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Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes began writing in high school, and even at this early age was developing the voice that made him famous. Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, but lived with his grandmother in Lawrence, Kansas until he was thirteen and then with his mother in Lincoln, Illinois and Cleveland, Ohio where he went to highContinue »

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Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde was in her own words ‘a black, lesbian, mother, warrior poet.’ She was also an activist, a teacher, a 14 year cancer survivor and the author of 18 books of poetry and prose. Audre Lorde was born in 1934 in New York to parents of West Indian heritage. She passed away in 1992,Continue »

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Sylvester

Sylvester was born Sylvester James on September 6, 1947 to an affluent black family in Los Angeles. Sylvester’s initial exposure to music came through his grandmother, Julia Morgan, who had been a revered jazz singer in the 1930’s. Through her, he acquired an interest in blues and theatre. At his grandmother’s encouragement, he learned toContinue »

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