Category Archives: Essays

Doing the Work

At the start of every semester, I ask my students to name a favorite film and then I ask them to identify what makes that particular film so special. I do this because I want them to learn to analyze … Continue reading

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Without question, Errol Morris’ The Thin Blue Line is one of my favorite films of all time. It’s not just one of my favorite documentaries; it’s one of my favorite films, period. That film tells a story that has thrilled … Continue reading

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For Colored Boys Who Have Considered “for colored girls…”

In 2009, I was asked to contribute an essay to the 2009 Writers Guild of America East Awards book. The theme was “Provoking Thought: Words That Made a Difference” and I decided to write about words that have never lost … Continue reading

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The Story No One Can Ever Tell Again

THIS PAST JUNE, I traveled to my ancestral home in Fort Wayne, Indiana for my nephew’s graduation from high school. I don’t get back to the Fort often but when I do I always pay a visit to my former … Continue reading

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