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busy weekend with former students & colleagues

It was so good seeing former students and colleagues in one weekend. Briana Royster, a former grad student in my Gender, Race and Urban Race class and present New York University graduate student, presented today at the UA History Department’s Power and Struggle graduate student-sponsored conference with Dr. John Mitcham, a UA alum who worked… Continue reading busy weekend with former students & colleagues

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harlem nights (and days) better with a good film

I arrived in New York for the Harlem International Film Festival (HIFF) a bit under the weather. Okay, I was totally busted. From the moment the plane took off in Birmingham until the moment it landed at LaGuardia, I knew and saw little. Fever, chills, nausea, aches, the works. And it’s only the fifth week… Continue reading harlem nights (and days) better with a good film

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Grant Green documentary premieres Sept. 18 in Harlem

I am happy to share that “The Grant Green Story,” the documentary about the late jazz guitarist Grant Green, will be shown at 4:10 pm, Sunday, September 18, in MIST Harlem, Theatre C, 46 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026 (just east of Malcolm X Boulevard). Please call 646.738.3043 or email Mistbar@mistharlem.com for details… Continue reading Grant Green documentary premieres Sept. 18 in Harlem

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Students make amazing playlist

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

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Edited collection sheds light on Alabama women and girls

On August 19,  1870, or roughly about 146 years ago this coming week, Carrie Leonteen Townsend, an African American college student, sat down to write a letter to her uncle Thomas Townsend. Carrie lived in Brookhaven, Mississippi. She was returning to school in New Orleans. She shared that and news about a visiting cousin. Before… Continue reading Edited collection sheds light on Alabama women and girls

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documentary accepted into film festival

Yesterday I received the coolest email. The Harlem International Film Festival accepted “The Grant Green Story,” a documentary about the late jazz guitarist Grant Green, into its 11th annual event. Green is my former late father-in-law. He is best known for his work with Blue Note Records, America’s first independent jazz label, during the company’s heyday,… Continue reading documentary accepted into film festival