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the book is forthcoming. by Danyel Smith. a history of black women in pop. from It Books/HarperCollins (2014). now writing. tumbling this stuff keeps me inspired, and keeps my brain sane.
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…this tumblr is dedicated to the inspirations for and the creation of my first book of nonfiction. i remain inspired by my first two books—More Like Wrestling (Crown, 2003), and Bliss (Crown, 2005). To celebrate the tenth anniversary of MLW, I’ll be posting some stuff here, and at my other tumblrs, here, and here. But I’m truly excited about posting lots of the novel itself, 140 characters (or less) at a time, here.

#MLW10

danyelsmith:

this is the back of the paperback, but it’s been 10 years since the first publication of my “More Like Wrestling”. wild.

crazy how time flies. //dSW

The things I saw sent a chill right through me. Somebody had been spray-painting the walls, painting big glaring eyes and strange faces. They were evil eyes, staring at you like a threat. And there was a big framed photo of Nippy, Bobby and Krissi—but someone had cut Nippy’s head right out of it.
Cissy Houston,  from her new book about Whitney

lenallure:

…I was struck by the modernity that jazz anticipated and directed, and by its unreasonable optimism. Whatever the truth or consequences of individual entanglements and the racial landscape, the music insisted that the past might haunt us, but it would not entrap us. It demanded a future… 

from her “foreword” of the novel “Jazz”
by Toni Morrison 

(via ziatroyano)