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Ishmael Reed Op-Ed on Black Democrats in the San Francisco Chronicle

"For many progressives, President Franklin D. Roosevelt is a hero, yet, he made a compact with Dixiecrats that Blacks be denied the benefits of programs that brought white ethnics into the middle class. Into whiteness." Read more: https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/article/Unsung-role-of-Black-men-in-lifting-Democratic-15576234.php

Pre-Order THE HAUNTING OF LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA

Pre-order your copy of Ishmael Reed's acclaimed play, THE HAUNTING OF LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, today! It will be published on October 6, 2020 by Archway Editions. Buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/Haunting-Lin-Manuel-Miranda-Ishmael-Reed/dp/1576879240

HAUNTING OF LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA Coverage in CNN, Time, Esquire, and more

With the recent release of the musical HAMILTON on streaming platform Disney+, Ishmael Reed's acclaimed play THE HAUNTING OF LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA has been a big part of the conversation in the press. Check out the links below!

Ishmael Reed Op-Ed on the criminal justice system in The New York Times

"Every black southern family that I’m aware of has a cold case. The murder of a family member by a white man about which records might have disappeared or been deleted." Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/20/opinion/police-racism-miconduct.html

Ishmael Reed Op-Ed on Juneteenth in the San Francisco Chronicle

"Juneteenth is named for the date, June 19, 1865, that news of their Emancipation reached slaves in Texas. None of the pundits questioned why slaves were in Texas in the first place." Read more: https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Juneteenth-The-end-of-Texas-history-of-slavery-15351231.php

PERSONAL PROBLEMS Re-Released

Originally intended to air on public television in 1980, this entirely African American-conceived and produced ensemble drama (written by Ishmael Reed) went unseen for decades. The original tapes have been carefully restored by Kino Lorber and the film is now available in its full-length version for the very first time! Read more: http://www.metacritic.com/movie/personal-problems-1980/trailers/10655340

Ishmael Reed interviews Grace Wales Bonner in Interview Magazine

"REED: Both of us have a multicultural approach to art. You draw from different traditions in your work. WALES BONNER: Yeah, I think so. I also feel like I have this sense of freedom, an acknowledgement of my ancestors and a history that’s come before." Read more: https://www.interviewmagazine.com/fashion/grace-wales-bonner-ishmael-reed-conversation 

Ishmael Reed on THE HAUNTING OF LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, in Counterpunch

"The purpose of my play is to give voice to those who are omitted from “Hamilton”– slaves, indentured servants, Native Americans, and Harriet Tubman." Read more: https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/04/12/counterpunch-on-stage-the-haunting-of-lin-manuel-miranda/

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