There’s a line in the Smiths’ “Unloveable” that goes, “I wear black on the outside/’cause black is how I feel on the inside.” Morrissey, the Smiths’ former lead singer, decided to take his love of that line, as well as an image of James Baldwin, to make T-shirts to sell on his North American tour.
James Baldwin is unequivocally one of the most prolific writers of his time.
Black women have never labored under the assumption that all womanhood is created equal in a white supremacist society.
In the late 1970s, James Baldwin began working on an idea for a book that would tell the story of America through the lives of three of his murdered friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
James Baldwin is directly connected to Duke Ellington and John Coltrane in my mind, thanks to the 90-minute documentary James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket. When the Paris section of the film starts, you see mid-20th-century black-and-white footage of a security guard opening huge iron gates that lead to the Eiffel…