Have you ever read a novel, short story, poem, or narrative and then found yourself wondering about it's creator, their backstory, and what type of person could construct the piece of literature in your hands? Well, I know I have.Being an avid book worm and all around knowledge-seeking nerd, I discovered one of my favorite things to do after completing either a series or a book that made me question life, reality, or morality as a whole, was to figure out who it was that crafted such a work. Everyone from the bizarre and twisted universe of Thompson to the devout and classic writings of Milton, Legacy investigates who these writers were and what sort of events impacted their lives and their writing, all to give you a bigger picture of context for your library. Just a forewarning: I am not choosing artists who had what I would deem as relatively ordinary existences. We are diving into the personal lives of people who I think are borderline on the crazy train, with experiences and stories that will shock you, awe you, make you laugh, and most importantly, maybe grasp a better understanding of what inspired their literature.
Rationem; chapter one
The beginning is the end is the end.
Legacy Season 4 Update and RATIONEM
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Rationem a novel by Whiskey Emerson
This is the Preface to my latest novel, Rationem, available for pre order now at www.inkshares.com/books/rationem
A Little Update from Whiskey
WEB Du Bois
William Edward Burghart Du Bois was an American author, editor, writer, sociologist, socialist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, and all around badass active from the late 19th to mid 20th centuries. He was the first African American do earn a doctorate from Harvard University and one of the original founders of the NAACP in 1910 who rose to national prominence as the leader of the Niagara Movement, a group of African-American activists that wanted equal rights for blacks and pushed for an increase in black political representation. Over the course of his life, racism was the main target of Du Bois’ polemics, and he strongly protested against lynching, Jim Crow laws, and discrimination in both education and employment. This cause included people of color everywhere, particularly Africans and Asians in colonies, and he was a proponent of Pan-Africanism and helped organize several Pan-African Congresses to fight for the independence of African colonies from European powers. On top of that, he additionally surveyed the experiences of American black soldiers in France after WWI and documented widespread prejudice and racism in the US military. And wait, did I mention he was an author, and a prolific one at that? His collection of essays, “The Souls of Black Folk”, is a seminal work in African-American literature, and his 1935 magnum opus, “Black Reconstruction in America”, challenged the prevailing orthodoxy that blacks were responsible for the failures of the Reconstruction Era. The central thesis of much of his life’s work is the opening line of “The Souls of Black Folk”, “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color-line,” in which he refers to the injustice of the separate but equal doctrine prevalent in American social and political life. Du Bois firmly believed that capitalism was a primary cause of racism, and was generally sympathetic to socialist causes throughout his life, ardently advocating for peace and nuclear disarmament. To top that off, The United States’ Civil Rights Act, which embodied many of the reforms for which Du Bois had campaigned his entire life, was enacted a year after his death, at the age of 95.
This is the TIP of the f*****g iceberg, so let’s just get to it and talk all things WEB Du Bois on this episode of Legacy: the Artists Behind the Legends.
Lorraine Hansberry and Nina Simone
Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was an American playwright, activist, and writer active throughout the middle of the 20th century. She is probably best known for being the first African American female author to have a play performed on Broadway – this of course being her masterpiece, A Raisin in the Sun. What is remarkable about Hansberry’s work is her ability to argue for political, economic, social, racial, and sexual liberation while simultaneously satisfying her own urge for self-expression through aesthetics, almost as if she were walking a political-artistic tightrope. Though her life was cut far too short at the age of 34, Lorraine’s genius inspired everyone around her, particularly in regards to the Civil Rights Movement, and that includes the other artist we will be discussing today, a personal friend of Lorraine’s: Nina Simone.
Eunice Kathleen Waymon, or as we know her, Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and activist, also active throughout the middle to late 20th century. Simone originally aspired to become a concert pianist, with an aptitude and gift for music that was undeniable to anyone who heard her play, yet as time went on, Nina found herself immersed in the world of jazz, blues, folk, and soul. Her life, much like her performances, was relatively tumultuous, yet Nina left a lasting impression on the world of music, art, and activism, sharing her truth of experience with work that to this day resonates with great emotion and power. There was a resounding strength in everything she sang or played, and her voice both in song and in speech was able to shine a light on black America during and after the Civil Rights Movement. What is not widely known, however, is that without Lorraine Hansberry, the Nina Simone whose unforgettable tenor strikes hard, perhaps might not have become the legend she is today. These two women took their impatience and outrage of the world around them and held it up for everyone to see, no matter the consequence, and their bravery echoes decades later as we embrace the BLM movement.
Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, let’s discuss the lives and legacies of Lorraine Hansberry and Nina Simone.
Great idea and subject matter
The organization is not conducive to short podcast listening.
Can get past the potty language and fact that she randomly inserts totally unfounded opinions on the individual (bc I suppose those are your opinions...) but cannot get past the constant slurping/lip smacking every minute or so. Couldn’t even get through a single episode it was so annoying.