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The Rev. Jesse Jackson will be among those honoring activist poet-playwright Amiri Baraka at a wake in New Jersey on Friday night.
Amiri Baraka, the legendary poet, author and playwright died Thursday in Newark at age 79 after a life of art, passion and controversy.
This founder of the Black Arts Movement was one of the greatest American writers.
Professor, poet and literary critic Sterling A. Brown was born on May 1, 1901, in Washington, D.C.
Frank X. Walker, an associate professor of English at the University of Kentucky, has been named as the poet laureate of Kentucky.
Natasha Trethewey, a English and creative writing professor at Emory University in Atlanta, is the nation's first poet laureate to hail from the South since the initial one.
Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her book Annie Allen on May 1, 1950, making her the first African-American to receive such an honor.
Maya Angelou angered by Common’s N-bombs. The rapper drops curses on a track featuring the superstar poet.
Rapper Common has been invited to participate in a White House cultural event. His previous work offends conservatives, who are objecting to his visit.