The winners Thursday at Le Park Meridien:
CURRENT AFFAIRS: An Unbroken Agony – Randall Robinson
PHOTOGRAPHY: Daufuskie Island – Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe
CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Marvelous World – Troy Cle
MEMOIR: Brother, I’m Dying – Edwidge Danticat
NON-FICTION: Supreme Discomfort – Michael Fletcher and Kevin Merida
INSPIRATION: Quiet Strength – Tony Dungy
FICTION: The Pirate’s Daughter – Margaret Cezair-Thompson
STORYTELLER OF THE YEAR: L.A. Banks
You can check out my interview last year with Kevin Merida and Mike Fletcher on the blog here. It's also great to see Edwidge Danticat crystallize into a literary jewel, as well as a bona fide public intellectual like Alice Walker or Toni Morrison--with none of Alice's crazy-ass baggage or Toni's literatti crutches and pretense. As I said, a paradigm shift. Yeah Essence is not The Atlantic, and at times seems even worse than Cosmopolitan with a tan. But peep the nominees in my previous post, and check out the winners. All wonderful works, thoughtfully conceived. No street/ghetto "lit" or black porn. Perhaps the rest of the black population should take note and stop the bullshit. Bad taste, low taste ain't cool. We'll look to President Barack to school us from the bully pulpit on that. Oh, and props to LA Banks, who's books are, in my mind, an amalgam of Tolkein, Dante and Milton, mixed with a new hip mythos for a new generation. Her stuff is no more fairy tale than the so-called "real life--hey this speaks to my experience" of thug lit and sex books. And yeah--she does outsell all but the top street and booty fiction. Imagine that...
Now, to the election. Very simple. If Howard Dean allows a small group of out-of-touch politicos and largesse-demanding coons (e.g. the Super Delegates hahaha) to give the nomination to Hillary Clinton, this will sound the death knell for the Democratic Party. Time for Al Gore and few others to ride in and stop this mess. As for Huckabee--so the Christian Taliban comes through for him? So friggin' what. Those people will tank the election for the GOP and the only scenario where they wouldn't would be--yep--if Hillary were the nominee. The ONLY way that scenario helps Obama is if he (1) declines the VP spot and (2) ascends to the podium, like FDR when he endorsed Al Smith for President against Hoover after a long fight, and becomes a mythic figure. Then he shuts up and doesn't support Hillary after that. And, like Al Smith, Hillary will loose, McCain sticks out one term, and Obama's people basically take over the shambles that the Clintons have made, rebuilds and destroys either McCain or his successor in 2012--assuming the country is even around in 2012. Remember, Dick Cheney & Crew are still running things, and how about a nice juicy dog-wagging war on Iran, or some rogue terrorist action which must be avenged. Forget squaring off with the Chinese. Too much money to be made with them. But that's for my NEXT post on Darfur....