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Maya Angelou

(b. 1928) American novelist and poet

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Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard  

(b. 8 November 1953), actor.Alfre Woodard is an actor’s actor. She can play a lead or a supporting character with equal ease. She has played doctors, drug addicts, social ...
Alice Walker

Alice Walker  

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(1944– )Black US novelist and poet whose writing explores racial and sexual politics as they affect African-American women.Born into a family of sharecroppers in Eatonton, Georgia, Alice Walker ...
Anne Spencer

Anne Spencer  

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(1882–1975), poet, librarian, community activist,and muse and confidante to Harlem Renaissance intellectuals and literati. Anne Spencer was born inauspiciously on a Virginia plantation. Yet the ...
Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday  

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1915–1959)Black US jazz singer, often described as the greatest true jazz singer of all time.Born in Baltimore, she was called ‘Billie’ after a film star. Her father, Clarence Holiday (1900–37), ...
Charles Gordone

Charles Gordone  

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(1926–),Cleveland-born actor, director, producer, and playwright whose plays include No Place to Be Somebody (1969, Pulitzer Prize), a dark comedy about blacks in a rundown Greenwich Village saloon, ...
Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson  

(b. 19 December 1933), actor.Three-time Emmy Award winner Cicely Tyson was an actress, humanitarian, and activist. She was a woman who exuded strength and dignity and personified excellence, much ...
E. Lynn Harris

E. Lynn Harris  

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(1955–2009), novelist.Developing a Black male homosexual canon empowered E. Lynn Harris to testify to his experiences and spark conversation on an often taboo topic. Growing up in Little Rock, ...
Eugene Redmond

Eugene Redmond  

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(b. 1937), poet, playwright, critic, editor, educator,and important figure in the 1960s black arts movement. Eugene Redmond was born 1 December 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri. Orphaned at age nine, he ...
Grandmothers

Grandmothers  

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Who is the grandmother? What does she signify—to her community and to the writer? Shaped primarily by culture, concepts vary widely. Although there is a common understanding of the grandmother ...
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  

The first volume of a multi-volume autobiography by Maya Angelou, published in 1970. The book broke ground for African-American women writers in terms of critical acclaim and large sales. It ...
incest

incest  

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The criminal offence of an act of penetration (penetrating or allowing to be penetrated) between close family members, which generally includes a lineal ancestor, lineal descendant, sibling or ...
Jessie Redmon Fauset

Jessie Redmon Fauset  

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(1882–1961),born in New Jersey of a long-established family of free blacks, was probably the first black woman to become a member of Phi Beta Kappa, upon her graduation from Cornell (1905). After ...
Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman  

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(1945– )US soprano, who has won wide acclaim for both her operatic and concert performances.Born in Augusta, Georgia, she won a scholarship to Howard University, Washington d.c., to study music and ...
Joanne M Braxton

Joanne M Braxton  

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(b. 1950), poet and critic.A distinguished writer and teacher, Joanne M. Braxton has published important poetry and criticism while maintaining the significance of historical and communal ties.Joanne ...
Joe Louis

Joe Louis  

1914–1981)US boxer, known as ‘The Brown Bomber’, and world heavyweight champion (1937–49).Born at Lexington, Alabama, Joe Louis was a Golden Gloves champion and turned professional in 1934. Within ...
Nella Larsen

Nella Larsen  

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(1891–1964),born in Chicago, daughter of a West Indies black man and a Danish mother, spent some time in Denmark as well as the U.S. She wrote a novel, Quicksand ...
North Carolina

North Carolina  

In the early twenty-first century Latinos and Latinas represent the largest foreign-born population in North Carolina, and their numbers are growing rapidly in the state. What is the relative size ...
Paul Lawrence Dunbar

Paul Lawrence Dunbar  

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(1872–1906),born in Dayton, Ohio, of parents who had been slaves in Kentucky, and resided in that city most of his short life, early displaying his talents as a poet. Under the auspices of the ...
Politics and Writing

Politics and Writing  

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All writing by women is political, according to Myra Jehlen, because until very recently women were not supposed to write. Indeed, the conjunction of politics with women's writing might once ...
rape

rape  

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See heterosexuality; hubris; Sabini; sexuality; and E. M. Harris, Classical Quarterly 1990; S. Cole, Classical Philology 1984; S. Deacy and K. Pierce, Rape in Antiquity (1997).

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