This young writer, Morgan Parker is the winner of a Pushcart Prize; which honors the best “poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot”. She has accomplished a large number of poems like, Magical Negro #89: Michael Jackson in Blackface, 13 Ways of Looking at a Black Girl , Beyoncé on the Line for Gaga , and many […]

Lorraine Hansberry, born May 19, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. Hansberry and her family very hard working, fought discrimination to move into a white neighborhood. She took on her experience and put into her writing. Hansberry became the first Black female author to have her play performed on Broadway. Best known for her play, A Raisin […]

Lorde supported herself while attending Hunter College. Graduating in 1959 she pursed her Master’s in Library Science at Columbia University. From a Land Where Other People Live, was her third volume of poetry that got her nominated for a National Book Award. Being a Black lesbian in the 50’s, her work was the voice to the […]

The MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward was born, April 1, 1977 in DeLisle, Mississippi She isn’t just a novelist , she is also an associate professor at Tulane University. Jesmyn Ward’s work earned her the  National Book Award for Fiction for her second novel Salvage the Bones in 2011. Betsy Burton of […]

We know her as Toni Morrison. She was born Chloe Ardelia Wofford on February 18, 1931 in Lorain, Ohio. Toni attended Howard University, where she earned her Bachelors. Later, she attended Cornell University, earning her Masters. Toni Morrison is the first African-American woman to receive a Nobel Prize. Her outstanding work as an author made […]

 Gloria Mayfield Banks a Detroit , Michigan native. She was born September 8, 1956. Banks openly shares that she grew up dyslexic. Through that obstacle, she was able to graduate from Howard University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Later from Harvard University with a Master’s of Business Administration. Gloria was later awarded an honorary doctorate from the University […]

We  know , Sister Souljah; but Lisa Williamson was born January 28, 1964 in Bronx, New York. In her collegiate years, she was well traveled; experiencing England, France, Spain, Portugal, Finland, and Russia. Her accomplishments are a mile long; she was heavily involved in creating and starting the African Youth Survival Camp, serves as  Executive Director […]

Taraji P. Henson was born; Taraji Penda Henson on September 11th, 1970 in Washington, District of Columbia. Taraji P. Henson, graduated in 1988 from Oxon Hill High School ;after not getting into a performances arts high school that she didn’t get into. Attending North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, studyingelectrical engineering . Henson, got into […]

Jacqueline Woodson, February 12, 1963 in Columbus, Ohio Authors are awarded for their great work. Jacqueline has received, The Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate, Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement, Newbery Honor Medal , Coretta Scott King Award, National Book Award, The Caldecott Medal, ALA Notable, and Parents’ Choice Award Her books, Brown […]

Octavia Estelle Butler was born June 22, 1947 in Pasadena, California. Bulter won both Hugo and Nebula awards. The Hugo awards are presented to recipients that are chosen by fans. The Nebula award is given to writers and picked by fellow science fiction writers. Octavia, became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant, in 1995. Unfortunately , […]