Harlem Renaissance

Black Culture's Artistic Movement

The Harlem Renaissance (1920s - mid-1930s)

Spanning the 1920s to the mid-1930s, the Harlem Renaissance was a literary, artistic, and intellectual movement that kindled a new black cultural identity. The publishing industry, fueled by whites’ fascination with the exotic world of Harlem, sought out and published black writers. The Harlem Renaissance influenced future generations of black writers, but it was largely ignored by the literary establishment after it waned in the 1930s. With the advent of the civil rights movement, it again acquired wider recognition. The most prolific writer of the Harlem Renaissance was Langston Hughes. Hughes cast off the influences of white poets and wrote with the rhythmic meter of blues and jazz. No aspect of the Harlem Renaissance shaped America and the entire world as much as jazz. Jazz flouted many musical conventions with its syncopated rhythms and improvised instrumental solos.

Harlem Renaissance Artwork

The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes


The Weary Blues By Langston Hughes Ft. FRESH by FRESHALLCAPS

When Your Dreams are Deffered

Everyone has dreams, even those who say they don't, do. Humankind is a species of dreamers. We are also a species fueled by emotions and common emotions felt when are dreams are not fulfilled are sadness, anger, and especially, disappointment. Heartbreak touches anyone who has had a dream shattered, and that is the double edged sword of dreaming. If you don't dream, then you don't have hope, but if you do dream you could always be disappointed. When my own dreams have deferred, I have learned to deal with the sword that dreaming is because I can't go without it. I love being a dreamer, and I deal with the disappointment because there is always another dream to be dreamt around the corner. Hope is the most beautiful emotion and dreams keep that alive. When my own have been deferred, I've picked myself back up and trucked on because at the end of the day, dreams are dreams for a reason.

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