Thursday, February 29, 2024

Eugene B. Redmond and Black Arts era poets

Eugene B. Redmond and Jayne Cortez, October 2005, SIUE


Someone was recently asking me about the state of African American literary studies at SIUE when I began in 2003. Of course, I thought about my work with Eugene B. Redmond -- the main reason I came to this university.

He wrote Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry (1976), and I wanted the chance to work with him. So I applied. The rest is history as they say. 

Redmond retired in 2007. Before that, he and I coordinated several readings featuring poets associated with the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Quincy Troupe. Sonia Sanchez. Amiri Baraka. Jayne Cortez. Haki Madhubuti. Mari Evans. [Related: 10 Years of Poets Reading at SIUE].

In retrospect, Redmond was moving toward retirement when I began, and those readings showcasing Black Arts era poets may have been a way of winding down his career. The poets were his old friends stopping by to reconnect.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Black Women Writers, 1970 - 1995

A short take on the importance of 1970 - 1995, in the history of Black women's writing.


   

Script by Howard Rambsy II 
Narration by Kassandra Timm 
Whiteboard animation by Sierra Taylor

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Black Fiction and New York City, Part 2

A short take on Black fiction and New York City.

   

Script by Howard Rambsy II 
Narration by Kassandra Timm 
Whiteboard animation by Sierra Taylor

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Black Fiction and New York City, Part 1

A short take on Black fiction and New York City. 

   

Script by Howard Rambsy II 
Narration by Kassandra Timm 
Whiteboard animation by Sierra Taylor

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Receptions of African American Novels

A short take on the receptions of African American novels.

 

 Script by Howard Rambsy II 
Narration by Kassandra Timm 
Whiteboard animation by Sierra Taylor

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Saturday, February 10, 2024

A Memorable Scene from Batman and the Outsiders

A brief take on that memorable scene from Batman and the Outsiders #1. 



Script by Howard Rambsy II 
Narration by Kassandra Timm
Animation by Sierra Taylor 

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Classifying Black Novels

 

Written by Howard Rambsy II 
Narration by Kassandra Timm 
Whiteboard animation by Sierra Taylor

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1987 - Pivotal Year in Black Literary History

A short take on why 1987 was so consequential in Black literary history. 

I wrote the episode, and it was read by Kassandra Timm.

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Episodes of Remarkable Receptions