Archives for February 2013

The American Dream: ESL Students Provide Perspective

“What is your American dream?” This is a question I asked adult students in my English as a Second Language (ESL) class last year. It was not the first time this question had come up in a class discussion, or was found in a lesson from a textbook. Yet, for this intermediate class, it was […]

Writing in Red: The Cake and the Icing

Someone wise once told me that in life, we are the cake and other people are our icing. We all have our own way of articulating that the most important person to love in our lives should always, first and foremost, be ourselves. One of my all-time favorite moments in American fiction comes at the end […]

Save the Date! Writing Aloud Reading Series Featuring Arisa White

It’s no secret that we at the Narrator are big fans of poet and writer Arisa White. White’s poetry collections Hurrah’s Nest and A Penny Saved both have  been reviewed on our blog before, but now we will have the chance to hear her work in person during our quarterly Writing Aloud Reading Series on March 19th.  White will be […]

Do We Still Need The Grammys?

Sunday was indeed an interesting night, as strange and assorted bedfellows shared the sheets to watch The 55th Annual Grammys telecast. Audiophiles, pop culture lovers, meme creators, fashionistas and people who simply don’t like to use Facebook or Twitter for TV updates flooded CBS with powerful Nielsen ratings, encouraging them to sell things that don’t […]

Writing in Red: Be My Valentine

I remember the good old days of elementary school, when the world was a much simpler place. Back then, Valentine’s Day meant nothing more than an exchange of cards and candy between classmates — no love, no commitment, no strings attached. Just the pure joy of opening a card to find Batman, fists cocked and […]

Little Known Fact: Ann Lowe Designed Jacqueline Kennedy’s Wedding Dress

With New York  Fashion Week coming to close (and it still being Black History Month), today’s post from pop culture writer Danielle Pointdujour from Clutch feel more than right. You can follow more Danielle’s work and writing here. For Black History Month it is usually the norm to celebrate those with the biggest names, like Rosa Parks and […]

Writing in Red: Valentine Lost, Valentine Found

Tell us the story of two Valentine’s Days celebrated, as a couple, by the same two people, one or more years later. Do they still find each other lovely and loving? How have things changed? How have they stayed the same? First, picture these: A soggy valentine card in a city gutter. A box of chocolates left […]

Writing in Red: Sweet and Sour, Soft and Crunchy

As a holiday centered around the warm and fuzzy feelings of undying love and affection, Valentine’s Day could not have a colder place on the calendar. Buried deep within the dreary slushfest that is February, this Valentine’s Day finds droves of lovers with hearts aflame scurrying about in the snow to buy flowers, cards, and […]

Writing in Red: The Shape of My Heart

It’s the second week in February and all the pharmacies and supermarkets in the world have become swirling aisles of red hearts, pink cupids, and entirely too much glitter. Chocolates seem to explode out of everything, and everyone gets busy with those Valentine’s Day traditions we all take to heart: card distribution, candy-eating, and date-making. […]

Black History Month Has Been an Epic Failure

Today’s post comes from Dion Rabouin. You can read his Sunday column at Atlanta Daily World, where he is the Digital Editor, and follow him on Twitter @DionRabouin. Malcolm X was fond of saying, “Our history did not begin in chains.” Yet every year that’s where Black History Month lesson plans in schools across America […]