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Hey Zora Neale Hurston, Did You See Your Google Art?

[ 3 ] January 7, 2014 |

Zora Neal Hurston Google Art

I became fascinated by Zora Neale Hurston as a teenager. It started with There Eyes Were Watching God. What captivated me the most was how she used Black Southern dialect in her books. I guess we call it “Ebonics” today. She was criticized for it by her contemporaries (Langston Hughes being one of them) but that didn’t stop her from doing what she wanted with her art and making powerful statements about women in society, in the process.

 Zora Neale Hurston

 

There’s also evidence pointing to the fact that she may have been the first Black female filmmaker.

 

I’m all for it so, I salute Zora Neale Hurston, the original Black feminist, womanist and all around talented lady.

P.S. This is random but Blue Ivy Carter turns two today. I wonder if she, too, will become a Zora Neale Hurston fan.

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Starrene Rhett Rocque is a recovering journalist who often fantasizes about becoming a shotgun-toting B-movie heroine.
  • AfroBanger

    I’ve only read Their Eyes Were Watching God, but seeing that Google doodle of Ms. Neale Hurston this morning reminded me how great that book is, and how I should read of her works.

    • GangStarrGirl

      You should read ‘Mules and Men.’ That’s def a good one.

    • AfroBanger

      I’m about to add it to my to-read list on Goodreads now. Thanks for the recommendation!