73 years ago today, Richard Pryor was born. I’d like to wish him a happy birthday.
“…now that I have published a book myself, I don’t get even considered for a review in your funky newspaper…”
Originally publicized in late October of 2013, this an open letter from Cecil Brown to the San Francisco Chronicle’s book editor concerning the exclusion of those in the African American community as well as the neglect for self-published books.
“…I would have the humiliating experience of publishers asking me to assist white authors on their books about Richard Pryor, while rejecting my own…”
Dive deeper into Cecil Brown’s experience of seeing Richard Pryor’s past and legacy being swarmed by white authors, publishers, and producers.
Professor Cecil Brown (U C Berkeley scholar) will lecture on George Moses Horton, an African American slave poet, who lived from 1798 to 1883. As a slave, Horton sold fruit to the students and learned to “spout” oral poems to the students for their girlfriends.
By extemporizing, he recited poems that students would write down, he was able to buy his way out of freedom, but his master wouldn’t depart with him. Professor Brown maintains that Digital Humanities can reveal the hidden treasuries of one of the most brilliant poet of Early American Culture.
The talk will be on Thursday, Oct 10, 1 PM
Wallenberg Hall (Building 160)
Fourth Floor 433A
I’m hosting a party at my place in celebration of the publication of my latest book, ‘Pryor Lives!: How Richard Pryor Became Richard Pryor’ on September 25th – 6:30 PM.
See you there!
You can pick up a copy of the book on Amazon or on Kindle here.
A short Interview with author Cecil Brown concerning his new Book, Pryor Lives!