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During the height of the Cold War, passionate idealists across the US and Africa came together to fight for Black self-determination and the antiracist remaking of society. Beginning with the 1957 Ghanaian independence celebration, the optimism and challenges of African independence leaders were publicized to African Americans through community-based newspapers and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Inspired by African independence--and frustrated with the slow pace of civil rights reforms in the US--a new generation of Black Power activists embarked on nonviolent direct action campaigns and built alternative institutions designed as spaces of freedom from racial subjugation.

In Love for Liberation, Robin Hayes reveals how Black Power and African independence activists created a diaspora underground, characterized by collaboration and reciprocal empowerment. Together, they redefined racial discrimination as an international human rights issue requiring education, sustained collective action, and global solidarity--laying the groundwork for future transnational racial justice movements, such as Black Lives Matter.

SKYLIT: SUMMERTIME: ODES TO LA w/ Carlos López Estrada

Summertime Odes to LA is an anthology of creative work, brought to you by the minds behind the feature film Summertime (2021). The book showcases an array of work that uncovers the often unseen corners of Los Angeles: poems from the movie, behind the scenes photographs, and deleted scenes. Along with new musings, such as essays, paintings, and collaborations with over 40 visual artists. An artful ode to the city we call home, SOTLA invites readers to dive into the stories of everyday people from a city with mythic grandeur. This anthology takes you on a journey through the valley of angels, illuminating the glamour, risk, heartache, and love that live in all of us—not just on Hollywood Blvd. SOTLA is your portal to & portrait of Los Angeles.

Director Carlos López Estrada is joined by the following SOTLA contributors who give readings in this episode:

Gordon Ip, Paolina Acuna-Gonzalez, Marcus James, Hanna Harris Zachary Perlmuter, Bene’t Benton and Marquesha Barber.

SKYLIT: Jon McGregor, ”LEAN FALL STAND” w/ Julia Phillips

Robert 'Doc' Wright, a veteran of Antarctic surveying, was there on the ice when the worst happened. He holds within him the complete story of that night—but depleted by the disaster, Wright is no longer able to communicate the truth. Instead, in the wake of the catastrophic expedition, he faces the most daunting adventure of his life: learning a whole new way to be in the world. Meanwhile Anna, his wife, must suddenly scramble to navigate the sharp and unexpected contours of life as a caregiver.

From the Booker Prize-longlisted, American Academy of Arts & Letters Award-winning Jon McGregor, this is a novel every bit as mesmerizing as its setting. Tenderly unraveling different notions of heroism through the rippling effects of one extraordinary expedition on an ordinary family, Lean Fall Stand explores the indomitable human impulse to turn our experiences into stories—even when the words may fail us.

In this episode, McGregor discusses his work with Julia Phillips.

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Love for Liberation: African Independence, Black Power, and a Diaspora Underground Cover Image
ISBN: 9780295749075
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Published: University of Washington Press - July 16th, 2021

Summertime: Odes to LA Cover Image
By Carlos López Estrada (Director)
ISBN: 9780578908281
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Published: Odes2la, LLC - July 8th, 2021

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Lean Fall Stand: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646220991
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Published: Catapult - September 21st, 2021

Flesh & Blood: Reflections on Infertility, Family, and Creating a Bountiful Life: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643750705
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 12th, 2021

Borderline Fortune (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143136811
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Published: Penguin Books - October 5th, 2021

Requeening: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063096288
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Published: Ecco - October 26th, 2021

People I've Met from the Internet Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938900259
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Published: Ricochet Editions - July 1st, 2019

People Want to Live Cover Image
ISBN: 9781952119293
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Published: McSweeney's - October 26th, 2021

Flower Diary: In Which Mary Hiester Reid Paints, Travels, Marries & Opens a Door Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770416222
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Published: ECW Press - September 14th, 2021

American Bastard Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597098786
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Published: Red Hen Press - October 18th, 2021