Graduated with an MFA from the Yale School of Drama in 2012. Gave one of the most heartbreaking but inspiring speeches about Black girl beauty on Friday at Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood luncheon (#bwih). Turned 31 on Saturday. Won an Oscar on Sunday.
Lupita Nyong’o: An Absolute Inspiration.
Listen… Black women are so damn fly.
Taken from @essencemag’s Black Women in Hollywood (#bwih) luncheon.
National Book Critics Circle Award, 1977;
American Book Award, 1988;
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1988;
MLA Commonwealth Award in Literature, 1989;
Nobel Prize for Literature, 1993 (and currently the only living American with such a prize);
National Humanities Medal, 2000;
Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2012
Happy Birthday to the greatest writing inspiration on the planet, Toni Morrison.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I shared my favorite love stories over on Facebook today (facebook.com/ZoraToniMaya).
Got any favorite love stories to share?
My new book blog, ZoraToniMaya.com, launched yesterday on what would have been Zora Neale Hurston’s 122nd birthday. Check it out when you can. Very excited about what is to come :)
Where it all began…was driving thru E. Oakland and stumbled upon the library in the neighborhood I grew up in. Brought back so many summertime memories in the 80s, riding my bike from 64th Ave to get books like George and the Giant Peach and Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, and and my cousin and I winning Oakland A’s tix and free pizza when we completed the summer reading challenges #Oakland #library #libraries #books #reading (at Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library)
Awww look what I found! Too bad I dont have a cassette deck. “Now Behold the Lamb” and “Jesus Is the Reason for the Season” used to be my jam! #KirkFranklin #Christmas #The90s #1995 #gospel
My garage was flooded last week, which destroyed most of my 2012 vision board (dont ask me why it was in the garage). This is the only part of it that went unscathed, which also happened to be the only 3 goals that I didnt meet this year: pray consistently, get that 25 yr old body back, and procure a stable of men (one with gold teeth, one built like Paul Bunyan).
Sign from God?
I guess it’s time to start playing Christmas music. First up…
#37 Finished this short story collection last week. Ernest J. Gaines is one of my favorite authors of all time (A Lesson Before Dying and A Gathering of Old Men are on my top 15 fav books list). At five short stories in all, this collection as a whole did not move me like his novels have, but the last two stories in the collection, “Bloodline” and “Just Like A Tree” were really, really good.
He has this way of injecting humor that doesn’t distract from the heavy and serious themes that are at the center of his stories. That’s why I admire him.
Just win, baby! #RAIDERNATION #Oakland #Barack #Obama #OaklandRaiders #SilverandBlack
Gabby better get it! So in love with this! #Essence #BlackWomen #women #olympics #beauitful #EssenceMagazine #2012WomenOfTheYear #December