I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers. – Langston Hughes

What's in a name - walker smith books

What’s in a Name? Pt. 1

What’s in a name? Do you ever wonder what’s behind the title of a book or a film? At a recent book reading, I was asked how I came up with the titles for my novels.

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Gay in America Before “Out” was “In”

The Stonewall Uprising occurred in 1969. Gay-bashing was suddenly all over the news, although it had been going on for decades. The word “pride” was used strictly in the context of “that’s my boy!” — but only if you were a straight boy.

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The Original “La Causa”

In a world split by lies disguised as truth, where do we turn? Why should we stand up for Dreamers and immigrant families divided by manufactured fear? Why should we stand up for families of color ripped apart by street executions with no due process? Why should we vote?

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The Power of Words

We all know the connotations attached to words like “black” and “dark.” And what about Negro? The dictionary tells us that the word “negro” is

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