I have always loved Mama Cass’ groove. Dig it in the above clip featuring The Mamas and the Papas. This song is part of the soundtrack for this week’s “Gender, Race and Urban” grad class. Our reading is set in 1970 in an Alabama town. Lu Olivera is of Argentinian descent. She struggles with… Continue reading girl in the middle
Another visit to Bryce Hospital, a historic building on the University of Alabama’s campus, went well. That is until the end. I had a feeling we might get locked in now that the construction crews are back to work. Sure enough, after we went up to the rotunda to stand where former UA President Landon… Continue reading another bryce visit went well
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
My husband always said “Limbs are made for climbing out on.” So, it was with pleasure I told students enrolled in my “Antebellum America Swagger,” a capstone research and writing class at the University of Alabama, these same words. I was not sure if they would understand how the word “swagger,” which has been in… Continue reading from the mouths of brilliant young people….swag
So happy to have been interviewed by The Washington Post. We need to better understand these familiar horrors and the complexities circling around them. For more, see this story about an enslaved woman who inherited the property of a man who almost certainly had coercive moments with her.
What to say? This anthropologist-folklorist-writer inspires. This in from Yale’s Beinecke Library…Zora Neale Hurston: “Aunt Daphne (below on left) & Aunt Rachel, were born & raised on the plantation & were believed to have been nearly 100 years old when the picture was made. This cabin in which they lived was the last of… Continue reading happy birthday, Zora