This work week begins with footnotes that happily reference Solange Knowles’ “Almeda,” a song on her 2019 When I Get Home album, which always makes my good days better. This song references “Florida Water,” an essential oils mix thought to be a healing tonic. Knowles’ ancestral past in Louisiana, part of the global south that includes Florida,… Continue reading florida water
I was a bit skeptical, but I am thoroughly enjoying HGTV’s A Very Brady Renovation. The show brings memories of the year my parents purchased our first home. It was 1972. We were among the African Americans who benefited greatly from the Fair Housing Act of 1968. When I see the above facade of the… Continue reading very brady memories
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
My graduate students and I are in antebellum New York and Harlem circa the 1920s and 1930s next week. This watercolor receives inspiration from the readings and an old piece of writing I recently picked back up.
Enjoyed seeing beautiful work paying homage to black history at Tuscaloosa’s Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center last night. Yvonne Wells quilts were especially a joy to study. John Lewis, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Bull Connor were depicted on her work. So was Rosa Parks. i was happy to share three… Continue reading Black History Month exhibit
I am so looking forward to an upcoming meeting with my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” graduate students. After Spring Break, we turn to Tiya Miles’ recently published historical study on Detroit. Last fall, I told Tiya, a cherished colleague, about how her book helped me see why I felt strong as a woman of… Continue reading Detroit days meet important monograph