James Baldwin

Thomas Allen Harris | Amiri Baraka, Maya Angelou & Toni Morrison at James Baldwin's Funeral at Cathedral of St. John the Divine c.1987 (1987) | Available for Sale

photo taken c. 1987, printed 2018; Paper size: 16 x 20"<p>Description: The photograph entitled "Amiri Baraka, Maya Angelou & Toni Morrison at James …

Black History

James Baldwin and the 1980s: A New Book on the Iconic Writer’s Last Decade

<i>This post is part of our blog series that announces the publication of selected new books in African American History and African Diaspora Studies.</i> …

Black History

PAPER TRAIL: Jesmyn Ward and Kevin Young win Anisfield-Wolf awards; Annelise Chen on writing autofiction

The city of New York has announced another round of its One Book, One New York program. James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk, Jennifer Egan’s …

Sinclair Broadcast Group

Of Montreal’s absurdly elaborate show at the Cedar makes other bands look lazy

Here’s the short version: If you haven’t seen Of Montreal live, do so the next time they come through town. They will probably have another album out …

Minneapolis-Saint Paul

James Baldwin in Hollywood. He was there to make a movie about Malcolm X. It didn't go well. “I would rather be horsewhipped ... than repeat the adventure”

James Baldwin in Hollywood. He was there to make a movie about Malcolm X. It didn't go well. “I would rather be horsewhipped ... than repeat the …

Philosophy

America’s Criminal Injustice System

Once upon a time, I was a journalist, covering war in Indochina, Central America, and the Middle East. I made it my job to write about the victims of …

W. E. B. Du Bois

James Baldwin in Hollywood. He was there to make a movie about Malcom X. It didn't go well. “I would rather be horsewhipped ... than repeat the adventure”

James Baldwin in Hollywood. He was there to make a movie about Malcom X. It didn't go well. “I would rather be horsewhipped ... than repeat the …

Philosophy

THE RETURN OF THE UNKNOWN Comes to the Marlowe

A MAJOR new work to mark the centenary of the Armistice has been announced today.<p>Return Of The Unknown, led by The Marlowe in Canterbury, will take …

Westminster Abbey

Help Us Pick This Summer’s Must-Read Book

For the second year in a row, New Yorkers* will all be reading one book together, and Vulture is happy to play the role of binding agent. We’ve …

Books

Lena Waithe Really Wants to Make a Biopic of Mary Tyler Moore

Emmy-winning writer, actor, and producer Lena Waithe has made a name for herself with projects like <i>The Chi</i> and <i>Master of None</i>, as well as roles on the …

Entertainment

From Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination to the Charleston Massacre, the Reactionary Right Has Used Madness as an Excuse for Violence

Fifty years later, we’re still hearing the same sorry excuses for racially motivated violence, and avoiding the hard truths that King asked us to …

James Earl Ray

The Ultimate Guide to Reading Your Way Through Paris in 15 Books

If there’s one thing you should know when packing for a trip to Paris, it’s that you should bring a pair of comfortable shoes. While the Metro and …

Books

Poems from a Jar | Pages

Raoul Peck, in the introduction of the companion text to his documentary <i>I Am Not Your Negro,</i> said that receiving James Baldwin’s unfinished …

Poetry

On War, Imperialism, and Racism

<i>*This is a transcript of a speech prepared by historian Russell Rickford for a protest against Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s scheduled visit to</i> …

Black History

Ron Athey by Zackary Drucker

<i>Incorruptible Flesh: Messianic Remains</i>, 2014 at performance s p a c e in London. Photo by Manual Vason.<p>I met my Papa Ron Athey in the glory days of …

Palm Springs

Not Your Negroni: How a Mississippi Drink Menu Shook Up a City’s Deep Race Tensions

“Never let a white man know how much you really do know about anything except hard work,” John Dabney once said to his son, Wendell. Dabney was born …

Black History

What Does Fran Lebowitz Really Think About Trump and #MeToo?

The New York literary institution discusses writing, talking and the perils of kangaroo bites.<p>To paraphrase (and repurpose) a line from the 1977 …

Rex Tillerson

Don't Just Shut Up and Play | by Nigel Hayes

You’ll have to forgive me — I don’t know all the rules when it comes to writing a commencement address. I’ve been told that it’s standard procedure …

Colin Kaepernick

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ozzie Guillen interview, Part 1

To say that Matt Davidson’s new patient approach is paying off would be a bit of an understatement.<p>The White Sox designated hitter looks like a …

Baseball

Opinion: Fighting the death penalty with James Baldwin

CLOSE<p>A U.S. judge ordered Alabama to preserve death chamber evidence of an aborted execution and be ready to present it at court after lawyers for …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Battling the Death Penalty With James Baldwin

Photo by Denna Jones | CC BY 2.0<p>If you’re thirsting to understand our increasingly cold, jaundiced, at times carcinogenic society, James Baldwin’s …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Context-Dependent Discretion, Mood-Reading, Personal Charisma: Talking to Tae-Yeoun Keum – BLARB

<i>In what ways can a crowd encircling some intensive person-to-person exchange in fact prove philosophically, pedagogically, even artistically</i> …

Books

James Baldwin: Complete Fiction & Collected Essays (three volumes) - Library of America

James Baldwin: Complete Fiction & Collected Essays (three volumes)<p><i>Go Tell It on the Mountain</i> | <i>Giovanni’s Room</i> | <i>Another Country</i> | <i>Going to Meet the Man</i> …

Literature

7 Books About Different Writing Lives

Jenny Boully’s <i>Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life</i> begins with a preface about J.M. Barrie’s <i>Peter Pan</i>, who is described as “betwixt and …

Books

Lena Waithe Is 'Tired of White Folks Telling My Stories'

“Can’t no one tell a black story, particularly a queer story, the way I can, because I see the God in us,” ‘The Chi’ creator says<p>Lena Waithe is tired …

Entertainment

Spark Equity in Your Building With These Six Experiences

<i>Editor's Note: This is the last part of a four-part series that is focused on the shifts that need to happen before a school or school system can</i> …

Teaching

Le sporting-club de Monte Carlo (for Lena Horne) by James Baldwin

Monte Carlo

Facebook Versus The Activists

Clearly, Facebook has some kinks to work out.<p>In the spring, it looked like things were looking up in terms of being able to have relevant …

Social Media

The Trans-African Road Trip Is Where Adventure, Art and Social Activism Meet

There are very few times in our lives when we can take months to travel with like-minded people, work on passion projects, and produce art that …

Africa

Nakhane Is No Longer Living in Fear | GQ

After death threats pushed the South African singer and actor to flee to London this year, he returns with his sophomore album, a grand and stunning effort that touches down on queerness, desolation, and spirituality.<p>People were trying to kill Nakhane. The South African-born actor and musician had …

Culture