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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/

Ishmael Reed on THE HAUNTING OF LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, in the San Francisco Chronicle

"A full production of my play, "The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda," beginning May 23 at the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York...

Ishmael Reed's THE HAUNTING OF LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, in Current Affairs

"It would be a mistake to underestimate Reed, whose 10th and latest play, The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda, had its first reading at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on the Lower East Side a few weekends ago... Reed has been writing literature and non-fiction since the 1960s, and is widely regarded as one of the most important African American authors." Read more: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/02/ishmael-reed-doesnt-like-hamilton

Ishmael Reed's THE HAUNTING OF LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, in The New Yorker

"If “Hamilton” is subversive, Reed asks, what is it subverting? Though the musical overthrew Broadway orthodoxy with its casting and music, the version of history that it presents is arguably quite old-fashioned, despite its success in making that history seem hipper.

ISHMAEL REED IN T: THE NEW YORK TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE

Ishmael Reed is prominently featured in the holiday issue of T: The New York Times Style Magazine alongside 32 other black male writers of extraordinary talent. Read more here: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/30/t-magazine/black-authors.... 

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