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The Harlem Renaissance, the great flowering of African American arts and culture in the early twentieth century, is hard to define and easy to admire. Coupled with the Great Migration, in which hundreds of thousands of Southern black workers moved to the rapidly industrializing cities of the North, the Harlem Renaissance was a time of great artistic expression, as musicians, visual artists, and writers forged a new consciousness. The works they produced reflected a spirit of change, progress, and optimism – but underlying the excitement were also a sense of struggle; reflective themes of nostalgia, guilt, and regret; and a clear-eyed view of racial relations in American culture. Host Jacke Wilson looks at the works of Langston Hughes, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, and the many others who turned Harlem into the center of a worldwide movement.
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Peace on earth, good will to all…and a photo gallery of great writers caught in the act of laughing. Happy holidays!
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What can I say about the Writers Laughing series? It’s hugely popular and it’s not hard to see why. We all love books, we all love authors, we all love seeing them in their unguarded moments. And laughter is a beautiful thing. I suppose I’ve posted about 30 or so of these. Time for a top ten!
Number 10 (tie): Gertrude Stein, Zora Neale Hurston, Carson McCullers
Number 9: Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
Number 8: Seamus Heaney
Number 7: Lorrie Moore
Number 6: Alice Munro (with special guest Margaret Atwood)
That’s it for now…bask in the happy mood and check back for the top 5!
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Another great one. There’s at least one other picture of her in this car: Continue reading