Archive for February, 2011

Giant Step for Esperanza Spalding and the Grammy Awards

Monday, February 28th, 2011

By H. Lewis Smith

The 53rd Grammy Awards has given me new-found faith in humankind. The selection of musical jazz artist Esperanza Spalding as the Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist was a weighty aversion from human indecency and a strong score for human decency.

In the past, I’ve been an out-spoken critic of the… Continue reading

Agitation over the Removal of the N-word from “Huck Finn”

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

By H. Lewis Smith

The removal of the n-word from Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn has caused complete outrage, shock, and outcries of sorts all across the American landscape. If the term is removed from historical texts, which were written during and work to convey the reality of the times—depicting the distorted face and broken… Continue reading