Upile as Cherry Turner by Stephen Towns

"..this is why I chose to paint Cherry, Nat Turner's wife as the heroine. She performs magical acts to help both herself, Nat and their baby escape the tryranny of human bondage for a series of paintings called the Black Magic series."

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OkayAfrica : These 7 African Women Poets Will Keep You Calm, Cool, and Collected for the Summer

In honor of Shire and the countless other African women influencing the poetry landscape today, we’ve gathered together our favorite contemporary poets to read this summer. Whether you’re looking for additions to your summer readings list, curious as to who the authors are behind the multitude of quotes you find so frequently shared on your timeline, but which often go uncited (do better internet.), or you simply want to marvel at the beauty and power of African women in the diaspora, we got you covered. These poets will teach you about love, identity and home all the same.

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