"It's Not Right But It's Okay"

  title={"It's Not Right But It's Okay"},
  author={Terry McMillan Built and Daphne A. Brooks},
  pages={32 - 45}
From the cozy confines of our twenty-first century neo-soul universe, where guitarpicking earth goddesses India.Arie and Lauryn Hill do battle with piano empress Alicia Keys and feisty wordsmith Jill Scott for the critical credibility throne, the era of mid-tolate-nineties popular R & B threatens every day to fade into oblivion like the sour memory of a Mase–Puff Daddy B-side collaboration. But in 1997, the year of Puffy’s meteoric rise to fame as a producer notorious for transforming past hits… 

Driven by the Market: African American Literature after Urban Fiction

Kenneth W. Warren’s What Was African American Literature? (2011) compelled literary historians to question deeply held assumptions about periodization and racial authorship. While critics have

Tuning into Precious: The Black Women's Empowerment Adaptation and the Interruptions of the Absurd

This essay offers an intertextual analysis of Lee Daniels's Precious (2009) that places the film within a popular matrix of black feminist cultural production since the 1960s, viewing the musical and

Black Sex in the Quiet

Internal and External Distance : Gravity Depends on It !

Gravity models of international trade rely crucially on measures of distance, both internal within a country and external between pairs of countries. Yet, empirical work on the gravity model makes



Waiting to exhale.

“Let”s get this over with,” lamented a 10-year-old boy as he and his parents waited in the Desert Botanical Garden’s tour gathering area for my tour to begin on an otherwise perfect Sunday morning last winter, and volunteer training remembered: try to find something about the desert with which this young city-dweller can relate.

The Death of Rhythm and Blues

Bargaining with reading habit is no need. Reading is not kind of something sold that you can take or not. It is a thing that will change your life to life better. It is the thing that will give you

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