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The 1959 theatrical poster for "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberryshows the face of African American actor Sidney Poitier highlighted in a white circle on a golden yellow ba
03.22.2021
 
In a recent conversation about Black radical artist and thinkers, Gwendolyn Brooks and Lorraine Hansberry, on their weekly program, The Tight Rope, Cornel West and Tricia Rose note that the work of these two revolutionary artists is often misunderstood and stripped of radical political content and possibility.
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03.11.2021

Debuting in July 2020, professors Cornel West and Tricia Rose navigate the balance between hope and uncertainty in their weekly program, The Tight Rope.

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HBO Max Poster of new docuseries, EQUAL
10.22.2020

Narrated by Billy Porter, the HBO Max four-part docu series EQUAL honors LGBTQIA artists, activists, thinkers, and organizers who “spoke out when it mattered most, who built community through secret societies, and who fought against all odds in pursuit of that most underlining human quality: the desire to be yourself.”

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Poster from the NEW FEST on the panel A Virtual Conversation: An Intergenerational Celebration of LGBTQ+ Icons
10.22.2020

As part of the 2020 New York LGBT Film festival (NEW FEST), there will be a featured panel discussion about the release of  HBO Max’s docu series EQUAL.

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Graphic with text: It's Not Over Until We're EQUAL
10.19.2020

HBO Max docuseries EQUAL will be released to the public on Thursday, October 22.

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Solidarity to Prisoners image of several black birds tearing down a wire fence; from the Dreaming Freedom | Practicing Abolition website.
07.02.2019

Stevie Wilson, a Black, queer, writer, activist, and student incarcerated in Pennsylvania, is the coordinator of, and participant in, a network of self-organized prisoner abolitionist study groups at SCI-Smithfield. On the website of the four study crews, Dreaming Freedom | Practicing Abolition, Stevie recalls a scene from Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun in his essay, “Doing Abolition.

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Image of book cover of Looking for Lorraine (Beacon Press, 2018) with notation as 2019 LAMBDA Literary Award WInner for LGBTQ NonFiction
06.05.2019

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry (Beacon Press, 2018) continues to win awards: on Monday, June 3, author Dr. Imani Perry received the 2019 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction.

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American Masters Award
03.30.2019

Last night Tracy Strain was awarded an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television), adding to the recognition of the documentary, Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart that aired on PBS in January 2018.

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Lorraine Hansberry: Reimagining Biography: drawing by Hansberry with text below: March 22, 2018, Schomburg Center, NYC. Panel conversation with Margaret Wilkerson, Imani Perry, Soyica Colbert, Tracy Heather Strain. Moderated by Joy-Ann Reid.
03.21.2018

On Thursday, March 22, 2018, the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture   will co-present Lorraine Hansberry: Reimagining Biography. In addition to the AMERICAN MASTERS documentary, Sighted Eyes|Feeling Heart, three biographical treatments of the artist, activist, and public intellectual will be published in the next several years. The four panelists will share how they navigated the feminisms, intersectionalities, political, and private-public voicings that shaped Hansberry’s life in their biographical treatments of the artist, activist, and public intellectual.

Over the last two weeks we have been sharing information about the panel participants as well as information about the Lorraine Hansberry Papers, held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.

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