Rest in peace, John Singleton. I used your Poetic Justice in the classroom on the eve of making a transition into higher education. The twin towers had just fallen. New York City’s Washington Irving High hired me to teach English after I was laid off by BMG Entertainment amid the uncertainty in that day. Students… Continue reading rest in peace
It is quite a week at the University of Alabama. Thanks to my colleague Stacy Morgan, last night, I was one of several professors who had the privilege to dine with artist Larry Walker, father of artist Kara Walker. And tonight, the elder Walker spoke on campus as part of the Paul R. Jones Lecture… Continue reading quite a week
Tomorrow I meet some of my grad students in “Gender, Race and Urban Space” for the first time. Some of them I will see for the second time (we had a quick meeting before the semester began because of my out-of-town talk during the first week of school). Writings by Gilbert Osofsky, Thomas Bender, Hazel… Continue reading perception
It’s late, but I am packed. Before bed, I looked through a scrapbook and found this old picture of me in my twenties. I am standing in Key West at the southernmost point of the United States. The year is 1992. Headed there to speak 6pm Thursday at Custom House, 281 Front Street in Key… Continue reading black Bahamians in Key West and Beyond
Yes. My three year old self is saying. The print version of my Miami article is in Journal of Urban History Vol. 44 No. 2. Finally. I can update my CV. Happy to see 152 downloads since the article was first published online in January 2017. Happy to be a part of larger conversation about… Continue reading yes! print version of Miami article available
Happiness is getting through an “American Civilization Since 1865” lecture and saying all that you want to say and then some about empire – even as it emerges in complex ways around one of your favorites singers. The correspondences between how she’s seen and sees others poses tensions with Sojourner Truth and the unnamed “colored”… Continue reading made for now
Inspired by this week’s readings in my grad class, but also by so much swirling around me these days, I went for it and chopped off my locks. Fourth time in 51 years. Last time: 20 years ago this month. Feels good to let go. Also loving the cherry blossoms that tell me it’s Spring.… Continue reading did it!