therumpus:

Conversations With Literary Ex-Cons: Piper Kerman, whose memoir Orange Is the New Black inspired the TV series.

That’s one of the tragic things for women who are locked up: there aren’t the same lifelines to the outside world. First of all, for a lot of women who get locked up, their husbands and boyfriends are locked up, too. More importantly, the vast majority of women prisoners are moms, and many of them are mothers of young children. I did not have a baby when I was locked up. I have had a child since I’ve been home. I think if you’re going to take a parent away from a small child, it should be for a freaking heinous crime, because the effect on that kid is devastating.

Her Book could be read as an Ebook, did you know? Click here for the Ebook. Want to read the hardcover? Check it out here

citylightsbooks:

Today on the blog: a look at the City Lights consignment section, one of our fastest selling fanzines is always Erick Lyle’s SCAM! This one focuses on Black Flag, and early LA hardcore… Click on the picture for an interview with Erick about DIY, Black Flag and much more!

I picked up this Zine this past weekend. It’s the story of Black Flag’s classic first album! Just like it says, and it is excellent. In a short hour, you could read about the nucleus of LA punks that were slowly overrun by the ensuing wave of more militant punks. The war-like environment created by the LAPD, the parties at Errol Flynn’s abandoned mansion, the transformation of a certain lead singer, and the intense rehearsing. 
You like American Hardcore? Pick these up @ Brentwood: American Hardcore: A Tribal History / Stephen BlushOur Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-19991 / Michael AzerradSpray Paint the Walls : the Story of Black Flag / Stevie Chick

citylightsbooks:

Today on the blog: a look at the City Lights consignment section, one of our fastest selling fanzines is always Erick Lyle’s SCAM! This one focuses on Black Flag, and early LA hardcore… Click on the picture for an interview with Erick about DIY, Black Flag and much more!

I picked up this Zine this past weekend. It’s the story of Black Flag’s classic first album! Just like it says, and it is excellent. In a short hour, you could read about the nucleus of LA punks that were slowly overrun by the ensuing wave of more militant punks. The war-like environment created by the LAPD, the parties at Errol Flynn’s abandoned mansion, the transformation of a certain lead singer, and the intense rehearsing. 

You like American Hardcore? Pick these up @ Brentwood: 

American Hardcore: A Tribal History / Stephen Blush
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-19991 / Michael Azerrad
Spray Paint the Walls : the Story of Black Flag / Stevie Chick

For two years, Diamond and Black have been living comfortably on their high-class cul-de-sac with their daughter, ready to leave the drug business behind them. However, Johnny can feel nothing but rage for the woman he once loved, and on his death bed he sets a plan in motion to tear Diamond’s world apart.
Black Diamond 3 : lucky chance / Brittani Williams. (Link to Catalog)
Now in Brentwood! 

For two years, Diamond and Black have been living comfortably on their high-class cul-de-sac with their daughter, ready to leave the drug business behind them. However, Johnny can feel nothing but rage for the woman he once loved, and on his death bed he sets a plan in motion to tear Diamond’s world apart.

Black Diamond 3 : lucky chance / Brittani Williams. (Link to Catalog)

Now in Brentwood! 

newmanology:

BLACK HISTORY MONTH MAGAZINES: NEGRO ROMANCE COMICS

Negro Romance was published for three issues in 1950 by comic book publisher Fawcett. In May 1955, the second issue was reprinted by Charleton comics as Negro Romance #4, with a new illustrated cover. The artist for issue #2 wasAlvin Hollingsworth, one of the first African-American comic book artists and later a noted fine artist.

These covers and more goodies can be seen at Black Superheroines.

kellymce:

James Baldwin dancing with Lorraine Hansberry? Love it. Via Flavorwire. 

An American Master, and a cultural treasure. A man who once said, ““Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced”. A man with a number of homes, from Harlem to Istanbul, and professions from worker for the NJ Railroad to Preacher. While he said “Once you find yourself in another civilization…you’re forced to examine your own.”, he made sure to come back to the United States to be a part of the Civil Rights Movement. Writing about interracial relationships and homosexuality, he wrote in favor of equality for our times. 
Lorraine Hansberry died before her time. She was 34 when the writer who wrote the groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Her father was a successful real estate broker who became the focus of a Supreme Court Case when he purchased a home for his family in a racially divided area in Chicago. To mention in her book, To be Young, Gifted, and Black, “…I also remember my desperate and courageous mother, patrolling our household all night with a loaded German Luger (pistol), doggedly guarding her four children, while my father fought the respectable part of the battle in the Washington court”. She was the youngest American playwright to win the New York Drama Critics Circle award for Best Play. 
In honor of two great and talented individuals, we would like to show you a photo of them relaxing.

kellymce:

James Baldwin dancing with Lorraine Hansberry? Love it. Via Flavorwire

An American Master, and a cultural treasure. A man who once said, ““Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced”. A man with a number of homes, from Harlem to Istanbul, and professions from worker for the NJ Railroad to Preacher. While he said “Once you find yourself in another civilization…you’re forced to examine your own.”, he made sure to come back to the United States to be a part of the Civil Rights Movement. Writing about interracial relationships and homosexuality, he wrote in favor of equality for our times.

Lorraine Hansberry died before her time. She was 34 when the writer who wrote the groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Her father was a successful real estate broker who became the focus of a Supreme Court Case when he purchased a home for his family in a racially divided area in Chicago. To mention in her book, To be Young, Gifted, and Black, “…I also remember my desperate and courageous mother, patrolling our household all night with a loaded German Luger (pistol), doggedly guarding her four children, while my father fought the respectable part of the battle in the Washington court”. She was the youngest American playwright to win the New York Drama Critics Circle award for Best Play.

In honor of two great and talented individuals, we would like to show you a photo of them relaxing.