Elizabeth Alexander Poetry Reading at The White House
In celebration of National Poetry Month, American poet, Elizabeth Alexander delivers a a brief excerpt from her newly-released memoir “The Light of the World” during a poetry reading at The White House. She is the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. With the support of the President’s Council on Arts and Humanities, forty students from local-area schools will participate in a poetry workshop.
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What Nigerians Think About Boko Haram, America Wanting to Help
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In the Root TV segment above, The Root's Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele speaks with Chika Oduah—an independent journalist working in Nigeria—about what this entire experience has been like for Nigerians, especially their being at the forefront of the philanthropic cause that was “en vogue” for the better part...
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It’s a pretty convincing case for why we should start using more descriptive vocabulary to describe different complexions and stop thinking of white hues as the standard.
Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features expert advice for TV and film’s most complex characters. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.