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Was Elijah Muhammad “Racist”?

This question comes across my mind when reading “The Fire Next Time”. Check out this video of Leo Muhammad: Student of The Honourale Minister Louis Farrakhan, who was mentored by Elijah himself. They get into a heated debate about the … Continue reading

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Oh… No…

After reading all of Baldwin’s works I feel like a James Baldwin expert (#exaggerating ). It was very entertaining how many of his characters made me angry; I was annoyed because of fictional character and this caused me to stop … Continue reading

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Equality-License to Suck

I found this 5 minute video to be thought provoking. Chris Rock from The Black List Chris Rock addresses the issues of inequality with a sense of humor. My favorite part is when he address his neighbors, the situation where … Continue reading

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white as an attitude, black as a condition

Here is some more insight into Baldwin’s view of race from an interview he did for Esquire magazine. This interview took place shortly after the killing of Martin Luther King Jr.  This makes me think about the attitudes and actions … Continue reading

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    I saw this picture on a James Baldwin tumblr and realized that the message is super relevant in our current society. Before this class, I didn’t necessarily think about a lot of the issues Baldwin brings up as … Continue reading

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Another Country

Another Country is another classic Baldwin novel.  It takes us along for the ride as we watch the life of a man named Rufus fall apart.  Rufus is a Black man dating Leona, a White woman, in a time period … Continue reading

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Giovanni’s Room

Giovanni’s Room is a story about a man named David who is lost in this world.  He is a gay man from Brooklyn who won’t accept himself.  He has numerous sexual encounters with men, but still denies that he is … Continue reading

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Notes for a Hypothetical Novel

This is one of Baldwin’s many essays, and it literally is an essay about possible topics one could use to write a novel.  He talks about when he first moved to New York, specifically to Harlem.  He noticed there the … Continue reading

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Go Tell it on the Mountain

This is the most religiously based novel that I have read by Baldwin.  It is the story of a young boy who clashes with his father, Gabriel, and in turn finds God.  The main character, John, is a boy who … Continue reading

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Discovery of What it means to be an American

In The Discovery of What it Means to be an American, James Baldwin tries to identify the specific qualities that officially make a person an American.  What he discovers is that there is no single definition that encompasses the American … Continue reading

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