Twitter Celebrates #ZoraNealeHurston's Birthday With Zeal

Anthropologist, Writer, Novelist, Storyteller, Playwright, Dancer, Southerner Extraordinaire, Zora Neale Hurston, was born on January 7, 1891. She was a phenomenal woman, a renaissance woman, a fierce woman, artist and human being. So, naturally, Twitter celebrated her with glee. Read More
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Joan Morgan @milfinainteasy
So proud of my new PM's boldly anti-homophobic stance. Wondering? Should I put #gradgrind on hold to manage @staceyannchin political career?
Joan Morgan @milfinainteasy
#gradgrind back on for the moment. just found out the amazing @staceyannchin is in labor!!!
dream hampton @dreamhampton
@cthagod the women mcs going to prison is deep. Reflects the silent explosion in #s of blk women prisoners...
dream hampton @dreamhampton
.@jalanimorgan my RTs aren't co-signs, particularly when they're followed by a tweet that challenges/and or criticizes it. Slow down.
dream hampton @dreamhampton
.@jalanimorgan I do however, find your euphemism for rape and domestic abuse ---"moral mistakes"--- problematic
dream hampton @dreamhampton
that was kept in mind, and tweeted to him immediately. let's keep in mind Twitter has flow, & pause for a second. @thickyricardo @cthagod
dream hampton @dreamhampton
The things I find problematic abt Alice Walker are deeply personal, and abt motherhood. Her forever hero moment? Marking Zora's grave...
dream hampton @dreamhampton
If Zora had been born 25 years later, I believe she would've died in the south of France, celebrated, like Baldwin. Not a maid in the south.
Mark Anthony Neal @NewBlackMan
RT @esglaude: Suggested Sat Reading: Hortense Spillers, "The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual: A Post Date," http://t.co/jsfXYe7j
dream hampton @dreamhampton
Much of what we consider best about "voicing" in hip hop, what Geneva Smitherman calls "black language" we owe to Zora Neale Hurston.
dream hampton @dreamhampton
Read Jean Toomer, Nella Larsen, Arna Bontemps, even Langston very closely, to know how radical Zora's privileging of "black talk" was.
dream hampton @dreamhampton
One of my conflicts with writing Decoded was contributing to this growing idea that hip hop can be canonized in books, that books abt it +
dream hampton @dreamhampton
may come to be more important that rap itself. It's a continuing of privileging culture w/written texts over those whose impt texts are oral
dream hampton @dreamhampton
Zora occupied language. She occupied the front porchers of storytellers. She was a listener. She privileged our oral traditions.
dream hampton @dreamhampton
@MeLaMachinko perfect way to put it...Zora reveled in what was hers.
dream hampton @dreamhampton
That Zora herself was a fearless adventurer and tall tale teller, that her warm panache was as legendary as her work, is cream...
dream hampton @dreamhampton
Ironically, it's hard to put into words what Zora means to me. She's everything.
dream hampton @dreamhampton
Her male peers, even her closest ally Langston Hughes, were all, to some degree, intimidated by Zora Neale Hurston. She was freer than them.
dream hampton @dreamhampton
Know how embarrassed we still remain of "black talk", now imagine us in the early 20th century, trying to creates miles of distance from it
Mark Anthony Neal @NewBlackMan
RT @dreamhampton: If Zora been born 25 years later, believe she would've died in the south of France, celebrated, like Baldwin.
dream hampton @dreamhampton
Had she not put on boots & worked in the fields w/sharecroppers, or attended ritual in Haiti, her easy comfort in her own skin uneased them.
Mark Anthony Neal @NewBlackMan
Yes: @dreamhampton discussing Zora on her timeline? no better ways to spend a late Saturday morning
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