Essays

On Women

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negression collects some of the best writing from novelist Kalisha Buckhanon’s online blog of the same name. It includes two recent essays in response to mass public efforts to free Cyntoia Brown, sentenced to life in prison as a teenager, and scant mass efforts to remember Maria Schneider, a forgotten victim in Hollywood's #MeToo uprising. The collection fuses compassionate personal analysis of the confounding endings to icons like Billie Holiday, Phyllis Hyman and Kitty Genovese with tender meditations on lesser-known women’s final days cut short by senseless violence. Raw emotion in negression compels remembrance of Hadiya Pendleton, Joyce Vincent, Aileen Wuornos, 6-month old Chicago shooting victim Jonylah Watkins and more. Readers will leave negression with renewed respect and sensitivity to the Negress and female experiences as they are reflected in Kalisha Buckhanon’s eyes. On Amazon, Kindle Unlimited and select e-readers.


"She was my first…"
Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks

"For black women, street harassment is an even more terrifying reality."
SheKnows

"10 Black Women Who Lost Their Lives to Violence"
SheKnows

"Dating While Smart"
Clutch
xoJane

"We have to give our black girls “the talk”- and it’s not about sex."
SheKnows

"We Need New Dolls"

AfroNoire

"No Way to Say “No”: On Public Sexual Abuse and an American Woman’s Murder"
AfroNoire

“Pleasant Imagining: Speculation, Trials, and Postmodern Historical Heroism of Mary Ellen Pleasant”  Academia.edu and Medium

"Women’s History Month: 10 Women Authors to Read"
BlogHer Feature

"10 Black Women Writers to Read in Black History Month"
BlogHer Feature

"Zora Neale Hurston’s Spirit is 124 Years Old."
BlogHer Feature


On Race

"Nostrand Avenue: Review"
Mosaic Literary Magazine

"What Do I Tell My Son?"
SheKnows

"Is Oscar Prejudiced? How Hattie McDaniels’ Story Still Haunts Us Today"

AfroNoire

"Important and Troubling Book-to-Film Issues In My
Favorite Movies: ‘The Color Purple’ and ‘Beloved’"

BlogHer Feature


On Culture

"Writing an Old Place New: Contemporary Voices Abound in Literature of the South"

Deep South Magazine

"Girlhood: the heartwarming story of girls coming-of-age in France"
BlogHer

"I would not be the person I am today if not for my teen parents."
SheKnows

"Remembering Director Mike Nichols Through His Movies"
BlogHer Feature

"A Tribute to Oprah’s Black Book Club Selections"

Clutch Feature

"Rosemary’s Baby: A Retrospective"
Ravenous Monster

"Alma: A Concise Creepy Doll Nightmare"

Ravenous Monster

"Building a Black American Library"
London Independent on Sunday

"And What Now? The Writer’s Life"

Black Issues Book Review 

“If your writing were to cross-dress…”
Hermeneutic Chaos Symposium #5

Passin’ It On: Interview with Tap Dancer Ernest “Brownie” Brown (Oral History)

On Tap!- A Publication of the International Tap Association