Another great evening. My heart is full. It was an honor to hear Imani Perry speak on campus today. What most stayed with me was her sharing how it is okay to be committed to academic rigor while also being open to sharing the “full human being” in yourself and the historical actors on which… Continue reading another great evening
It is quite a week at the University of Alabama. Thanks to my colleague Stacy Morgan, last night, I was one of several professors who had the privilege to dine with artist Larry Walker, father of artist Kara Walker. And tonight, the elder Walker spoke on campus as part of the Paul R. Jones Lecture… Continue reading quite a week
Next week, I present at the SEWSA conference in Oxford, MS, my first paper addressing the acclaimed novelist-playwright-anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston’s understudied time in Miami during the winter and spring of 1950. On the heels of an unfortunate event that nearly drove her to suicide in 1948, she briefly lived on a boat she was… Continue reading zora on my mind
What a night. Regina King, Best Supporting Actress winner and Ruth Carter for Costume Design and Hannah Bleachler for Production Design and Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor and Spike Lee for Best Adapted Screenplay! About time on the Oscar tip (School Daze and Mo’ Betta, my all-time favorites from you.) Hats off to Barry… Continue reading o-s-c-a-r
When many of us think of the idea of “race,” blackness comes to mind. This week, graduate students enrolled in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” class will be pushed to think about whiteness and moreover, the way in which we find meaning in the tensions between whiteness and womanhood. Our readings are… Continue reading city of (white) women
Today I will give one of my favorite lectures for the American Civilization Since 1865 class: the Roaring Twenties. It’s a great chance to show the tensions between the great art being created in that decade and the artistic works we hear today. I will, among other things, address the arrival of jazz via the… Continue reading roar
My graduate students and I are in antebellum New York and Harlem circa the 1920s and 1930s next week. This watercolor receives inspiration from the readings and an old piece of writing I recently picked back up.