Maya Angelou doing a little reading in her dressing room before her performance at the Village Vanguard in New York City. Long before she was a poet and writer and the icon we know today, Dr. Angelou was a dancer and singer of folk and calypso songs (she even recorded an album in 1957 called “Miss Calypso” and appeared in the film “Calypso Heat Wave” that same year. This photo was taken by G. Marshall Wilson, who was a staff photographer at Ebony for 33 years. Photo: Art.com
"We writers – and especially writers for children, but all writers – have an obligation to our readers: it’s the obligation to write true things, especially important when we are creating tales of people who do not exist in places that never were – to understand that truth is not in what happens but what it tells us about who we are."
A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens
But libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information. -Neil Gaiman
Ah It’s happening! I’ve been wanting to turn this into a Vlog all year, and I figured I should just turn my camera on and start talking…so here it goes.
Token In America Talks is for discussions on creative musings, it’s about literature, it’s about music, it’s about tv/film, it’s about art that moves or causes you to think in a new way.
In this 1st Installment I discuss One Flight Up, Susan Fales-Hill novel; the PBS special The African Americans: Many Rivers to Crosswith Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Stromae, the Belgian artist that I’m completely in love with!
For more on my thoughts about the PBS special, you can check out this piece I recently wrote!