@reinawilliams Recently making an appearance on FOX Network's The X-Factor, Baltimore native Tatiana "Reina" Williams is making noise these days with her eclectic sound and authenticity, determined to bring the feeling back to popular music. http://reinawilliams.com
"There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.” — Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) was an African American playwright and author of political speeches, letters, and essays. Her best known work, "A Raisin in the Sun", was inspired by her family's battle against racial segregation in Chicago. More like her at https://www.pinterest.com/yrauntruth/grow-up-age-croning/
MABEL HAMPTON - Historian Joan Nestle says: "I set out to... recreate the main themes of [her] life as an African-American lesbian woman, born at the beginning of the twentieth century, in the deep South. The evening became with a singing of the African-American national anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which is what Ms Hampton would have expected. And then I delivered the talk... The Life of Mabel Hampton as Told by a White Woman." A multilayered, fierce, sweet story that few people…
JA'BRIEL WALTHOUR is a transgender advocate residing in Hinesville, Georgia—a small, military community located outside Savannah. She's contributed to the Huffington Post and has authored a children's book series loosely based on her experience growing up transgender in the South. These books are "Apple of My Eye", "Jacob’s Journey", "Fat Kids, Black Kids, Tomboys, and Cissies", and "Where’s My Rock?"
CHERRIE L. MORAGA is a playwright, poet, and essayist whose plays and publications have received national recognition, including a TCG Theatre Artist Residency Grant in 1996, the NEA's Theatre Playwrights' Fellowship in 1993, and two Fund for New American Plays Awards. In 2007, she was awarded the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature; in 2008, a Creative Work Fund Award, and in 2009, a Gerbode-Hewlett Foundation Grant for Playwiting.
MARLA GLEN is an American jazz and rhythm and blues singer. Glen is known for her haunting lyrics, for her fierce commitment to social change and the cause of human unity. Most recently, she has dedicated her time and efforts to the education of children, and was declared the "patron saint" of the Knowledge Festival, organized by Bildung ohne Grenzen (Education without Barriers) in Hamburg, Germany.
KAREN WILLIAMS has been an out lesbian stand-up comedian for 25 years. She started in the California Bay Area in the 1980s and performed at women's music festivals and toured the country doing her one-woman show. She was one of the stars of Laughing Matters and her one-woman show "I Need a Snack" was featured on Logo. Karen currently lives in the Cleveland area and teaches stand-up comedy at Cleveland State University.
This Day In American History – Novelist Alice Walker Born