The one and only...Toni Morrison. It's well established that few understood or was in her artistic realm of the power of prose. I remember when I first read Beloved it actually took 4 attempts before I was in, but once I was in...I was alllll the way in. Her stories transported you in time and there was a starkness yet at the same poetry to the pain that vibrated off those pages. The Bluest Eye was a beautiful way to share the ugliest of realities that continue to be a part of the black American experience. She spoke of the frailties of love, religion, friendships, anger and the ego. Beloved opened my eyes to slavery in a way that was so simple yet horrifying. The choice that mother makes is not without love and strips the fantasies that permeate some of the stories of slavery. A kinder slave owner was still a slave owner. It brought humanity to the people by just declaring, of course that kind of insidious terror would drive anyone insane. There is a gift and a curse to having a G*d given talent, to be able to touch people with your words and at the same time humble them with the intricacies of your construct. Toni Morrison was a goddess of the most everyday black girl. She loved pretty things, parties, gifts and being a mother. Yet at the same time she had a talent that allowed her to travel the world where her ideas encouraged a generation of minds that cut across language and race. She was all of these things and when you are given such complexity in one being it can be intimidating and at times probably a little isolating. One of my favorite images of her was when a friend shared she came out of her limo, with a baked ham in foil to Toni Cade Bambara's wake. She was AKA, she was groomed in blk excellence and as an editor at DoubleDay she supported the words of black excellence. She used her power and talent to nurture the voices of other black women and used her word to tell the stories of black people with honor, grace and empathy. She grounded herself in the lives of negrodian people and made it a masterpiece of storytelling. As Ntozoke Shange wrote in colored girls "..she loved us fiercely.." and we loved you right back my Sista. Before she was finally awarded her Nobel Prize, 48 black writers…again writers... wrote a petition, asking why Toni Morrison had not received a Pulitzer. Ms. Morrison is part of the canon of American literature, she is among some of the greats Faulkner, Hemingway, Poe, Salinger and Morrison but even more importantly, she is our fabulous, sensual, talented Black Sista! Enjoy the next leg of your journey Ms. Morrison!
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