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Apr 28, 2016

Brought up

Feeling worthless, ugly ducklin

Some might say I’m crazy

Take it up with god my creator

That made me, I keep it in

The Church on the daily, One day

That word might save me.

I’ve been actin up lately. Can’t

Get my thoughts through.

Tossing and turning in my bed

All night trying to put up a

Really bad fight. People

Always judging me for who I

Am, well my name’s Jazmyne

Jolley, and that’s who I am

And If you don’t like it I don’t

Give a damn. Haters are my


Apr 28, 2016

Lights flashing everywhere, music turned up loud,

The band playing, the crowd bobbing

Their heads to the sound

And it quickly turns into headbanging.

Long, tangled hair flying everywhere like birds in the sky.

Fingers sliding across the fret board like bugs in the light.

Bass thumping away like toads on a log.

The crowd going crazy like a pack of wild dogs.

The band runs around the stage like excited children.

Hands reach up for high fives.

The arena a jumbled mass of screaming hands and hair


Apr 28, 2016

I must admit

That I’m surprised

That you looked on

As I almost compromised

The thing you’ve been working on

for all this time

I wonder why

you didn’t stop me


Apr 28, 2016

All I ever wanted was love

All I’ve ever gotten was hate

Taken from my Mama at birth

Envied, used and abused everyday

Papa my protector, never left me

been there since day one

Until age 13, God said it was his time to

come home.


Apr 28, 2016

I was eleven years old, riding in a cramped bus

On bumpy roads to Myanmar,

Then waiting with my mother

For a visa to America

While my father worked too hard

Without enough sleep and anxious

For the reunion with his family.

What can I say to express

these images with words on this page?

From Myanmar to America, it was my first time

Riding in one those giant strange flying vehicles.

Where I used to live, seeing an airplane

Always made me smile,

Something from another world

Headshot courtesy of the author

How's this for a catchy book title: "If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?”  

Author and UT McCombs School of Business Professor Raj Raghunathan admits it’s a provocative title, and maybe a little tongue-in-cheek. But, he says the book is really trying to answer that question. Why are people who are smart—successful, high achievers—not as happy as you might expect? Listen below to an interview with Raghunathan about the links between happiness and intelligence.

Cornell University

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Edward E. Baptist, Professor in the Department of History, and House Dean, Becker House at Cornell University.

Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution—the nation’s original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America’s later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUT

A year ago big cuts hit Texas’ film incentive program, and now the industry is starting to feel it.

The fine arts festival Art City Austin has been a yearly event for well over six decades. Over the years, the name has changed (it was known as Fiesta for many years) and it's moved from location to location, but its core mission has remained intact: to showcase fine art from Austin and elsewhere in a block-party like atmosphere.

For this, the event's 66th year, it's moving back to its original location -- it'll be held at Palmer Events Center, the site of Austin's old City Coliseum, where Art City began in 1950 as Art Mart.

Super Bowl 50, Walter Payton Man of The Year Award

Apr 19, 2016

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s annual state-of-the-league press conference, during Super Bowl 50 week, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco; the Walter Payton Man of the Year award; and John Wooten, co-founder and chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation.

When Bale Creek Allen found his new art space, he hoped to take his time opening the gallery. He'd planned to open the space with an exhibition of his own work on April 22. That plan changed when David Thornberry (a mutual friend of Allen and artist/musician Daniel Johnston) got in touch looking for a venue for SXSW. Filmmaker Gabriel Sunday was looking for a place to show Hi, How Are You, his short about Johnston.


Apr 15, 2016

Read by Jodi Egerton

The aqua blue ocean reflecting

Off his mysterious emotional

Eyes. His neutral facial expression

Striking like lightning bolts.

Something has caught his attention.

A side of him is wondrous as

Falling is not Breaking

Apr 15, 2016

Read by Ebony Stewart

Your Fairy Tale

Apr 14, 2016

Read by Owen Egerton

Kings and Queens and fairy tales,

once upon a times

with princesses in royal castles

and trolls in dangerous dungeons -

all have happily ever afters -

all have hope, joy, and miracles.

All choose their destinies

The Immigrants

Apr 14, 2016

Read by David Fruchter

The man

The birds

They stand



Who they are.

They journeyed

to a new land


No friends

No family.

They watch.

Bird flies

Man walks

Driving to School

Apr 14, 2016

Read by Rabbi Neil Blumofe

Driving along in the morning sun,

The streets are already full of cars,

Window down, wind whistling in my ear

I can hear the leaves and concrete crack

As my car’s tires roll over them.

My English Teacher

Apr 14, 2016

Read by Zell Miller III

My English teacher is a historian:

She tells me how to write about

the Civil War, World War II,

the French Revolution, Pearl Harbor.

Why does she care so much?

My English teacher is a stalker:


Apr 14, 2016

Read by Ebony Stewart

I write other people’s love stories

Like I don't have one of my own.

I wait for other people to stop talking

Before saying I love you.

I have my troubles

But feel other people’s problems are more important.

Though not a Texan herself, actress Holland Taylor was and is a big fan of the late governor Ann Richards. Finding herself greatly affected by Richards' death, Taylor decided she needed to pay tribute in some artistic way. Since her background is in film and television acting, Taylor originally thought she'd work with a writer to create a TV or movie project.

Life in a Day

Apr 6, 2016

Read by Owen Egerton

A chapter in life

is more valuable than

a day in your crazy paradise.

A day outside your comfort zone is

the most fantastic time.

A day in your comfort zone

is a boring day.

Get out of your comfort zone