Advice from a mentor:

When I was a young writer, barely 30 with just one book, Nikki Giovanni said: Never forget that black women are your base. They read your books before you made it. They support you whether or not you ever write another word. I hear so many young writers talking about I don’t want to be ready by “just” black women. “Just”? How is that to talk about the people who loved you from the start and will show up for your funeral?

Portrait of singer Irene Williams. Autographed on front: “To Fred Hart Williams, in all sincerity, I wish you the best. Irene Williams (Bess), Porgy & Bess.” Printed on front: “Moss Photo, N.Y.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library
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It’s been over a hundred years in the making, but the new Smithsonian museum celebrating Black history finally opened this weekend

Way back in 1929, President Hoover approved a proposal for a National Memorial Building for African American achievements in arts and sciences — but Congress did not. Congress didn’t officially pass an act to erect a federally owned museum until 2003. Ground wasn’t broken until nine years later, with a little help from President Obama.

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If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
~Martin Luther King Jr. ~

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People on ig praising Afros but then see them in person and give a side eye. Like come on 😒