african americans · urban · womanhood

daughters and claudine

As I count the hours until tonight’s broadcast of the 1974 motion picture Claudine on Turner Classic Movies with Ava Duvernay introducing, I am still thinking of TCM’s recent broadcast of Julie Dash’s 1991 Daughters of the Dust. Duvernay also introduced that beautiful film, which I will show in my Antebellum America class this fall.… Continue reading daughters and claudine

art · urban

Work on Paul Jones Museum curated exhibit begins

Students enrolled in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” course made their way over to the Mary Harmon Bryant building on our campus to see the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art. They are curating an exhibit for the University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences’ newly designated Paul R. Jones Museum in… Continue reading Work on Paul Jones Museum curated exhibit begins

caribbean rim · happiness · urban

on happiness…and trying to figure it out

Still thinking about the idea of happiness, topic of last week’s conversation in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” graduate course. I’ll tell you what…happiness is when you hear from three former students in one day. Two headed to grad school. One needing a letter of recommendation. One just wanting to talk about whether grad… Continue reading on happiness…and trying to figure it out

caribbean · gentrification · hip hop · Latino · maps · migration · slavery · teaching · urban

old book (and a new one) rock

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

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