Top African and African-American Writers Among Winners Celebrated at PEN America’s Literary Awards

The 2017 PEN America Center Literary Awards evening touted a marvelous array of African and African-American authors among the writers recognized at this year’s gala. Celebrated at the New School’s glamorous John L. Tishman Auditorium on March 27, the winners reflect the complex tapestry of the African diaspora. The awards’ final night came with some surprises.…

Nepotism in the White House? 

Nothing about the Trump administration so far has been typical, not least of which is the apparent nepotism. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the President’s son-in-law and daughter, have significant and unprecedented roles in the administration. Federal law does include an anti-nepotism statute, but the Justice department concluded that the anti-nepotism law didn’t apply to White House staff. As Vox…