bohemia · new york city

how she became hettie jones

My “Gender, Race and Urban Space” course moves this week to postwar Greenwich Village and the experiences of writer Hettie Jones, former wife of poet-activist Amiri Baraka. Her movements away from her suburban Queens home to one of the centers for creative output and radical politics after World War II pose tensions with those of… Continue reading how she became hettie jones

africa · American History

dash, gendered storytelling and the gullah sea islands

This week, Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust novel, which receives inspiration from her ancestral connections to the Gullah Sea Islands (and offers the back story for characters in her pivotal 1991 film Daughters of the Dust), are front in center in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” class. I have so much to think… Continue reading dash, gendered storytelling and the gullah sea islands