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Judy Juanita

About Judy Juanita

Judy Juanita’s poetry and fiction have been published widely, and her plays have been produced in the Bay Area and New York City. Virgin Soul, her first novel, was published by Viking Press in April 2013.
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The N-Word

In an age of trigger warnings and Justin Bieber’s N-Word Gate, Judy Juanita comes out for the word. With qualifications, considerations – and calling it on white cops. Continue reading

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Cleaning Other People’s Houses

Cleaning houses was never what Judy Juanita was raised to do. That was for mothers, aunts, grandmothers… not her. Not a college-educated black woman. Continue reading

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Mary Fields, aka Stagecoach Mary, the first African American woman (and the second ever woman) to work for the US Post Office

The Gun as Ultimate Performance Poem

In the wake of Trayvon Martin, Judy Juanita looks at the gun’s dark power and role in the African American community from the Panthers to the present. Continue reading

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Five Comrades in The Black Panther Party, 1967-1970

Judy Juanita on joining the Black Panthers and revisiting the movement now some 40 years later Continue reading

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Virgin Soul, with buttons and no Fatwa

All The Women In My Family Read Terry McMillan

What to do about black literature, Judy Juanita ponders, on the release of her own novel and finding that it doesn’t fit, not with the books her friends and family are reading. Continue reading

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The Funny in the Novel

What to do when her agent says her novel (about the Black Panthers) isn’t funny enough? Judy Juanita learns standup. And lives to tell the tale (and jokes) Continue reading

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