Author Octavia Butler leans against a shelf in a bookstore filled with books she wrote
MFP Voices

Octavia E. Butler Mined Her Boundless Curiosity, Forging A New Vision For Humanity

A pioneering writer in a genre long dominated by white men, Octavia E. Butler’s work explored power structures, shifting definitions of humanity and alternative societies. In an interview, English language and literature professor Alyssa Collins explains how Butler’s boundless curiosity inspired the author’s work, and how Butler’s experiences as a Black woman drew her to “humans who must deal with the edges or ends of humanity.”

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Laura Hester beside poster of Sam Cooke

From Marty Stuart to Ida B. Wells: MAX Inducts Five Mississippians Into Hall of Fame

Sam Cooke. W. C. Handy. Marty Stuart. Alice Walker. Ida B. Wells. These five superstars in their fields—musical performance and business, writing, journalism, Black activism—are the latest Mississippians inducted into the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience Hall of Fame. They join the ranks of Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones, Sela Ward and 25 other Mississippi artists The MAX, as it is commonly known, has honored.

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