SUPERIMPOSING

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Our wonderful contributor, Zahra, dug up the Emily Bernard essay, “Teaching the N Word,” and it got us thinking….. I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what… Continue reading

DEAR DISNEY…

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Dear Disney: First, your new princess is Latina, and then she is not because you were criticized for her not being Latina enough. Then you fall back to the “This is Fantasy and… Continue reading

Words, Sticks, and Stones

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What I’ve always loved about sports is the complication of the human element. I love sitting at the 400 or 500 level of a baseball stadium and hearing fans complain about umpires missing… Continue reading

Open Letter to Cynthia Mort

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Dear Cynthia Mort: I know that truth and fiction can be configured. I also know that Hollywood has a stenographer’s imagination when it comes to the supply and demand of dark black women.… Continue reading

Creating Identity

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I’ve been thinking a lot about how, when, and where race, ethnicity, and gender intersect. The answer, of course, is simple: identity. As a woman of color, I am constantly questioning identity (both… Continue reading

A Summer of Visual Arts and Artists

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This summer I finally fulfilled my desire to paint a self portrait. The portrait turned out to be a triptych in acrylic paint and it certainly shows my novice level, but who cares?… Continue reading

Reading More Writers of Color

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I recall fiction writer Victor Lavalle saying that his work is often compared to black writers whose work he does not recognize as similar. Lavalle felt that a lack of familiarity with black… Continue reading

The More Enjoyable of Q&A

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“I was exposed to a world that was so rare,” Grachan Moncur recalls in an interview with poet, writer and professor, Sean Singer (Cerise Press Summer 2012). With natural grace—the self rising and… Continue reading

Sportin’ Literature

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I have barked and cheered at the television and searched sports blogs feverishly during this year’s NBA championship and USTA seasons. And I did these things relatively alone, talking to one friend via… Continue reading

De Pura Cepa: An Interview with Puerto Rican Artist, Amy Ortiz

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Hola Delen Readers, This week we take great pleasure in introducing la artista mas apasionada–the hermosa Amy Ortiz. DELEN ARTS: Can you please tell us about your cultural background? Where did you grow up? … Continue reading