Ishmael Reed Addresses Tokenism In Literature

Published by the Amsterdam News, Reed’s latest article details his experiences and perspectives working in multicultural arts circles.
http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2020/may/09/going-global/?page=1

Re-Imagining the Black Body: Race, Memory, and the Excavation of Freedom Now

Author, activist, Prof. Frank B. Wilderson III (U.C. Irvine), and broadcast journalist, Justin Desmangles (Chairman, Before Columbus Foundation), discuss in-depth a range of critical issues facing Black America and the African Diaspora.

Library of Congress interviews Joy Harjo

Harjo’s Crazy Brave received the American Book Award in 2013. She sits on the Before Columbus Foundation’s Board of Directors. The poet laureate answers questions about the role of poetry in current social crisis:

https://blogs.loc.gov/catbird/2020/03/a-larger-context-that-reveals-meaning-an-interview-with-poet-laureate-joy-harjo/?fbclid=IwAR3j-duPJQgO1hkDXyKX4RA40dnE8tgrMMFFspZa1DdK_pVr-TQLh_xmA2s

Profiles of UC Irvine Professor Frank B Wilderson

He is professor of Drama and African American studies at the University of California, Irvine. His book Incognegro:
A Memoir of Exile & Apartheid
received the American Book Award in 2008. Highlights of his work at UC Irvine can be read below:

https://www.humanities.uci.edu/SOH/calendar/story_details.php?recid=1934&fbclid=IwAR1anDbrFs0CHLIf8iqmJBCzn-ZrO79phoM4b__qp6JVqSIiuKFEL35xpE4

His research profiled by Orange Coast:

https://www.orangecoast.com/snapshot/radical-thinker-at-uc-irvine-spreads-afropessimism-wherever-he-goes/?fbclid=IwAR1N7LxMVzcIX4eDDQMSju54kw0UPQ5gyJFJOsFCvTstsKngYz7gWxxfkno

New York Times interviews Frank B. Wilderson

Wilderson answers some questions about his latest book Afropessimism.
He is professor of Drama and African American studies at the University of California, Irvine. His book Incognegro:
A Memoir of Exile & Apartheid
received the American Book Award in 2008.

Marlon James receives Inaugural Ray Bradbury Prize


Marlon James’ fourth novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the winner of The LA Times’ inaugural Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, is his first foray into fantasy. James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings received the American Book Award in 2015. He now sits on the Board of Directors for the Before Columbus Foundation.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2020-04-17/times-book-prize-winner-marlon-james

The Controversial Origin of Asian-American Studies

Professor of English at University of Oregon Tara Fickle’s foreword to the latest edition of Aiiieeeee!: An Anthology of Asian American Writers has been made available to read online. The anthology is credited as one of the founding texts of Asian American studies as an academic field, and includes the work of Shawn Wong, a founding member of the Before Columbus Foundation.

From The Paris Review:
https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2020/01/15/the-controversial-origin-of-asian-american-studies/

Tommy J. Curry Receives Josiah Royce Prize

The Josiah Royce Prize in American Idealist Thought is to be awarded not more than once every five years for a major study in Idealism or other aspects of Roycean thought. Dr. Tommy J. Curry received the 2020 Josiah Royce Prize for his book Another white Man’s Burden: Josiah Royce’s Quest for a Philosophy of white Racial Empire.

Curry’s The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood received the American Book Award in 2018.

https://www.roycesociety.org/prizes.html?fbclid=IwAR0EdPfFFjaq4HUdlzi_RPL0o7UYIYV6lndqjRBzzCXdOFqlO9iqhiIPhEo

Question and Answer with Joy Harjo

The Christian Science Monitor interviews the first Native American poet laureate. Harjo’s Crazy Brave received the American Book Award in 2013. She sits on the Before Columbus Foundation’s Board of Directors.

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Author-Q-As/2020/0401/A-Q-A-with-Joy-Harjo-poet-laureate-of-the-United-States?fbclid=IwAR0g4kloBHy6l0BT6ZKdl-5v0YrWSPW4WYSLMIQp0XPJTnOU4A7JdkVQPzE

Coverage of Frank B Wilderson’s “Afropessismism”

Wilderson is a professor of Drama and African American studies at the University of California, Irvine. His book Incognegro:
A Memoir of Exile & Apartheid
received the American Book Award in 2008. From OrangeCoast:

https://www.orangecoast.com/snapshot/radical-thinker-at-uc-irvine-spreads-afropessimism-wherever-he-goes/?fbclid=IwAR1p6MSdQ_ApWjvCHUzgrrcIzdYAwAHqykL5UWGYTc0cip0YbzS6fywfm2M