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About C. Liegh McInnis

C. Liegh McInnis is the editor/publisher of Black Magnolias Literary Journal, the author of seven books, and an instructor of English at Jackson State University. He can be contacted through www.psychedelicliterature.com.

R.I.P. to The Greatest of All Time

By C. Liegh McInnis As a child, I saw Muhammad Ali as the ultimate symbol of Blackness—a combination of intelligence, socio-political activism, and style. (Many years later, even Prince used video of Ali in the ring to t...

His Royal Badness

By C. Liegh McInnis After the death of my father, I realize that my family may have a slightly different notion about death. In Kalamu ya Salaam’s unreleased manuscript about Robert Johnson, he states of the Delta that b...
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Prince Gives Best Performance of His Life

By C. Liegh McInnis Last night at Paisley Park, Prince gave two shows, featuring him singing his songs accompanied only by himself on the piano. http://www.startribune.com/prince-gets-personal-in-his-first-ever-solo-show...

The Legacy of Stuart Scott

  By C. Liegh McInnis I just want to take a moment to “kick the old school joint/for [a] true funk soldier,” ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who died this morning from cancer. Long before Stephen A. Smith and most of &hel...
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On Ferguson to a Former Student

By C. Liegh McInnis The following is a response to a former student who lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Like my poem discussing the murder of James Craig Anderson, I had not planned to pen anything about the ongoing Fergus...
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RIP #TonyGwynn

By C. Liegh McInnis This is probably the most self-indulgent post I have sent, because it is purely about my love for baseball and a man who constantly made me, a wooly-headed boy from the country, proud to be Black. &he...
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#MayaAngelou: Making it Plain

By C. Liegh McInnis Maya Angelou was the embodiment of the Griot because art for art’s sake wasn’t just a foolish concept to her; it was a concept that was dangerous to the human spirit for she created solely to …...

The Legacy of Fatherhood

By C. Liegh McInnis Over the next few weeks, many of us will be sharing our memories of Chokwe Lumumba. And while most of us will focus on Chokwe’s socio-political contributions, as we rightly should, yesterday’s press c...