Los Angeles Review of Books: Respect Is Just a Minimum: On HBO Max’s “Rap Sh!t”

ON FEBRUARY 24, 1999, Lauryn Hill became the third—and, to date, last—Black woman to win an Album of the Year Grammy. From the Shrine Auditorium stage, Hill recognized the historical significance of her win by musing, as she held up her trophy: “This is crazy because this is hip-hop music!” Although the Recording Academy had […]

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Electric Literature: Predicting the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

With March Madness and the Super Bowl recently crowning champions and the Grammys and Oscars awarding music and movies, it’s finally time for the literary world to have its own big moment in the sun. And that can only mean one thing: It’s Pulitzer time! While there are many book awards that highlight some of […]

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Electric Literature: My Great-Grandmother Knew Our Indigenous Songs had the Power to Heal Our World

Electric Literature: My Great-Grandmother Knew Our Indigenous Songs had the Power to Heal Our World

In 2006, I watched my great-grandmother address a sold-out crowd at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. She climbed the wooden steps of the stage, her small frame draped in her wool shawl, and I watched as her father’s painted drum was handed to a percussionist in the orchestra. My great-grandmother, my namesake, turned and addressed the audience. […]

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