Talk:Countee Cullen

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Harlem renaissance[edit]

"Harlem Renaissance The 1920s also saw the rise of an artistic black community centered in New York City in Harlem, a fashionable black neighborhood. African-Americans had brought a lively, powerful music called jazz with them as they moved to northern cities: the jazz clubs of Harlem became chic night spots in the 1920s. The nation suddenly discovered "the new Negro," an articulate urban black, conscious of his or her racial identity. Magazines and newspapers dedicated to black writing sprang up. New poets such as Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen wrote about what it meant to be black. They used exotic images drawn from their African and slavery pasts, and incorporated the rhythms of black music such as jazz, blues and the folk hymns called "spirituals". The Harlem Renaissances gave African-American culture prominence and an impetus to grow."

Reverting Vandalism Americans had brought a lively, powerful music called jazz with them as they moved to northern cities: the jazz clubs of Harlem became chic night spots in the 1920s. The nation suddenly discovered "the new Negro," an articulate urban black, conscious of his or her racial identity. Magazines and newspapers dedicated to black writing sprang up. New poets such as Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen wrote about what it meant to be black. They used exotic images drawn from their African and slavery pasts, and incorporated the rhythms of black music such as jazz, blues and the folk hymns called "spirituals". The Harlem Renaissances gave African-American culture prominence and an impetus to grow."

Removed this from the page, I think it may be a copyvio, in any event it is not directly relevant. Mark Richards 22:51, 16 Mar 2004 (UTC)

Date of birth[edit]

Can anyone confirm the month of Cullen's birth? Other sources (including Britannica) give it as May, but we have March. (In fact, we originally had May too, but it was changed.)

John Mark Williams (t) 28 June 2005 10:10 (UTC)

  • The best answer is May. Britannica has it as May, the reference link has it as May, and Cullen himself wrote a poem, "Saturday's Child" in which he claims, "I was born on a Saturday." Hardly proof -- but if you check the dates, March 30th, 1903 is a Monday; May 30th, 1903 is a Saturday, and would make more sense in the context of Cullen's poem. I can see no good reason for keeping the date as March.
  • The site [1] says it's May Dannycas 02:09, 27 January 2006 (UTC)
  • Conflicting dates given by the two sources on this site. Is there any good way to denote a disagreement over the specific date of birth? (March or May) I have changed the page to say (1903January 9, 1946) to reflect disagreement over this date. Rboyce 17:04, 6 May 2006 (UTC)

Sexual orientation[edit]

There's a dispute as to whether Cullen was gay. Can the contributor who says that Cullen is gay, the arranged engagement, and name calling by his father, please cite the sources or remove the text? He was married to W.E.B. Du Bois Daughter Yolande they were married in 1928.

  • The second source on this page states that Cullen and Yolande DuBois divorced after he admitted his homosexuality to her in Paris. He then went on to remarry Ida Mae Roberson in 1940. At the time, it was not unusual for gays to marry for social reasons. (I am not the original contributor, however.) It seems to be widely accepted that Cullen was gay, although I do not have any information about an arranged engagement with Dorothy West, so some citation for that would be helpful.

Rboyce 16:51, 6 May 2006 (UTC)

    • The same source used to describe Cullen's homosexual attraction also says he enjoyed 'happily married life' with his second wife. Would one then still classify him as homosexual? Elefuntboy 22:40, 8 March 2007 (UTC)
      • There is no proof he was gay, nor can his ex-wife be considered an impartial source on the matter.

Alelover (talk) 19:38, 17 February 2008 (UTC)

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