I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers. – Langston Hughes
My love for Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight and how I came up with the names for my novels Bluestone Rondo and The Weight of a Pearl. I hope Barry Jenkins discovers this blog entry so that he can tell me all the deeper meanings of his amazing story and how it became a personal memoir!
Native Son by Richard Wright – Reading a Richard Wright novel is torture. That is why he is one of my favorite authors. He doesn’t just describe what the characters feel; Wright makes you put on their skin, drink their poison, and suffer every hot, jagged stab of their existence.
In a world split by lies disguised as truth, where do we turn? Why should we stand up for Dreamers and immigrant families divided by manufactured fear? Why should we stand up for families of color ripped apart by street executions with no due process? Why should we vote?
Here I go again. Finding Black History in the most unlikely places. This time, it’s the Spanish Civil War. And yes, it was as American
The title, Bluestone Rondo, is a story in itself. Bluestone can be read two ways: “blue stone,” which represents the symbolic aquamarine cuff links that both brothers covet. Those cuff links signify a divisive talisman that brings the illusion of good luck to one brother, and bad luck to both….