miami · Zora Neale Hurston

ASWAD paper on Zora in Williamsburg

So excited to see the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) program. My paper on Zora Neale Hurston’s time in Florida from December 1949 through the summer od 1950 will be read at 10:15am-12pm November 6 in Piedmont Room B, Williamsburg Lodge. Hurricane Dorian is reminding me of her surviving a… Continue reading ASWAD paper on Zora in Williamsburg

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