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Thompson: Ta-Nehisi Coates & School Reform

Toni Morrison rightly compares Ta-Nehisi Coates to James Baldwin. I hope teachers and education policy makers will read Coates Between the World and Me, and consider its obvious implications for school improvement. I do not want to drag his beautiful book, a touching letter to his son, into our vicious school reform wars. Show More Summary

Public back Abbott’s same-sex call

Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison have turned a Liberal weakness into a strength. The latest Essential Poll shows 60 per cent of…

Ta-Nehisi Coates and the History Our Kids Need to Contemplate

Toni Morrison rightly compares Ta-Nehisi Coates to James Baldwin. I hope all high school students read Coates' Between the World and Me, "The Case for Reparations," and/or his other journalism. I have my doubts that enough students are...Show More Summary

Tony Pulis on West Brom’s defeat to Chelsea & the transfer window (video)

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis spoke to the Sky Sports cameras after the 3-2 home defeat to Chelsea on Sunday. James Morrison missed a first half penalty for The Baggies at 0-0 but also scored two in the match as West Brom pushed the current champions close. Show More Summary

The power of the American story: “I want to read something that reaches inside me and rips me up and puts me back together”

Two novelists on the pain in black authors' writing, the influence of Toni Morrison, the tradition of storytelling

Toni Morrison on How to Be Your Own Story and Reap the Rewards of Adulthood in a Culture That Fetishizes Youth

last monthHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"There is nothing, believe me, more satisfying, more gratifying than true adulthood... Its achievement is a difficult beauty, an intensely hard won glory, which commercial forces and cultural vapidity should not be permitted to deprive you of."

Cornel West attacks Ta-Nehisi Coates with a side swipe at Toni Morrison, and Michael Eric Dyson tells West to shut up.

West put this up at Facebook:In Defense of James Baldwin – Why Toni Morrison (a literary genius) is Wrong about Ta-Nehisi Coates. [James] Baldwin was a great writer of profound courage who spoke truth to power. Coates is a clever wordsmith with journalistic talent who avoids any critique of the Black president in power. Show More Summary

Cornel West Blasts Ta-Nehisi Coates for Perceived Obama Worship

last monthNews : Truthdig

Wikipedia The literati darling Ta-Nehisi Coates received some daunting criticism Thursday via Facebook. Political commentator and professor Dr. Cornel West has countered Toni Morrison’s glowing comparison of the author to James Baldwin with a politically charged status update. Show More Summary

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Race, Hip-Hop and Being Praised by Toni Morrison

About three weeks ago, Ta-Nehisi Coates got a phone call from Chris Jackson, his editor at Random House's Spiegel & Grau imprint. Jackson was calling to propose moving up the publication of Coates' new book, Between the World and Me, from its planned release this fall to mid-July. "I thought...

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Book Gets Endorsement From Toni Morrison, the Only One He Wanted

Ta-Nehisi Coates, the national correspondent for the Atlantic, is becoming the go-to guy on race relations for television bookers. He has been getting near-unanimous praise for his new book "Between the World and Me," and Benjamin Wallace-Wells...Show More Summary

11 Haunting Facts About 'Beloved'

2 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

For one, Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was based on a true story.

3 Unforgettable Classics That Make Great Summer Beach Reads

Looking for some great beach reads by women? Revisit these classics: Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper (1892); Kate Chopin's The Awakening (1899); and Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye (1970). All three books challenge contemporary...Show More Summary

New illustration: Wong Ping, Tom Cole, Owen Davey, Joe Morse, Jean Jullien & more

Our latest pick of new illustration includes an animated campaign for Prada sunglasses, some large-scale murals for Fuller's beer, a beautifully illustrated book about monkeys by Owen Davey and a new edition of Toni Morrison's Beloved novel from The Folio Society.

Columbia Adds Toni Morrison, But Not Trigger Warnings, To Required Reading

2 months agoNews : Huffington Post

An op-ed in an Ivy League school's student newspaper was enough to incite a national debate on trigger warnings for classic texts, but not enough to sway school policy. Members of Columbia University's Multicultural Affairs AdvisoryShow More Summary

Aye Nako – “White Noise” (Stereogum Premiere)

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Aye Nako are the sharp-tongued punk foursome responsible for Unleash Yourself, one of the most underrated and overlooked LPs of 2013. The Brooklyn band is back with a new EP called The Blackest Eye — named after the Toni Morrison novel of a similar name — and their new song “White Noise” contains the same […]

New Jersey High School Welcomes Kendrick Lamar for Conversation about 'The Bluest Eye'

Brian Mooney, a New Jersey high school teacher used Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly to teach a unit on Toni Morrison's novel, The Bluest Eye. Lamar found out about it, and decided to stop in for a visit.

It's all about white and wrong with Rachel Dolezal

2 months agoNews : NY Daily News

Rachel Dolezal, who has gone full Toni Morrison, has her very white parents so bewildered that they outed her.

Listen To This: Take Flight!

Matthew Morrison's performance of Stronger at the Tony Awards was one of our highlights of the show! Not only is he great, but the song itself is sooooo good! AND, in an unusual move, entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein - who produced the Broadway musical based on his film - released a concept album concurrently with an [...]

30 Books You Need To Read Before You Turn 30

3 months agoNews : Huffington Post

Some books are best read at a certain age. Even the novels and memoirs you might consider timeless -- Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye or Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking -- can serve a special purpose if consumed during a particular phase in your life. Show More Summary

Kendrick Lamar Visits High School Where Students Studied To Pimp A Butterfly

Photo by Jessica Lehrman Kendrick Lamar recently paid a visit to High Tech High School in North Bergen, N.J., where Brian Mooney, who teaches freshman English, used Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly to draw correlations to Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye. Show More Summary

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