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Posted by Editor On JULY - 18 - 2011

Time flies, can you believe we are already past the half year mark? Just the other day we welcomed the New Year with long lists of resolutions. Well, the year doesn’t feel so new anymore, it’s that time of the year when energy levels sink, we get sucked into the routine of life and many times become complacent. All these are symptoms of Mid Year blues.


Posted by Editor On JULY- 18 - 2011

Growing up, I was a ‘someday girl’. I had dreams of someday publishing a book, someday working for a newspaper, someday being an editor, someday. Until one day many years later I woke up to the realization that someday was today; the only assurance we have, not 2 years from now or tomorrow but today.


Posted by Editor On JULY - 18 - 2011

For some April habitually brings in to mind Spring; sunshine, blooming flowers, the green of trees and sliding into flip flops. For me, April is just April because luckily where I live the beauty of ‘Spring’ and getting high on Vitamin D is something I experience every day.


Posted by Editor On JULY - 18 - 2011

As I kid, one of my all time favorite TV shows was 'The Jefferson’s'. As I write this, the theme song is playing in my head. “Well we’re movin’ on up, to the east side, moving on up, to a deluxe apartment in the sky. Moving on up, to the east side, moving on up,we finally got a piece of the pie.


Posted by Editor On JULY - 18 - 2011

February is a special month, apart from the red roses, boxes of chocolate, great deals and the romance, it’s also the month we celebrate the history and contributions of African American men and women to society in the name of Black History Month.


Posted by Editor On JULY - 18- 2011

Happy New Year!Yes, I know I'm a little late on the wishes just like the way I'm late with our new January Issue but it's finally here. New year, new layout, new name, basically, new things. Its all about the new new! For all those who knew this blog as The Ladies Room, I now introduce you to AfroElle; a blog for women of afro-descent from all over the world.


Posted by Editor On JULY - 18 - 2011

The year has literally flown by, I can't believe it's already December. To many, December is a month of in depth self evaluation and stock taking; taking that walk down memory lane to see if you accomplished the goals you set at the beginning of the year.It's also about looking at your present to see what has worked for you or what you need to eliminate before you head on to the new year.

The Word

Posted by AfroElle On 10:19 PM
The Word, edited by Marita Golden, takes you on a journey of transformation as Africa American writers discuss how the power of reading and writing changed their life. The book includes over ten interviews categorized into three parts: Reading Beyond Borders, Reading For The Mind, and Reading For The Soul.This book touches the heart of any reader or writer, but most importantly prompts reflection for someone who may have never valued the power of words in this way.

In the introduction, Golden says, “Reading and writing are the twin pillars of modern civilization, endeavors that exists as a kind of oxygen necessary for the transformation of both individuals and societies.” She explains the intimacy of reading and writing, and the power within words, revelations, sharing stories, and embarking on new paths as a result of such affects on human communication. She then takes the reader on a personal account of how writing and the power of it all have affected her life.

As you flip through the book, each interview is introduced with a picture and background on the writer, however, once you begin reading the interviews, you immediately feel like you are childhood friend recounting these visions, experiences, and emotions with them. It becomes very personal. You begin to question events in your life, when you first fell in love with a black character in a book, learned the power of journaling, or what your favorite books are.

My favorites include:

Ellis Cose, an editor for Newsweek, recounting his adolescents growing up in Chicago disinterested in English class until one teacher helped provoke his curiosity. She allowed him to write on the Chicago Riots, which resulted in a book in high school. It was a voice, a way for him to express himself like never before; it was the launch of his never-ending relationship with writing and journalism.

Nathan McCall recalls how his experience in prison forced him to learn himself in ways he never had to before. He writes, “You get in touch with aloneness in a level that you never had to deal with before.”He goes on to explain how one day he grabbed Native Son by Ralph Ellison off the book cart, and since then his life changed. His reading sparked a personal connection with characters, as he explored a new world of African American literature and intellectualism resulting in his own writing.

Having grown up in a Nigerian home, where reading was the norm, Chimamanda N. Adiche’s love for reading and writing had been cultivated since she was young. However, her earliest readings where influenced by colonialism until she read Chinua Achebe’s, Things Fall Apart and realized it was possible for people who looked like her to be in books. Reading helped bring the world into focus for Adiche, and send her on a quest to explore the truths behind her heritage and passion.

The Word is an example of how words move off the page, stirring emotions, lifting up spirits, reliving experiences, and exploring revelations. Each interview captures your attention and magnetically pulls you in. The uniqueness of everyone’s personal relationship with reading and writing forces the reader to evaluate their own personal experiences.

When was the first time you fell in love with a book? How did you feel afterwards?
What does reading give you? Has it sparked a new turn in your life?
How has it opened your view to the world or saved your life?
When did you first value African-American literature?
What books would you recommend to others?

As you reflect on these questions, I invite you to explore The Word, and embark on the journeys of others.

Marita Golden is an award-winning author of more than ten books of fiction and non-fiction. She is the co-founder and president emeritus of the Hurston/Wright Foundation located in Washington, DC.Her previous book, It’s All Love is a collection of pieces on African-American love.

1 Response to "The Word"

  1. Myne Whitman Said,

    Sounds like an interesting book. Love the cover too.


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