Simone, and Maya Angelou.

It’s The Afrobella FandangoNOW “I Am Not Your Negro” James Baldwin Documentary Giveaway

2 months agoLifestyle / Beauty : Afrobella

The 2016 documentary film I Am Not Your Negro is based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript for Remember This House. As described by NPR, it “…was to be Baldwin’s personal reflection on the lives and assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers, all of whom he was close with.” Using Baldwin’s own words,... Show More Summary

Chelsea Clinton's dream literary dinner party: James Baldwin, Shakespeare, Franz Kafka, Albert Camus, Jane Jacobs, and Jane Austen.

That's what she said, when asked which writers, dead or alive, she'd like at a dinner party. She also imagined they'd talk about "the balance between social responsibility and individual freedom, and how people and communities can evolve...Show More Summary

Dear White People Recap: Woke or Not Woke?

“Chapter V” begins with James Baldwin and ends with a credit for Moonlight director Barry Jenkins. Since the director’s name appears at the end of each show, rather than the beginning, viewers are blissfully unaware who’s behind the camera. But when Jenkins’ name popped up, everything I had seen in ... More »

New video: 'I Am Not Your Negro' a showcase of James Baldwin’s challenge to America

New on Blu-ray “I Am Not Your Negro” (Magnolia DVD, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98; also available on VOD) One of the most popular documentaries to hit art-house theaters in years, Raoul Peck’s provocative, probing “I Am Not Your Negro” turns an abandoned James Baldwin writing project into a far-reaching...

Review: Romany’s exhibition uses simple abstraction for a large, lasting message about race

2 months agoUnited States / Atlanta : ArtsATL

“The great force of History comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and History is literally present in all that we do.”  – James Baldwin Kellie Romany’s solo exhibition, the culmination of receiving The Forward Arts Foundation 2016–2017 Emerging Artist Award, continues her use...

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