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The Real Reason Toni Morrison Hated Hamilton

"Hamilton" is one of the most acclaimed musicals of our time. The Lin-Manuel Miranda-composed musical premiered on Broadway on July 13, 2015 and soon found itself with 16 Tony Award nominations and 11 wins, including one for Best Musical, according to Since then, "Hamilton" has gone on to success with a touring production across the United States, as well as critical acclaim on London's West End (via West However, that doesn't mean everyone has loved it. In fact, late author Toni Morrison hated it for the same reason many people have adored it.
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‘For My People’: Toni Morrison and Literature

Ke’shunta Drake is an Assistant Editor at She is a graduate student. Few modern writers possess the intentionality of Toni Morrison. Over the span of almost fifty years. she produced powerful stories on Black life and people. One of the most renowned writers of the twentieth century, Morrison paved the way for contemporary authors like Jessmyn Ward, Terri McMillian, and Jacqueline Woodson. Morrison is a multi-faceted African American author, writer, essayist, children author, and professor. She has written eleven novels, and a host of children’s books, plays, poetry, and nonfiction, including the critically acclaimed novel Beloved, which was adapted into a film in 1998. She was won a Pulitzer Prize for the novel in 1988, won and a Nobel Prize 1993. She encouraged fellow writers to carve out spaces for themselves and boldly tell their stories. Questioned in interviews about the subjects of her work, especially about the absence of white characters in her work, she responded: “I am writing for Black people.”
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Exclusive Essay: “Why Toni Morrison Now?”

Words inspire people, they move us, they motivate us, they inspire us in happy times, in challenging times, in times of continuity, and in times of change. Today, we are in a time of change. We find ourselves turning to our past, examining it, reevaluating it, questioning the actions of our ancestors, reconsidering our heroes and challenging our fears. Together, we unite around common stories that define our individual and collective identities. It is important that we preserve and celebrate stories that matter to us today, that shape our identities, and preserve our memory. Therefore, we believe that now is the time to make the first fine press edition of a book by Toni Morrison to celebrate her work and preserve her legacy.
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The Inspiring Life And Literary Works Of Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison lived a life that has left a legacy of inspiration and empowerment for women everywhere. Despite her recent passing in 2019, she is and always will be one of the greatest–if not the best–American authors of all time. Her brilliant literature and exceptional writing skills made Toni Morrison a household name. Her talent was recognized by the masses, and, she won several monumental awards throughout the course of her life.
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Sunny Hostin’s New Beach Read Was Inspired by James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Sonia Sotomayor

——— JULIANA UKIOMOGBE: Describe your ideal writing atmosphere. What gets you in the mood?. SUNNY HOSTIN: I have insomnia, so I often find myself writing late at night. I like to write in my home office, which is my refuge away from the chaos of everyday life with my family. It’s quiet and cozy. It’s where I found the space to collect my thoughts and where I found that the characters and narrative of Summer on the Bluffs were pouring out of me.
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Bolu Babalola is Always Returning to Toni Morrison and bell hooks

——— JULIANA UKIOMOGBE: Describe your ideal writing atmosphere. What gets you in the mood?. BOLU BABALOLA: I love that sweet spot where I have figured out plot and scene and I know who my characters are, and they’re just driving the direction and I’m listening to sexy, romantic R&B because I’m situated in the world so deeply that lyrics aren’t a distraction but rather, a motivation, and it is probably around 9 or 10 pm and a few warm lamps are lit and maybe a candle and I am in the zone. That is the ideal writing atmosphere. An adequate one is one where there is lots of natural light, preferably near a window. Music is never far away, even if it means taking a break. I find it loosens my creative muscles, provides a balm, helps create or accentuate the atmosphere, especially for a romantic scene.
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See Inside Late Author Toni Morrison’s ‘Cozy and Comfortable’ New York Apartment

Although life in the Big Apple can be all hustle and bustle, Toni Morrison's New York City apartment was designed to be a place to relax and rewind. In an exclusive sneak peek at this week's episode of Open House NYC, which airs on Sunday, viewers get an inside look at the "cozy and comfortable" Tribeca loft where the author and Nobel Laureate lived until her death at 88 in 2019.