Quincy Troupe and Michael Simanga.


At the left: poet, teacher, journalist Quincy Troupe is an alumnus of the Watts Writers Workshop and, along with his friends Ishmael Reed, Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni and others, associated with the Black Arts Movement. He was named California's first poet laureate in 2002. Troupe's Miles: The Autobiography (1990) is considered a contemporary classic of musical artist biography. Among his many other books are his collaboration on the autobiography of Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), which became a popular film starring Will Smith. He also wrote James Baldwin: The Legacy (1989) and Earl the Pearl: My Story (2013) by Earl Monroe and Quincy Troupe. Troupe has published many volumes of his poetry over the years and has also published several children's books. Quincy Troupe is also a professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego, and editor of Black Renaissance Noire, a literary journal of the Institute of Africana Studies at New York University. In 1991, Troupe received the Peabody Award for The Miles Davis Radio Project. His other honors include a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts (1987); an American Book Award for lifetime achievement (2010); and the Milt Kessler Award for Poetry (2003).

At the right: Michael Simanga is an activist cultural worker, artist and scholar in African...

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