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Album Review

Nikki Giovanni is a distinguished African American writer and poet who released several albums that reflect the turbulent late-'60s social revolution and being an African American feminist. Reissued as part of Collectables' Black History Series, Poems contains 17 cuts combining spoken word with straight gospel music featuring the New York Community Choir. The gospel material is taken from Giovanni's album Like a Ripple on a Pond, also available from Collectables. Any of Giovanni's discs are worth seeking out, including those made specifically for children on Smithsonian/Folkways.


Born: 07 June 1943 in Knoxville, TN

Genre: Poetry

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the most popular and acclaimed African-American poets of the 20th century, Nikki Giovanni came of age in the heady, militant era of the civil rights movement, and her most influential poetry was suffused with all the spirit and vitality of a new age. Giovanni was born Yolande Cornelia Giovanni Jr. in Knoxville, TN, on June 7, 1943; her family moved to Cincinnati shortly thereafter, but Giovanni returned to Knoxville to live with her grandparents in 1957. She was an early enrollee at Nashville's...
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