miami · queer

Miami as “fairyland”

Yesterday’s discussion in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” class was wonderful. I don’t know if it is because anything related to sports on this campus is bound to be lively.   We thoughtfully juxtaposed Joe Namath, Luther Campbell, Paul “Bear” Bryant and Howard Schnellenberger with the initial rise of the University of Miami football program.… Continue reading Miami as “fairyland”

African American History · miami

history and complexities of home ownership in Miami

  This week’s reading for my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” course touches close to home. Indeed, it is about my home. Home as in South Florida. Home as in Miami. Home as in the houses in which I grew up. Whether looking sharp and well-maintained, or in need of extra care, a home tells… Continue reading history and complexities of home ownership in Miami

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

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