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.
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.