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Kevin Young and his book African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song alongside Langston Hughes
Daniel Tures, February 01, 2021

African American History Month begins today; on February 1 we also celebrate the birthday of Langston Hughes, one of the most powerful voices in American poetry.

Members of the Junior NAACP, 1923, Shades of L.A. Collection

On this first day of African American History Month, we reflect on the African American community of early Los Angeles.

Author T.A. Willberg and her debut novel, Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder
Daryl M., January 28, 2021

T.A. Willberg was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and holds a chiropractic master's degree from Durban University of Technology. She currently lives in Malta with her partner.

Minnie Riperton on her album, Come To My Garden
Aaron M. Olson, January 27, 2021

Minnie Riperton is perhaps most widely remembered for the 1975 hit “Lovin’ You” and her soaring five-octave vocal range, but prior to her smoothed-out soft focus “AM Gold” notoriety Riperton had released

Young girl excited with her ideas
Mona Gilbert, January 26, 2021

Stories are born from ideas, experiences, observations, and the imagination. Even true stories have their origins. In the 21st century, would-be storytellers can share their stories in many different ways. Stories can be relayed digitally, visually, in print, and in the oral tradition.

Mick Washington and her two zines, This Is My First Diary Comic and This Is My Second Diary Comic
Angi Brzycki, January 21, 2021

Mick Washington is a 22-year-old comics artist from Dallas, Texas. As a member of an art collective called the Iguana House, they help put on live music shows and comic readings.

A child magician making a stuff bunny disappear
Mona Gilbert, January 19, 2021

Magicians make the impossible possible; however, their illusions require extensive practice and skill. The magician’s secret is creating illusions that fool the human eye. This type of “magic,” differs from magic found in a fantasy novel, as it is the skill of the magician that brings the magic to life.

Tristan Espinoza
Linda Rudell-Betts, January 19, 2021

Tristan Espinoza is an artist, programmer, and organizer who lives in Los Angeles. Their work has been exhibited internationally and in Chicago, Pasadena, Los Angeles, and Medford, NY.

Wikipedia turns 20 years old
Daniel Tures, January 15, 2021

Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopedia and consistently one of the top ten most visited websites, was launched to little fanfare on January 15, 2001: it turns 20 today.

Author Paul Cornell and his book series, Witches of Lychford
Daryl M., January 14, 2021

Paul Cornell is a writer of science fiction and fantasy in prose, comics, and TV. He is one of only two people to be Hugo Award-nominated for all three media.