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OPINION: Thank You Oprah. American Dirt — Is Getting too Dirty

James Baldwin said, “Perhaps I did not succumb to ideology … because I have never seen myself as a spokesman. I am a witness.” Oprah understood that sentiment when she stood by Jeanine Cummins, author of American Dirt. When a writer is attacked, all writers need to raise the bar. We should protect fellow writers whose safety is compromised, especially when we’re responsible for instigating necessary conversations that have become hostile. If we don’t, who will? American Dirt, is the story of a

NONFICTION: Why Writers Love New York City

LaVonne Roberts discusses what inspired her love of New York City. There is a phenomenon many of us seem to get swept up in: feeling that our relationship to the city is as alive and intimate as that of fiery, fateful lovers. What is it about New York that compels us to believe the city is a human entity unto itself: one capable of offering earth-shattering sex, endlessly stimulating conversation, and eventual transcendence, too? Falling in love with New York City is like your first love affair...

OPINION: "Call Me Crazy" by Lavonne Roberts

My twenty year-old daughter, Alessandra, showed Andy, my friend, and me a commercial where Serena Williams took the stereotypical trope of the “crazy woman” and turned it on its head in Nike’s new Dream Crazier campaign. Williams narrates the emotional advert as footage of female athletes crying or disputing calls appear on the screen. “If we show emotion, we’re called dramatic. If we want to play against men, we’re nuts. And if we dream of equal opportunity — delusional. Read More...