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 […]

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 , […]

February 9, 1944 Alice Malsenior Walker was born, in Eatonton, Georgia. Alice Walker was one of eight children, she was gifted a typewriter by her mother; when she was accidentally blinded in one eye. Walker grew up and earned a scholarship to Spelman College and she studied to two year. She then transferred to Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, […]

Jo-Issa Rae Diop known best as Issa Rae, born January 12,1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Her parents, Abdoulaye Diop and Delyna Hayward; a  doctor and teacher raised five children. Issa Rae grew up to become a Screenwriter, Author, Producer, Actress, Director.Many recognize her as the star and executive producer of the hit HBO show, Insecure on three season; going on […]

Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou was born April 4, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri. As a child, she went without speaking for 6 years. After she testified against he mother’s boyfriend the raped Maya Angelou at 7 years old. When he was beaten to death by a mob . “My 7-and-a-half-year-old logic deduced that my voice had […]

Nikki Giovanni was born Yolande Cornelia Giovanni, Jr., on June 7, 1943, in Knoxville, Tennessee.  She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Giovanni worked to graduate with honors , proudly from her grandfather’s alma mater, Fisk University in 1967. Nikki Giovanni is currently a distinguished Professor , at Virginia Tech. She has worked there since 1987. […]

Oprah Gail Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi; January 29, 1954. She is an icon , that has shown the Black community that a Black woman can be a Philanthropist, Television Producer, Talk Show Host, Film Actress, and Producer. With the OWN network and The O Magazine to be just a few of her accomplishments. […]

Angela Yvonne Davis  was born ; January 26, 1944, in Birmingham, Alabama. Angela Davis is strongly recognized as a activist, scholar and writer who has continued her journey advocate for the oppressed since the 60s. “Poor people, people of color – especially are much more likely to be found in prison than in institutions of […]