Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Moment In Afro Her-story: Author Ramona (Sapphire) Lofton

Author Sapphire

The author, Sapphire was born Ramona Lofton in Fort Ord, California to a military family. She attended City College of New York and obtained her master's degree at Brooklyn College. Sapphire held various jobs before starting her writing career, working as a performance artist, a social worker, and a teacher of reading and writing.

Sapphire, as all of us know her as-is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, Push which was later rewritten as a screenplay for the movie- Precious by screen writer, Geoffrey Fletcher. Sapphire self-published the collection of poems Meditations on the Rainbow in 1987 and in 1994 book of poems, titled American Dreams.

Push was a book that "pushed" buttons most people don't want to see or would rather ignore as if they don't exist. The reality is they do exist in the lives of countless men, women and children who lives have been touched by mans inhumanity to another. The movie, Precious caused a rift with those who want to hold on to lies and be imprisoned by them instead of confronting the truth head on.

Tonight actress MoNique won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of one of the character's from the book, Mary. Screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, also won an Oscar for Screenwriting.

I apologize deeply for being lazy and not writing my post on this prolific author who definitely deserves the honor.  Congratulations Sapphire!

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