Remembering Toni Morrison, An Iconic American Author | NYT News


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  • James Quansah
    James Quansah  6 days back

    Mum my eyes is filled with tears. Thanks for being.

    • starfishstop
      starfishstop  1 months back

      Rest in Peace... from Korea. I enjoyed reading Song of Solomon and Sula

      • MadamCJda3rd Productions
        MadamCJda3rd Productions  1 months back

        Thank you Auntie Toni, for your clarity, the power in your voice, and the light you have shined on the world. So so much love for you till infinity

        • ron ron
          ron ron  2 months back

          Never heard of her, most people havnt, don't care.

          • Barnabas WannaBe
            Barnabas WannaBe  2 months back

            A grand, beautiful beam of light

            • John Smith
              John Smith  2 months back

              It was either Stanley Crouch or Albert Murray who described her award as an affirmative action Nobel prize. But then all of the black Nobel prizes have been. Notice, still no black Nobel Prize-Winning scientist. Why not? Because that one can't really be fudged.

              • Ayesha Karim
                Ayesha Karim  2 months back

                Rest in peace Miss Morrison! I admire you!

                • Shelly G
                  Shelly G  2 months back

                  🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 miss you already

                  • Michail Kinde
                    Michail Kinde  2 months back

                    I notice that Obama read some of her books 📚

                    • Harrison González-García

                      I was a freshman in College, literally fresh off the boat from Venezuela; and there was a collective reading of Song of Solomon in all English classes and there would be discussion groups and events. Ms. Morrison's style reminded me very much of the Latin American Magical Realism perfected by Garcia Marquez, but hers was even more poignant because it spoke of race and racism in a way I had never experienced. It was in one of my College's event during this fateful month that they showed her interview with the British reporter sampled on this video at @0:58 and she literally took my breath away as if I had rediscover the very meaning of was such an earth-shattering moment for me. She became my literary idol that very moment. Thank you Ms. Morrison for so much! My heart is still heavy for your loss. But you will, no doubt about it, live in every single word you ever wrote!

                      • Mum MoniQ
                        Mum MoniQ  2 months back

                        @sonoki82be careful Toni Morrisson may pay you a visit to ask why you hate her so much to smear her after dead?

                      • sonoki82
                        sonoki82  2 months back

                        You sound like you are in a cult. Seek help.

                    • Keith Baucum7
                      Keith Baucum7  2 months back

                      What? No not her. She lived a long life which is good.

                      • sonoki82
                        sonoki82  2 months back

                        Only the good die young, which explains her longevity.

                    • Lawrence Hawkins
                      Lawrence Hawkins  2 months back

                      Toni Morrison, aside from having won the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize, having served on faculty at Howard University, and being a Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, was first and foremost an AMERICAN. She doesn't rate the vitriol and hate so many, "People," on this vid are heaping on her. She. Did. Nothing. To. YOU. Rather, America is a better place because of Dr. Morrison, not worse. I suppose I don't get the hate. Do you hate her because she's a woman? Or do you hate her because she's an African-American? YOU really need to examine yourselves. What did a Black person ever do to you to cause YOU to hate? Before you attack the EARNED merits and accolades of a dead woman, you craven coward, first take a look at your own lives and accomplishments, compare them to hers, then Sierra Tango Foxtrot Union. Get. Help.

                      • Mum MoniQ
                        Mum MoniQ  2 months back

                        @sonoki82 You are on your way - God do not like ugly!

                      • Lawrence Hawkins
                        Lawrence Hawkins  2 months back

                        @sonoki82 Lord, is this some desperate plea for attention? Mommy and Daddy didn't spend enough time with you and you're acting it all out now? Poor baby. Get help. The mental health kind.

                      • sonoki82
                        sonoki82  2 months back

                        America is a better place for her having passed away. Also, the worms appreciate her ample stores of fat.

                    • Jenny Pysh
                      Jenny Pysh  2 months back

                      wow. just wow

                      • Lovely I’o
                        Lovely I’o  2 months back

                        Lovely lady. Much gratitude for all your words. 🕊

                        • sonoki82
                          sonoki82  2 months back

                          If by lovely you mean cruel and obese, then yes, she was strikingly lovely.

                      • zacthecatty35
                        zacthecatty35  2 months back

                        An incredible woman and writer. I read "Beloved" at school (here in the UK in 1991, on our A-level English syllabus) and it was a story I never forgot. and one of the best novels in the last 50 years I think...

                      • bisquitnspanky
                        bisquitnspanky  2 months back

                        I suppose it is a measure of Ms Morrison's greatness that so many ignorant morons are attacking her after her death who never even heard of her while she was alive. The troll armies have been activated by the new American Nazis to attack her memory just for the purpose of making it feel okay, normal even to demonize smart, tough, talented black women. Well go ahead, cowards. She's dead now. You can put on your big boy pants and pretend to be brave.

                        • N M
                          N M  2 months back

                          Mainstream media barely acknowledged this brilliant womans passing and yet the internet was on fire with someone calling himself Nipsey Hustle, whom I had NEVER heard of UNTIL he died.

                          • Mum MoniQ
                            Mum MoniQ  2 months back

                            @orionh3000find her audio books if reading is a problem, you will not regret it...

                          • N M
                            N M  2 months back

                            @orionh3000 google her and get woke or simply stay enslaved and asleep.

                          • orionh3000
                            orionh3000  2 months back

                            you shut up, nipsey hustle was da bomb, who is this lady??

                        • Alexander Hatfield
                          Alexander Hatfield  2 months back

                          This woman was a racist, anti-white, black supremacist who called for the killing of all whites on numerous occasions. She had absolutely no writing skills whatsoever and every student unfortunate enough to read any of it immediately becomes stupider and more narrow minded for it.
                          This woman is a social and literary disgrace and shouldn't be venerated or appreciated whatsoever. GOOD RIDDANCE !!!

                          • Mrfairchap
                            Mrfairchap  2 months back

                            Sorry, I never heard of her; my loss, I guess.

                            • Oak tree Real
                              Oak tree Real  2 months back

                              Rest in peace

                              • Vera511
                                Vera511  2 months back

                                "Jesus said to her: I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises Faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life; and everyone that is living and exercises Faith in me will never die at all. Do you believe this?" (John 11: 25, 26) Rest in Peace Toni.

                                • Red Bull
                                  Red Bull  2 months back

                                  Is that a g in Arabic? The initial I mean

                                  • Caitlin Ryan
                                    Caitlin Ryan  2 months back

                                    Surprised to see anyone speak well of her. People clearly need to read up on what she was about.

                                    • Maggie Garrison
                                      Maggie Garrison  2 months back

                                      After I read The Bluest Eye I devoured every other work I could find. She inspired me to think deeply and write slowly, to be sparing and exacting with words. She was so lovely and so powerful.

                                      • Crushi .Music, Art & Love.

                                        Please read her books. Please. They are freely available at the library.

                                        • Dr Who?
                                          Dr Who?  2 months back

                                          Would we have known about Margaret Garner if there was no Toni Morrison? Thank God there was.

                                          • John Deagle
                                            John Deagle  2 months back

                                            What was Morrison's opinion of William Ellison?

                                            • John Deagle
                                              John Deagle  2 months back

                                              @orionh3000 William Ellison was from South Carolina.

                                            • orionh3000
                                              orionh3000  2 months back

                                              who is william ellison?

                                          • Duygu K.
                                            Duygu K.  2 months back

                                            I love her...

                                          • Sharon Massey
                                            Sharon Massey  2 months back

                                            Ms. Morrison's response to the white interviewer's question was so powerful, in part because it was so simply stated. If there's ever a course called Racism 101, those few seconds should be part of it.

                                            • Seeking Pathways
                                              Seeking Pathways  2 months back

                                              I will miss u morrison. When i was younger i did not understand beloved but when i got older i understood, and it is one of the greatest love stories told. Paradise and poached eggs....LoL

                                              thank you

                                              • Max Hill
                                                Max Hill  2 months back


                                                • toneman335
                                                  toneman335  2 months back

                                                  Morrison was a pro black racist that hated white people. The world is a better place that this POS is gone.

                                                  • Matt Cheng
                                                    Matt Cheng  2 months back

                                                    You know she talks about how important race is and stuff but she just told a reporter that how incredibly racist yes what do you mean

                                                    • Die Gesellschafterin Lang

                                                      RIP and THANKS!

                                                      • hawkeye6626
                                                        hawkeye6626  2 months back

                                                        RIP Toni Morrison

                                                        • poppop artist
                                                          poppop artist  2 months back

                                                          Appropriately, Shadrack is the first major character to be introduced in the novel. He is Sula's ancestral presence - a representation of an ancestral spirit, a husband, a father, a provider dispensed by the gods to "always" be there for
                                                          the displaced Sula. Theirs was a spiritual kinship - metaphorically, a marriage of traditional West African water spirit/priest to a water priestess, both oracles of a river god. Shadrack's divine nature results from his state of unconsciousness as a
                                                          victim of shell-shock during World War I. In traditional West African culture when one had lain unconscious for many days, people believed that that
                                                          person's spirit left the physical body and entered the ancestral world where he or she became an active participant. Physically surviving the state of
                                                          unconsciousness bestowed no insanity upon the person - no matter how eccentric or erratic the behavior following the onset. On the contrary, unconsciousness bestowed a specialness and a spirituality, since the unconscious
                                                          person had communed directly with the ancestral spirits.

                                                          • Hildebeast Clinton
                                                            Hildebeast Clinton  2 months back

                                                            American History is littered with unhealthy people.

                                                            • El Masquato
                                                              El Masquato  2 months back

                                                              I'm super bummed about this. I loved her syrup.

                                                              • Mum MoniQ
                                                                Mum MoniQ  2 months back

                                                                @sonoki82 God do not like ugly!

                                                              • El Masquato
                                                                El Masquato  2 months back

                                                                @sonoki82 no. Just no

                                                              • sonoki82
                                                                sonoki82  2 months back

                                                                Her syrup? You mean vaginal secretions?

                                                            • Justin Stewart
                                                              Justin Stewart  2 months back


                                                            • Lorna Beckford
                                                              Lorna Beckford  2 months back

                                                              RIP Ms. Morrison. You and your Beautiful, Uplifting, Respectful words will be missed. God's Blessings⚘

                                                            • CarlRenard 77
                                                              CarlRenard 77  2 months back

                                                              GOOD RIDDANCE TO THIS ANTI BLACK MAN WITCHCRAFT CHILD OF A DEMON

                                                              • Lusade Devron
                                                                Lusade Devron  2 months back

                                                                R.I.P Flying on the wings of angels into chariots ,escorted to the paradise of heaven.

                                                                • Lusade Devron
                                                                  Lusade Devron  2 months back

                                                                  @Caitlin Ryan You have no romantic, sensual, imaginative, creative bone in your body, don't you have something to do like change your pad, you're smelling ripe, it 's that time of the month again, go away and wash then open your mouth.

                                                                • Caitlin Ryan
                                                                  Caitlin Ryan  2 months back

                                                                  If she is flying on wings of angels, why does she need to go in a chariot. It makes no sense!!!

                                                                • Lusade Devron
                                                                  Lusade Devron  2 months back

                                                                  @sonoki82 And you can crawl back into the diseased, polluted womb that gave birth to your carcass. What a wasted sperm you are.

                                                                • sonoki82
                                                                  sonoki82  2 months back

                                                                  Your writing is as bad as hers!

                                                              • Melanin Antonio
                                                                Melanin Antonio  2 months back

                                                                She was also a hater of black men

                                                                • Melanin Antonio
                                                                  Melanin Antonio  2 months back

                                                                  @Carly Crays who are you, a white female, to tell me, a BLACK MAN, who is a recipient of the slander whether or not i felt her hatred of black men permeate through the pages of most of her "works"? That's not your call

                                                                • Carly Crays
                                                                  Carly Crays  2 months back

                                                                  I don't think she hated black men, I think she just showcased the complicated relationship between black women and not black men so much as black masculinity, which itself has been painfully shaped and twisted by generations of racism and pain and the yoke put upon it by white power.

                                                              • Marauder in Chief
                                                                Marauder in Chief  2 months back

                                                                The bluest eye is her best work ; better than SOS and Beloved. It's a transcendent story told in a manner that penetrates acutely , has one's senses writhing with discomfort and by the time you're through, there's no disambiguation left , the reader covenants a visceral accord with the author and understanding attains.

                                                                • Mum MoniQ
                                                                  Mum MoniQ  2 months back

                                                                  @sonoki82 All that venom inside will make you sick, if you aren´t already - God do not like ugly!

                                                                • Marauder in Chief
                                                                  Marauder in Chief  2 months back

                                                                  @sonoki82 Analogy, allegory, figure of speech, trope, emblem......rhetoric...synedoche.. accentuation , attenuation.... ,🔔🔔🔔🔔
                                                                  Education is important . Go get some.

                                                                • sonoki82
                                                                  sonoki82  2 months back

                                                                  People writhe, not senses. And the reader is the one who attains, not understanding. One poor writer looks out for another.

                                                              • Chris Ramsbottom Isherwood

                                                                For some reason I thought she wrote more novels.....

                                                                • Pamela Taylor
                                                                  Pamela Taylor  2 months back

                                                                  I did to also

                                                                • Chris Ramsbottom Isherwood
                                                                  Chris Ramsbottom Isherwood  2 months back

                                                                  Best to ignore idiotic posts like that. It only feeds their sick egos.

                                                                • sonoki82
                                                                  sonoki82  2 months back

                                                                  She accidentally ate her last novel in one of her feedings.

                                                              • Shamil Sharudin
                                                                Shamil Sharudin  2 months back

                                                                She reminds me of Oracle in the Matrix.

                                                                • Aquarian Aged7
                                                                  Aquarian Aged7  1 months back

                                                                  Extremely Wise woman. Who has now joined the ancestors !

                                                                • Kamna Singh
                                                                  Kamna Singh  2 months back

                                                                  Shamil Sharudin same same same

                                                              • Annette Resto
                                                                Annette Resto  2 months back

                                                                MY SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, AMEN HALLELUJAH 🤗👣💒😃🙂🙇‍♀️😁🤲🙆‍♀️🙋‍♀️👩😀😊👐👏☺😄PRAISE HIM 🤗💒LOVE YOU GUYS

                                                                • Annette Resto
                                                                  Annette Resto  2 months back