Her talent as a novelist is evident, but her nurturing of Black authors cannot be overlooked

Black and white photo of Toni Morrison smiling.

A few years ago at a Radcliffe Institute exhibit, I came across photos of a draft of what would become Angela Davis’ autobiography. A foundational Black literary text, bare-boned and vulnerable, is not something you often get to see. The manuscript bloomed with the strokes of a blue pen, notes…

The excessive demands on her energy and time have sinister, historical precedent

WWhen Summer Walker canceled the rest of her tour in early November, she clearly explained her reason on Instagram. “As you know, I have been very open about my struggle with social anxiety. I want to continue to be healthy and to make music for y’all.” Her frequent transparency about…

Pauline Hopkins never quelled her #BlackGirlMagic for anyone

WWhen I search for 5 Park Square on Google Maps as I meander around downtown Boston, it tells me the address doesn’t exist. Or rather, it persistently redirects me to 50 Park Square, the address of the palatial (and expensive) Boston Park Plaza Hotel. …

Arielle Gray

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