Remembering Toni Morrison, An Iconic American Author | NYT News

  • Published on Aug 6, 2019
  • The author Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88. She was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and best known for her nuanced discussion of race in America.
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Comments • 245

  • Chrizzey Pippin Sundaezz

    I I am literally heartbroken upon the knowledge of the passing of Dr. Toni Morrison. She was indeed my favorite. I will forever attribute my ability to write and be free to Almighty G-d and through his example - Dr. Morrison. As I prepare to teach my Creative Writing class today - I too will tell my students that it's okay to be just "free".
    My favorite books were all written by Dr. Morrison. The one I recalled the most was 'The Song of Solomon" . . . Every single page was pure and utter brilliance.
    When I publish my book next year, and I will - if I am compared to this incredible woman - my gratitude would truly explode. So . . . Excuse me as I weep. The number of my tears will never be calculated. G-d bless Dr. Morrison alway. She was indeed a GOOD

  • James Quansah
    James Quansah Month ago

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

  • starfishstop
    starfishstop 2 months ago

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

  • MadamCJda3rd Productions

    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 ago +1

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

  • Barnabas WannaBe
    Barnabas WannaBe 3 months ago

    A grand, beautiful beam of light

  • John Smith
    John Smith 3 months ago +2

    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 3 months ago

    Rest in peace Miss Morrison! I admire you!

  • Shelly G
    Shelly G 3 months ago

    ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ miss you already

  • Michail Kinde
    Michail Kinde 3 months ago

    I notice that Obama read some of her books ๐Ÿ“š

  • Harrison Gonzรกlez-Garcรญa

    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 3 months ago +1

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

    • sonoki82
      sonoki82 3 months ago

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

  • Keith Baucum7
    Keith Baucum7 3 months ago

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

    • sonoki82
      sonoki82 3 months ago

      Only the good die young, which explains her longevity.

  • Lawrence Hawkins
    Lawrence Hawkins 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago

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

    • Lawrence Hawkins
      Lawrence Hawkins 3 months ago

      @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 3 months ago

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

  • Jenny Pysh
    Jenny Pysh 3 months ago

    wow. just wow

  • Lovely Iโ€™o
    Lovely Iโ€™o 3 months ago

    Lovely lady. Much gratitude for all your words. ๐Ÿ•Š

    • sonoki82
      sonoki82 3 months ago

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

  • zacthecatty35
    zacthecatty35 3 months ago +1

    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 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago +1

    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 3 months ago

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

    • N M
      N M 3 months ago

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

    • orionh3000
      orionh3000 3 months ago

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

  • Alexander Hatfield
    Alexander Hatfield 3 months ago +1

    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 3 months ago

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

  • Daisy Bella
    Daisy Bella 3 months ago +1

    Rest in peace

  • Vera511
    Vera511 3 months ago

    "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 3 months ago

    Is that a g in Arabic? The initial I mean

  • Caitlin Ryan
    Caitlin Ryan 3 months ago +2

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

  • Maggie Garrison
    Maggie Garrison 3 months ago +5

    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? 3 months ago +5

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

  • John Deagle
    John Deagle 3 months ago

    What was Morrison's opinion of William Ellison?

    • John Deagle
      John Deagle 3 months ago

      @orionh3000 William Ellison was from South Carolina.

    • orionh3000
      orionh3000 3 months ago

      who is william ellison?

  • Duygu K.
    Duygu K. 3 months ago

    I love her...

  • Sharon Massey
    Sharon Massey 3 months ago +15

    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 3 months ago +2

    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 3 months ago


  • toneman335
    toneman335 3 months ago +2

    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 3 months ago

    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
    Die Gesellschafterin Lang 3 months ago +2

    RIP and THANKS!

  • hawkeye6626
    hawkeye6626 3 months ago +1

    RIP Toni Morrison

  • poppop artist
    poppop artist 3 months ago +1

    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 3 months ago +1

    American History is littered with unhealthy people.

  • El Masquato
    El Masquato 3 months ago +2

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

    • Mum MoniQ
      Mum MoniQ 3 months ago

      @sonoki82 God do not like ugly!

    • El Masquato
      El Masquato 3 months ago

      @sonoki82 no. Just no

    • sonoki82
      sonoki82 3 months ago

      Her syrup? You mean vaginal secretions?

  • Justin Stewart
    Justin Stewart 3 months ago +2


    • Margot Robinson
      Margot Robinson 3 months ago

      sonoki82 Thatโ€™s you youโ€™re talking about.

    • sonoki82
      sonoki82 3 months ago

      . . . of hate

  • Lorna Beckford
    Lorna Beckford 3 months ago +6

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

  • CarlRenard 77
    CarlRenard 77 3 months ago


  • Melanin Antonio
    Melanin Antonio 3 months ago +2

    She was also a hater of black men

    • Melanin Antonio
      Melanin Antonio 3 months ago +1

      @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 3 months ago +1

      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 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago

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

    • Marauder in Chief
      Marauder in Chief 3 months ago

      @sonoki82 Analogy, allegory, figure of speech, trope, emblem......rhetoric...synedoche.. accentuation , attenuation.... ,๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ””
      Education is important . Go get some.

    • sonoki82
      sonoki82 3 months ago

      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.....

  • Adam S
    Adam S 3 months ago +32

    She reminds me of Oracle in the Matrix.

    • Aquarian Aged7
      Aquarian Aged7 2 months ago

      Extremely Wise woman. Who has now joined the ancestors !

    • Kamna Singh
      Kamna Singh 2 months ago

      Shamil Sharudin same same same

  • Annette Resto
    Annette Resto 3 months ago

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  • Annette Resto
    Annette Resto 3 months ago


  • joe jack
    joe jack 3 months ago

    Who in the world was Toni Morrison?

    • Mum MoniQ
      Mum MoniQ 3 months ago

      @sonoki82 God do not like ugly!

    • sonoki82
      sonoki82 3 months ago

      What matters is that, today, her only role is to serve as food for worms.

  • goddessnadiya
    goddessnadiya 3 months ago +3

    0:56 she was so classy, so insightful and brilliant

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  • Prison Mike
    Prison Mike 3 months ago +1

    This video only really exists because it fits the โ€œAmerica is still racistโ€ narrivtve


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  • Shen Shen
    Shen Shen 3 months ago +3


  • john wick
    john wick 3 months ago +1

    She hated every white person so why is a racists death being mourned?

    TUFF GONG GB 3 months ago

    RiZE iNi PARADiZiO ....

  • SS's Unbelievable Videos

    this video was published 9 years ago. Amazing

  • Black cat photography
    Black cat photography 3 months ago +2

    Strong woman

  • Marco ร’ttavio Augusto De Simone

    Ciao America

  • paul kelly
    paul kelly 3 months ago +45

    That question asked by that reporter was unbelievable, how ignorant