March 9, 2011
Recently honored by President Obama, the biographer and literary critic talks to us about the pleasures and challenges of profiling black lives.
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Countée Cullen was an unsung artist who valued poetic tradition even while addressing the issues.
by Hillary Crosley onSeptember 16, 2012
Claude McKay, a Harlem Renaissance writer, was the first black novelist to write a best-seller.
by Jenée Desmond-Harris onMarch 19, 2012
We wonder how many other kids have dealt with having to speak for the race in the classroom.
by Abdul Ali onOctober 26, 2011
A new Penguin anthology edited by Rita Dove highlights a number of African-American poets.
by Joshua R. Weaver onAugust 10, 2011
The Root Recommends: A new literary anthology that chronicles black gay and lesbian fiction.
by Linda Villarosa onJuly 23, 2011
Quiet as it's kept, a number of the brightest lights of the Harlem Renaissance fell along the LGBT rainbow spectrum.
July 22, 2011
A look back at the gay, the bi-curious and the LGBT-friendly denizens of the literary movement.
April 22, 2011
In honor of National Poetry Month, The Root's staff shares a few of our favorite stanzas from black poets, from old school (Hughes, Dunbar) to new school (Tupac).
by Nsenga Burton onAugust 24, 2010
The fate of the home of one of America's greatest poets hangs in the balance.
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