This week, the graduate students enrolled in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” course tackle Sara Ahmed’s study on “the promise of happiness.” I wasn’t always sure it was the best book for this course. But as I picked it up again in preparation for Thursday’s conversation, I continue to look forward to the topic.… Continue reading happy?
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
I went to South Florida to see my family and friends for the holiday. My beach pick was a reread of Saidiyah Hartman’s Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route, one of several books I will assign in my “Gender, Race and Urban” Space class for the Spring 2017 semester. I read this wonderful book… Continue reading old book (and a new one) rock
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
I promised photos from the Alma Thomas exhibit at the Studio Museum of Harlem and other images. They now appear in my crudely put together slideshow. As time goes on, I am realizing these slideshows and often the blog posts are postcards to myself as I rarely have time to make scrapbooks, but I… Continue reading Alma Thomas exhibit and Harlem
Yesterday was the first day of class for the 2016-17 school year and I am already pleased. The students enrolled in the “American Civilization to 1865” survey showed up ready to learn and contribute. So did the students enrolled in “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music,” an upper level course. In fact, the… Continue reading Students make amazing playlist
While visiting the V & A, I met a wonderful sister-artist who encouraged me to visit the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton in South London. I am glad I did. Upon my arrival to that community, light bulbs went off in my head regarding my ongoing interest in racial and spatial politics. Put plainly, I am interested in… Continue reading on brixton, archives and sharing space