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Ishmael Reed

Ishmael Reed is a novelist, poet, playwright, and songwriter. He has received honors for his work in these categories. A University of California at Berkeley professor emeritus, he now teaches at the California College of the Arts.

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A Black Artist Hollywood Couldn’t Buy

One of indie visionary Bill Gunn’s creative partners looks back on the struggles they faced in a racist movie industry and the making of their long-neglected masterpiece Personal Problems.

By Ishmael Reed