Bahamas · cities · miami

First work on Miami published with mixed feelings

It is with mixed feelings that I share the publication of my first peer reviewed article on Miami. Marjorie Wood, the oldest interviewee, passed away today. She was 96 years old when I interviewed her with start up funds from the University of Alabama in December 2013. “Aunt Marge” descends from Bahamians who helped settle… Continue reading First work on Miami published with mixed feelings

cities · detroit · gentrification · hip hop

making “space” in the year ahead

My interest in space, race and power carries over into my ongoing interest in the life of the late jazz guitarist Grant Green as revealed in a documentary on his life. The project, which I have been working on since 1994, premiered last September at the 11th annual Harlem International Film Festival. In the coming… Continue reading making “space” in the year ahead

africa · caribbean · cities · gentrification · graduate student · higher education · miami · migration · slavery · teaching · urban · women's history

spring with the city in view

Yesterday I finally saw “Queen of Katwe,” a motion picture about an African girl who becomes a chess champion. I was struck by the power surrounding the word “city” as her instructor shared stories of how he felt alongside seemingly better chess players who resided in urban spaces. I was reminded again of the importance… Continue reading spring with the city in view