Frank Robinson

Recent Articles

Maya Angelou April 4, 1928 — May 28, 2014

How does one pay adequate tribute to the legacy of Maya Angelou, the beloved historic icon and cultural treasure who passed away on May 28? Her enduring presence as an enlightening, empowering beacon to which the hearts and minds of Black women faithfully were drawn, after all, marked her as an individual of inestimable consequence whose like we quite probably will never see again. Dr. Angelou, nee Marguerite Annie Johnson, advanced from an auspicious literary debut, publishing her first autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings with the aid of James Baldwin, who would become a lifelong friend, to a titanic career that spanned more than a half century. Her accomplishments included, in far from a complete listing, a film rendition of the book starring Diahann Carroll and Ruby Dee; six more autobiographies; acting turns in The Richard Pryor Special?, Poetic Justice with Janet Jackson, and Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion; as well as stints directing (Down In The Delta, starring Alfre Woodward, featuring Al Freeman, Jr), producing (Sister, Sister with Rosalind Cash, Diahann Carroll and Paul Winfield), and scoring film soundtracks (For Love of Ivy, starring Sidney Poitier). She is best known for her vast volume of poetry, most notably “On the Pulse of Morning,” which she recited at President Bill Clinton’s 1994 inauguration. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Black History Month: It’s not just for White folks

 

There are some who are suggesting that Black History Month is no longer needed. This includes, sadly, some of us Black folk who don’t see this yearly February observance as necessary. On the contrary, Black History Month isn’t just for Whites to learn more about us, but also for us to know more about us. “Black history itself is not talked about enough,” says Dr. Elinor Ruth Tatum, publisher of the New York Amsterdam News. “I think in general the importance of Black history [is] not just the people who did the first thing, but also how we got to where we are right now,” says Nate Parham, who manages SBN’s Swish Appeal, a website that covers the WNBA and women’s college basketball around the nation from Seattle. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,