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My Words Are Not Just For Me with Renée Watson | Black America

New York Times Bestselling young adult author Renée Watson discusses her journey as a writer, how she is inspiring the next generation, her character Ryan Hart and what we can expect from her next as she steps into writing for an older audience. Black America is an in-depth conversation that explores what it means to be Black in America. The show profiles Black activists, academics, business leaders, sports figures, elected officials, artists, and writers to gauge this experience in a time of both turbulence and breakthroughs. Black America is hosted by Carol Jenkins, Emmy award-winning New York City journalist, and founding president of The Women's Media Center.

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Remember Langston Hughes's Anger Alongside His Joy | The New York Times

"Hughes’s words were — and are — sanctuary. The kind I grew up in: loud, comforting, affirming, challenging, political. They sustain me as I work in the Harlem brownstone where the poet lived during the last 20 years of his life."

"The first day of February is the beginning of Black History Month and what would have been Hughes’s 116th birthday. As we honor his legacy, I hope we remember this dreamer-poet who loved Harlem and his people with a fierce, unapologetic love. As we commemorate his birthday, I hope we embrace his anger and frustration and remember not only his dreams but also his demands."

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Why diverse children's books are important tools for teaching kids about themselves and others | CBS

Children's books are both mirrors in which kids can feel seen and windows into worlds unlike their own. At Book Culture in Long Island City, NY, "CBS This Morning” co-host Tony Dokoupil learns why both are important.

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