Black Ice now on iTunes!

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Thanks to sound editor Zach Carduner at Wexler Studio in Kelly Writers House at the University of Penn for helping me to record Black Ice. Years ago, the director of The Price of a Child audiobook told me that reading into someone's ear is not so much performance as storytelling made intimate by technology. Almost like imagining the book into being again, this time with a friend. I tried to remember that as I read Black Ice all the way through for the first time in 25 years. Can't access iTunes? Here's the link to the recording on the Writers House site: http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/involved/groups/ bookgroups/materials/Black-Ice.php

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Tribute to Gwen Ifill, 1955-2016

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I met Gwen Ifill once, through Michel Martin, and felt the power of Ifill's openness and hearty welcome. Michel's impeccable tribute captures Ifill's humor, intelligence, truth-telling, and generosity.

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For Advent: From Bethlehem to Mars with Nikki G

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At Lehigh University Students in Bethlehem, PA, students hush as Nikki Giovanni steps into the wide-open auditorium. They’ve been reading her poems, and now here she is, easygoing, informal, sitting quietly and mouthing the words to herself as Ari’a Williams reads Giovanni’s “Knoxville, Tennessee” and Allen Grimes reads “A Poem (for Langston Hughes)”...

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National Museum of African-American History and Culture: the dedication day

People were once sold on this site as slaves. Other people marched here for jobs and freedom; I watched them on our black and white TV when I was seven. Now, on a September morning in 2016, on America’s front lawn, more than 10,000 of us gather to stand where they stood and hallow the ground. -LC