Reflecting Your Radicalism, No Matter the Cost


Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones), known for his poems, plays, and for the initiation of the Black Arts Movement, died on January 9th. Though there have been many articles talking about the man as legend, over at The New Yorker, Hilton Als discusses the man as human through the lens of Als’ personal relationships with various members of the Jones family.  Riveting in its honest portrayal, “Amiri Baraka’s First Family” presents an exquisite look at Baraka’s early personal and professional lives.

Abigail Bereola is a writer and the Books Editor for The Rumpus. On Twitter, @sherarelytweets. More from this author →