So happy to have been interviewed by The Washington Post. We need to better understand these familiar horrors and the complexities circling around them. For more, see this story about an enslaved woman who inherited the property of a man who almost certainly had coercive moments with her.
I just returned to Tuscaloosa from South Florida. The main goal of the short visit was to see my mother for her 71st birthday. We celebrated with writer-artist Alejandrina Cue and her husband Michael. I first met Alejandrina, who made a lovely authentic Cuban meal, in Havana during a 1996 tour coordinated through the U.S.… Continue reading trip home brings serendipity
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.