Poetry; Author; Chicago; Harold Green III
It seems that Harold Green III always has something new going on.
The last time CBS 2 sat down to speak with the author/artist was to discuss his book black roses. CBS 2’s Jamaica Ponder caught up with him at Hatch 41 on Chicago’s South Side to hear a preview his latest book of poems, Black Oak.
The Englewood native is widely known as a spoken word artist, poet and author. But he prefers to call himself a florist, helping individuals and his community grow and bloom through his work. With Black Oak, he aims to cultivate an entire forest.
“It’s 40 odes dedicated to powerful Black men who are making a difference right now in the world. The ‘right now’ part is important because I think we do a decent job talking about Black history and we are starting to kind of really emerge and talk about Afrofuturism, but I think it’s extremely important to talk about the “now” because we can’t forget the now,” Green said. “‘Now’ is where the hope is, you know, because it is tangible, it’s touchable.”
What started as a series of YouTube videos of Green sharing poems about people he admired the most, has now transformed into two poetry books published by HarperCollins. Black Roses is the sister book to Black Oak, honoring powerful Black women.
BY JAMAICA PONDER, MIKAYLA PRICE