Natalie’s 2013 Year in Review

2013 has been an amazing year. I met new collaborators and stumbled upon new ways to think out loud, from live storytelling on stage, to community conversations about art and education in Miami, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta and New Orleans.  My book Go-Go Live was recognized by the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nomination and I published essays and interviews in The Root, The Washington Post and Essence Magazine. I taught a graduate seminar Keep Reading

Nods from SPIN magazine and the Washington Post

  What an amazing way to start the new year. SPIN magazine named Go-Go Live in the 10 Best Music Books of 2012. (Number 7!) “Go-Go Live” was included in a roundup in Washington Post editors’ and critics’ literary guide to Washington. I absolutely loved the Washington Post illustration of the Jefferson Memorial-like monument built of books propped up by columns.  

Talking to Kojo Nnambdi about “Go-Go Live”

The host at the NPR local affiliate WAMU Kojo Nnambdi and I had a conversation about my book Go-Go Live. Kojo went to the same Georgetown, Guyana high school a couple of years before my dad, Terrence Hopkinson. I met Kojo again at the 2011 Guyana Cultural Association’s conference at CUNY during Labor Day weekend as part as the Caribbean day festival in Brooklyn.
I really enjoyed the conversation. I Keep Reading

Reviews of Deconstructing Tyrone

Here is an excerpt of the 2007 DT cover Washington Post’s Book World. The review was written by literary scholar Evelyn C. White: “Deconstructing Tyrone meets The Autobiography of Malcolm X in the authors’ riveting account of Kofi “Debo” Ajabu, who was reared in black grassroots traditions. A gifted child of activist parents, Ajabu, at age 21, was convicted for his alleged part in a gruesome murder and is now serving a 180-year prison term. Keep Reading