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We’re excited that you’ve joined the conversation! At HMU, we want to continue the great authors’ conversations in a contemporary context, and this blog will help us do that. We look back to Aristotle and the early philosophers who used reason and discourse to gain wisdom and now we endeavor to do the same every day.


February 11, 2022

Thanks to Gabriel E. Etienne, a 2021 Fellow in Ideas recipient, for today’s post.

The movie Moonlight is a coming-of-age story that details the complexity of the journey of boyhood to manhood of the character Little/Black/Chiron through the issues of authentic Blackness and hegemonic masculinity (Johnson 2003). This review uses the concepts of Quiet and Silence to view and understand the movie Moonlight.

 » Read more about: Film Review: Quiet and Silence in Moonlight  »

March 6, 2020

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

“There’s more truth in myth than in truth.” – Natalie Diaz

Toni Morrison’s Nobel Prize speech clearly demonstrates her brilliance. She speaks in parables that are simultaneously straightforward, honest, and complicated. In this speech, Morrison delivers a story of some children who approach an old, blind woman and ask her what they have in their hands.

 » Read more about: Gratitude for Toni Morrison  »

February 28, 2020

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

To listen to a short run-through of all sixty paintings and captions by Jacob Lawrence, visit the Khan Academy’s tutorial or visit the Phillips Collection to view them one-by-one.

So much of Black History Month highlights notable African Americans who have contributed positive ideas and energy to this country. Jacob Lawrence is no exception,

 » Read more about: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series  »

February 7, 2020

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

“If this war is to be forgotten, I ask in the name of all/ things sacred what shall men remember?”

~ Frederick Douglass

Since Natasha Trethewey chose this quote to introduce her poem “Native Guard,” I also begin with it. As the centerpiece of a book about remembering, memory, and records, this quote provides an important frame.

 » Read more about: Trethewey’s Native Guard  »

February 22, 2019

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

James Baldwin was working on an unfinished manuscript when he died in 1987. Baldwin’s family recently gave this manuscript to filmmaker and activist Raoul Peck, who then turned it into a 2016 film entitled I Am Not Your Negro. While a text of the same name accompanies the film, it is worthwhile to seek out the film which includes a stunning array of archival footage.

 » Read more about: Baldwin’s Unfinished Notes  »

February 23, 2018

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

Since Du Bois began each chapter of The Souls of Black Folk with a hymn or song, it may also be appropriate to preface this post with Mahalia Jackson’s “How I Got Over”.

As we approach the end of Black History Month, it is worth our time to investigate the voice of W.

 » Read more about: Wise Words of Du Bois  »

February 19, 2016

“There is the nobleness of the human spirit…despite it all…

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave

I am the hope and the dream of the slave.” Maya Angelou, “And Still I Rise

In 1926, Langston Hughes published a short essay in The Nation titled, “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain”.

 » Read more about: From Hughes to Angelou  »

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